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The petition drive for a ballot question on a proposed tax surcharge on high-income Arizonans to raise more money for public education has created a potential tempest with a T-shirt for teachers and local school districts, including Tempe Union and Kyrene. Both districts, as well as Mesa and Chandler, have warned teachers that wearing the

signature red shirts to class could violate state law and cost them as much as $5,000 in civil penalties – at least if there is any message on them, including #RedforEd. Some districts, including Kyrene and Chandler Unified, specifically warned teachers that opponents of their six-day walkout might try to turn them in for violating Arizona statute 15-511, which prohibits the “use of school district or charter school resources or employees to influence elections.”

Besides that, it also strictly forbids district employees from wearing any buttons or other items advocating for any political initiative or candidate while on school grounds as well as trying to influence students toward a particular viewpoint. Right now, districts apparently are worried for their employees. “We’re not an enforcement agency. There

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arbara Bingham Deutscher is for the birds. And the Ahwatukee woman doesn’t mind anyone knowing that. After all, when she’s walking around the Tempe Art Festival with a giant macaw on her shoulder, it’s hard not to think she really likes feathered creatures. Besides, there are only about a hundred people like her in the world. Deutscher is a certified professional bird trainer and a parrot behavior consultant, though in her business, Harmony Animal Behavior, she will help just about any owner learn to have a mutually satisfactory relationship with just about any pet. But it’s hard not to consider her more of a human behavior consultant who teaches bird owners – particular those who own members of the parrot family – how to behave so that their birds do. The five birds that live in huge cages in her living room and on her patio are a testament to the need for someone with her skills and training. She’s rescued all five – Arie and Mack, two macaws; a white cockatoo named Boo and two conures who all seem perfectly at home

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he bad news: Homelessness is increasing in Phoenix and across Maricopa County. The good: Ahwatukee professor Neal Lester’s outreach program is getting more donations and volunteers to help some of those people living on the streets. Lester, Foundation Professor of English at Arizona State University as well as the founder and director of ASU’s Project Humanities initiative, organizes a biweekly “Service Saturdays” program for homeless people in downtown Phoenix. Dozens of volunteers bring used clothing, shoes, toiletries and other essentials and pair with homeless people so they can “go shopping” and pick the items they want or need. The next outreach is 6:30-8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at the same place it always is – on South 12th Avenue between West Jefferson and West Madison streets. “People are hearing about our outreach. It’s growing,” said Lester. Not only are the number of volunteers growing, but so are donations – to the point where Lester now has a weekly program called Friday Sorting where he needs volunteers to go through all the stuff he’s collected and organize it. Those sessions are 2-4 p.m. every Friday at the Alameda Building, 734 W. Alameda Drive, Tempe. As with the Service Saturdays, anyone can just show up and volunteer and should enter through the gated staff entrance. See

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Efforts like Lester’s are vitally needed, judging by a report released last week by the Maricopa Association of Governments, which said in a release that its homeless “Point-in-Time Count tells a troubling story of an increase in the overall number of people experiencing homelessness in the Maricopa County region. “Of particular concern is the continuing increase in the number of people living on the streets or in unsheltered situations, it said, noting that its one-day census on Jan. 22 showed 6,298 people experiencing homelessness – a 12 percent increase from the region’s 2017 number of 5,605. Those living on the street not only constituted about a third of that count but represented a 27 percent increase over last year and a 149 percent increase over the total recorded in 2014. “There are many complex reasons for homelessness, and one reason for the increase may be an insufficient supply of affordable housing available in the region,” the report said, Conducted by volunteers, the annual Point-in-Time Count is just a one-night snapshot of people experiencing homelessness.

Lester said people are opening up their hearts and their wallets to his efforts. “One of the things I’m most excited about is that three or four weeks ago we had the second highest number of volunteers,” he said, noting that 40 of about 100 volunteers were members of the Michigan State Alumni Association. It had chosen Service Saturdays as one of its community service projects for members who participated in the alumni association’s nationwide day of service. One alumna recently told him she’s got a donated U-Haul truck to haul “a ton of toiletries” to the Tempe warehouse for sorting. A volunteer who works for Isagenix International in Gilbert said the company was donating five pallets laden with 1,500 “care bags” containing a pair of socks, a granola bar, bandages, sanitizer, wipes and aspirin. “That was huge,” Lester said. In Ahwatukee, Dr. Angie Christopher of AZ Spine Disc and Sport, 4530 E. Ray Road, Suite 110, Ahwatukee, is continuing to offer her clinic as a dropoff for donations of bottles of water. “With temperatures rising, now is the time we’re thinking about the water,” Lester noted. Fans Across America, a Chandler-based foundation that assists victims of non-

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hwatukee residents can learn about and weigh in on a proposed South Mountain Freeway interchange at 32nd Street or any other construction-related issue when the Arizona Department of Transportation holds an open house on that and other construction issues next week. State Rep. Jill Norgaard organized the open house – 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 at Desert Vista High School’s cafeteria, 16440 S. 32nd St., Ahwatukee – because of “a lot of people who want updates on the freeway schedule, blasting, lawsuit” and the poor lane striping on Pecos Road. “There is no formal presentation,” ADOT said in a release. “The public can speak one-on-one with project staff about the studies and learn more about construction progress to date and what to expect for the rest of the year.” ADOT since February has been conducting an environmental impact study on the addition of a 32nd Street inter-

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he Ahwatukee Foothills Village Planning Committee is expected to vote next week on whether to recommend an expansion of operating hours for medical marijuana dispensaries in Phoenix. The committee, which will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, May 21, at Pecos Community Center, is being asked – along with all other village planning committees – to recommend formal action by the city Planning Commission on a proposal to expand operating hours for pot dispensaries from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. to 7 a.m.-10 p.m. The committee’s vote – the only formal action on next week’s agenda – would be advisory since the Planning Commission is not bound by it. If ultimately approved by the commission, Phoenix would join Scottsdale as allowing the earliest opening hours for medical marijuana dispensaries in the Valley. Currently, Phoenix, Chandler and Flagstaff have closing hours at 7 p.m. and Pima County has the earliest at 5 p.m. However, Phoenix has granted variances to some dispensaries to remain open until 10 p.m.

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he two Kyrene middle schools in Chandler will continue to have school resource officers in 201819 under a proposal approved last week by the city council there. Chandler City Council approved an intergovernmental agreement that means “all public middle and high schools within Chandler city limits are covered with SRO service,” a staff recommendation states. If the Kyrene Governing Board approves the arrangement, the state grant will cover $228,000 of the total $243,00 cost of SROs in Pueblo and Aprende middle schools. While Tempe pays the cost of an SRO in Kyrene’s only middle school in that city, Phoenix Police say they can’t afford to have an SRO in any of the district’s three Ahwatukee middle schools. That upsets Ahwatukee parent Scott Weinberg, who returned to the latest Kyrene Governing Board meeting April 8 to again request that district officials address the security concerns he has been raising since the massacre at a Florida high school on Valentine’s Day. “I know that it’s the end of the year and everyone is counting the days,” he told the board. “I need you all to know I won’t be able to rest until we’ve done everything we can possibly do to keep our children safe. “We are always one day away from the next school shooting,” he added. “We must remain vigilant and resist the urge to forget and embrace a false sense of security.” Weinberg, who has a son in an Ahwatukee Kyrene elementary school and whose daughter is going into a middle school in Ahwatukee next school year, asked Superintendent Jan Vesely to reschedule before the school year ends a town hall on school security that she had cancelled because of the teachers walkout earlier this month. Neither Vesely nor the board could address that issue because of a rule that prevents them from responding immediately to concerns raised by people during the citizens address portion of the meeting. “I believe parent feedback will be valuable to the school district,” she added.

“This fight is not over…I believe the fight to safeguard our children to be a noble one.” Chandler is heading into the second year of a three-year state grant that underwrites the cost of six of the 10 SROs that the Chandler Police post in all the public middle and high schools in the city. The grant this year was for more than $770,000. According to the memo to council by Chandler Assistant Chief Dale Walters, “The police department has been supporting the SRO needs for schools located within our city limits for a number of years. The department wishes to continue supporting the SRO needs of these school districts as a service to them and a positive example to the youth of our community.” The total cost of SRO staffing in all the public middle and high schools in Chandler this school year was just under $1.4 million. The State Education Department administers Safe Schools grants and never has enough money to fund SROs in all Arizona middle and high schools. It is unclear how it makes determinations in divvying up the money. Phoenix Police spokesmen have said their department has far too many middle and high schools to put an officer in every one of them and has so far not seen a need to post one in any of the three Kyrene middle schools in Ahwatukee. The Legislature earlier this month concluded its 2018 session without acting on Gov. Doug Ducey’s school safety plan. While it did not address the issue of SROs at all, it did provide some additional safeguards affecting access to guns by convicted felons and individuals whose behavior suggests they are a threat to society. Conservatives in the Legislature watered down a provision that would have allowed family members and medical professionals to ask a court to have weapons removed from such people for at least a limited period of time. Ducey also had proposed a ban on socalled bump stocks, which facilitate the rapid firing of certain weapons. The Legislature stripped that provision from his plan.


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ing to the conure, more the size of your everyday parrot, she added, “This guy will torture the cat. He’ll poke her, just fly at the cats and bounce off their backs.” Some of them came from traumatic environments – one witnessed a murder-suicide – and others were simply abandoned. But she treats all five in pretty much the same way – with love, attention and gentle but firm discipline. “They need a lot of attention, probably more attention than a dog or cat,” Deutscher says of birds. “A dog or cat is always interacting with their environment. Birds are flock animals and want to be part of your life.” Deutscher’s lifelong love of creatures has taken her from a veterinarian’s office to an aquarium and finally to cages. “I was drawn to animals since I was born,” she said. “I looked into being a veterinarian and worked at a veterinarian’s office. “The medicine, the surgery and the animals were all great, but I couldn’t take the clients,” she explained. “They were totally dismissive of their animals. They would want them put to sleep because they were biting.”

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Barbara Bingham Deutscher’s birds usually live in cages festooned with lots of distractions and toys to keep them amused.

So, the San Francisco native got a degree in music, then relocated to Hawaii, where she played French horn for the Honolulu Symphony. She spent her daytime hours working

with dolphins, learning their language. And after nine years in Hawaii, she moved to Arizona in 1986 to play French horn with the Phoenix Symphony, bringing along the Amazon parrot she acquired


in 1978 and had for 39 years before it passed away. It was only natural that she settled in the Equestrian Trail neighborhood when she and her husband, Ken, moved to Ahwatukee in 1989. “When Ken and I were getting married, we had horses and there’s no better place for horses, and there’s no better place for them than right here. We’ve got miles and miles of trails.” She started studying bird behavior more earnestly, spending years working on her certification as a bird trainer, acquiring along the way the five birds who make their home with her and her husband. Visitors to her home can always be sure they’re at the right house – the macaws’ loud screeches can be heard practically 10 feet away on the sidewalk. Inside, they are just as much at home in their cages as they are flitting or strutting around in her living room, dining room or patio. And just as behaved. When she tells them to get in their cage, the macaws generally do just that. When she and her husband eat, they eat and don’t make a fuss about being ignored. And when they turn off the lights to go to sleep, the birds follow suit. See

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“What I try to do is teach them all different scenarios,” she explained. “If every time you have dinner and feed the birds, your birds will expect to have dinner when you do.” She takes the macaws in public “as much as I can. “We’re very bonded,” she explained, adding that whether the macaws are accompanying her to the Tempe Art Festival or on a hike, they sit on her shoulder. Birds don’t do these things naturally, Deutscher explained. “The length of time it takes to bond depends on their past and how you’re working with them,” she said, estimating that it can take anywhere from a few months to a year to develop that relationship. “It takes a while for them to trust you,” she said, recounting how the previous owner of one of her rescued macaws got so frustrated by its refusal to shut up that the owner would keep a blanket over its head. “They weren’t enlightened people,” she added. Part of the trick in getting birds to behave, she said, is positive reinforcement. Initially, an owner will get frustrated and yell at the bird or worse. But that only confuses them “They just know you don’t want them to do something, but they don’t know what to do,” she said. “They need positive

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(Kimberly Carrillo/AFN Staff Photographer)

Red shirts with messages on them like these worn at a demonstration outside Kyrene Schools headquarters could expose area teachers to fines for violating a state law that prohibits school district employees from any form of politicking while on school grounds.

over, Knight noted, those penalties cannot be paid by the district or insurance but must come out of the individual’s pocket. And they can be assessed on every individual act deemed against the law. In

other words, wearing a shirt with a political message on five different days could mean five separate offenses with a potential maximum total penalty of $30,000. Kyrene officials stressed that their warnings are normal during any election

year and that they routinely make them during years when overrides are on the ballot. But Mesa school officials, like their Chandler Unified counterparts, said #RedforEd-turned-InvestforEd is a particularly significant consideration. “We don’t track calls, but we jumped on this fairly quickly to help answer questions we knew our districts would soon have,” said Mesa Public Schools spokeswoman Heidi Hurst. Mesa schools General Council Tom Pickrell issued a stern warning to staff last Friday, calling for “a return to our traditional rule that teachers and other staff members will not wear T-shirts that convey, directly or indirectly, a political, religious or moral message while on duty.” “The traditional standard regarding message T-shirts was relaxed in the days before the RedforEd walkout because, frankly, more teachers were wearing RedforEd T-shirts than not,” Pickrell continued. “The walkout is now over, The Legislature approved a state budget that will enable our governing board to substantially improve salaries.” Calling the message ban “a reasonable effort to avoid nedless controversies,” he See

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said the ban is meant to spare coworkers, parents and staff from feeling “they are held captive” to a message they don’t agree with.” Tempe Union officials also stressed their warnings were different this time. “On the advice of our district legal team, we are asking that TUHSD employees refrain from wearing red shirts bearing a reference to the #RedforEd movement,” the district told staff, adding: “By all means, feel free to wear red, just not anything related to the movement or with the hashtag. We have been very clear with employees that we are providing the guidance to protect them from potential personal liability if someone were to file a complaint regarding A.R.S. § 15-511.” Even the Kyrene board meeting May 8 meeting showed #RedforEd added urgency to whatever warnings have been traditional during election years. “The dress code. It’s not working,” parent Steve O’Hanian told the board, noting that Kyrene’s policies prohibit clothing and symbolism that create “an atmosphere of threats, intimidation or undue influence” and “disrupt or may disrupt the educational environment or

interfere” with education. “This is precisely what will happen in today’s very high political environment,” he said. O’Hanian asserted that Kyrene’s dress code prohibited employees – when on school grounds – from wearing “colored clothing containing symbols being worn by a group for displaying solidarity with a political activist group. “Not only have students been wearing such clothing, but (so are) teachers and principals – in the school during school hours,” he said. “We want our children to attend school each day with enthusiasm and an open mind, not being exposed en masse to any curriculum favoring one ideology or another,” O’Hanian added, adding that such clothing is “intimidating and disruptive to the educational objectives and must not be tolerated.” But Kyrene parent Cathy Zinkhon Matsumoto, a special education teacher in another district, told the board she participated in teacher protests at the Capitol and noted some parents who opposed the walkout are wearing purple shirts as a public protest of the protest. “I see people in purple,” she said. “I hear that’s a political color now. Who gets to make that decision on what colors

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School districts are advising teachers and other staff that now that there’s a drive to get a tax surcharge initiative on the November ballot, these shirts could violate the law when worn on school grounds.

we get to wear? “Is everything we do political?” Matsumoto continued, calling #RedforEd a movement that has been around for “many many years.” Those exchanges reflect a more fundamental disagreement on the law between lawyers for the Arizona Education Association, which helped lead the walkout, and the Arizona School Boards Association, which advises governing boards on a wide array of policy and legal issues.





Josh Buckley – president of the Mesa Education Association and the teacher leader who ac tually introduced to the public the initiative for surcharging the incomes of Arizonans earning more than $250,000 annually – said the AEA attorney’s interpretation was that no violation exists by wearing the “RedforEd’’ shirts. But because the matter has not been resolved, most teachers will probably wear red shirts without the catchy messages on Wednesday. Buckley said Mesa’s governing board told association officials, “We’d rather not do any message on T-shirts. We know there are a lot of options that don’t say “RedforEd’’ on them.’’ He said most teachers have purchased some other red clothing, noting, “I will break out my red button-up shirt on Wednesday.” Kyrene teacher Amanda McDaniels said, “We are now organized. We are smarter and we will not forget. We will continue to wear red on Wednesdays to remind us that the fight for our children and Arizona’s future continues.” But McDaniels also was playing it safe with her red T-shirt bearing the profile of Arizona on it. Instead of “#RedforEd” within the border, there was a small apple.








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he iconic Mesa Arizona Temple will undergo extensive upgrades and remodeling with an eye to both functional and cosmetic improvements, officials of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said last week. Unveiling plans for one of Arizona’s most iconic structures, Mormon officials said that in addition to upgrading the air conditioning, plumbing and other building infrastructure, workers will make an array of changes throughout the 70,000-squarefoot building and surrounding grounds to restore and enhance the site’s original aesthetic vision, they said. The most dramatic change on the grounds will involve the demolition of the visitors’ center. It will be replaced by a “family discovery center” on the southwest corner of LeSueur and Main streets, providing a clear view of the temple from Main Street in downtown Mesa. The new building will host historical exhibits and events and provide educational and family-research resources to LDS congregants.

It also will result in the eviction of tenants in nine World War 11-era homes in the downtown historical district on Udall and LeSeuer streets. Tenants were asked to attend a meeting last week to discuss the eviction, said to be effective June 30. The temple – which for decades has hosted an elaborate Easter pageant and Christmas light display – will close May 19 and reopen in 2020, with the annual holiday celebrations returning thereafter, said Roc Arnett, a church spokesman. The deteriorating condition of the building’s systems provided an opportunity to reverse changes made in the 1970s that, in hindsight, the church has come to regard as deviations from the temple’s original design, said Emily Utt, the church’s historical curator. Interior architecture and artwork will be cleaned and restored, and new artistic touches will be introduced during the overhaul, she said. The interior renovations will emphasize the sanctuary’s original colors and building materials, said Bill Williams, the church’s temple designer. The vivid pastel colors and dark-brown limestone, obscured since the building’s original dedi-

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Considered a “house of God,” the temple – like the other 159 sanctuaries around the world, – hosts the church’s holiest sacraments, including weddings, baptisms and “sealings,” a ceremony unique in which family members confer eternal permanence on their relationships. The renovations are partly intended to spur an economic revitalization of downtown Main Street. Denny Barney, president of the East Valley Partnership and a Maricopa County supervisor, foresees “tens of millions of dollars” of business investment in an area to the west of the temple that has been scouted by the church for redevelopment. Barney himself has said that he has purchased property for the church near the temple and has coordinated with the church on plans. Some community members, including historic preservationists, have balked at a perceived lack of public transparency regarding the project as well as its consequences for the city’s historic district. The church requested city permission to demolish the homes, but the city denied at least three of those requests, imposing a moratorium on demolitions that will expire later this year. City and church officials have been mum on details of that development but are expected to dis(Special to AFN) cuss them later this The temple's baptismal room will be restored to its original shade of month.

cation by subsequent paint jobs, will once again flourish, he said. Meanwhile, the baptismal room’s walls will be restored to their original soothingly cool shade of green, and blue terra-cotta tiles will adorn the room’s ceremonial basin in place of materials introduced since the temple’s founding. The temple’s murals – which depict Native Americans, Mormon pilgrims of all ethnicities and American landscapes – will be retouched and new murals will be added, Williams said. The surrounding gardens will also be preserved and expanded. Landscapers will maintain and replant the cypress, olive, and other species of trees that have shaded the temple grounds in the 1920s, Utt said. New cactus gardens will be introduced, she said. The temple, among the first to be built outside Salt Lake City, Utah, has been a historic anchor for the Mormon since it opened in 1927.

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Judge refuses ex-Mesa lawmaker’s bid to drop bribery case BY HOWARD FISCHER Capitol Media Services


federal judge has rejected a bid by a former utility regulator, his wife, a lobbyist and a utility executive to throw out criminal charges against them. In a ruling Wednesday, Judge John Tuchi sided with federal prosecutors in concluding that there’s nothing inherently unconstitutional about federal laws that make bribery a crime. More to the point, the judge said, the statutes are sufficiently clear to allow Gary Pierce and the others to defend themselves when the trial starts on May 30. Similarly, Tuchi refused to void another measure in the indictment, this one charging the defendants with defrauding the public of the “honest services’’ of their officials. The defendants had no better luck in convincing Tuchi that the jurors who will hear the case should not be told about the money that flowed from Johnson Utilities to the lobbying firm of R & R Partners. And the judge also said jurors will be able to see telephone records of contacts among the defendants.

All this is crucial as federal prosecutors seek to prove that George Johnson, who runs the water and sewer company that bears his name, illegally funneled money to Pierce, then a member of the Arizona Corporation Commission, in exchange for his vote on two issues before the panel. One involves a 2011 vote to increase the value of the company. That, in turn, allowed Johnson Utilities to collect more from customers. The other is a 2012 change in commission policy, crafted by Pierce, allowing the owners of small companies like Johnson Utilities to recover some of their personal income taxes through higher rates. The bribe, according to the indictment, was $31,500 provided by Johnson through lobbyist Jim Norton of R & R Partners, that eventually went to Sherry Pierce for what prosecutors say was minimal work. That money, the government charges, wound up in the couple’s joint bank account. In legal filings with the court, Norton’s attorney, Ivan Mathew, argued that statutes are unenforceable if they involve “guesswork and intuition’’ and fail to

Separately, Tuchi rejected a bid by Woody Thompson, Johnson’s attorney, to preclude any testimony about his client’s income and net worth. “The only purpose would be to appeal to the jury’s passions by portraying Mr. Johnson as a rich, greedy developer and utility owner out to make a additional profit any which way he could,’’ Thompson argued. “Such character assassination is not a legitimate reason,’’ he said. “This case should (Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services) Former Mesa lawmaker and state Corporation Commission be decided on its merits, not member Gary Pierce tried to rush past reporters last year based on the wealth of one of following his initial appearance in federal court. the parties.’’ Thompson had no better provide fair notice to people of what is luck in convincing the judge that jurors and is not illegal. should not be told about efforts by “Simply, defining something as illegal Johnson in 2007 and 2013 to sell the is unconstitutionally vague,’’ he wrote. utility to the town of Florence. That sale Anyway, Mathew argued, there is did not take place, the attorney said, and evidence that Sherry Pierce actually did all the events occurred “years before the work. So he said there can be no bribe. date of the alleged conspiracy.’’ Tuchi did not explain his reasoning for But he did get Tuchi to rule that jurors siding with prosecutors and refusing to cannot be told about any investigations void the criminal charges. or notices of violations issued to Johnson.

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Save Our Schools targets ‘dark money,’ snubs tax surcharge BY HOWARD FISCHER Capitol Media Services


he East Valley-based group responsible for forcing a public vote on the future of vouchers won’t back a plan to hike taxes on the rich to help fund schools. Dawn Penich-Thacker, spokeswoman for Save Our Schools, acknowledged that an initiative filed two weeks ago for an income tax surcharge is designed to raise about $690 million a year for K-12 education. And she said a dedicated source of dollars is needed to ensure that there are sufficient dollars to support schools in case of a future recession. But she said that raising taxes on only those in the top 2.5 percent of income appears more divisive – and more partisan – than her organization likes. Anyway, she told Capitol Media Services, her group has its own battle to fight in persuading voters to kill voucher expansion in November. But Penich-Thacker said the “Stop Dirty Money’’ campaign is different. She said the movement to use taxpayers’ dollars to send children to private and parochial schools is financed to a great extent by organizations whose donors are shielded from public view by state laws. A “dark money’’ group, Americans for Prosperity, filed suit last year to kill the Save Our Schools referendum, which seeks to give voters the last word on 2017 legislation expanding the voucher program to allow any parent to get state dollars to send a child to private or parochial schools. The legal challenge failed and the measure will be on the ballot as Proposition 305. But Penich-Thacker said fighting that lawsuit to preserve the referendum “burned up every bit of donations we had been getting in.’’ So, she’s ready to help remove the legal veil over the donors. “That dark money is where our problem arose,’’ Penich-Thacker said, saying there’s a “natural connection’’ between Save Our Schools and the initiative. That backing – and the volunteers that

Save Our Schools can generate – could provide the push to get the measure on the ballot. The proposal being pushed by former attorneys general Terry Goddard, Tom Horne and Grant Woods – the first a Democrat and the other two Republicans – would put a “right to know’’ provision in the Arizona Constitution, requiring public disclosure of the names of anyone who puts at least $10,000 into any campaign, whether for public office or a ballot measure. That’s already required now, but there’s an exception: Groups organized under the Internal Revenue Code as “social welfare’’ organizations can refuse to disclose their donors, leaving voters with a name – like Americans for Prosperity. What Save Our Schools provides is motivated volunteers. They gathered more than 110,000 signatures in less than 90 days last year to put the referendum on the ballot. The initiative to ban dark money could benefit from volunteers. It faces a stiffer hurdle, needing more than 225,000 valid signatures on petitions by July 5 to put it on the November ballot. The issue of “dark money’’ has become an increasing problem for voters interested in finding out who is behind commercials, mailers and other campaign materials. In the 2014 gubernatorial race, for example, the $5 million spent on the general election directly by Ducey and Democrat Fred DuVal was eclipsed by the $9 million others spent trying to influence the race. Most of that cash flowed in Ducey’s benefit. The Republican-controlled Legislature has shown little interest in providing more information on donors. Lawmakers earlier this year approved a measure blocking cities from enacting their own financial disclosure laws. That most immediately voided an ordinance approved by 91 percent of Tempe voters. If the initiative is approved it would not just force disclosure in statewide and legislative races but again empower cities and towns to enact their own similar requirements.

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Y OPAS seeks drivers to help Ahwatukee seniors get around BY PAUL MARYNIAK AFN Executive Editor


hey live in the shadows of a community where people barely give a thought to jumping in their cars to get to a doctor or buy the week’s groceries. Hundreds of Ahwatukee seniors don’t have that luxury because they’re too old or too financially strapped to afford wheels of their own. That’s why the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA’s Outreach Program for Ahwatukee Seniors has been such a lifeline. Now, that lifeline has been frayed by summertime activities – and it needs people’s help. Every summer, many of the volunteers who provide free rides for seniors to reach medical appointments, buy groceries or make other important destinations go on vacation or leave for cooler seasonal residences. “We’re down 20 drivers so we’re feeling the pinch already,” said Y OPAS program director Jill Sears. “And it’s probably going the to get the worst.” Sears is putting out the call for volunteer drivers, hoping to get enough people stepping up so that the Y OPAS clientele isn’t stranded. At its peak, the volunteer driver count hovers around 80.

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Steve Diephuis has been a volunteer driver for the YMCA's Outreach Program for Ahwatukee Seniors for three years. Last year, he put more than 3,100 miles on his Tesla taking elderly people to medical appointments, grocery shopping and on other errands. Y OPAS needs more people like him.

Because Y OPAS operates other programs for seniors as well, total volunteers approach 175 serving 463 clients. The majority of both are in the ride program. People like volunteer Steve Diephuis know the need all too well – which is why

he drove 3,188 miles last year in his red Tesla J ferrying folks to various places. Diephuis, 62, who with wife Leslie have been Y OPAS volunteers since 2015, remembers how his mother felt when, at 91, she could no longer drive until her

death six years later. “It was a blow to her independence,” Diephuis recalled. “She would have liked a service like this back in Michigan. “I know from her what it was like and I thought about her when I signed up,” he said, adding, “The people are very appreciative of getting a ride. I enjoy hearing their stories.” What makes it especially attractive, he said, is that the service is online so he can check clients’ needs against his own schedule and sign up for those open times when he is available as well. But Sears warns that volunteers shouldn’t approach Y OPAS as though it was a ride-sharing or mere taxi service. “We’re not just a taxi service,” she explained. “We create relationships with these clients. “This isn’t like Uber. We go to front door and walk them to the car. We don’t dump them off. We take them back to their door.” That’s why Y OPAS looks for volunteers who can do more than meet the minimum requirements of having a valid license, automobile liability insurance and can pass a Social Security number-driven background check. “Hopefully it’s someone with a heart for seniors,’ she said. See

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Y OPAS volunteer of the year a force with a smile AFN News Staff

Hundreds of Ahwatukee residents give of their time and selves to the Y Outreach Program for Ahwatukee Seniors. And last year, the group gave its annual Linda Hoppe Above and Beyond Award to one of those stalwarts, Andrea Groves, recognizing her with its version of a volunteer of the year award. The award is named after a longtime volunteer who passed away 11 years ago. Since then, it is given to someone who reflects the commitment and reliability that is the cornerstone of the Y OPAS

volunteer operation. Groves donated 320 hours last year in the office, helping facilitate appointments for clients and driving the annual fall book sale that helps fund Y OPAS activities. “She helps with anything and everything we need,” said program director Jill Sears. Noting the group held its 10th annual book sale last fall, Sears called Groves “the force behind it.” “With Andrea’s leadership and commitment, the sale grows year over year,” Sears said.

Groves has been a volunteer since 2010, serving as resident photographer in addition to working a full day shift a week in the office, where she is known for providing “a smile and a laugh for us all,” Sears added. While Y OPAS’ primary need for volunteers involves driving seniors to needed appointments or shopping trips, the organization can use some for other activities, such as game day and even simple companionship. To find out more, call Sears at 602212-6076 or email jill.sears@vosymca. org.

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Andrea Groves, left, gets her Above and Beyond Award from Y OPAS program director Jill Sears.



Area author writes for those who lost a parent as a child BY PAUL MARYNIAK AFN Executive Editor


or nearly a quarter-century, Mother’s Day has been a day of sad “what ifs” for Michelle Shreeve. The Gilbert writer – who wrote columns for teens for several years in AFN while she lived in Ahwatukee – can’t help thinking of the mother taken away from her by death in December 1993, when she was 9. “In the beginning, Mother’s Days were rough and hurt a lot,” Shreeve said. “I would send my mom flowers to be delivered to her gravestone at the California cemetery she’s buried in. I would also watch comforting motherless daughter or mother-daughter movies to help make it through the day, not to mention talk to her and cry.” Over time, though she got married and celebrated Mother’s Day on behalf of her mother-in-law and stepmom, too, that sadness lingered. This Mother’s Day was a bit different from the 23 that came before. Feelings of accomplishment and hope were there. Last month, Shreeve’s book – inspired by her mother’s death and the loss she’s dealt

Guide” is based on her interviews with 90 people ranging in age from pre-teen to the mid-80s. It is book #56 in the “It Happened to Me Ultimate Teen Guide” series, published by Rowman & Littlefield and available at Barnes & Noble bookstores and hardback and digital forms on a variety of book-sale websites. While she had been “lightly researching the topic of parental death since the time of her loss, she began working on it in earnest in 2014. Over the last four years, Shreeve also was busy earning two master’s degrees, but she persisted in her interviews with people who lost their mom or dad at a young age. “I want to make sure kids, teens, young adults and griev(Special to AFN) ing families know that they’re Gilbert author Michelle Shreeve was excited to receive the not alone in this, and that first batch of copies of the book she spent years researching. there are many others who with for 25 years – finally hit the shelves. have gone through parental death or are “Parental Death: The Ultimate Teen currently going through it like they are,”

she said. “When I was young and going through my own personal loss, I used to get scared and worried about my future,” Shreeve explained. “I would often think my life was in trouble because I didn’t have two parents to support me like most of my peers did. I would think to myself, there has to be someone out there who lost a mother/ parent like I did but was still able to make it. I knew that I couldn’t be the only person out there.” So, before she interviewed people, she did some research, discovering “many notable people – Nobel Prize Laureates, actors, athletes, musicians, philosophers and more who grew up to give something positive back to the world but who also lost a parent, like I did.” “I thought if they could make it through their childhood without one or both of their parents, and still pursue their dreams or give something positive back to the world, then maybe I could make it too. And that gave me strength and motivation on my challenging days. I also used it as a therapeutic coping method.”

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As for the clients themselves, they must be 62 or older, living independently in one of Ahwatukee’s ZIP codes and must be able to get in and out of a vehicle on their own because the service is non-medical in nature. Sears said the client base is “on track for significant growth” and is growing at a rate of 10 new signups a month. Y OPAS added 129 clients between May 2017 and May of this year. Last year, Y OPAS handled 11,177 appointments with seniors in Ahwatukee. Of those, 8,853 involved transportation, mostly to medical appointments and supermarkets. Volunteer hours donated last year totaled 9,073, and drivers ferried seniors across 74,253 miles. Drivers take seniors beyond Ahwatukee to appointments as far north as the Veterans Hospital on Indian School Road and as far east as Val Vista Drive in Mesa/ Gilbert. Though the program added 42 new drivers last year, “we are looking for 50 more,” Sears said. “Even if you can drive once a week or twice per month, it all helps,” Sears said.

“Many of our senior neighbors living in Ahwatukee depend on Y OPAS for transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping and more. Public transportation or ride share programs like Uber or Lyft do not provide the escorted door-to-door service our volunteers provide. “It is fun and easy to volunteer for Y OPAS – all of our appointments are booked online using a database you can access from your smartphone or your home computer,” Sears added. “You accept appointments that fit your schedule. You can choose how often you volunteer and what geographic area you’d like to serve – East Valley, Ahwatukee only or Valley-wide.” Sears cited one senior who told her how valued those rides are. “I have been with Y OPAS for several years and just last year, Y OPAS provided 79 rides for me,” she wrote. “That’s 79 times a caring, compassionate volunteer provided not only transportation to all my many medical appointments, OPAS events and shopping, but companionship and the peace of mind to know I never had to worry about how I would get there.” For information or to sign up: 602212-6076, or

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As much as she learned from research, she learned even more in her interviews. “Each and every one of the participants story was heartbreaking, especially when realizing what they went through at such a young age,” Shreeve said. “There were many times when I had to walk away from the computer as my heart broke for each participant. … Let’s just say many tears were shed and went into this book that came from both the participants and myself.” The stories intertwined in the book are from people who lost one or both their parents at a young age. The advice at the end “are from those who lost their parents at a young age who are now at various different ages as they can reflect how their parent’s death impacted their life into the years and decades.” “In the book, I tell children and teens there are two ways you can handle your loss throughout the rest of your life: You can either use it as a handicap and say you don’t know how to do this or that because your parent wasn’t there to teach you, or you can learn things on your own, be there for yourself instead of dependent on others and teach yourself the things your late parent left off teaching you.”

“Something I’ve noticed over coping with the death of my mother over the past 24 years is, helping others feels like the right thing to do.” These days, Shreeve tries to avoid focusing on her loss. “I try to act like she’s still here,” she explained. “I talk to people about her, I watch movies that I think she and I would have probably watched together, I look at old pictures and I even talk to her daily. I’ve learned a lot about myself, some things the hard way... but that is why I wanted to share this book with other kids and teens who might be struggling with parental death. “I didn’t want them to feel like they have to face their loss alone and unarmed. This book should prove that they are indeed not alone and should give them a good idea on how to cope with healthy coping mechanisms.” Shreeve also compiled lists of “mother-daughter movies, motherless daughter movies, father-son books, fatherless son books and more.” What’s not in the book is at The book can also be found at ISBN/9781442270879/Parental-DeathThe-Ultimate-Teen-Guide. Shreeve can be reached at

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Altadena to offer Mandarin, an increasingly popular language AFN News Staff


new and increasingly popular foreign language will be added to the list of electives at Altadena School next year. Kyrene School District announced last week that “based on student interest,” Mandarin Chinese will be offered for the first time in the school year beginning this August at both Altadena and Kyrene Middle School. The announcement also said the district has hired Zhe Kang as the Mandarin Chinese teacher at Altadena. A native of Changchun, China, Kang has taught Mandarin for four years in the U.S. and “has a strong background in curriculum and instruction,” the district’s announcement said. She has an English degree and a master’s degree from universities in China as well as a master’s in human development and psychology from Harvard. Altadena is also hosting a Mandarin information night 6-7 p.m. tomorrow, May 17, in the school multipurpose room for interested families and students. Officials will discuss the program, introduce Kang and give an overview of Tempe Union High School District’s Mandarin courses. Mandarin Chinese is becoming an increasingly popular foreign language in many area school districts, and interest in some is as great as it is in Spanish. Mandarin is the official language of China and Taiwan, and in many of those districts, teachers try to engage students in Mandarin by educating them about the culture through Chinese New Year celebrations and other activities. Students make arts and crafts, write in calligraphy and create and eat traditional foods in classes. The children and teens also frequently speak the language on campus as their teachers recognize that familiarity with the language can open many doors in the business world and help students impress universities. Students in Seton’s Mandarin classes are pen pals with English-speaking students at a school in Taipei. Seton junior Shea Eubanks, 17, said Mandarin is “complicated, but it’s really interesting” because the language has no alphabet and the tone of voice used is the key to the appropriate pronunciation. Four tones of voice are used in Mandarin. For example, the word spelled in English “ma,” has different meanings including “mother” and “horse” depending

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Zhe Kang, a native of China, will be teaching Mandarin Chinese at Altadena Middle School next school year.

on the tone of voice expressed. One tool some teachers use to help students overcome their hesitancy to speak Mandarin is playing games. Harrison Kominski, 17, an Ahwatukee junior at Seton, likes the hands-on aspect of the Mandarin 2 class. “It’s nice because it’s a bit different than a class where you have to learn this and

this,” Kominski said. Experts say it is easier for people to learn new languages the younger they are. Students in Arizona can earn a Seal of Biliteracy when they graduate from high school if they show proficiency in English and at least one other language. Last year was the first year graduating seniors in the state could get it on their diplomas. In the 2016-17 school year, 316 graduating seniors from seven different school districts and charter schools earned the seal for their proficiency in four different languages: Mandarin, Spanish, French and German, according to the Arizona Department of Education. The Confucius Institute at Arizona State University provides support to a number of schools. The institute, an educational organization affiliated with the Ministry of Education for the People’s Republic of China, tries to promote the Chinese language and culture by supporting Chinese teaching around the world and facilitating cultural exchanges. Institute Director Robert Joe Cutter, who is also a professor of Chinese in the School of International Letters and Cul-

tures at ASU, said, “With any language, the earlier you start the better.” Cutter said. “There’s a big demand on the part of parents to have their kids start learning early. They want them to be in language immersion programs,” he noted, adding that his institute also helps districts find qualified Mandarin teachers, usually China natives who emiograted here. He added that China is “undeniably a place of importance historically, culturally, economically and politically.” “The better we as Americans understand it, the better informed our decisions and opinions are going to be,” Cutter said. “So many activities including business, but not just business, have a global aspect to it. I’ve lived in both China and Taiwan in the past.” He said he believes the Chandler Unified School District is “doing a great job” with its Mandarin programs. “They’re very enthusiastic,” Cutter said. “They’re terrific. I would encourage students in this area who are considering going to college and studying Chinese to study at ASU. I don’t believe they’ll find a better program anywhere.”




Widowed Chandler mom helps heroes and families BY COLLEEN SPARKS AFN Staff Writer


ngela Harrolle has traveled the world and protected dignitaries in high-risk positions as a special agent for the U.S. Department of State. But the Chandler mother of two never imagined the type of danger and tragedy that would hit her family years later much closer to home. Harrolle, 42, lost her husband, Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer/ Paramedic Bruce Harrolle in October 2008. He was killed at age 36 while rescuing two stranded hikers in Sedona. Now she is the president/CEO of the 100 Club of Arizona, helping public safety employees and their families, especially in times when tragedy strikes them. Harrolle became a widow at 33, left to raise the couple’s daughter, Addie, then 4, and son, Justice, then 2. As Mother’s Day approaches May 13, Harrolle recently reflected on how her own family is doing several years after her husband’s death. She said the Department of Public Safety, as well as fellow mothers who have lost

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Angela Harrolle, daughter Addie and son Justice sit near their Chandler home with a painting of Angela’s late husband, Bruce, who was killed on a rescue mission as an Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer/Paramedic.

their public safety spouses, the 100 Club of Arizona, friends and relatives have rallied around her and her children.

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“When something like this happens, the community outpouring of support is next to none,” Angela said.

Justice, now 11 and a fifth-grader at Jacobson Elementary School, loves riding a custom scooter. Addie, 14 and an eighth-grader at Bogle Junior High School, loves horseback riding. “It’s been nine years and we’re doing very good,” Harrolle said. “They are some of the most resilient children on the planet. They’re very adaptable.” The seeds of her current career were sown in the tragedy that she and her children suffered 10 years ago. She had not been familiar with the 100 Club of Arizona back then, but the woman who was the executive director of the organization at the time, visited her within 24 hours of Bruce’s death. That woman also was a widow whose husband had worked for DPS, and her visit gave Harrolle hope that she could carry on as a single mother. “It was the 100 Club that came to my house,” Harrolle said. “They showed up at my door and gave us a check for $15,000. More than the financial support, it was the fact that the executive…sat across from me. I knew, if she could do it, so could I. I See

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immediately wanted to be volunteering.” She worked for the 100 Club for about a year and a half in program development, starting around 2011, then left and returned two and a half years ago when she was asked to become its president and CEO. “I love it so much,” she said. “It’s the best job ever, outside of being a mom.” The 100 Club concept started in Detroit in 1952 after a young Detroit police officer was shot to death. William M. Packer, a car dealer and friend of the police commissioner, wrote to 100 of his friends asking them to donate money to support the fallen officer’s family. Packer got a 100 percent response rate and the fallen officer’s widow was able to pay off a mortgage and other bills and establish an education account for their unborn child. More than 40 different 100 Clubs exist in other states, and they all “came from the same idea or same principle” but each is slightly different and runs independently, Harrolle said. Having recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, the 100 Club of Arizona pro-

killed in the line of duty. The 100 Club of Arizona supports not only the surviving family members of public safety workers, but also living public safety employees and the agencies where they work. The Safety Enhancement Stipend program, started in 2004, helps agencies buy equipment (Red Rock News) and provide training A state DPS officer hands Angela Harrolle the flag that draped her DPS to boost the safety husband’s coffin during his 2008 funeral after his death during a rescue of officers and firemission. fighters. Last year vides help to public safety agencies, offi- the 100 Club of Arizona provided nearly cers, firefighters, EMT/paramedics and $177,000 in help to agencies through the program. their families around Arizona. Harrolle was thrilled when the Valley The organization, based in Phoenix, assists all police, correctional officers, pro- Toyota Dealers Association recently dobation and parole officers, firefighters and nated $100,000 to the program – the federal agents at the county, municipal, largest donation to the program in its history. state, tribal and federal levels. “To be able to do twice as much good is A one-time $15,000 contribution, like the one Harrolle received, is given to fam- just priceless,” she said. “I’m just the cataily members of public safety employees lyst. It’s awesome that they’re giving.”


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After graduating from ASU, she accepted a job at the U.S. Department of State in 1998. In her job, she protected secretaries of state Colin Powell, Madeleine Albright and Condoleezza Rice and visiting dignitaries, including the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela. She protected U.S. embassies and consulates and visited 45 countries, most of them through her work. She enjoyed the adventure and did not think about the dangers she faced. “My scary moments in life are probably more (from) being a parent,” she said. She still does contract work for the State Department, performing background checks on people seeking jobs or renewing work clearances. Harrolle vividly remembers that fateful day in October 2008 when Addie told her someone was at their front door. She could see the DPS officers through her screen door and sensed they were coming to deliver bad news. After learning her husband had died, she put Addie and Justice on her lap and told them their father had a bad “ouchie” and would not be coming home. When asked how she had the strength to carry on after losing her husband, she did not hesitate to say “my kids.” “You have kids,” she said. “You don’t have a choice. You can’t just go hide in your bedroom.” She said after Bruce’s death she was “very concerned about us having health insurance.” When benefits ended a short time after her husband’s death, she had to pay extremely high premiums to continue the family’s health insurance. She and DPS joined forces to bring about legislation in 2010 that provides survivor families of law enforcement officials access to health insurance coverage for the first year after a death. Of all her accomplishments, she said she is most proud of helping to get passage of this legislation, known as “Harrolle’s Law.” To be able to affect families for a lifetime is one of the best feelings on the planet,” she said. She also is happy about the “First Responder” license plate program that started after she became president and CEO of the 100 Club of Arizona. More than 20,000 “First Responder” license plates have been created since the offering started last year. While she spends most of her professional time doing her work for the 100

Club of Arizona, she also continues contract work for the State Department. She also has a broker’s and real estate license and owns the Fed Realty Group, through which she and other Realtors help government employees who are relocating. And she is an investor-partner in Chandler restaurants CHoP Chandler, The Living Room Wine Café & Lounge, Humble Pie and La Sala Tequila Cantina, which are owned by the same group. She takes in stride the many hats she wears: “It’s always a whirlwind, but I’m a much happier busy person.” She advised other busy parents to get help from family members and friends. “Engage your tribe,” she said. “Allow people to help people because people do want to help. It’s just the little things.” One member of her “tribe,” Emily Leitzell of Mesa, said Harrolle is her rock. Leitzell, 39, a mother of two daughters, has been friends with her since they met 11 years ago. “She is, I would say, my hero, someone to look up to,” Leitzell said. “She makes you want to be a better person.” “She’s like, ‘You’re gonna be fine,’” Leitzell said. “She’s amazing, an absolute pillar of strength. I don’t know how she does it.” As for her children, Addie said, “She’s the best mom and dad ever.” She said she remembers “little bits and pieces” about her father, including the last time she saw him. Addie and Justice are looking forward to going to a camp in Washington, D.C., for youths who have lost parents. They will be in D.C. with their mother for National Police Week, when fallen law enforcement officers are honored during the week of Mother’s Day. “It’s kind of cool when we go there,” he said. “We sit at this weird circular table. We talk about our family members that have passed away and everybody gets me. It’s like they understand.” Addie said she and her mother like to cook together. Justice loves riding a customized scooter and said his mother gives him “pointers when I’m doing a trick.” A baseball player, he said he and his mother also play catch. “I love spending time with her,” he said. “She’s easygoing. She’s pretty patient. She’s really kind and loving.” On Mother’s Day, Addie and Justice like to make their mom breakfast in bed. They also like making her cards. Justice said he does not remember his father very well, but his mom “tells me stories about him.” He is impressed with the work his mother does at the 100 Club. “She’s helped so many families,” he said. “I think it’s the best job ever.” To learn more about the 100 Club of Arizona, visit

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Active Lifestyle Clinic will celebrate the ribbon cutting at its new location at 16515 S. 40th St., Suite 131, Ahwatukee with a free brunch and big giveaway 9-11 a.m. Saturday, May 19. Door prizes will be given away every 10 minutes from local Ahwatukee businesses such as Nothing Bunt Cakes, Burrito Company, Bella Italia, Nello’s and others as well as prizes from the clinic itself. “We are also giving away free B12 shots for energy,” said owner Dr. Jen Winton, adding her clinic will also have a selfie booth, goodie bags and discounts for services. Besides remodeling a new suite, the clinic has added to its chiropractic and naturopathic care, by including physical therapy and an esthetician’s skin care services. Information: 480-704-1050, ActiveLifestyleClinic. com or

Local Cub Scout pack to hold annual ice cream social

Cub Scout Pack 78 is hosting its annual Summer Ice Cream Social with games and treats at 6 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Vista Canyon Park near Desert Vista High School. While kids are having fun with water games, leaders will discuss with parents the features and benefits of becoming a scout with Pack 78. Registration is not required and the event is free. Cub Scout Pack 78 is based out of Kyrene Monte Vista Elementary and is open to kids in kindergarten to 5th grade. Information: or

Ahwatukee author to conduct writing workshop next month

Katrina Shawver, author of the award-winning biography “Henry: A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America,” will present a writing workshop entitled “Bringing Someone Else’s Story to Life” 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 14 at Changing Hands Bookstore–Tempe, 6428 S. McClintock Drive. Cost is $25 and registration is at 480-730-0205. Participants should bring a notebook and pen. Shawver will address three key challenges she has faced in writing narrative nonfiction and offer tips and resources to achieve credibility in writing. Shawver has written for numerous publications and holds a bachelor’s degree from ASU in English and political science. She writes and blogs at

Y OPAS wants your castaways for fundraiser set by Realtor

Realtor Lindaw Fellows and Goodwill are teaming up to help the Y Outreach Program for Ahwatukee Seniors. They’re holding a Summer Cleaning Donation Day 8-10 a.m. June 2 at the corner of S. 1st Street and E. Nighthawk Way. People are encouraged to bring any items they no longer want and Goodwill will pay Y OPAS 10 cents for every pound of stuff it collects.

Kyrene Foundation Golf Classic registration is now underway

Duffers might want to help the Kyrene Foundation,

which serves needy families in the Kyrene School District, by signing up for its golf tournament. The Kyrene Foundation Golf Classic will be held 7 a.m.-noon June 1 at the Whirlwind Golf Club at Wild Horse Pass, 5692 W. North Loop Road, Chandler. It includes hole-in-one contests for $10,000, a $500 Visa gift card, a 4K HDTV as well as other prizes. Information: Contact Jeff Peters at: jpeters54@ or

Hot tub raffle raising money for local man's lung transplant

Friends are raffling a hot tub to help Ahwatukee resident Ed Kriesel pay the $1 million cost of a double lung transplant. Krisel, 57, who has never smoked, was diagnosed 10 years ago with a rare genetic disease that has reduced his lung capacity by more than half. The raffle tickets are $50 each or three for $100 and only 300 in all will be sold. A drawing will be held at Phoenix Hot Tubs and Swim Spas in Tempe June 2. Information: 612-554-6257.

Creative writing class may be offered here by local teacher

Ahwatukee resident Victoria Stavish is gauging local interest in a creative writing class for beginners. Interested people should contact her at 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. “I provide a fun and easy-going atmosphere to encourage everyone in my class to express themselves easily in writing,” she said.

Grandparents raising kids can now get help in Ahwatukee

Across Arizona, more than 100,000 children are being raised by their grandparents or other relatives, according to recent statistics. Now, Duet is starting a support group in Ahwatukee to help them. The group will meet 9-11 a.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St., Ahwatukee. Information:, or 602-2745022 Ext. 114.

Host families sought for foreign exchange students' hosts

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking Ahwatukee families to host boys and girls ages 15 to 18 from a variety of countries, including Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy and Japan. Students get to experience American culture while they practice their English. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience. The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. Students are selected based on academics and personality, and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests. Information: 1-800-733-2773 or





SATURDAY, MAY 19 TinkerTime

Explore hands-on creative ways to design, experiment, and invent while learning about science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) through tinkering. #stem #tinkertime #IronwoodLibrary DETAILS>> Saturday, May 19, 2-4 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E Chandler Blvd. Ages 6-11. Free. No registration required.


Mill Avenue Chamber Players

Audience members have the unique opportunity to hear the musical compositions of Robert Springer, John Steinmetz, Jessica Meyer, Tom Breadon and Kerry Turner, who have written new pieces for the ensemble to perform in celebration of its 10th anniversary. Meet two of the composers and learn about what inspires their compositional process as part of this fascinating concert! DETAILS>> 2-3 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E Chandler Blvd. Free. No registration required.  


AFFAN installs officers

Ahwatukee Foothills Friends and Neighbors will hold a luncheon to than outgoing officers and welcome the new ones. DETAILS>> noon, Florencia’s The Pizza Bistro, 3646 E. Ray Road, Ahwatukee. Contact affanwomensgroup@ if you are interested in attending.


Creative Planning and Journaling

apps and games will teach the fundamentals of simple logic, sequencing and coding language. #stem DETAILS>>  2-3 p.m. April 8 and 29. Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages 4-7. Free. No registration required.    

Big Bytes

What do video games, robots and self-driving cars have in common? Code! You can become a coding master by learning, 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.


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 Native Grill and Wings 5030 E. Ray Road, Ahwatukee. Contact: Gina Jenkins 480-9905444

Bring your planner, bullet journal, or notebook and learn some tips on laying out your tasks and goals while exercising your creativity! The fourth Tuesday of each month we’ll get those creative gears turning, get organized together, and help you reach those goals! Introductory bullet journal and all other supplies provided by the Friend of the Phoenix Public Library. #planningjournaling #IronwoodLibrary Details>> 4-6 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E Chandler Blvd.,Ahwatukee. Free. No registration required.

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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: 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.

Little Bytes

Kids can learn the foundations of coding and computer commands before they can write or spell! Fun activities,

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: calendar.

DETAILS>> 1:30-2:30 p.m., 4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Ahwatukee. $5 per class.

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Toastmasters sharpen skills

Sit, Stay, Read! 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.

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

Power Partners available

The Ahwatukee Chamber offers Power Partners every Tuesday except the second Tuesday of the month, when attendees are encouraged to attend the Wake Up Ahwatukee Morning Mixer. Unlike our Monday Power Group, this group will be non-category specific, meaning you can have more than one member in each business category. DETAILS>> 7:45-8:45 a.m. Jason’s Deli, 7230 W. Ray Road, Chandler. Free. Information:. Gina Jenkins, 480990-5444.


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

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

Montessori holds open house

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

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, See

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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

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For 29 years, the Tempe Diablos Excellence in Education Awards have recognized outstanding educators. This year’s recipients received cash awards of more than $31,500. It’s a small way of giving back to the teachers, administrators and staff who make a difference in the lives of the children in our community.

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‘Gentle yoga’ offered

Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E. Clubhouse Drive. Contact Shelley Miller, president, at 602-527-6789 or

Inner Vision Yoga Studio offers “gentle floor yoga” for core strengthening and healthy backs. DETAILS>> 1:30-2:30 p.m. 4025 E. Chandler, Ahwatukee. $5 per class. Information: 480-330-2015 or

Parents can ‘drop in’

Parents are invited to join a drop-in group to ask questions, share ideas or just listen to what’s going on with today’s teenagers. DETAILS>> 5:30-7 p.m. second Wednesday of each month. Maricopa Cooperative Extension, 4341 E. Broadway Road, Phoenix. Free. RSVP at 602-827-8200, ext. 348, or


Toastmasters meet

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

‘Dems and Donuts’ set

Legislative District 18 Democrats gather for an informal chat. DETAILS>> Free and open to the public 7:30-9 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month at Denny’s, 7400 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. RSVP: or 480592-0052.


Sit, Stay, Read!

Young readers & listeners can sign up for reading time with a registered therapy animal & human team. First & Third Saturdays: Read with Raven and Cassie. Second Saturday: Read with JoJo. DETAILS>> Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages 4-10. Free. No registration required.


Networking group meets

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


Teen Thursdays

Explore hands-on creative ways to design, experiment, and invent while learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) through tinkering. DETAILS>> 2-4 p.m. April 7 and 21, Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages 6-11. Free. No registration required.

Ironwood Library provides the snacks and fun every Thursday; teens just bring themselves and a friend! First Thursdays: video games; second Thursdays: art-making; third Thursdays: Upcycling Makerspace. Fourth Thursdays: Library Volunteer Opportunities. DETAILS>>  4-5:30 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages 12-18. Free. No registration required.

Fun with watercolors People can get step-by-step instruction in water-coloring whether they are beginners and intermediates. DETAILS>>10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Hobby Lobby, 4710 Ray Road, Ahwatukee. Four classes for $80. To register: Judy Lokits 480-471-8505, or

Kiwanis meets weekly

The Ahwatukee Kiwanis Club meets weekly and welcomes newcomers. Upcoming speakers are: May 10, Don Fletcher, Tempe Union High School District Governing Board candidate; May 17, Tyler Vasquez, Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley; and May 24, Brandon Schmoll, constable and Tempe Union school board member. DETAILS>>7:30 a.m. Biscuits Restaurant, 4623 E. Elliot Road, Ahwatukee. Information: mike.maloney2003@

Alzheimer’s support group

Caregivers for Alzheimer’s patients can find support monthly. DETAILS>> 10-11:30 a.m. Ahwatukee Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the first Saturday of the month at Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St. — Email calendar items to

Preschoolers’ moms gather

Free child care for ages 0 to 5. DETAILS>> 9 a.m. second and fourth Thursday, Foothills Bap-

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Arizona has one of the best websites to track state spending By DIANE E. BROWN & TOM JENNEY Tribune Guest Writers


s taxpayers in Arizona, our hardearned money contributes to a wide range of items: Employee salaries. Health care. Education. Public safety. Office supplies. The list goes on and on. While reasonable people may disagree on how our taxpayer dollars should be spent, we should all be able to agree that public accountability can help to ensure that state funds are spent wisely. And fortunately, according to the new report “Following the Money 2018” by the Arizona PIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group, Arizona has one of the best government spending websites in the country – Why is having a top-notch spending transparency website important? Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Yee, a

distinguished champion of transparency in the Legislature, recently stated, “When citizens, organizations and appointed and elected officials have easily accessible information on how our hard-earned taxpayer money is spent, we have a greater ability to identify and eliminate waste and duplication in government services.” Indeed. State-operated transparency websites provide checkbook-level detail on government spending, allowing citizens and watchdog groups to view payments made to individual companies, details on purchased goods or services, and benefits obtained in exchange for public subsidies. Through utilization of government spending transparency websites, citizens and government officials can monitor state spending to save taxpayer money, reduce potential abuse of public dollars and prevent corruption. States with strong transparency websites often realize significant financial returns on their investment including more efficient government administration, more competi-

tive bidding for public projects and less staff time spent on information requests. And in an increasingly digital world, online-accessible financial information is also a good way to enable citizens to participate in decisions about how resources are spent. What’s next for spending transparency? Although government spending websites across the country have come a long way in the past decade, the sites with which the average citizen interacts have also undergone significant transformation. States can help ensure their websites continue to evolve and are usable by including features such as a fully functional search bar and hosting an in-site viewing portal for citizens to interact with data without having to download a file, itemizing spending into manageable and understandable categories, as well as standardizing department and expenditure category descriptions to eliminate inconsistent abbreviations or misspellings that may complicate finding information. Increasingly, Arizona is stepping up and

meeting citizens’ expectations for accessible spending data through the state’s budget transparency portal. Arizona’s budget transparency website excels in “real-world” user-friendliness and functionality and deserves accolades for a financial highlights webpage that includes graphs intended to clearly illustrate government spending. Arizona is “near the top” of government spending websites. However, Arizona can be “at the top” by providing comprehensive information for all economic development subsidies, not just the Arizona Competes Fund, on its budget website. And it can ensure governmental and quasi-governmental entities – even those that are entirely financially self-supporting – integrate their expenditures into the online checkbook. -Diane E. Brown is the executive director of the Arizona PIRG Education Fund and can be reached at Tom Jenney is senior legislative advisor with the Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity and can be reached at


Undocumented university students need allies

The recent Arizona Supreme Court decision rescinding in-state tuition for students at Arizona universities and community colleges who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is just the latest blow for DACA recipients here in Arizona. President Donald Trump at the national level and Arizona Republicans like Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who brought the tuition lawsuit, use attacks on DACA recipients to appeal to anti-immigrant resentment. While these politicians score political points, the lives of hard-working young people are thrown into disarray. As a teacher at ASU, I work with DACA recipients and other undocumented students. To pursue higher education as an undocumented young person, even one with DACA protections, takes discipline and sacrifice. Barred from any type of government financial aid, many students pay for their degree in cash, often taking one or two classes

at a time because it is all they can afford. Despite these obstacles, DACA and undocumented students thrive and, in many cases, become leaders in our local community. For example, ASU student Belen Sisa has already worked on multiple political campaigns and become a national leader in the Dreamer movement even before graduating this May. But these young people, who are not able to vote, can’t do this alone and need allies to elect politicians who will support them, not exploit bigotry against them for political ends. For more information on the DACA situation and undocumented students at ASU, check out ASU’s excellent DREAMZone. If you work at ASU or in K-12 education, DREAMZone offers Ally Training programs which are eligible for professional development credit. For more general information on advocacy for the DREAM Act and other DACA issues, check out United We Dream, the largest national organization for undocumented youth. -David Boyles

Rep. Norgaard refutes letter about her whereabouts

Ms. Adamson: I would like to respond to your letter regarding last week's teacher strike and my whereabouts. As a member of the Appropriations committee, we hear all the budget bills. On Wednesday (May 2), the committee took 11 hours to complete our work. On Thursday and Friday (May 3 and 4), legislators spent time in small group budget meetings. In between those small group meetings, I continued to meet with a number of interested teachers, parents and students. I also spent time outside to meet with constituents, as the lines to get in the building were quite long. The team was at the Capitol, working on the budget, until 6 p.m. Friday evening. It would have been courteous of you to speak with me about my activities during those days so that you would have been prepared to properly communicate the facts. -State Rep. Jill Norgaard

Does Mitzi Epstein really care about students?

Representative Mitzi Epstein proposed a 4 percent teacher pay increase in 2017 with no sustainable funding source. Political posturing? Representative Epstein was a no vote on the Republican proposed 20 percent teacher pay increase in 2018. Political posturing? She proposed an amendment to the Republican bill for a 250:1 counselor ratio. She said that it was not well thought out and with no funding identified, which makes it an unfunded mandate. More political posturing? Representative Epstein was a Kyrene school board member and not only did not propose a single viable bill during her tenure but did not support the proposed 20 percent teacher pay increase. We get it, Representative Epstein is only concerned with her political career In November the voters will get it! -Nancy Dombrowski



Arizonans dodged a bullet in failed redistricting plot BY JIM PEDERSON AFN Guest Writer


n 2000, a group of citizens came together and organized an initiative drive to amend the Arizona Constitution to permit the drawing of legislative and congressional districts by an independent citizens commission instead of the Legislature. Proposition 106, or the Fair District Fair Elections campaign, was approved overwhelmingly by the voters. The campaign theme was: “Let the people draw the lines.� The voters understood the message that creating districts by politicians is an inherent conflict of interest. The problem is that once in power, it’s human tendency to hold on to it. It’s why generations of politicians have engaged in the dishonorable practice of gerrymandering – when partisan politicians draw voting district lines to favor a predetermined person or party. Generally, the excuse is that since it’s been done before – as far back as 1789 – it’s all fine and good. But that’s nonsense, and that is the reason why voters took away the power of politicians to engage in gerrymandering. Democracy is a fragile thing. It depends on informed citizens exercising their right to vote and demanding fair and responsive representation from those in power. Regardless of whether you are conservative, liberal or somewhere in between, as Americans we all believe it’s the fundamental right of voters to choose their politicians and not the other way around. We raise the point because there was an effort afoot in the Legislature to “tinker� with the Independent Redistricting Commission that serves as a buffer between self-interested legislators and the impartial implementation of voting lines that level the playing field for anyone that wants to run for office. A constitutional amendment – SCR 1034 – was introduced by Senate President Steve Yarbrough that would change how commission members get appointed, the number of members, and what

criteria utilized to approve new districts. Notably, it would potentially give legislators – with their own elections at stake – more power to decide who their voters are. It’s not only unfair, it’s unwise. Had it come up for a vote, the result would have been less competitive elections – which means legislators less responsive to you, the voter. Proponents of the bill argued it would have made the IRC more bipartisan. But it begs the question of why bipartisan ends would be pursued through such blatantly partisan means. More likely, it’s the case that backers in the legislature want to undermine the commission so that come 2020, when the Constitution requires every state to redraw its lines in accordance with census results, the politicians in the back rooms will have more control of the process. Historical context is important here. Since the commission came into existence nearly 20 years ago, it has been under constant attack by politicians. First, they tried to weaken it by removing individual commission members. Then it went to the courts, all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where it was upheld in a landmark decision. Arizonans should be proud that our state set new precedent, overcoming the power of entrenched interests and pioneering a better way to determine the structure of voting maps. But winning the battle is different than winning the war. Opponents of fair redistricting will never stop trying to chip away at the IRC. But ultimately, it’s not their choice – it’s ours. The people of this state have demonstrated overwhelming opposition to “tinkering� with fair elections. Only when the politicians in Arizona realize that the political cost of gerrymandering is too high and that they risk their own re-election by attempting to jam it down the voter’s throats will we be able to rest. -Jim Pederson is president/CEO of the commercial development firm the Pederson Group. In 2000, he was the primary driver behind Proposition 106, which created the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.

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This coach relies on $ and not Xs and 0s to chart success BY PAUL MARYNIAK AFN Executive Editor


anny Creed is a coach, but the 27-year Ahwatukee resident and Kansas native doesn’t stand on the sidelines making Xs and 0s to guide a team to victory. Instead, he chalks up his wins by the businesses he turns around, the people he trains to become top performers for their companies and the audiences he inspires to greatness. The self-described “real-world business coach” runs his business, FocalPoint Business Coaching of Arizona, partly out of the same home he’s lived in since he moved from Kansas in 1991 and partly out of his office at 15815 S. 46th St., Ahwatukee. He travels the globe as a motivational speaker and trainer, but at the very heart of his business, he’s a coach. His wins are impressive. A 20-yearold construction firm that “lost track of business goals” went from generating

rienced owner and young staff with high turnover” that he helped elevate his gross annual revenue from $1.5 million to $13 million in four years; with his help, a dentist spending $110,000 a year on marketing and not getting many patients spending by 90 percent while growing his patient base by 42 percent in a year. Then there was the relatively successful manufacturer who hadn’t taken a vacation in seven years because “he believed that if he ever left for a few days, (Special to AFN) let alone for a vacation, Ahwatukee resident Danny Creed has spent decades coaching that his business would fall and training business owners and employee groups to be more into ruin.” Six moths after successful. Creed led him through $3.5 million in business to $42 mil- a program of leadership and communilion in less than five years; a commercial cation training – among other practices landscape startup with a “young inexpe- – the client not only took a vacation but

saw “his life, his family’s and all employee’ lives improve dramatically.” In virtually all these instances and the other 400 business turnarounds he’s inspired and the 14 successful start-up businesses he’s been involved in, Creed focuses on the same basics of leadership training, sound communication, time management and task prioritization, planning and accountability. Before he became a coach-speaker-trainer, Creed said, “I was a start-up junkie,” with new businesses in fields that ranged from IT to healthcare. “It got to a point, though, where I was traveling too much – like 218 nights a year on average – and just got burnt out,” he said. “I was working at the Pentagon and the DOD, where an admiral that I worked with suggested that I check out the professional business-coaching industry. “I did and loved the concept of being able to take all the things I had learned about boot-strapping a business and helpSee

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Phoenix gets the state’s second net-zero energy building BY NICOLE RANDOCK Cronkite News


t’s not easy to conserve energy when typical summer days in Phoenix top 100 degrees. But the International Living Future Institute, a nonprofit that challenges communities to build sustainable environments, has certified DPR Construction’s Phoenix headquarters as a net-zero energy building – the first in the city (and only the second in Arizona) to earn the distinction from the group. “Net zero” means the total amount of energy used by the building roughly equals the amount of renewable energy the building creates. The institute described the 16,500-square-foot building as a “great example of what is possible in our extreme climate,” according to the group. To achieve certification, the group conducts strenuous inspections of buildings to

Leaders with DPR Construction said they extended the life of the building – a former adult toy shop near 44th and Van Buren streets – by an additional 20 years. Energy-producing buildings could be the future in Arizona and across the country because of the environmental and economic benefits, said Premnath Sundharam, the global sustainability leader and architect for DLR Group. “There is an increasing cost of electricity and energy, so there is more need (Cronkite News) for net-zero energy in the DPR Construction manager Ryan Ferguson said renovations to his coming years … certainly company's Phoenix headquarters has added 20 years to its life. (it) is a trend nationally,” ensure they produce energy and meet the Sundharam said. Residential and commercial buildings institute’s performance requirements.

consume about 40 percent of the energy used in the United States, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. One study indicated there were 67 commercial buildings verified as net-zero energy in the U.S. and Canada in 2017, and there were 415 in construction or in the evaluation process, according to the New Buildings Institute. That’s a 26 percent increase in verified buildings in a year, it said. DPR Construction uses innovative air conditioning and lighting systems. It has 87 windows that open automatically when outdoor temperatures are pleasant. It also has four evaporative cooling structures with misters at the top of the 30-inch pipes to cool the air that enters the office space. An 87-foot solar chimney creates a convection current, which forces the hot air out of the building while simultaneously drawing cooler air indoors. See

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Companies off the hook for asbestos protection BY HOWARD FISCHER Capitol Media Services


rizona companies have no duty to protect family members from exposure to toxic materials their employees bring home on their work clothes, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Friday. In the first ruling of its kind in Arizona, a majority of the justices rejected arguments by survivors of Ernest Quiroz that Reynolds Metal Co. should be held legally responsible for his mesothelioma, a form of cancer frequently associated with asbestos exposure, and his eventual death. Justice Andrew Gould, writing for himself and four other justices, said the company owed no duty to protect anyone other than its own employees, with which it had a special relationship. And Gould said the mere fact that an injury to others might be foreseeable is not, by itself, enough to hold the company liable. That conclusion drew a stinging dissent


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ing others thrive faster and not make mistakes that others have already made,” he added. He still travels, though, and most recently delivered a keynote address at an international IT conference in Serbia. He was honored to be addressing the conference, noting, “This region of the world has a rapidly emerging free-enterprise mentality, with a very strong interest in growing businesses through an entrepreneurial attitude.” Though he doesn’t travel most of the year any more, his schedule fills up quickly, working in a month with about a dozen clients one on one, giving one or two keynote speeches and a variety of workshops and presentations. Ask why he got into coaching and training and he gives you an answer that’s also a clear-eyed reality check: “My driving force is this: Research estimates that 90 percent of all businesses started today will be broke in two years or


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from Chief Justice Scott Bales. “Although the employer created the risk of physical harm – and failed to warn its employees or the persons ultimately injured – the majority concludes that the employer must be immunized from even the prospect of liability, no matter how reckless or otherwise unreasonable its conduct may have been,’’ Bales wrote for himself and Justice John Pelander. “One would think the children had a greater right to be free from others unreasonably exposing them to risks of debilitating and life-threatening illness,’’ Bales added. Court records show Quiroz lived in his father’s house in Maricopa County from 1952 to 1966, during which time his father worked for Reynolds Metal. Quiroz moved to California in 1966 for a decade and then Michigan until his death in 2014. In the lawsuit, survivors claim that Quiroz’s father was exposed on numerous occasions to asbestos-containing products and machinery. That, the claim says, re-

sulted in the release of respirable asbestos fibers which contaminated the employee’s clothing, tools, car, body and general surroundings. The result, the survivors say, is that Quiroz breathed these fibers as a result of direct and indirect contact with those items. Attorneys for the family argued that Reynolds, which has since merged with Alcoa and now operates under that name, had a duty to avoid creating hazardous conditions on its property that would cause injury to people off the property. Gould, however, said there are several problems with that theory. And they all come down to the court’s conclusion that Reynolds, as the employer, had no legal duty to avoid harm to Quiroz. “Quiroz did not have an employer-employee relationship with Reynolds, and there is no allegations that Reynolds created a special relationship with Quiroz based on a contract or a negligent undertaking,’’ Gould wrote.

Bales, however, said the issue is not that simple. He said that landowners like Reynolds owe a “general duty of care’’ to anyone who is injured by its “risk-creating conduct,’’ even when that harm occurs off premises. But Gould said that isn’t the law in Arizona. Gould acknowledged that courts in some other states have recognized a duty in what amount to “take-home asbestos cases.’’ That includes a case won by Michael Gurien who represented the family in this case. He got a ruling two years ago by the California Supreme Court which said employers have “a duty to take reasonable care’’ to prevent the transmission of asbestos dust “where it is reasonably foreseeable that works, their clothing, or personal affects’’ will carry the dust from the premises to household members. But Gould said that ruling and others are based on the foreseeability of the injury, something that is not considered in Arizona when determining if someone has a duty not to injure another person.

less. The prime reason is that people who start a business always underestimate the time, money and effort required to successfully run a business. They simply are not prepared. They may be good technicians but are terrible at running a business. “I was very successful with all the startups that I was a part of, mainly due to the fact that we always required the founders to be out in the field, experiencing firsthand what was happening in the market, to their prospects and customers. I acquired a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge from both my successes and my failures.” Because “many new entrepreneurs and business owners are hanging out there on a limb with no experienced voice to support or help them,” Creed said, he decided to make it his mission in life “to help business owners be more successful and to show them how to get all they deserve out of business ownership.” He stresses that his speeches, training and coaching offers “very limited theory.” Instead, he fills all his interactions “with real-world strategies and tactics that are all

immediately applicable, actionable items that can be implemented the next day.” He prefers one-on-one coaching because “I can then deal with a client’s very specific issues and needs in a personal and confidential setting. I do this with clients all over the world.” However, he added, “I also do large group workshops based on the topics and really enjoy these as well.” He sees a difference in his different types of work in that “basically, training is telling, and coaching is asking.” “However, a great business coach will be a coach, helping his client think things through and make better decisions, and he will be a trainer on certain subjects like priority management” and “will also be a motivator, an accountability partner, the first one to hug a client after a success and the first to kick and push a client when they need it.” Though he’s in a highly competitive line of work, Creed is “constantly developing new presentations” to stay ahead of the game after spending years “building a positive reputation/qualification.”

“Purely motivational speakers have lots of motivation but are short on substance,” he noted. “The audience is all pumped up, yet it’s gone the next day. ... I try to be entertaining, but I want attendees to walk away, hopefully, with some motivation to act and achieve because I gave them some ideas and tools that were solid, proven, easily implemented and with an immediate impact on their lives and business.” Asa for coaching, he said, “People will be putting the future of their business into the hands of a stranger, so a strong reputation can go a long way. I was lucky in that I have a strong work ethic and I worked very, very hard to establish a personal positioning of my experience and success to date and I developed a clientele very quickly. “In the 11 years of doing this, I have been blessed in winning the Brian Tracy Award for Sales Excellence and the FocalPoint International Coach of the Year six times as well as International Practice of the Year. And, all awards were based on the confidential success of my clients. So, I’m very proud of that.”

cial light during the day, relying on natural sunlight instead. Company officials said the small amount of energy DPR uses is offset by solar panels that double as a shade structure in the office’s parking lot. “Zero-net energy buildings are designed

with people at the center of the design, and it’s important that they have better daylight, better acoustics and better indoor comfort so that we’re not just saving energy,” Sundharam said. “But we’re also providing a great place to work and a great place to live.”

The company monitors its daily power consumption and solar power production in real time using a dashboard system. Company officials said they had to pay 25 to 30 percent more money in construction costs, but they believe they will recoup the investment within 10 years.




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Join Toastmasters and it will change your life BY TESSY BRYAN AFN Guest Writer


e call it “The Best Hour of the Week.” And we truly enjoy every minute of it. So why should you join Ahwatukee Chamber Toastmasters? Well, let me show you the ways in which joining our Toastmasters club can do wonders for your life and your Walter Rapacz, DDS self-esteem. 3646 East Ray Road Suite B-14 Our Toastmasters club can help you develop valuable Ahwatukee, 480-759-4501 communications skills. With Pathways, our exceptional ucational program, Toastmasters will help you develop and A standard of excellence in personalized improve your speaking, listening and thinking skills. dental care enables us to provide the qualJoin our Toastmasters club and you will master the ability dental services our patients deserve. ity to deliver great presentations. You will improve your We provide comprehensive treatment planning and use restorative and cosmetic selling skills, negotiating skills as well as your conflict-resolution skills. dentistry to achieve your optimal dental With Toastmasters’ help, you will practice the art of imhealth. Should a dental emergency occur, promptu speaking and will be able to speak clearly and efwe make every effort to see and care for fectively off-the-cuff on any topics, anytime. That is quite an you as soon as possible. impressive skill to master. With the help of Toastmasters, you will crush your fear of

public speaking and become much more confident in front of any audience. You will develop skills with crafting, organizing and delivering powerful and eloquent speeches. Foremost, with Toastmasters you will learn to become a better listener and thus a more effective communicator. Effective communicators are very valued by employers and truly appreciated by customers. But there is more. As a Toastmaster, you will also be able to take advantage of quite a range of leadership opportunities. You will be given a chance to hone your leadership skills during every meeting. Indeed, with every meeting you will be able to take on a leadership role. You may become a speech evaluator, providing constructive and effective feedback to your fellow speakers. You may choose to be the Toastmaster of the Day, taking charge of the whole meeting making sure that the meeting’s agenda is executed smoothly and in a timely manner. Or you may take on the role of the general evaluator, carefully observing the whole meeting and providing detailed and constructive feedback about the session. Finally, why not take on the role of table topics master? You will call on fellow members to answer questions of your choosing with impromptu one- to two-minute speeches. You will also have the opportunity to move beyond our

club and exercise leadership in the broader Toastmasters community, in the area, division and district. Last but not least, joining our Ahwatukee Chamber Toastmasters will provide you with great opportunities for networking. Even though our Toastmasters club does not require a membership to the Ahwatukee Chamber of Commerce, it has a unique and rewarding relationship with the Chamber. Many Chamber events help enhance speaking skills as well as increase networking opportunities through the numerous networking mixers and ribbon cutting events it organizes. So come and join us for: ”The Best Hour of the Week” and become all you can be as a speaker and as a leader in a nurturing, safe and fun environment. To find out more about our club: and To find out more about our Pathways exceptional educational program:

-Tessy Bryan is vice president of public relations for the Ahwatukee Chamber Toastmasters, 4435 E. Chandler Blvd., suite 120, Ahwatukee. (Bell University located within Bell Mortgage).




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Christians are ‘called out’ as Children of Light BY REV. SUSAN WILMOT AFN Guest Writer


e’re at the doctor’s office and our name is called. We’re at the airport and our flight is called. We’re waiting for takeout and our order is called. The pharmacy calls to tell us our prescription is ready. Ditto for the service garage calling to tell us our car is ready for pickup. In times of war, soldiers are called to serve our country. We’re thrilled to get called for a job interview. Students are called to answer a question in class. The ringing phone is a friend calling. Our phones ping with new email messages and posts in social media, calling us to pay attention to our phones. We get all kinds of calls, and what do we generally do? That’s simple! Most of us answer, reply, respond, react, go where directed or do what’s expected. Pavlov would be proud at how well-conditioned our responses are to the world’s ways. But what of God’s call on our lives? Being one of the most highly quoted prophets, let’s look at Isaiah 6 and the story of how the prophet responds to God’s call. Isaiah finds himself spiritually transported into the courts of Heaven, where six-winged seraphs praise God ceaselessly saying, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts, the whole Earth is full of his glory.” He then overhears the Lord God saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” and responds eagerly, “Here am

I; send me!” Isaiah’s experience is unique. But notice that he’s open and vulnerable to hearing God’s call and willing to risk love by responding in selfless service. As followers of Jesus, empowered and guided by the Holy Spirit, there’s no barrier to experiencing the same kind of clarity in our divine call, our mission or vocation in life. The question is whether we’re willing to listen, make ourselves vulnerable enough to hear that still small voice of God’s divine direction, and follow where it leads. We answer our phones with fearless alacrity, but even if we hear God’s call, too often we dismiss the experience for fear of ridicule or disbelief. Yet, here’s the kicker written across the pages of Scripture. God knows us all intimately (Psalm 139), we’re inscribed on the palms of God’s hands (Isaiah 49:16), and according to Jesus, those who belong to Him hear His voice. He calls us by name and leads us out (John 10:3). What an interesting turnaround history has dealt us. Isaiah has a vision of God’s throne room and receives divine direction and confirmation of his prophetic call. Yet he couldn’t have even imagined a telephone, let alone a smartphone.


He certainly didn’t experience the same distractions we face today, like surfing the internet or participating in social media. We have so many options to communicate easily and speedily. It’s interesting how we have no problem responding to all kinds of calls from the world but sometimes struggle to respond to God. Isaiah helpfully provides us with a stepby-step lesson. Significantly, the context of Isaiah’s vision and call comes as he’s worshiping the Lord. Our worship together is the first step in discerning God’s will. When all parties are intent on communicating, you can bet that something is going to happen. God is always intentional in reaching out to us, and as we gather in God’s name, we’re taking time to reciprocate that intentionality. It’s vital for our spiritual health and well-being to take time out to put the world’s frenetic busyness on hold, so we can connect with God and touch the timelessness of eternal love. The faith community is where we affirm our commitment to align our wills with God’s will and learn how to make it so. Community is the crucible in which we learn how to be agents of God’s transforming grace, serving the Lord and mak-

ing a difference in the world. In praise and worship, the Holy Spirit lifts the song and prayers of our hearts to join the voices of the saints and heavenly host. As we listen to God’s word and pray together, we find our scattered lives refocused rightly toward God in Christ Jesus. In Christ, we experience forgiveness and healing as we confess our sins and as we’re fed, strengthened, and transformed by Christ’s body and blood. When Isaiah confesses, he’s cleansed from sin, forgiven and healed. At that moment, he’s able to hear God’s call. Likewise, our repentance opens the door of our hearts and minds to hear God’s call. Just like Isaiah, we’re free to serve the Lord without the weight of guilt, shame or blame to hinder us. When the world calls us, we answer with unseemly haste. God is also calling each of us. If we’re resisting or refusing to respond, what’s stopping us? How have we become disconnected, distracted or disoriented? The Greek word for church – “ekklesia” – literally means “called out.” We’re not being the body of Christ, if we reject that call. The good news is that it’s not too late to respond to the Lord. As beloved children of God, called to be children of light, let’s join Isaiah with one voice as we say, “Here am I; send me!” The Rev. Susan E. Wilmot is vicar at St. James the Apostle Episcopal Church & Preschool, 975 E. Warner Road, Tempe. Reach herat or at 480-345-2686. Check out our website at



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‘Anne Frank’ opening at Herberger BY DAVID M. BROWN AFN Contributor


avid Ira Goldstein always wanted to stage “The Diary of Anne Frank.” After wrapping a 26-year run as artistic director at the Arizona Theatre Company in June 2017, he opened a production of the show at the Geva Theater Center in Rochester, New York. Now he’s returning to the ATC as artistic director emeritus with “The Diary of Anne Frank” from May 17 to June 3 at the Herberger Center in Phoenix. “I have always wanted to do this play, and it is one of a number of projects I have been able to pursue in the last year,” said Goldstein, who recently visited the haunting Anne Frank House on Prinsengracht 267 in Amsterdam, where a reconstructed bookcase marks the hidden entrance to the annex. “I was gratified to see so many young people visiting it.” He is also gratified to be working again with many of the people he’s admired at ATC. These include Jessica Andrews, managing director emeritus; Glenn Bruner, production stage manager; Tim Toothman, artistic associate; David Ivers, artistic director; and Billy Russo, managing director.

The Anne Frank cast features six Arizonans. Intern actors from UA and ASU also participate. Brooklyn native Anna Lentz is Anne. Another well-known ATC-er, Minneapolis resident Steve Hendrickson, is Otto, whose heroic postwar efforts (he was the sole surviving family member from the Holocaust) made possible the 1947 publication of “The Diary of a Young Girl.” Anne eloquently documents their two years in hiding. The book appeared in the United States five years later and is now in 60-plus languages. In 1959, the movie followed. The story’s appeal is strong and universal. “For all of the pain we experience in these characters, we see a fountain of hope, joy and longing, too,” Goldstein said. “Even as we face this tragedy as an audience, knowing its outcome, we see some of the best in people, such as Anne’s first kiss with Peter (Van Daan).” The Rochester and ATC versions follow the original Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett play, which premiered in New York City October 5, 1955, later winning a Pulitzer Prize for drama. This version debuted in 1997 at the Music Box Theatre in New York, adapted by Wendy

Kesselman. Fifteen-year-old Natalie Portman was Anne. Some of these updates resulted from replacing original passages Otto Frank edited out. He died in 1980. Others have since been revealed. Changes to the play reveal Anne’s coming-of-age and the often strained relationship with her mom, Edith, played in Rochester and Arizona by New York resident Naama Potok, daughter of author Chaim Potok. “I love her,” she said of Edith, noting that she visited the Anne Frank House as a girl and, in preparation for the (Goat Factory Media Entertainment) role, researched Edith’s life on Anna Lentz is Anne Frank in “The Diary of Anne Frank” at Arizoline. na Theatre Company. “She was a proper private German Jewish woman whose life was ded- such close quarters, in the presence of othicated to her children and her husband. She er adults who are not their parents. I have loved to go dancing, enjoyed the beach; she a great deal of respect for her,” adds Potok, whose family lost 102 members during the was a vibrant social being. “I found in my research that Edith felt Holocaust. how difficult it was to raise her daughters in See on page 41


Comic Fest brings out the ‘Marvel-ous’ BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI GET OUT Editor


ichael Rooker didn’t get into show business to entertain at comic festivals – but he sure loves being part

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of them. The star of “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “The Walking Dead,” Rooker said appearing at events like May’s Phoenix Comic Fest are worth it. “It’s about having a good time and meeting the fans,” he said. Set for Thursday, May 24, to Sunday, May 27, Phoenix Comic Fest will also include appearances by the likes of Tim Curry, Ming-Na Wen, Sean Gunn, Greg Grunberg, Val Kilmer and William Shatner at the Phoenix Convention Center. Rooker has several personal appearances this year, but he also takes in comic fests as

a fan. “When I started as an actor, I went to them just for the experience, just to see what it was like,” Rooker said. “I would mainly go now to see my friends. I’m sure if Stan Lee was there, I would be there. I would go see my pals. Actually, I would wait in line and be a regular fan — and then surprise them at the table.” Rooker is known for his complex portrayals of dark characters, ranging from the blueskinned, lovable rogue Yondu in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” to the outlaw-turned-lawman Sherman McMasters in 1993’s “Tombstone.” He made his film debut in 1986 playing the title role in “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.” He has since appeared in numerous films, including “Mississippi Burning,” “Sea of Love,” “Days of Thunder,” “JFK,” “Cliffhanger,” “Tombstone,” “Mallrats,” “Rosewood,” “The 6th Day” and “Jumper.”

Rooker also has a prolific relationship with writer/director James Gunn, appearing in his “Slither,” “Super,” “The Belko Experiment” and, of course, “Guardians.” “I keep it fresh and as honest as possible and have fun at the same time,” Rooker said. “Every day is different. Every day is new. Every film is new. Every scene is new. Even though you have a basic ‘through lines,’ it’s still fresh, man, because you don’t know what the actors were going to do part of the time. “We rehearse, but we don’t know who’s going to happen day of.” Rooker said most actors will change lines a bit, but the “Guardians of the Galaxy” script was a gem. “When you have a great script like the script James wrote for “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” See

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you don’t need to think or any other lines or words. They’re already there. “We just need to make those lines as normal and natural for yourself as you can. That’s what it’s all about — making them feel natural and fresh.” While he found success with “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Rooker cites a different film as his “dream job.” It’s “Tombstone.” “It’s really beautiful,” he said. “I got to ride a horse, shoot guns and wear spurs. If you don’t walk up and down the stairs right, you look like an idiot when you fall on your face.” Rooker has learned a few unexpected skills on the movie set beyond walking with spurs. In one film, he had to smoke cigars, which he called “gross.” He mastered the art of racing cars as Rowdy Burns in the 1990 Tom Cruise flick “Days of Thunder.” “The driving in ‘Days of Thunder’ was very, very important,” he said. “I had to learn as much as I possibly could. This isn’t just acting. This isn’t just a game. I was dealing with a 3,000-pound machine. It’s going fast. I had to get up to speed. That’s literally where the term comes from. I was going 205. It’s a whole different ballgame when you’re going that fast.” In late April, he was the honorary pace car driver for the Toyota Owners 400 in Richmond, Virginia. He led the field to green in the Official Toyota Camry Pace Car for the spring Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race “under the lights.” “I drove a Toyota Camry, which, by the way, is an awesome car,” he said. “It’s brand new







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The last searing vision of her is through Otto at the end of the play, recalling Westerbork, an internment center where the family had been sent on the final train, September 3, 1944: “Edith worrying about her children, washing underclothing in murky water.” Anne’s final diary entry is August 1, 1944, days before the Gestapo, tipped by an unidentified collaborator, breaks into the annex at the end of the play. As the Allies liberate Paris, Brussels, Antwerp in the summer of 1944, the Franks are transported from Westerbork to Auschwitz, in Poland, where Otto perseveres and survives. In October or November, Anne and Margot are transferred to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany, where they died, probably of typhus, a month, perhaps two, before the liberation of the camp by the British army on April 15. Holocaust survivors and World War II

GET OUT veterans are dying quickly. Living memories must now be transformed into a communal memory of the tragedy of those dark times and the triumph of light and life. For Prokopek, the role has reaffirmed her career direction and the importance of remembrance: “By being immersed in the story, I realize how beautiful and sad it is and how relevant it is today,” she said. “It’s so important to practice tolerance and to work together.” The play, then, summons vigilance, self-evaluation and affirmation. “Hatred is a choice; we can choose a different path,” Potok said. “We have tried to honor both the horror and inspiration of the Anne Frank story,” Goldstein said, “and we have dedicated it to the survivors in awe of their willingness to share the darkest part of their lives in a continuing message of faith and hope.” “The Diary of Anne Frank”, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix, 602256-6995,, various times Thursday, May 17, to Sunday, June 3, $25-$80.



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and redesigned. I’m all into cars and that was a beautiful piece of machinery. That was fun. I’ve never driven a pace car before. I learn from everything I do.” He even learns about himself and others at comic festivals, where he’s become a fan favorite. “God forbid you choose your projects because you want to do conventions,” he said. “That’s the dumbest way to choose projects. It just so happens a lot of my choices and projects and characters really caught on to fans. They like what I’m doing, especially in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘The Walking Dead.’ “For a lot of fans, they’re a vacation. Instead of going to Disneyland or an amusement park, they meet their heroes and villains and fellow actors. It’s fun and it was amazing to learn.” Phoenix Comic Fest, Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third Street, Phoenix,, Thursday, May 24, to Sunday, May 27. For times and ticket information, visit the website.

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ince spinach salad continues to be an all-time favorite, I want to share a recipe that was a signature dish many years ago at our family restaurant, D’Atri’s in Lake Tahoe, California. It’s a recipe from my first cookbook, “Momma & Me & You” and it comes with a great story. You could say it came up through the ashes, so to speak, of one of the best-known eating establishments in the Lake Tahoe area in the 1950s. The Lancer, on the Mount Rose Highway, was synonymous with fine dining at the lake. The Lancer was the place to celebrate very special occasions, but it was their spinach salad that gave The Lancer nation-

For the salad:

1 large clove of garlic, crushed whole 1 to 1½ bags fresh spinach (about 12 oz) washed and dried ½ pound crispy bacon, chopped fine 2 eggs, hardboiled and chopped 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon fresh ground pepper

al notoriety. We’re not sure exactly who the creator of this amazing salad was, but I do know that my Momma honed her pleading skills trying to talk the chef into giving her the recipe. She tried. And tried. And tried. In fact, Momma tried for about 20 years, with each conversation ending the same way: “No!” Then one day, sadly, The Lancer burned to the ground. But, through perseverance, Momma finally got the recipe she’d waited so long to toss for herself – the original recipe for Lancer’s Salad. If you have a big wooden bowl, rub a hearty clove of garlic around the sides and bottom and you’ll be serving it just like the maître d’ did tableside at The Lancer. Here’s to great greens and good kitchen stories.

For the dressing:

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil (important to use a good extra virgin olive oil) ¼ cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


Prepare salad dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk together olive oil, brown sugar, lemon juice, mustard and Worcestershire sauce until well blended. Set aside. Coat the sides and bottom of a large wooden bowl with garlic, then discard garlic piece. (If you don’t have a wooden bowl, mince the garlic clove and add it to the salad mixture.) In a large bowl, add spinach, crisp bacon, eggs, salt and pepper. Drizzle dressing over mixture and toss gently. Serve on chilled salad plates. Watch my how-to video:

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Desert Vista High hosts unique football practice BY BRIAN BENESCH AFN Sports Editor


esert Vista High School head football coach Dan Hinds recognizes a good idea when he hears one – which explains why the longtime head man sprung into action after a joint practice was organized by Red Mountain High in Mesa last week. Hinds organized an identical event at his school because the goal of the one-day practice was to get players in front of as many college coaches and scouts as possible at one time. “When they planned their event, that’s when the real conversations started to happen between the athletic director and myself,” Hinds said. “The first thing I did was contact the college coaches who frequent Desert Vista. It helps these colleges recruit all of our players when they are together.” In no time, the coach had five area programs on board for last week’s showcase at Desert Vista. Joining the Thunder on May 9 were the Chaparral, Desert Ridge, Mesa, Marcos de Niza and Corona del Sol high school football squads. Red Mountain’s prior event was a novel concept; a showcase had never been ar-

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After Desert Vista High School head coach Dan Hinds heard about the practice hosted by Red Mountain High School in Mesa, he organized one at his school.

ranged in Arizona. And soon after the first practice was announced, Desert Vista and Saguaro high

schools decided to host a joint event of their own. The three schools deemed it ‘The Arizona Spring Football Showcase.’

The Desert Vista practice was by far the largest. The six teams in attendance dwarfed the size of the showcases held by Mountain and Saguaro. Prior to warmups, Mesa Football Coach Kap Sikahema said, “If it’s something that can benefit the kids, I’m totally for it. Whatever it takes for colleges to come and take a good look at kids they are trying to recruit – I’m all for it.” The high school squads were evenly divided in three practice areas; two were baseball diamonds crafted into makeshift football fields. By Hinds’ count, at least 25 colleges were represented – including big names like Alabama, LSU and UCLA. Many of these coaches and scouts attended Red Mountain’s practice a day prior. They kept their recruiting trips going by stopping in Ahwatukee – exactly what Hinds envisioned when creating the concept. “I would say that’s the main goal right there,” he confirmed. “We got three or four kids noticed yesterday, and I was able to have conversations with coaches that otherwise may not have ever happened.” The only stipulation put forth by the See

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Local soccer club readying for Utah tournament BY ERIC NEWMAN AFN Staff Writer


local high school soccer club with ties throughout Ahwatukee and the East Valley is getting ready to play in Salt Lake City next month in the 2018 US Soccer Far West Regional President’s Cup and eyeing national finals. Phoenix Premier FC 02 Black is a collection of 15- and 16-year-old girls, including several top players from some of the state’s best high school programs, including Desert Vista, Mountain Pointe and Chandler high schools. The team won the 2018 Arizona President’s Cup, one of the state’s elite soccer tournaments, in early April after over-

time victories in both the semifinal and final rounds on consecutive days. As it stands, the tournament win is the largest accomplishment to date by the team. “It was a really big deal. We were practicing for so long. When we play tournaments, we always come out and are in the final. But until this season we weren’t able to finish, so it was awesome for our team to win a major tournament. I’ve never seen the team so happy,” said starting goalkeeper Jacqueline Risch, a sophomore at Chandler Preparatory Academy. Coach Ramiz Sabljic, who has experience with the USA Paralympic team, Scottsdale Community College and oth-

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The Phoenix Premier FC 02 Black, made up of girls from Ahwatukee and surrounding areas, is preparing for a regional soccer tournament in Utah next month.





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AIA was that no competition be held against other schools. All teams had to work on isolated drills and exercises. Nevertheless, the one-day camp was extremely for the young athletes. “These coaches were able to say, ‘Wow, that kid made a great catch. What’s his name?’ And boom, I was able to give him information on that kid right away. Instant feedback,” said Hines. The hope for both area schools and college recruiters is that this idea becomes


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er high-level programs, said there were struggles early in the season, with players forcing themselves to get over high school season rivalries and playing in different positions than they were used to. But the team’s chemistry began gelling at the right time, and Sabjlic said he is confident the girls could see real success at the regional tournament. “We went through some hard times, especially some difficulty scoring, and some real lows, but the mentality is there, and they have sacrificed so much to get to this point. I think they’re ready,” he said. The Utah competition will feature teams from Utah, New Mexico, Hawaii, Colorado and Nevada, presenting a chance for the girls to test their skills against some of the region’s best programs. However, the tournament June 12-17 also gives the team an opportunity to bond more. “It’s about having a week together and sharing rooms and all the other activities that go along with it. Most of the time it’s only a game a day, whereas we usually play at least two a day. So now they have

commonplace in the near future. With the overwhelming success of the spring football showcase, it’s reasonable to expect these joint practices will become a trend shortly. The idea does come fully endorsed by the Thunder head coach. “I’m thinking you’re going to see a bunch of these,” Hinds predicted. “It’s definitely good for the colleges and great for our kids.”

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more time and they can organize team activities and they’re really excited about all that,” said team manager Tanis Aiken-Smith of Ahwatukee. “They’re all so excited to pick out who they’re going to stay with and having fun in the hotel together,” Aiken-Smith added. Perhaps more important than the result of the regional tournament, though, is the exposure the club gets to recruit future quality athletes. Sabljic is also the coaching director for Phoenix Premier FC, and the 02 Girls Black squad is just one of more than 40 club and competitive teams of boys and girls of various ages in the area. With tangible success as a recruiting tool, Sabljic said he hopes that his club – which is also sending two other teams as representatives to regionals – can utilize the experience as a stepping stone for future success of the entire organization. “In youth soccer, everybody loves a winner. People club-hop always with changing trophies, so hopefully with the success on the field, we’ll have better turnouts,” he said. “Already, with tryouts for some of our younger teams we’ve had more in years past, so hopefully all that translates to more numbers and quality of players coming out.”



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Despite fantasy sports sites’ popularity, participating in Arizona is illegal BY REBECCA DANTUONO Cronkite News


he opportunity to play the role of virtual general manager is enticing to sports fans, especially when money is involved. In Arizona, those opportunities are unavailable. Participation in daily fantasy sports sites such as FanDuel or DraftKings is illegal in Arizona, and experts don’t anticipate change anytime soon, despite the efforts of many. According to Arizona state law, daily fantasy site participation is considered a form of gambling, which the state bans. The only legal gambling in Arizona is limited to tribal casinos, horse and dog racing, and the state lottery. It isn’t the state legislators keeping the state from modifying the laws, said Stacie Stern, executive vice president for the Fantasy Trade Sports Association. It’s the compact between the state and the tribes. “This question in Arizona is about how we categorize fantasy sports,” said Stern, also the manager of government affairs for

FanDuel. “It’s not gambling and it’s not gaming in our mind,” he said. “We don’t want to upset the compact, so the legislatures are very reluctant to do anything to hurt the compact and the money that the state gets from the tribes based on those compacts.” In February 2016, Arizona attempted to exclude fantasy sports from the gambling law, allowing residents access to use sites such as FanDuel or DraftKings for their online fantasy gaming ventures. The bill didn’t last long, quickly dying in the Senate before the end of the month. Despite these restrictions, Arizona residents are still able to find a way to add some excitement to the game using money. A lifelong sports fan, 21-year-old Brett Pinar says he uses a Las Vegas-based online sports gambling site called Bovada. “A lot of my friends and I do it together,” Pinar said. “We collaborate on what types of bets we make with all different sports.” Pinar has been using Bovada for the past year and said placing money on teams he wouldn’t normally watch has caused him to pay a little more attention.

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“I love sports just like a lot of people do and it definitely gets you more interested in watching the games, because they hold more at stake if you’re betting money on it,” Pinar said. With social media’s rapid increase in sports coverage, more fans are following games on Twitter or catching the highlights on TV later that night rather than sticking around to watch the entirety of the game live. But with fantasy sports on the rise, live TV sports viewership is fighting that trend. According to the FSTA, there are 59.3 million fantasy sports participants in the United States and Canada.

Sixty-four percent of the participants said they are watching more live sports because of fantasy, the FTSA reported. Mason Ford, an ASU track-and-field team member, said his friends are heavily into fantasy sports sites. Because he’s a student-athlete and president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee at the university, he would be unable to join them even if it was legal. The NCAA opposes all forms of legal and illegal sports wagering, which it says “has the potential to undermine the integrity of sports contests and jeopardizes the welfare of student-athletes and the intercollegiate athletics community.” The FTSA says that fantasy sports comprise a $7.22 billion industry. Major sports leagues have teamed up with site operators because of the money involved. The NHL and MLB are partnered with DraftKings, and the NHL is with FanDuel. Professional leagues are supportive because “they know this helps to drive viewership and that’s what they’re looking for,” Stern said. See

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“Besides people in the seats at the games, the other side of what they’re looking for is eyeballs,” Stern said. “It’s really important for all the leagues, that fantasy sports is something that people can participate in.” Iowa, Montana, Washington and Louisiana also forbid participation in the sites as a form of illegal gambling. Unlike Arizona, other states are making progress. “Iowa and Louisiana are making great strides to update their legislation, but they don’t have the same compact issues that Arizona does,” Stern said. “The state of Washington, however, is more like Arizona and does have the same compact issues and they have not made any progress regarding updating their laws.” Although it makes sense that states with rapidly growing fan bases would want to change their legislation, the process takes time. Until Arizona can figure out how to classify fantasy sports, no moves are being made. “It definitely creates more socializing with sports and I think it adds an extra element to it and makes it more exciting,” Pinar said. “I think inevitably, it has to be legalized.”

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$199,900 Mountain Views of Golf Course. 2br+ den/office with recent updates. Great room, fplc, new applcs. Rec Center. 55+.

SOLD $234,900 Navajo Flr plan, 2br, 2ba. Newer carpet & new roof. Fplc. MultiM Million Rec Center.

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

10% OFF

any total work performed



Seasonal Tune Up (reg. $99) up to $2,800 in rebates and discounts

Financing for as little as $49/month $239,900 2br, 2ba, 2cg, vaulted great room with fireplace. Updated Kitchen with Corian, wet bar. Oversize corner lot. Built in cabinets. Comm. pool.

Call Eleanor Today!

For Rent


Homes For Rent

Reasonable Rates Special Pricing on Extended Service

Real Estate

Call for a FREE Home Value Analysis ROC 242804, 257474, 290005

APS/SRP Certified Contractor BBB A+ • Licensed, bonded, and fully insured for your protection. Code T01




Appliance Repairs

Appliance Repair Now

If It’s Broken, We Can Fix It! • Same Day Service • On-Site Repairs • Servicing All Major Brands • Quality Guaranteed

We Also Buy, Sell & Trade Used Appliances Working or Not

Cleaning Services Mila's House Cleaning. Residential & Commercial. Weekly/Monthly/Bi Weekly. Experienced and Reference's Available. 480-290-5637 602-446-0636,

Concrete & Masonry CONCRETE & MASONRY **********************


480-659-1400 Licensed & Insured Carpet Cleaning

Electrical Services






“Renovate your Home to Elevate your Life”

(602) 702-0799 No Job Too Small ■ Interior Specialists See Our Website:

Residential Electrician 20+ Years Experience

Call Sean Haley 602-574-3354

ROC#317627 Lic/Bonded/Insured

ROC#277978 • Licensed/Bonded/Insured


Not A Licensed Contractor


Family owned and proudly serving Ahwatukee for over 20 years. Powerful Truck Mounted Soft Hot Water Extractions.


Carpets, Tile & Grout, Upholstery, Pet Stain/Odor Treatment Residential/Commercial 100% Satisfaction Guarantee!






C. READ & SON ELECTRIC, INC. 39 Years’ Experience

For ALL of Your Electrical Needs

House Painting, Drywall, Reliable, Dependable, Honest! QUICK RESPONSE TO YOUR CALL! 15 Years Experience • Free Estimates


H ouse Spouse Total Home Solutions

HOUSE CLEANING Mention this ad for


50 OFF

When you schedule your Initial Service Visit

($25 off 1st house cleaning & $25 off 2nd house cleaning)



ROC#158440 Bond/Ins

480-834-2905 Contractors

General Contractor

Same Day Ser vice Guaranteed 24 / 7 FREE Ser vice Call with Repair s


30 Years of Experience

Licensed, Bonded & Insured



• Additions • Alterations • Kitchen and bath remodeling specialists Ahwatukee resident ROC#245469

Please recycle me.

Electrical Services

Minuteman Home Ser vices


Your newspaper. Your community. Your planet.



Carpet Cleaning also available.


Troubleshooting Remodeling Security Lights Recessed Cans RV Outlets Indoor/Outdoor Lighting Spas Fans Electric Car Chargers Dedicated Circuits … and more

2005 2008 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Ahwatukee Resident

Not a licensed contractor.

Cleaning Services


10% OFF ANYTHING ELECTRICAL: • Troubleshooting experts • Panel upgrade, breaker replacement • Outlets, Lighting & Ceiling fans Code T02

any total work performed ROC 242804, 257474, 290005 APS/SRP Certified Contractor BBB A+ • Licensed, bonded, and fully insured for your protection.








Gary is Back Household Repairs

East Valley/ Ahwatukee

Broken Springs Replaced Nights/Weekends Bonded/Insured 480-251-8610

Not a licensed contractor

Handyman R.HANDYMAN Rebuild: Under sink floors, drawers & shelving. All sm repairs, welding. Clean carpet traffic areas & stains. Fix: toilets, faucets, gates, doors. ROC095639 BOND/INS'D

Call Bob 480-893-9482

AND so much more!

480.335.4180 Not a licensed contractor.


Marks the Spot for ALL Your Handyman Needs!



Painting • Flooring • Electrical • Plumbing Drywall • Carpentry • Decks • Tile • More!

- Ahw Resident Since 1987 -

ALL RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL ELECTRICAL Call Jim Endres 480.282.7932 Over 28 Years Experience • ROC #246019 Bonded/Insured


GARAGE DOORS Unbeatable Customer Service & Lowest Prices Guaranteed!


Opener & Door Lubrication with Repair



Same Day Service Repair/Install All Major Brands

ce 1999

“No Job Too Small Man!”

Call Bruce at 602.670.7038

Ahwatukee Resident/ References/ Insured/ Not a Licensed Contractor









National Assoc. of the Remodeling Industry Member

Paint Tile

Able Handyman Service LLC

And Much, Much More!

Not a licensed

• Plumbing • Electrical • Remodel • Additions • Drywall • Painting • Framing ROC #312897 • Patios • Tile & Flooring • All work guaranteed • 30 years experience SOLID ROCK STRUCTURES, INC.


CLASSIFIEDS 480-898-6465

Lic | Bonded | Insured | References ROC# 113643, 113642


contractor Jim 480.593.0506

• FREE ESTIMATES • Ahwatukee Resident • Dependable & Honest

Total Design/Build Kitchens | Baths Replacement Windows Additions | Patios Total Interior Remodels Electrical Work

*Not A Licensed Contractor

Call for Our Monthly Special Discount


Where Quality Comes First!

Ahwatukee Resident, References Available, Insured

FREE Estimates!

CALL NOW! 480-294-6072


✔ Painting ✔ Sprinkler Repair ✔ Lighting ✔ Gate Restoration ✔ Replace Cracked ✔ & MUCH MORE! Roof Tiles

Affordable, Quality Work Sin 2010, 2011 2012, 2013, 2014



MISSED THE DEADLINE? Place your ad online!

• Panel Changes and Repairs • Installation of Ceiling Fans • Switches/Outlets • Home Remodel

Full Service & Repair on ALL Gas Fireplaces

Ahwatukee Resident


Call 480-898-6564

From Pilot to Electronic Pilot

Repairs • Drywall • Painting • BINSR Items Trash Removal • HOA Compliance

Home Improvement


Fireplace Conversion

Visit our website! Landlord and Homeowner Property Services

ROC#183872, 227944


Discount for Seniors &Veterans

Jaden Sydney

Gary 480-268-0380

Plans / Additions, Patios New Doors, Windows Lowest Price in Town! R. Child Lic#216115, Class BO3 Bonded-Insured-Ref's

Home Improvement


drywall, plumbing, small painting, varnish doors, grout cleaning,ceiling fans, roof turbines. 30 years experience

Electrical Services


Handyman Landscape Design/Installation



Landscape Design/Installation

CDS LANDSCAPING Lighting and Irrigation

Landscape Maintenance

Landscape Maintenance

Complete Lawn Service & Weed Control


Starting @ $60/Month!

• Installation & Repairs • Evening & Weekend Service Only • You Pay Labor & Materials Only • ROC#312942


Owner: David “Ray” Smith

• One Month Free Service • Licensed, Bonded Insured for your protection. • Call or Text for a Free Quote • ROC#281191


Lawn Mowing Starts At $20 Full Service Starts At $70 15 + Yrs Exp! All English Speaking Crew


Landscape Design/Installation Foothills Touch Landscapes LLC Lawn care/Maint. Starting as Low as $25. Install/Design Not a licensed contractor

Ahw. Res. 30 yrs Exp Free Estimates. Call Pat (480) 343-0562

Landscape Maintenance LEE'S SPRINKLER REPAIR 30 years experience Timers - Valves Heads Leaks FREE ESTIMATES Ahwatukee Resident Call 480-282-7222 Not a licensed contractor


Juan Hernandez


We Only Service Ahwatukee, So We Are Always Close By To Meet Unexpected Needs

Drip/Install/Repair Not a licensed contractor


25 years exp. Call Now (480) 720-3840




High Quality Results


Trim Trees All Types Gravel - Pavers Sprinkler Systems

ROC 282663  *  BONDED  *  INSURED  

YOUR LAWN   XPERT   1995   ROC   2282663   **    B **INCE      IINSURED   ROC   82663   BEEONDED   ONDED   NSURED   YOUR   LAWN   XPERT  SSINCE   1995                                                                          

YOUR LLAWN   SSINCE   11995   ROC   282663   *  EEBXPERT   ONDED   *  INSURED   YOUR   AWN   XPERT   INCE   995                                                                           YOUR  LAWN  EXPERT  SINCE  1995                                      

Complete Clean Ups

Jose Martinez • 602.515.2767

Irrigation Repair Services Inc.

English • 602.781.0600 Not a licensed contractor.

Licensed • Bonded • Insured Technician

Specializing in Controllers, Valves, Sprinklers, Landscape Lighting, P.V.C. & Poly Drip Systems

SPRINKLER & DRIP REPAIR Landscape Lighting

Call Lance White


Wi-Fi Irrigation & Lighting timers Misting Systems

For All Your Irrigation and Outdoor Plumbing Needs!

Give us a call


House Calls Are Always FREE! We specialize in Repairs and Replacement of

Valves, Timers, Sprinklers & Drip Systems Our Technicians are Local..Experienced..Insured BE WATER WISE..TUNE UP YOUR SYSTEM TODAY Not a licensed contractor

ROC# 256752


New & Re-Do Design and Installation

UNDER $100 We Do Installs! Warranty On All Work Call Dennis or Lisa

602.329.3396 Not a Licensed Contractor


Arizona Specialty Landscape


Landscape Maintenance





ROC 282663  *  BONDED  *  INSURED   YOUR  LAWN  EXPERT  SINCE  1995                                      


Landscape Maintenance

The Valley’s Premier Painters

Affordable | Paver Specialists All phases of landscape installation. Plants, cacti, sod, sprinklers, granite, concrete, brick, Kool-deck, lighting and more!

Proudly Serving Ahwatukee for a Decade. Family Owned & Operated

Free Estimates 7 Days a Week!

-Interior & Exterior Painting

ROC# 186443 • BONDED


-Stucco/Drywall Repairs & Texture Matching -Minor Carpentry

Landscape Maintenance

-4 Year Warranty! -Competitive Pricing

ROC 304267 • Licenced & Bonded

Honey Do List Too Long? Check out the Handyman Section!

ACP is 100%Veteran Owned & Supports Our Vets with 10% off for all Military Personnel

See What We’re Up To! Licensed - Bonded - Insured ROC 290242












Jose Dominguez Painting & Drywall

PROFESSIONAL PAINTING Interior, Exterior House Painting. Stucco Patching. Gate/Front Door Refinishing. Quality work/Materials Free Estimate Ignacio 480-961-5093 602-571-9015 ROC #189850 Bond/Ins'd

Minuteman Home Ser vices

Affinity Plumbing LLC 480-487-5541


SEE OUR AD IN DRYWALL! Quick Response to your Call! 15 Years Exp 480-266-4589


Place Your Meeting/Event Ad email ad copy to

Not a licensed contractor




Serving Ahwatukee Since 1987 Interior / Exterior • High Quality Materials & Workmanship • Customer Satisfaction Free Est imates • Countless References • Carpentry Services Now Available Visit us at or view our video promo at:


ROC #155380

Family Owned • Free Estimates


PHIL’S PRO PAINTING Int / Ext Home Painting 4-Less!


480-454-3959 HOME IMPROVEMENT & PAINTING Interior/Exterior Painting 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE

We Are State Licensed and Reliable!

Free Estimates • Senior Discounts


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

any total work performed ANYTHING PLUMBING • Water heaters • Leaks • Garbage disposal • Bathrooms ROC 242804, 257474, 290005

Water Heaters


Inside & Out Leaks





Estimates Availabler


$35 off

Any Service


Not a licensed contractor

Code T03

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




We’ll Beat Any Price! ROC #301084


SRS Painting

• Interior • Exterior • Cabinets • Block Walls & Fences • Accent Walls • Doors & Trim

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.



Licensed • Bonded • Insured • ROC 189848

10% OFF

All bids include warranty & paint.

Call Cole Gibson at 602-785-8605 to schedule a FREE bid! ROC #312897

Ask Us. Call Classifieds Today!

Free Estimates! Home of the 10-Year Warranty!


480-688-4770 Now Accepting all major credit cards



We Beat Competitors Prices & Quality

Bonded/Insured • ROC#153131

Anything Plumbing Same Day Service

100% Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed!

Voted #1

Family Owned & Operated

10 OFF %

Residential & Commercial


Your Ahwatukee Plumber & East Valley Neighbor

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

Solid Rock Structures Inc, DBA

Dunn Edwards Quality Paint Small Stucco/Drywall Repairs


$35.00 Off Any Service Call Today!


We Repair or Install ROC # 272721

AHWATUKEE’S #1 PLUMBER Licensed • Bonded • Insured





Pool Service / Repair


PLUMBERS CHARGE TOO MUCH!! Beat Any Price By 10% • Lifetime Warranty Water Heaters Installed - $599 Unclog Drains - $49 FREE RO UNIT w/Any WATER SOFTENER INSTALL NO INTEREST FINANCING - 60 Months!! ‘A’ RATED PLUMBING REPAIR Free Estimates • Same Day Service

$25 OFF

Filter Cleaning! Monthly Service & Repairs Available

Bonded/Insured • ROC #223709

480-405-7099 Pool Service / Repair

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


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!

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

ROC#147710 Bond/ins


I will personally manage your project from concept to completion.

7 6 6 5

Licensed, Bonded & Insured ROC# 272001

REMODELING - Kitchens & Bathrooms

Advanced Concepts Remodeling

602-546-POOL See our Before’s and After’s on Facebook



Tukee Pool Service


Sell Your Stuff!



Call Classifieds Today!



Licensed/Bonded/Insured • ROC #236099


Member of ABM

Pool Service / Repair

Licensed • Bonded • Insured ROC 223367



Juan Hernandez


POOL REPAIR Pebble cracking, Plaster peeling,

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

Pavers • Concrete • Water Features • Sprinkler Repair

Rebar showing, Pool Light out?


25 Years Experience • Dependable & Reliable

Call Juan at

480-720-3840 Not a licensed contractor.

1st Month of Service FREE For a limited time

Call Now!

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

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 BBB Member Not a licensed contractor.





Pool Drain Special - $150 Acid Wash & Tile Clean - $600 Free start up chemicals included ($150 Value)



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

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


Charles Rock - Ahwatukee Resident

480.399.ROCK (7625)

In-Home Design & Consultation


Included w/ Vanity Install SH




750 OFF Complete Bathroom Remodel & Upgrade Install

*Some restrictions may apply.

480-755-5818 ROC 242804, 257474, 290005 APS/SRP Certified Contractor BBB A+ • Licensed, bonded, and fully insured for your protection.

Meetings/Events? Get Free notices in the Classifieds! Submit to







Window Cleaning

Family Owned/ Operated

Quality Leak Repairs & Re-Roofs

Honest Free Estimates References



480-460-7602 or 602-710-2263


Glendale American Legion Gun Show Guns, knives, ammo and much more May 19th and 20th 6821 N. 58th Ave. Doors Open 9 am, $2 off with ad. Info (928) 310-8544




Lic#ROC 152111 Bonded

Watch for Garage Sales in Classifieds! 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! 602-938-7575 CALL FOR YOUR FREE ROOF EVALUATION

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

You will find them easy with their yellow background. Garage Sale Fri & Sat 7a-11am Household, clothes, kitchen items, furniture, electronics, mason jars, kid items, DVDs, MORE 555 W. Lane Dr Mesa

Only $25 includes up to 1 week online

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.

To place an ad please call:


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! 480.634.7763 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 Check our website at Roofing

The Most Detailed Roofer in the State


Payment Options Available Credit Cards Accepted ROC #: 269218

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."

See MORE Ads Online!

Serving The Valley Since 1996


Licensed - Bonded - Insured

MISSED THE DEADLINE? Call us to place your ad online!



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

Warranty on All Complete Roof Systems


FREE Estim a and written te proposal

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






Appliance Package



10,000 GIVE AWAY


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• 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


379 399

$ $





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




399 369



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



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




199 $989



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. 5/31/2018. 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 - May 16, 2018  
Ahwatukee Foothills News - May 16, 2018