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s the Arizona Department of Transportation analyzes community feedback before deciding whether to add a South Mountain Freeway interchange at 32nd Street, Richard Slapke knows he’s damned if it does – and damned if it doesn’t. A ramp from that interchange would run no more than 10 feet from his backyard. Without it, the freeway won’t be that much farther away. Or it could be less. Right now, he’s as much in the dark as six other homeowners on East Redwood Court, just west of 32nd Street, and about 20 more east of 32nd Street along East Cedarwood (Kimberly Carrillo/AFN Staff Photographer) Lane. Richard Slapke used to have a nice view from his backyard until this year, when freeway workers created a The only exception is a home next door to six-foot-high mound of dirt running along Pecos Road, then topped it with rocks about a month ago. Slapke, where the owner won’t care what happens: ADOT has owned it for about 10 years. a possibility of a freeway on Pecos Road, but takeaway zone,” he continued. There was a time when Slapke and his that was it. “A lot of people were crying about it. There neighbors thought the agency would be buy“Then I started going to the meetings they was no disclosure our home was going to be ing all those homes. were having at Ironwood Library about 12 taken, but I figured, well, let them buy it. Our When he bought the house brand new in years ago, and we were told it was determined See FREEWAY on page 20 1992, he recalled, “We were advised there was our house and all these houses were in the


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He added that even his performers and collaborators, some of whom he had not worked with before, recognized how special the event was for the father and son. “One after another, they came up to me. They were inspired and very heartfelt about it,” he said. “It really seemed to stir everyone and obviously us.” The concert had a similar impact on Josh, who has now conducted three times at Carnegie Hall. “As (conductors), we have done a lot of See

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hey served it and now they are honoring it. That’s why members of Ahwatukee’s only veterans service organization holds its annual flag retirement ceremony. American Legion Post 64 will retire unserviceable American flags at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at Ahwatukee Recreation Center, 5001 E. Cheyenne Drive, as members observe Flag Day. Post spokesman John Boyer said the ceremony is designed to remind people “about what the flag truly means.” “This is a very moving ceremony which demonstrates the dignity of properly retiring our flags,” said Boyer, adding that Legionnaires will be “conducting an approved method of retiring unserviceable U.S. flags.” The program – free and open to the public – includes an introduction by post Commander Ed Mangan, a prayer and a solemn burning of a few flags. People also are welcome to bring worn-out flags to the ceremony for disposal. The ones that are not burned are sent to Luke Air Force Base for further disposal. Respectful flag burning has served as a tradition since the 1940s and continues to be an honorable and proper method of retirement. The disposal ceremony was introduced by the American Legion at its 19th national convention in 1937 and has been a part of that organization ever since. The Legion adopted it from the 1923 Flag Code passed by Congress. The ceremony includes these words: “A flag may be a flimsy bit of printed gauze, or a beautiful banner of finest silk. Its intrinsic value may be trifling or great; but its real value is beyond price, for it is a precious symbol of all that we and our comrades have worked for and lived for, and died for a free nation of free men, true to the faith of the past, devoted to the ideals and practice of justice, freedom and democracy.”


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Sanchez discusses his mayoral candidacy at Ahwatukee meet BY PAUL MARYNIAK AFN Executive Editor


oses Sanchez has a magic number in mind in his quest to become the first Ahwatukee resident elected mayor of Phoenix. Speaking at a Friday gathering organized by Ahwatukee Realtor Christie Ellis, Sanchez said he figures he needs 90,000 votes to become the mayor of a city with a population of more than 1.6 million – and the first in more than three decades who didn’t get to that office via City Council. He noted that Ahwatukee is in a city council district that consistently sees the biggest voter turnout. Last year about 60,000 voters cast their ballots in the race between Councilman Sal DiCiccio and challenger Kevin Patterson. That total alone dwarfs the less than 8,000 votes that either of the two Democratic front-runners in the race – now former council members Kate Gallego and Daniel Valenzuela – received in total in their most recent reelection. In all, seven people have declared their candidacy for mayor – and now each

faces the task of getting about 1,500 signatures by early August to qualify for the Nov. 6 ballot. “I hope to wrap that up in three weeks,” the buoyant Sanchez said. A longtime Ahwatukee resident who owns a social media marketing company with his daughter, Sanchez stressed the three major planks of his campaign, promising to roll out detailed position papers over the 20-week campaign. “Public safety is No. 1, then infrastructure, then quality of life,” he said, noting that the city has fewer uniformed officers now than it did when the economy collapsed in 2008. Sanchez, a Republican, suggested a formula guides his calculations of what it will take to defeat Democrats Valenzuela and Gallego – or at least get out the Ahwatukee vote. He said Ahwatukee receives only 2 percent of the money Phoenix spends on services, is home to 4 percent of the city’s registered voters and routinely records an election turnout of 15 percent of all votes cast in citywide elections. But beyond Ahwatukee’s paltry amount of the $2.8 billion the city

People getting killed crossing the street?” he said, noting that outside of weather, Phoenix has failed to distinguish itself on the national scene. And part of the reason that’s so, he said, is because City Hall has largely become a closeddoor club whose “members” rarely listen to residents, let alone effectively addresses basic neighborhood needs. Indeed, his campaign website (Special to AFN) declares bluntly: Ahwatukee mayoral candidate Moses Sanchez and his wife, Dr. Maria “We deserve Manriquez-Sanchez, were part of the Ahwatukee Kiwanis Club contigent better than the at its annual Easter Parade. status quo. For too spends on operating expenses, Sanchez long, political insiders have gamed reiterated his campaign theme of putting the system at City Hall. All too often people and neighborhoods first. success is determined by who you “We’re the fifth largest city in the See MOSES on page 5 country and what are we in the top 10 for?


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know and the size of your checkbook – and hardworking Phoenicians are left without a champion.” Moreover, he said, those city leaders spend too much time talking about national issues that they can’t do much about instead of focusing on the problems in their backyard that they can impact. Sanchez also took a shot at Valenzuela, who has been quoted as saying he intends to continue his 52-hour-a-week job as a firefighter. Sanchez said he already has entrusted his day-to-day affairs in his business, Nonnahs – the backward spelling of his partner-daughter Shannon – to his daughter. And while he reupped for three more years as a Navy reservist to get in his 25 years in the service, Sanchez said “there’s a zero to none” chance he’ll be called up for active duty, as he was in 2011 when he was sent to one of Afghanistan’s fiercest combat zones. Unless World War III or something close to that occurs, he said, his primary responsibility to the Navy will be a weekend a month of reserve duty.

“I am going to be a full-time mayor,” he said. A former member of the Tempe Union High School Governing Board who holds an MBA from ASU and teaches at South Mountain Community College, Sanchez fielded an array of questions about his candidacy – and provided answers to some that he encounters in at least some of the more than a dozen gatherings he attends across the city every week since he unofficially launched his campaign in January. “Yes, I am a naturalized citizen,” said Sanchez, who came to America with his parents from Panama when he was 5 years old. Asked where he stood on the issued of sanctuary cities, he replied, “I believe in the rule of law” and that city police must work together with state and federal authorities when it comes to illegal immigration. Sanchez said he’s prepared for a grueling campaign. To win the November election, a candidate will need at least 51 percent of the vote or else the top two vote getters will have to duke it out for four more months until a runoff election in March. “I intend to get 4 percent over that,” he said.


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But it does conclude that virtually all of those new dollars would come from 20,211 taxpayers at the top of the income scale. That’s out of nearly 2.8 million tax returns filed. Naimark said the question of the inequity of the current system on the poor extends beyond the current reliance on sales taxes to fund education and the entire state budget. She pointed out that some of the money that will help fund the promised teacher raises is coming from a new vehicle registration fee. And Naimark said that fee, estimated at $18 – the exact amount will be set by the director of the Department of Transportation – “is the same dollar amount, no matter if you drive a 2000 Honda Civic or a 2018 Tesla.’’ “This proposal puts more balance into what is now a very unbalanced system,’’ she said. There is not yet a formal campaign against the ballot measure, at least not officially. Business interests started running commercials earlier this year (before the state budget was adopted) that Matthew Benson, spokesman for the Arizona Education Project said was designed to convince voters that the state’s education situation is not as bad as some would say. Benson said the ads were to counter what he called the “negative voices’’ in education. And since the funding plan was approved, the Republican Governors Association has been spending money on TV commercials – it has yet to disclose the cost –- extolling Ducey for “strengthening education without raising taxes.’’ Ducey himself came out against the initiative last month. But Naimark pointed out that the live telephone survey of 646 likely voters, conducted last month, even with the ad blitz, found that 56 percent said they believe much more needs to be done for K-12 funding, with another 15 percent saying education funding needs a little more. Only 22 percent said there has been enough allocated.



ASU, Tempe studying opioid content of wastewater BY TAYLER BROWN Cronkite News


rizona State University scientists will work with Tempe to detect opioids and other drugs in city wastewater, an exploration that could serve as an early-warning system in the ongoing opioid crisis. The city and the ASU Biodesign Institute each will contribute $35,000 to study wastewater for opioids, cocaine, marijuana and other drugs as part of its efforts to monitor public health. “The only good way to quickly measure community health is to look at wastewater, to look at the actual consumption of type and quantity of drugs moving through the city” said Rolf Halden, director of the Biodesign Center for Environmental Health Engineering. “We can analyze that and can warn citizens and law enforcement of the arrival of very dangerous drugs before we see the spike in overdoses and deaths.” The institute tests wastewater for

Tempe and about 200 cities in the U.S., researcher Adam Gushgari said. The Tempe research will be a 48-hour turnaround, with the team collecting samples every 24 hours, testing them for opioids, synthetic drugs and other substances, and sending those results to the city within 24 hours. Getting data so quickly will help government leaders understand trends and identify key issues.The data takes a look at a geographic area but can’t pinpoint use from a specific household or person. The data collected from the wastewater will contribute to Tempe’s overall understanding of opioid issues, said Joel Navarro, a Tempe city councilman. It will be used in tandem with the city’s Opioid Abuse Dashboard, which tracks areas in the city getting the most calls. Ultimately, it will help the city target the right programs to combat the opioid crisis, Navarro and researchers said. The wastewater results could show whether a new program is effective in real time.

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n Ahwatukee man who has been crusading for more security in Ahwatukee schools is urging parents to attend Kyrene School District’s “Keeping Our Schools Safe” discussion. It will be held 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14, in the governing board room at the Kyrene district office on the northwest corner of Warner and Kyrene Roads, Tempe. Ahwatukee CPA Scott Weinberg has sought the town hall for months and has been working with Kyrene Superintendent Jan Vesely to organize one. Originally, it was scheduled for May 3 but was postponed because of the teachers walkout. Now that it’s back on track, Weinberg said parents need to take advantage of it. “It’s important for parents to take an active role in their child’s education, and that includes making sure they are safe at school,” said the father of two children who attend Kyrene schools in Ahwatukee. “We need to be holding our school district and local law enforcement accountable. This is a great opportunity to do both in the same night.” Parents are being directed to to sign up to attend the meeting out of apparent concern over the number of people who might attend. Vesely said as many parents as can fit in the board meeting room will be allowed to attend, although the event also will be live-streamed on and answers to questions will be posted after the session. Weinberg has formed an organization called Secure Our Schools AZ, which has a Facebook page, to continue a campaign to improve security, especially in the district’s middle schools. A father of an elementary and a middle school student in the district, Weinberg became an activist espousing more

security after the Feb. 14 school shooting in Florida that left 14 students and three adults dead and another 17 injured. “The safety and security of our students is a high priority in the Kyrene School District,” officials said in announcing the town hall, encouraging parents to “join us as we learn more about the ways we are ensuring our schools are safe and secure.” Representatives from Chandler, Phoenix and Tempe police departments” will be on hand “for the community to engage in conversation and share their questions.” One of Weinberg’s chief concerns is the absence of school resource officers, armed police department personnel, in the three Ahwatukee middle schools. Tempe assigns an officer to the Kyrene middle school in that city, and recently, Chandler City Council authorized an agreement with district to share the cost of SROs in the two middle schools in that city. But Phoenix police officials already have said they can’t afford to staff the more than 60 middle and high schools in their jurisdiction. The department already is short several hundred officers for street patrols and its representatives at the town hall are expected to give further details on why Phoenix cannot staff SRO missions. Meanwhile, city Councilman Sal DiCiccio’s office held a closed meeting with community leaders on Tuesday, June 12, to “to identify opportunities where we can serve as a better safety resource for schools,” said Lily Floyd, DiCiccio’s director of constituent services. “Our goal is to make schools in Phoenix as safe as possible by pairing your expertise with that of the Phoenix Police Department to develop better, individual prevention and response plans for our schools,” she said in an email to invitees to the private session.

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he city Water Services Department is reminding Ahwatukee customers that their bills likely will go up for the next few months with the onset of hotter weather. But in a letter, it also reiterates that a third-party review of its meter and billing system did not show any irregularities in readings. The letter comes after scores of residents last fall complained of unexplained spikes in their recorded usage. Some readings were as much as 20,000 times greater than their typical usage for the billing periods, mostly in July and August. Many of the people who complained also insisted they had no leaks that could explain the overages – especially since the readings returned to normal the following month. “The credibility of Phoenix Water Services rests on the quality of the water we process and our customer

service, including accuracy of our billing,” the department is telling Ahwatukee residents. “After taking serious consideration of these concerns, we took immediate action to investigate. The city of Phoenix retained Arcadis U.S. Inc. to undertake a third-party full review and evaluation of Phoenix’s existing meter-to-bill processes and technologies.” Stating about 150 customers out of some 26,000 in Ahwatukee contacted the department about their bills, officials said the study found that “the meter-to-bill processes as designed are consistent with those of a large water utility, and no obvious business process omissions were identified during the review.” “No evidence was found that the water meters are routinely or randomly over-registering water consumption,” it stated. While the department said eight “data errors” were identified for

sampled water meters, “it is common to find some occurrences of data errors in large utility billing systems.” “However, nothing was observed that would indicate systematic problems with the functions and accuracy of customer billing,” the department said. It also told residents, “It is our duty to make sure the water we provide is high-quality and safe and that there is accuracy with the tools we use to bill our customers.” The department also attribute the concerns in Ahwatukee to “local media stories that questioned the accuracy” of meters, overlooking the fact that customers themselves were questioning the high readings and were so incensed that city Councilman Sal DiCiccio drew more than 100 people to a town hall on the issue last October. DiCiccio’s chief of staff, Sam Stone, has said a citizens group of five experts in technology and engineering studied

the Water Services Department and could find no explanation for the high readings. Stone said he still believes something was wrong, but he said trying to find out would require an expensive lawsuit against manufacturers of the meter parts and the software used to compute bills. Because some of that information likely would be proprietary, the companies likely would launch prolonged and costly legal efforts to block its release, he added. Water Services has told customers it “wants to hear from customers, no matter the topic if you have any questions about this or any other water-related issue” and that they can for to or call 602262-6251. “With the summer months upon us, water use typically increases from the winter/spring months,” it added, noting customers pay the peak “summer rate” for water during this time.

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Downtown library to reopen a year after sprinkler mishap BY NICOLE HERNANDEZ Cronkite News


early a year after flood damage closed Burton Barr Central Library in downtown Phoenix, it will reopen Saturday, June 16, with a party to celebrate new features, like expanded areas for children and a room set aside for 3-D printing. The daylong celebration will start at 9 a.m. with events for all ages, including children’s story time, adult crafts, a magic show and printing press activities. The library, south of McDowell on Central Avenue, has been a central gathering place that went beyond the hundreds of thousands of books lining its shelves. Opened in 1995, it became the spine of Phoenix’s sprawling library system holding Arizona historical archives and offering information, classes and programs on topics as varied as autism, STEM and GED services. The five-story building closed 11 months ago after a dust storm shook the roof, stirring up dust that the library’s firesuppression system mistook for smoke. The overhead sprinkler system filled with water and burst some corroded pipes, flooding the building.

Eleven city employees, including the fire marshal and several library workers, were either suspended, demoted or fired after an investigation said the flood could have been prevented. Officials said that inspectors warned the city about the damaged system several times in recent years. Officials opened a temporary public library at Park Central Mall while the building was being renovated. The Park Central branch will close Friday, but a book dropoff will be available through June 15. Several patrons said the makeshift branch was a fine temporary fix, but it didn’t seem like home. They wanted Burton Barr. “I’m just glad it’ll be open again. I just miss going there,” James Fisher said. The renovated library offers the new and the familiar. Lee Franklin, a spokeswoman for Phoenix libraries, said the library will have additional computer labs and more space for people to attend workshops and certification classes. “We’ve been able to take advantage of this time and bring some significant enhancements and improvements to a couple of our key service areas,” Franklin said.



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Judge issues final order on Ahwatukee Lakes A AFN News Staff

Superior Court judge has issued his final order in the Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course case and directed the current and former owners to pay more than $170,000 in fees to the lawyer who won the case. Judge John Hannah last week said The True Life Companies must pay attorney Tim Barnes about $130,000 and former owner Wilson Gee another $42,000 for his work in representing Ahwatukee Lakes residents Linda Swain and Eileen Breslin in their four-year fight to have the defunct 101-acre site restored as a golf course. Hannah also ruled that True Life “breached the covenant of good faith and fair dealing implied in the 1992 Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions” governing the use of the site, which was shut down in 2013 by Gee. He also ruled that the course owners “shall operate a golf course” and that they “shall provide information concerning the restoration of the golf course to the plaintiffs, their attorneys and representatives and to any other benefitted

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David says now he’s the one who tears up as he watches son Josh conduct.

for her family,” Josh said. “She took some of her mom with her to perform.” He added, “It’s those things that remind you that it’s more than just teaching notes.” When talking about the effect music has on students, the Thyes sound a lot like sports coaches, and they emphasize the character-building aspects of live performance that will remain with the kids long after the concert is over. “There all these times in life, like, are you going to step onto the stage or not?” Josh said. “Are you going to take your chance when you have it? In that moment, will you rise up and have courage?” The father-and-son conductors share the sentiment that their profession goes well beyond the music itself. To David, music is a unifying force in an increasingly divided world. To illustrate that notion, he pointed to

a piece he conducted at the concert in May featured seven languages, including Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, Zulu, Latin and English. “It was fun to bring the world onto the stage,” he said. “It is important for music to be that language and voice of hope in the world.” As accomplished as he is now, David did not grow up in a musical household. Neither of his parents played instruments, and it was not until he began playing trumpet in the fifth grade that he realized he had an aptitude for the craft. He ended up working his way to first chair. “I just kind of fell in love with music,” he said. “I had no idea where it would take us.” It ended up taking the Thye family all over the U.S. as the group moved 22 times throughout David’s career. He got his start at a large high school

in the Kansas City area and has since worked at universities, large churches and the Fort Worth Symphony. Unlike his father’s path to conducting, Josh’s journey to music had an air of predestination. The younger Thye performed in the 2005 chorus that David conducted at Carnegie Hall along with his mother, brother Jake and their wives. Josh then attended University of Arizona to study music and began working at Desert Vista, his alma mater, immediately after graduation due to a tragic turn of events. As Thye was student teaching at nearby Corona del Sol, he found out that his high school band director, Eric Holden, had passed away. He was encouraged to apply for the job, which he got, though it took him several years to truly feel comfortable in the position. “It was very scary,” Josh said. “I was completely inexperienced and it was something where my predecessor, I knew him, but what was difficult is I didn’t have anyone to ask questions to.” “It was a sudden passing. I was given his office, and it felt like his office because all of his stuff was there,” he said. “There was stuff I didn’t touch for years and drawers I didn’t clean out for years.” He remembered finally feeling comfortable in the job at the beginning of his fourth year, when his first class of freshmen became seniors. “They were pretty special, and I still remember a lot of them,” Josh said. One of those students, Andrew Worden, went on to the Eastman School of Music and debuted an original composition titled “Bolt” — an allusion to Desert Vista’s mascot — at the Carnegie Hall performance. As those professional accolades add up, conducting remains an intensely personal experience for the Thyes, a physical manifestation of the bond between the father and son. “I go to Josh’s concerts and I am the guy in the back row crying my eyeballs out, whether it’s in Carnegie Hall or in Desert Vista’s auditorium or on the marching field,” David said, adding: “I can’t tell you what it means. Words can’t express what that means to me that my son would not only love music so much but that it would impact his world and also produce that kind of performance attainment.”

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Celebrity deaths put spotlight on middle-aged suicide rates BY CONRAD ROMERO AND ALLISON SNELL Cronkite News


igh suicide rates largely have been associated with younger populations, but middle-agedsuicides are beginning to rise throughout the country, a new report says. In 2016, the population group at the highest risk for suicide was 45 to 54, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The U.S. recorded 8,437 suicides in that age group; 233 were in Arizona. This week’s deaths of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, 61, and style icon Kate Spade, 55, has once again put a spotlight on suicide prevention. The CDC said many people associate mental-health conditions with suicide, but it’s rare for a single factor to lead someone to take their own life. In fact, according to the CDC report, 54 percent of people who die by suicide “are not known to have a diagnosed mental-health condition at the time of death.” The CDC also noted that suicide rates have increased 30 percent in more than half the states from 1999 to 2016. Ar-

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State court backs Phoenix ban of anti-gay businesses BY HOWARD FISCHER Capitol Media Services


he state Court of Appeals has rejected arguments by a Phoenix business that a city ordinance that bars them from refusing to design wedding invitations for same-sex couples violates their constitutional and religious rights. In a unanimous ruling last week, the judges acknowledged that Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski, owners of Brush & Nib Studio, are “devout Christians’’ who believe that the only legitimate marriage is between one man and one woman. As a result, they do not want to be forced to prepare wedding invitations for same-sex couples, arguing that doing so would force them to espouse beliefs that are contrary to their sincerely held religious beliefs. And they wanted the ability to post a sign to that effect. But appellate Judge Lawrence Winthrop, writing for the court, rebuffed their claim that this was about free speech. Instead, he said, this is simply about conduct. “While such a requirement may impact speech, such as prohibiting places of public accommodation from posting signs that discriminate against customers, this impact is incidental to properly regulated conduct,’’ the judge wrote, adding: “Simply stated, if appellants, as an economic entity, want to operate their for-profit business as a public accommodation, they cannot discriminate against potential patrons based on sexual orientation.” The judges also rejected their claims that the ordinance substantially burdens their religious beliefs. “Appellants are not penalized for expressing their belief that their religion only recognizes the marriage of opposite-sex couples,’’ Winthrop said. And he said they can refuse to create wedding-related merchandise for same-sex couples as long as they refuse to provide the same service for opposite-sex couples. “What appellants cannot do is use their religion as a shield to discriminate against potential customers,’’ he said. Winthrop said, however, nothing in Thursday’s ruling forces the women to endorse same-sex marriages – or even to keep silent about their views. “Although appellants are prohibited

from posting discriminatory statements about their intent to refuse services for same-sex weddings, they may post a statement endorsing their belief that marriage is between a man and a woman,’’ the judge said. “Or they may post a disclaimer that the act of selling their goods and services to same-sex couples does not constitute an endorsement of their customers’ exercise of their constitutional right to marry or any other activities.’’ Winthrop cited a long line of federal court rulings from across the country that have upheld laws barring places of “public accommodation’’ – which includes commercial businesses open to the public – from refusing services based on whether the client is gay. As it turns out, though, one of the federal appellate court rulings cited by Winthrop in Thursday’s ruling is the one involving the Colorado baker who refused to create a wedding cake for a gay couple. The baker in that case, like the women here, said doing so would violate his “sincerely held religious beliefs.’’ On June 5, however, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned that Colorado ruling, siding with the baker. But the Arizona judges, in writing the June 7 ruling, noted that they were aware of what the nation’s high court had decided two days earlier. Jonathan Scruggs, an Alliance Defending Freedom attorney representing the women, vowed to seek review by the Arizona Supreme Court. “Artists shouldn’t be forced under the threat of fines and jail time to create artwork contrary to their core convictions,’’ he said. He cited language from Tuesday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling which said that religious and philosophical objections to gay marriage “are protected views and in some instances protected forms of expression.’’ Attorneys for the women argued that the Phoenix ordinance violates their constitutional rights, essentially forcing them to “speak in favor of same-sex marriages.’’ The judges disagreed.


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ne-third of recreational waterborne disease outbreaks occur at hotel pools or hot tubs, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that urges people to take precautions regardless of where they swim over the summer. More than half of the outbreaks occur during the summer, but they also spike in March. Nearly 500 outbreaks occurred from 2000 to 2014 in 46 states and Puerto Rico, the report says, and they led to more than 27,000 cases and eight deaths. The report looked at pools, hot tubs/spas and water playgrounds. But the problem may be much worse, the report says. Because of different reporting standards among jurisdictions, the numbers could be underestimated. Health officials said proper pool inspections and the vigilance of swimmers are the best ways to avoid being sickened by a waterborne parasite and bacteria that can cause intestinal problems, skin rashes and respiratory infections. The crypto parasite, spread by a person with diarrhea who swims in a pool, was responsible for nearly 60 percent of the outbreaks, the CDC reported. Symptoms of crypto can include severe intestinal distress, dehydration and fever. “It’s incredibly contagious, and you only need a few particles of the disease to make you sick,” said Jessica Rigler, who oversees public health preparedness at the Arizona Department of Health Services. Experts say crypto is the biggest culprit in waterborne illnesses because it’s particularly resilient and difficult to detect. “The parasite’s extreme chlorine tolerance enables it to persist in water, cause outbreaks that sicken thousands, and spread to multiple recreational water venues and other settings,” including childcare centers, the CDC report says. Rigler said a crypto parasite might be absent in one area of a pool but lurk in another. Kelly Alderman, who inspects recreational pools for Maricopa County’s Environmental Services Department, said super-high chlorine levels are needed to kill crypto, which can survive for up to 10 days. But the county doesn’t test for crypto unless there’s an outbreak because it’s too difficult. Instead, they test for chlorine levels. On a recent inspection of one hotel

pool, Alderman first looked for such hazards as an open grate or chipped pool deck that might cause someone to trip, and for proper barriers to keep children safe. Then it was time to test the water’s pH and chlorine levels. Her safety findings: Repair the pool vacuum opening to make sure no one’s hand gets sucked in and fix an outside electrical box that could be used by someone to scale a fence into the pool. She said the chlorine level was acceptable. The best way to protect people from crypto is not to swim for two weeks after recovering from an illness, to teach children to avoid drinking or swallowing pool water and showering before and after getting into a pool. And change a baby’s diapers away from a pool. Swimmers also should make sure any public pool they are use passed inspection by checking the county website. Look for ripples on the water’s surface that indicate water is circulating, Alderman said, and be sure the water is clear – cloudiness indicates there’s less chlorine than needed and could lead to bacteria growth.

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understanding was that we were going to get fair market value plus 20 percent for moving. Then they changed the plans from 10 lanes to eight.” And with that change, Slapke said, his and his neighbors went from the takeaway zone to the Twilight Zone, where they’ve been stuck ever since. A few years ago, he said, there had been talk of the interchange and “we were in the takeaway zone again.” Then ADOT decided to eliminate the interchange altogether, citing a citizens committee that had argued against it. Now, ADOT is reconsidering that decision after concerns have been raised by state Rep. Jill Norgaard and city Councilman Sal DiCiccio, among other officials, about the need for a second emergency escape route for Desert Vista High School and other schools in the general vicinity. But this time, Slapke learned at an ADOT open house on the issue last month, even if the agency goes forward with the interchange, it won’t need to take the homes on Redwood Court after all. The on-again, off-again matter of eminent domain is just a part of the uncertainty that has bedeviled Slapke lately. Immediately behind his back wall, a temporary roadway runs parallel to Pecos Road for use by water trucks and other heavy construction equipment. Just to the south of that path, crews in January began piling up a huge mound of earth that also runs the length of Pecos. And a little more than a month ago, they topped that mound with rocks that now are higher than the homes’ back wall. “I went out and asked them ‘What the hell are you doing because they got rocks on this side of 32nd Street but on other side of 32nd, the berm is there but no rocks. I asked, ‘What is it? What’s it going to be?’ I never got an answer.” Slapke wonders what’s next – and he

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can’t find out. “They talked about a sound barrier wall. If they are going to put a sound barrier, is it going to be on top of those rocks? One of the ADOT guys said the sound barrier walls were going to be 100 or 150 feet from our property lines, but now they’re saying there might not be a sound barrier wall at all behind my neighborhood. And what are they going to do with the area from my wall to that pile of dirt and rocks?” Slapke brought all those questions to the ADOT open house – and got no answers. “I asked three different people and each one said, ‘Go see that person’ and that person said, ‘Go see that person.’ No one could give me an answer. It was very frustrating. It still is frustrating.” ADOT said it expects to make a decision on the interchange in August, but that might not end the uncertainty for Slapke and his neighbors. The agency said that even if it decides to include the interchange, there’s a possibility it may not open at the same time the freeway does in late 2019. It estimates the interchange will add about $10 million to the $1.7 billion cost of the 22-mile, eight-lane freeway, which (Kimberly Carrillo/ AFN Staff Photographer) When Richard Slapke peers over the back wall of his yard, he links the Chandler and sees the temporary service road and a mound of dirt and rock West 59th interchanges of stretching as far as the eye can see. I-10 and provides a bypass

around the interstate’s heavily congested segment along downtown Phoenix. If ADOT goes forward with the 32nd Street interchange, it already has decided it will need to acquire only a small piece of land so that the on- and off-ramps will be running not more than a few yards from the backwalls of the houses on Redwood Court and Cedarwood Lane. On the south side of the freeway in that same area, an interchange also will force ADOT to shrink the width of the multipurpose path it is building for cyclists and pedestrians from 20 feet to 10 feet for an undetermined stretch on either side of 32nd Street near a private self-storage facility. Slapke said he has raised the issue of how Prop 207 comes into play and has yet to receive an answer from ADOT. In Foothills Reserve farther west from Slapke’s neighborhood, resident Dietmar Hanke has raised the same issue in a lawsuit he’s filed against ADOT. He, too, is still seeking answers. Voters in 2006 overwhelming approved Prop 207, also called the Private Property Rights Protection Act, which limits the ability of governments to seize private property for public uses. “I asked at the open house what about Prop 207 bringing down our property values,” Slapke said. And, as it has been whenever he’s raised questions, “I got no answers. It was like they were deer looking into the headlights.” Long gone are the happier times in the

neighborhood, located just to the south of Akimel A-al Middle and Estrella Elementary schools. Slapke bought the home as he was relocating his family from the Chicago area, and liked its proximity to schools and the huge expanse of desert to the south. “It was nice. The kids could walk to school. When the kids were growing up, we had block parties, we had fires at night. It was a community,” he said. Even when Pecos Road was widened from two to four lanes, he said, the neighborhood was relatively quiet – unlike now, when the rumble of trucks and construction equipment shatters that silence and creates layers of dust on everyone’s back patios and swimming pools. “We had a beautiful view of the desert and the mountains,” Slapke said. But now that view is partially obstructed by the rocks and mound of dirt. And it will be obliterated if the sound walls, which ADOT has said will be anywhere from 16 to 20 feet high, are erected behind the neighborhood. But where the walls will specifically run is yet one of many uncertainties for Slapke and his neighbors. He feels locked in indecision. He wants to downsize, but he doesn’t even know how badly the market value of his 2,600-square-foot home has been hurt by the construction that already has taken place, let alone the impact of what may come. “It’s the not knowing,” he said. “The not knowing is what’s very frustrating.”



Arizona lifting some restrictions on voter registration BY HOWARD FISCHER Capitol Media Services


he state’s top election official has agreed to remove a series of hurdles now in the path of those who want to register to vote. In a consent degree Monday, Secretary of State Michele Reagan has agreed to: ■ Not demand proof of citizenship to register for federal, state and local elections if people already have provided such proof to the Motor Vehicle Division; ■ Make it easier for people to move from county to county without having to provide new citizenship proof at their new address; ■ Accept voter registration forms from those who do not have proof of citizenship to let them at least cast ballots for president and members of Congress. But the deal, which ends a lawsuit filed last year, still leaves intact laws saying that those who cannot provide citizenship proof are unable to vote in elections to choose statewide, legislative and local officials. The legal fight has its roots in Proposition 200, a 2004 ballot measure that was

part of a broader effort aimed at those not in the country legally. It requires both proof of citizenship to register and identification when casting a ballot. Proponents said it would ensure that election results are not affected by those voting illegally. Acceptable proof of citizenship includes an Arizona driver’s license, copies of birth certificates, passports, naturalization documents and tribal identification. But Congress, in approving the National Voting Registration Act, directed the federal Election Assistance Commission to design a single national voter-registration form to simplify the process. More to the point, that form requires no proof of citizenship but only that those signing up swear, under penalty of perjury, that they are eligible to vote. In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an attempt by Arizona to enforce the proof-of-citizenship requirement on those using that form – at least as far as federal elections. What led to this lawsuit was the decision of state officials to refuse to register those who happened to pick up a state form but did not submit the required proof of citi-

zenship, even just to vote on federal races. The result, attorneys for plaintiffs argued, is that at least 26,000 voters in Maricopa County alone were “disenfranchised by these policies.’’ The deal, subject to final OK by U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell, spells out that those who submit either the state or federal form will be registered to vote in federal elections, even without the citizenship proof. Attorney Spencer Scharff who represents the League of United Latin American Citizens and the Arizona Students Association said the deal also provides some relief to those who do want to vote in state and local elections and are, in fact, citizens. The issue is that they may not be carrying things like a birth certificate or other citizenship proof when they register. That includes people who sign up to vote during registration drives, including at local libraries or party headquarters. The key, he said, is an Arizona driver’s license. With only certain exceptions, a state license issued after Oct. 1, 1996 is proof of citizenship. What that means, said Scharff, is that the individual already has


provided something like a U.S. birth certificate or passport to the Motor Vehicle Division to get that license. More to the point, he said that information already is on file with the MVD. Scharff said this deal in essence requires the system used to verify citizenship for voter registrations to check the MVD system and, if there is a valid license, use that as proof of citizenship. There will be exceptions. Scharff noted that there are others who are legal residents but not citizens who have state licenses to drive. But he said the MVD records note that fact and the system will kick out efforts to use their licenses as proof of citizenship. The other key agreement, said Scharff, is better coordination among counties. Right now, he said, if someone moves from Phoenix to Tucson, any effort to register to vote at the new residence means having to go through the process from scratch, including that proof of citizenship. He said the deal will require the state to develop a database that all county recorders can access to determine if someone seeking to register already has provided adequate proof in another county.

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Water, water everywhere Horizon Honors likes to end the school year with Water Day, taking several grades and alloting each group a few hours to play various relay and other games involving water. On Water Day June 5, AFN dropped in on the segment for first- and second-graders and found: 1) Ayana Bipin soaking up some fun; 2) Thomas Dabau trying to run with a full bucket; 3) Austin Nickerson trying to fill a big pail with smaller buckets of water as fast as he could; 4) Eli Geist, left, and and Colton Steel filling glasses of water; 5) Sophia Sisson winding up for a pitch; 6) Hailey Thompson racing with her bucket; and 7) Arya Fragale trying to keep too much water from spilling during a race.

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Women Who Care help a wounded warrior’s charity BY KIM TARNOPOLSKI AND STEPHANIE MILLNER AFN Guest Writers


an you imagine being a medic in an active war zone? Would you have the courage to risk your own life to save another? This is the story of Anthony “Doc” Ameen. In 2002, the Desert Vista High School grad joined the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman, or medic. It was his job to serve alongside a Marine Corps unit to care for injured soldiers. In 2008, Ameen’s unit was deployed to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban. While setting up for an ambush, all hell broke loose and IEDs and mortars started going off. “Doc,” as his comrades called him, was called to help save a Marine’s life who had sat on an IED and wasn’t breathing. Without thinking of the danger, Doc ran across a field and heard the loudest explosion he had ever heard. He landed on his back and, once the dust settled, saw his mangled foot and felt the pain. Doc had stepped on an IED and now he was the one who needed saving. He lost the lower half of his left leg and needed reconstructive surgery to his left hand and fingers. Countless operations were performed to save his right leg, along with mental and emotional suffering from posttraumatic stress. “I was very fortunate to live,” reflected

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portion of their commission to the family. Wings for Warriors has helped over 3,800 veterans through their core services. Recently, Wings for Warriors received a significant donation. The Ahwatukee members of 100+ Women Who Care Valley of the Sun selected Wings for Warriors as their Q2 charity. Ahwatukee resident and Realtor Christie Ellis nominated them and was thrilled to earn the support of the group. In May, Christie delivered $11,200 to Wings for Warriors. “We want the community to know they can rely on Wings for Warriors to walk veterans through the process of securing the benefits they deserve. It’s an honor to have the support of the local community,” stated Doc. 100+ Women Who Care We is an informal group of women who love to give. The Valley of the Sun chapter and its events are run by an executive committee of big-hearted volunteers along with the assistance of some very generous sponsors. All of our members’ donations go directly to the local charities selected at our quarterly meetings. The goal of the

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Raised in Sunshine Acres, local model fulfills her dream BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI AFN Staff Writer


rowing up at Sunshine Acres Children’s Home in Northeast Mesa, Jenny Watwood had simple goals: become a model and travel the world. By 19, she had accomplished both. “When I signed (a contract) in Arizona, I said I wanted to travel the world,” Watwood said. “I modeled in Milan for five years and I had a really good experience living in Europe. Everybody is very, very creative. It was the best experience I could have had as a model.” Now living in California, Watwood was on a recent untouched cover of Playboy and starred in Maluma’s music video “El Prestamo,” which has more than 100 million views. Watwood grew up as the youngest of seven children in a conservative household in West Mesa. “When I was younger, my mom needed help with two of my brothers,” Watwood said. “We lived in a really bad neighborhood. My brothers were at Sunshine Acres until they graduated high school and could make their own

decisions.” Their mother soon landed a job as the Sunshine Acres chef and Watwood and her sister moved to the facility at Loop 202 and Higley Road with her. Watwood’s mother was a former model, and the little girl heard stories about her career. In high school, she decided to try it. “I found a photographer on Facebook who would do a test shoot,” she said. “I borrowed money from my sister, who had a job at the time. I thought I had to have pictures before going to an agency and see if they wanted to sign me.” The photographer submitted the pictures to a modeling agency. Watwood immediately moved to Milan, booked international campaigns and appeared in Vogue, GQ and Vanity Fair. “I took it into my own hands,” she said. “Nobody came up to me in Starbucks. Arizona isn’t a fashion state.” Watwood spent the next five years working and living between Milan and the United States, establishing an impressive modeling career. While living in Milan, she was cast in the 2016 reboot of the Italian cult favorite TV series “Ciao Darwin,” which boosted her into the

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spotlight in that country. Watwood is widely known in the U.S. as the love interest and partner in crime of Latin superstar Maluma in his video “El Prestamo.” The action-packed video features car chases and shoot-outs, with Watwood performing her own stunts. “That was a lot of fun,” she said. “I’ve always said no to music videos. They don’t

pay well and it’s not real acting. We’re always dancing in a corner with a drink in our hands. This was an actual short action movie. “I flew to Miami and shot for two days. Maluma is such a sweetheart. He’s really humble and the experience was incredible. I got to shoot guns from the top of a moving vehicle, which was fun for me, too.” Appearing on the cover of Playboy’s “Future” issue in a silver jumpsuit gave Watwood even more exposure. “It wasn’t something I ever cared to do,” she said. “I thought if they wanted me on the cover, of course I’ll do it. I was very flattered. “I like the direction they’re going now. I like that they’re talking about real topics and real things in their magazine. I thought if they were going in that direction, I’d be honored to be on the cover.” She acknowledges that her family initially was shocked. “But they told me they were proud of me, and they knew any decision I made would be thought through,” Watwood said. “They trust my decisions. That See

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meant a lot to me.” The Arizonan’s true passion is as a writer. She and Cuban actress Rachell Vallori are developing a female-focused TV series based on the lives of women living in Los Angeles. “I want to eventually be a film director,”


Watwood said. “That’s my main goal. I love suspenseful drama, serious movies, documentaries, things like that. I love comedies when I’m in the mood. I’m more of a serious person. That’s what I like to write about, as well.” Watwood’s talents do not stop there. She and her boyfriend are working on a line of women’s leather clothing through the men’s luxury leather designer

KILLSPENCER. Watwood is still friends with many of the children with whom she grew up at Sunshine Acres, which inspired her to work with the Jack Brewer Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes access to education and cultural exchanges and assists in medical aid and disaster relief. Through her work with the foundation, Watwood traveled to Haiti, where she met

with villagers to address their concerns and provide communities with laptops and internet access. She donates 10 percent of all she makes to charity. “For me, I’ve learned a lot about myself,” she said about her travels. “I learned what I was capable of. I moved to Europe alone. I had to learn to navigate through a new city without a cellphone. I had to prove myself as a person and as a model.”


Ahwatukee residents among ASU Class of 2018 are proud grads

Fifteen Ahwatukee residents are proud enough of getting their bachelor’s degrees from Arizona State University that they wanted their names released publicly. They are Arturo Bedolla, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Theodore Brothers, College of Public Service and Community Solutions; Jana Crum, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Nolan Draus, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering; Ibtissam Haddada, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts; Claire Hom, W. P. Carey School of Business; Amanda Landingham, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College; Brianna Manheim, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College; Taylor Pisano, College of Health Solutions; Harrison Rausch, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Carla Walters, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts; Sarah Augustus; W. P. Carey School of Business; Lauren Garvey, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Jasmine Green, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering; and Madison Van Tress, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Republican Women slate general meeting with CD 9 candidates

Ahwatukee Republican Women will hold their general meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, at Ahwatukee Country Club, 12432 S. 48th St. A cash bar is available. Special guests are GOP primary candidates for Congressional District 9 Seith Leibsohn, Steve Ferrara and David Giles. Information: or Cindy Casaus at 602-300-4185 or

St. Benedict’s sets public briefing on church plans

The Parish of St. Benedict in Ahwatukee will hold a briefing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14, in the church campus meeting room to discuss updates in its effort to build a new church by the end of next year. Representatives of the Orcutt-Winslow architectural firm and parish finance and building committees will discuss the design, project costs and timeline. The presentation is open to anyone.


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The second quarter of PD Tukee Talks is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 28 at the Ahwatukee Recreation center, 5001 Cheyenne Drive, Ahwatukee. The session gives residents an opportunity to meet with local law enforcement representatives and learn about crime trends and how to reduce chances of being victimized by crime. Keynote speakers will include representatives from the Phoenix Police South Mountain Precinct, which patrols Ahwatukee; a spokesman for the Phoenix Neighborhood Patrol; and a representative of the Phoenix Police Department who will discuss the virtual block watch program. The session is free and open to the public

er items that they then shipped twice a year to American troops overseas. But their plans were scuttled in April when the Air Force cancelled the program that actually got the boxes from here to overseas military outposts. Now the Support the Troops volunteers are hoping people will donate a few dollars to help raise the estimated $4,000 it costs to ship hundreds of boxes to troops. The volunteers had been shipping out hundreds of boxes twice a year, around Christmas and Easter, but this year had to cancel their April shipment because they didn’t have the money to get them shipped. People can stop by the ARC or mail a check made out to ARC Support the Troops, Ahwatukee Recreation Center, 5001 E. Cheyenne Drive, Phx. AZ 85044. Anyone with questions can call Barb LeChaix at 480-893-2658.

Ahwatukee Recreation Center needs Ahwatukee author to conduct writing workshop Thursday help to get goodies to troops Katrina Shawver, author of the award-winning biograFor years, volunteers at the Ahwatukee Recreation Center have filled boxes with goodies, toiletries and oth-


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wo rescued cats and a dog are turning to warm hearts in Ahwatukee in the hope of finding a permanent

home. Jennifer Berry of Arizona Rescue is offering a cat named Pasha, whom she described as “a gorgeous gal with one of the shiniest, sleekest and softest fur coats you’ve ever had the privilege of petting.” Berry said Pasha likes “cuddling in your lap, lying on your chest or snuggled into your neck. “Be prepared to be smothered by endless kisses. We’ve never known a cat to give so many kisses. Combine her kisses, which have a tendency to tickle, with her rumbling purr motor, and you can’t help but fall in love with her. She’s so endearing – we guarantee she’ll bring a smile to your face and cause you to forget all of your cares,” Berry said. The cat likes to jump high in pursuit of wand toys that taunt her and “gets some


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phy “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




impressive hang time.” “She is also great at entertaining herself – she enjoys playing with the track ball toy and if there’s brown packing paper lying on the floor, she’ll dive right in to play/ hide,” Berry said, adding she gets along with other cats. Pasha was turned over to Arizona Rescue because her owner became too ill to care for her. Information:

Meanwhile, Jannelle Cosgriff at Friends for Life has a dog and a cat looking for homes. The dog, Dusty, is about 3 years old and possibly a collie and lab blend. “She is house-trained and a fun, well-adjusted, loving girl,” Cosgriff said, adding that she is spayed, up to date on vaccinations, licensed with Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, microchipped

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that includes a 2.4-mile swim in Roosevelt Lake in the dark, an uphill 126.5-mile bike ride from the Roosevelt Lake to Flagstaff, and a 26.4 mile run/hike to Snowbowl. There, Banaszewski said, “I will summit to the top of Mt. Humphries Peak (12,633 ft elevation) and back down to the finish line located in the mountain’s parking lot. The total ascent for the race is 17,000 feet Banaszewski said he’s doing this raise “to raise as much money as possible to support” Children’s Hospital. Donate in his name at

The YMCA Outreach Program for Ahwatukee Seniors needs volunteers who can spend even a few hours driving elderly people to medical appoints or grocery shopping and other errands. Volunteers must pass a background check and then can choose the hours they want to participate. Information: or 602-212-6076.

Triathlon athlete raising money for Children’s Hospital

Chuck Banaszewski of Ahwatukee will be embarking on a grueling marathon June 24 that he hopes will inspire fellow residents to support Children’s Hospital. He is part of Project DM, which is sponsoring a race

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and tested negative for heartworms. Her adoption fee is $150. Information: 480-497-8296 or e-mail The cat, Chaz, “is a big boy with a big heart” that “does not have a mean bone in his body.” “He is very people-oriented and will let you love on him for as long as you want,” Cosgriff said. “Chaz likes to stay close to you and is content sitting in your lap or just hanging out next to you, head-butting you to show you some affection. If you have stuff to do around the house, Chaz will follow right along to keep you company.” Chaz tested positive for FIV “but is otherwise very healthy,” Cosgriff said. “He can go on to live a long, healthy and happy life. Our adoption consultants can elaborate on what this diagnosis means for Chaz and the family that adopts him.” Chaz’s adoption fee is $95. Information:, or 480-497-8296. educational conference, free memory screenings and other services comes to Tempe June 22. The program is open to families affected by Alzheimer’s disease, caregivers and anyone interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s. Attendees will learn from renowned Alzheimer’s and caregiving experts about disrupting dementia, setting a standard of care for those living with dementia, tips and strategies for caregivers and activity programming. The conference runs 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Tempe Marriott at the Buttes, 2000 W. Westcourt Way. Information/registration: or call 866-232-8484. Submit your releases to



Family H2O STEM Lab

This hands-on science lab will engage you and your child in learning together about water on the earth system and sustainability through fun science and arts activities that involve the whole family. This program was provided by the Phoenix Water Services Department. Tickets are required and available in the library 30 minutes before start time on the day of the program. DETAILS>> 2-4 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages 3-12. Free.


Ironwood Writers Critique Group

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

Summer STEM Fun

Drop-in at the library for this fun, hands-on STEM based

program. Kids ages 6-11 will create a different project each session. DETAILS>> 4-5 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages 6-11. Free. No registration required.

Today’s the deadline

If you want to share lunch with Ahwatukee Foothills Friends and Neighbors at Biscuits Club West, 16400. S. 14th Ave., Ahwatukee, on June 25, today is the deadline to get your money in. DETAILS >> email now to find out where to send your $15 check.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 Juggler James Reid

Juggler James Reid astounds by juggling balls, hoops, and sports equipment…even bowling pins and bowling balls. This program was made possible with generous support from the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library. Tickets are required and available in the library 30 minutes before start time on the day of the program. DETAILS>> Wednesday, June 20, 2:00-3:00 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E Chandler Blvd. Ages 3-12. Free.


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Women readers meet one evening each month to discuss the month’s book selection. June’s book selection is “The Dollhouse” by Fiona Davis. DETAILS>> 7-9 p.m., Phoenix Fire Department meeting room, 4100 E. Chandler Blvd., Ahwatukee. RSVP/ information:


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Free martial arts lesson

Mountainside Martial Arts Center, which has been teaching martial arts and self-defense for 39 years in Ahwatukee, is offering a free two-hour martial arts lesson, The lesson will cover correct punching and kicking techniques, defensive tactics, situational awareness and other skills. Attendees should wear comfortable clothing. The seminar will be taught by Mitchell Werner, a Black Belt. DETAILS>> 10 a.m.-noon, Mountainside Martial Arts, southwest corner of 32nd Street and Chandler

Planning and journaling

Do you have a New Year’s resolution to get organized but don’t know where to start? Bring your planner, bullet journal, or notebook and learn some tips on laying out your tasks and goals while exercising your creativity. 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. DETAILS>> 4-6 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Free. No registration required.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27 Reptile Fun

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foot boa constrictor. This program was made possible with generous support from the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library. DETAILS>> 2-3 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages 3-12. Free. Tickets are required and available in the library 30 minutes before start time on the day of the program.


Mary Poppins Storytime

It will be “a spoonful of sugar” at the library this summer when Mary Poppins drops in for a magical storytime event. Mary Poppins, in costume, from the Broadway Musical Mary Poppins (appearing this summer at the Arizona Broadway Theatre and the Herberger Theater Center), will read stories, sing songs and pose for pictures. Tickets are limited & available in the library 30 minutes before program start time. DETAILS>> noon-1 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages 2-6. Free.


Jewish songs for kids

Jennifer Drapkin and Rabbi Susan present Jewish stories and songs for children. DETAILS>> noon-1 p.m., Ironwood Library,4333 E. Chandler Blvd., Ahwatukee.Sponsored by CNS Youth Education.


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. and Knitters Anonymous meets at 2 p.m., both at Sun Cup Café, 1241 E Chandler Blvd. For either club, call 480-246-1912 for more information.


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>> Sundays, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E Chandler Blvd. Ages 6-11. 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



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Sign language for walkers

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

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 480-990-5444

Little Bytes

Kids can learn the foundations of coding and computer commands before they can write or spell! Fun activities, apps and games will teach the fundamentals of simple logic, sequencing and coding language. #stem DETAILS>> 3-4 p.m. Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages 4-7. Free. No registration

LD 18 Dems meet monthly

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

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>> 4-5 p.m. Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages 8-17. Free. No registration required.


Coloring for grown-ups

Adult coloring promotes mindfulness, reduces stress, and improves cognitive motor skills. We'll provide the markers, crayons, colored pencils, and coloring sheets; you just bring yourself and your friends! DETAILS>> 1:30-3 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. 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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DETAILS>> 1:30-2:30 p.m., 4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Ahwatukee. $5 per class.


Toastmasters sharpen skills

Toddlers 24-47 months-old, accompanied by a favorite adult, enjoy interactive activities that encourage emerging language skills such as stories, songs, games, and playtime. Children and caregivers also practice Baby Sign Language, a great way to help young children develop communication skills, in this an active session. Using sign language will speed your toddler's language development by six-12 months. Tickets are limited & available in the library 30 minutes before program start time. DETAILS>> 10:30-11:00 a.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages 24-47 months. Free.

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.

Preschool Prep

Three to five-year-olds (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy stories, games and activities designed to nourish the skills that lead to success in school – persistence, flexibility and problem-solving. What is your child learning? Your preschooler is learning about the world and how to master emotions and desires. By teaching her how to focus, take turns, and think creatively, you will get her ready for school. This program includes basic concept knowledge (colors, numbers, letters) as well as structured activities. Free tickets are limited and available 30 minutes before all program start times on the day of the program. DETAILS>> 10:30-11:15 a.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E.

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over 6 months-old other childcare arrangements be made, to enable a focused learning environment for attendees. All class materials are included, plus gifts for attending. Presented by Arizona’s Children Association and supported by First Things First DETAILS>> June 13, 20 and 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages birth to five. Free. Registration is required via the online calendar at

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


Young readers & listeners can sign up for reading time with a registered therapy animal & human team. Read to Truffles. DETAILS>> 4-5 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages 5-10. Free. No registration required.

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

First Five Years workshop

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Sit, Stay, Read!

Parents and caregivers of children ages birth to five can learn how to nurture their young ones with a “just right” combination of freedom and positive discipline during this free 3-session workshop. The program is designed for attendance at all three sessions. This series covers: your child’s development and growing brain, preventing tantrums and other problems, using mindfulness to keep calm, six ways to prepare your child for school success. Babies up to 6 months-old may accompany their parents/caregivers. Presenters request that for children

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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

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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.


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

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Ironwood Library provides the snacks and fun every Thursday; teens just bring themselves and a friend. First Thursdays: video games; second Thursdays: artmaking; 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.

Kiwanis meets weekly

The Ahwatukee Kiwanis Club meets weekly and welcomes newcomers. Upcoming speakers are: May 24, Brandon Schmoll, constable and Tempe Union school board member. DETAILS>>7:30 a.m. Biscuits Restaurant, 4623 E. Elliot Road, Ahwatukee. Information:

Preschoolers’ moms gather

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

‘Gentle yoga’ offered

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 donna@


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


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>> 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages 4-10. Free. No registration required.

Fun with watercolors

People can get step-by-step instruction in watercoloring 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

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. Submit your releases to



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Kyrene superintendent reflects on past school year’s accomplishments BY DR. JAN VESELY AFN Guest Writer


efore we launch into summer break, it is fitting to take a moment or two to reflect on how far we have come and where we are headed. This year has been filled with moments of celebration, from the passing of the overrides and bond that support the quality of our schools to statewide recognition of schools of excellence. Kyrene celebrated the largest number of schools recognized in any district across the State, adding five more A+ schools. Congratulations, Kyrene de la Colina, Kyrene de la Esperanza, Kyrene de las Manitas, Kyrene de la Paloma, and Kyrene de la Sierra. Even our new facility dog at Esperanza, Bolt, carries the status of an A+ dog. We have focused on what matters most, beginning the year with each

school creating a 90-day action plan that supported goals related to student achievement “Catching Up, Keeping Up, and Moving Up.” Teachers established Response to Learning plans to help with the review of student learning and set goals for individual academic, personal and/or social-emotional growth. And, we successfully launched our new middle school design with its three tenets: academic excellence, responsive instruction and student agency. Our governing board, in collaboration with our community, developed the district vision and mission which sets the stage for the five-year strategic plan. The plan serves as a roadmap for realizing the vision that all students achieve at their maximum potential to become problem solvers, creators, and visionaries of tomorrow. The plan assumes an active, continuous improvement process with goals and targeted measures driving the work of the

district and focusing efforts toward accomplishing our goals. To better engage our external stakeholders, we worked to build stronger communications with legislators, key state educational leaders, community leaders and others to advocate for legislation in support of sustainable funding for schools. We have had wonderful parental support in soliciting a call for action in the community to keep our schools safe. We established multiple communication tools to make sure families are engaged in the academic journey of their children and are aware of the many neighbors and community partners who work with us for the betterment of our students by providing time, money, programs, support and love. We had some fun along the way, too. We came together to look into the sun (with protective eyewear, of course) during a rare solar eclipse. We hosted a popular School Choice Fair to help families find the right fit for their children.

We launched a recognition program that celebrated teachers, staff and students through our Kyrene Values Teachers campaign. And we celebrated the addition of three more nationally board certified teachers: Kyrene Monte Vista’s resource teacher, Michele McCuen; Kyrene Akimel A-al’s 7th grade science teacher, Robert Martz; and Kyrene Aprende’s art teacher, Laura Motush. These accomplishments reflect the dedication, perseverance and collaboration of staff who work across the district in our classrooms, offices, kitchens, grounds, buildings and buses. There are many more achievements worthy of celebration in each of our schools and departments. This year has seen improvements initiated at every school by caring teachers, administrators and staff. -This is an excerpt from a letter that Dr. Jan Vesely, superintendent of Kyrene School District, sent recently to district staff and parents.

We all have a stake in the survival of Girl Scouts BY BETSEY BAYLESS Tribune Guest Writer


he Boy Scouts announced they were opening their doors to girls last October. The opinions about this range from seeing it as a disservice to boys to seeing it as providing greater equality to girls. Some think, incorrectly, that Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are already the same organization and don’t understand the controversy. Frankly, I see their move as a grave disservice to girls. And a cynical response to their financial problems and declining enrollment. There are very few girl-only spaces today. Girl Scouts is one and all-girl high schools is another. I am fortunate

to have had the benefit of both. How did I benefit? In that all-girl environment, I had every opportunity to speak and be heard and take on any and all roles and challenges. This helped shape me into a competent and confident woman, with the firm belief I could be anything I wanted to be. The research bears me out. Recently I heard Dr. JoAnn Deak, an educator, psychologist and author, speak. She confirmed that the research shows enough time spent in a single-sex environment builds girls’ self-esteem, leadership and achievement. Dr. Deak went on to say the research demonstrated that the presence of boys has a suppressive effect on girls. While women’s participation in the workforce, higher education and athletics has increased, there remains

strong gender stereotypes and bias in our society regarding traits, social roles, occupations and appearance. These continue to impact girls’ choices and how society treats them. Girls need a safe, supportive space where they can be themselves and build their confidence. A place where being female is seen as positive, with inherent strengths. Where girls learn to support and trust their female peers. A place where girls’ abilities and career aspirations are affirmed, especially in STEM. Where girls’ voices, girls’ perspectives and girls’ way of doing things are honored. This is what Girl Scouts offers to girls. Girls are first and given every opportunity. Girl Scouts are trailblazers, not tagalongs. And Girl Scouts is accessible to all girls. While Boy Scouts talk about

convenience for the family, a daughter is not a matter of convenience. Girls who join Boy Scouts will have to fight for themselves in a very traditional, male-dominated space, just as they do everyday in our society. They will be reduced to being “girls in a boy’s troop.” Girl Scouts is the premier leadership development organization for girls, offering proven, girl-centered, handson programs designed specifically to meet girls’ needs. Girl Scouts is the oldest and largest girl-serving organization active in virtually every zip code in our state and in our country. We all have a stake in ensuring this essential organization continues to help girls thrive. -Betsey Bayless was the 16th Secretary of State of Arizona from 1997 to 2003.

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Her dad helped her make the right choice in marriage BY JENNIFER SCHWEGMAN AFN Guest Writer


f you know me, you know that I come from a large family. But what you might not know is that I come from parents who were married for more than 62 years. They provided a wonderful example of what love, respect and commitment can bring to a marriage and family. They always told me that falling in love is the easy part; it’s staying together that makes things interesting. When it came to love, my dad used to say, “Judge a man by what he does, not what he says.” So, I watched and I listened. Some time ago, one week before my parent’s 63rd wedding anniversary, my dad, mom and a couple of their friends went out for dinner. They were crossing a busy highway intersection to return to their car when my dad had a massive coronary and collapsed on the pavement.

It was awful and scary but moments later my father would have been behind the wheel of the car driving the group to a concert. More than my dad could have been lost that day, so I’m sad but thankful. My dad was a good man with a real love of life. He was always on the road and planning his next trip. He adored treats of any kind and loved to take his kids to the ice cream store. Even when I was away at college, he would send ice cream money. He believed that even a poor college student should be able to afford a treat from time to time. So, when we walked out of the funeral home feeling sad and lost, we were surprised to be overcome with joy by the site of a red and white Dairy Queen sign across the street. It was like my dad was sending us a message that everything was going to be fine. Even better was the fact that my mom had my dad’s wallet in her purse. He had one last opportunity to step up and buy his entire family an ice cream treat. There are all kinds of men in the world

and I’m happy to say that when it came time to pick a husband, I think I made an excellent choice. I carried my dad’s words with me and when the time was right, I married my best friend. My husband makes me laugh most every day and even puts me in my place when I need it. He is a great listener and wonderful father to our two kids. I hope they know how lucky they are to have him for a dad. When I met my husband, he proved himself to be a man of character just like my dad. He was respectful to his parents and even his sisters liked him. And when he told me he loved me, I believed him. My husband has taught me that you don’t necessarily need to be the first one to talk when you walk into a room. And that a well-thought-out response beats any quick quip. Those who know me well know I still make quips, but I promise you that I put a lot more thought into them. My husband also likes to remind me that statements

Mentors work miracles for foster kids BY LAURA PAHULES AFN Guest Writer


oster care. Two words that evoke a variety of emotions and so many questions: How can I help? Can I make a difference? How do we have so many kids in care? While there may not be definitive reasons so many kids come in to the foster care system, there are agencies that systemically work to improve their lives once in care. Arizonans for Children is a nonprofit founded in 2002 to help families reunify by having locations to visit outside of case managers’ offices, no matter what trauma brought the kids in to the system, these centers encourage bonding and healing Arizonans for Children two visitation centers, one in Phoenix and one in Mesa, that allow children in foster care to spend time with their parents in a fun, safe but supervised environment. Some families will never reunify, but even if they do not, the time spent at these centers offers the chance to create positive memories and allow the families to heal. The visitation centers are staffed by volunteers who want to make a difference in these families’ lives. Each center has a variety of toys, games,

books, playgrounds and activities, including classes such as dance, cooking, and literacy, STEM and crafts and much more. Arizonans for Children has a program that matches volunteers from the community to mentor school-age children in foster care. Mentors pick up the child from their foster placement and take them out in to the community to places like the park and library. The mentor becomes the one consistent person in the child’s life as they transition from placement to placement. Kids in foster care are frequently moved which means a new home, new kids, new staff, new school, new neighborhood. When these kids can count on their mentor picking them up from that placement, even if only for a short visit this gives them something to look forward to, something that has not changed.  Mentors do a variety of activities with their mentee while including life lessons in to the visit. Think about all the things you learned from your parents, teachers, neighbors that these kids are likely missing out on. Who taught you how to tip at a restaurant? Or how to order at a restaurant? Was there someone that showed you how to take public transportation or pump gas? How often did you see “please” and “thank you” modeled as a child? 

These are things many of the children we meet at Arizonans for Children have never been exposed to. The goal for the Arizonans for Children Mentor program is that 90 percent of the kids that have a mentor for six months will see improvement in their attendance, their grades will improve, their behaviors will get better but most importantly their self esteem and self worth will improve. In 2017, the goal was missed, coming in at 89.75 percent of the kids improving in those areas. But when a child in foster care has a mentor for a year, that statistic changes dramatically: 100 percent of the kids with a mentor for a year see improvement in their attendance, grades, behavior as well as their self-esteem and self-worth – which is incredible. Eight hours a month and a year commitment changes the kids from statistics to successes. So who can be a mentor? The requirements are over 21, able to pass a background check and willing to spend eight hours a month while committing to a year with a specific child. Anyone can be a mentor – they just have to care. Start the process by filling out our volunteer application at -Laura Pahules is the executive director of Arizonans for Children.

start debates but questions start a dialogue. Good advice for a mother of two kids. My husband always finds new ways to make my heart speed up. He will never really know what having my coffee ready or his emptying the dishwasher before he leaves for work every morning means to me. And when the pastor talks about couples that love each other and he squeezes my hand, I feel completely happy. So, in this month that celebrates Father’s Day, I think of my dad and how he led me down a path toward my husband and children. He helped me make my choice. To me, Father’s Day is more than a Hallmark holiday. It’s a day that I can remember the good times with my dad and can also be thankful for the blessings I’ve received in the form of my husband and family. I’m thankful that I took a chance and said yes. My life is richer for it. -Jennifer Schwegman, a public relations strategist and writer based in Ahwatukee, can be reached at


Killings underscore need to fund mental health care

Seven people are dead. Four of whom were valuable, productive members of society, the other two semi-retired. All victims killed by a known mentally unstable individual. Is it not time to fund mental health care in the United States, enact legislation to help the severely mentally ill, and protect the general population from those who desire to do harm to themselves and others? The instant news media, with its hyper coverage, innocently provides a platform of notoriety to ill individuals egomaniacally wishing to go out in “ a blaze of glory.” No legislation in the world will prevent an individual from stealing or buying a black market gun, using a kitchen knife, a vehicle or household chemicals and a pressure cooker to harm people. Many of these individuals have law enforcement incident reports, some have pages worth of calls to authorities. Some have restraining orders against them. When will there be a mechanism to trigger real medical assistance to these and help protect society? When will we wake up to this fact and do something about it? -Tom Hemmingway





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Ahwatukee couple’s store caters to carnivores BY PAUL MARYNIAK AFN Executive Editor


artha Neese still recalls how she and her husband, Gene, used to pack their suitcases with meat when they flew from Iowa to their second home in Ahwatukee. That was before the airlines-imposed weight limits on luggage, but it didn’t matter. They had a more efficient idea: Bring the meat store with them. Fourteen years later, their Von Hanson’s Meats shop in Chandler has become a go-to destination for carnivores throughout the East Valley and beyond, as well as a processing center for hunters who plan to eat their catch. If that may seem a radical move, you don’t know Martha: Her career has been even more so. She started as a nurse, then became a

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Martha Neese of Ahwatukee celebrated the 14th anniversary of her Von Hanson's Meats shop in Chandler with a joint ribbon cutting involving the Chandler and Tempe Chambers of Commerce.

lawyer who specialized in personal injury cases that included the kind of malpractice she occasionally witnessed in surger-

ies. And while she still occasionally practices law in what had been a renowned

career that took her to courtrooms around the country, Neese spends a lot of her time in the butcher shop, doing everything from managing the employees and marketing Von Hanson’s retail locations in Minnesota to even making meat deliveries. And if that wasn’t enough to occupy her time, she also is deeply involved in the community. She belongs to the Ahwatukee, Chandler and Tempe chambers of commerce and has been a board member on the Ahwatukee Chamber for years. Last week, those chambers honored her shop’s 14th anniversary with a ribbon cutting. She volunteers in various nonprofits, is vice president of the Club West HOA board and is now a member of the See

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Area couple’s business caters to cornhole game craze BY COTY DOLORES MIRANDA AFN Contributor


ornhole, a staple of backyard games, has become an organized sport with its own national governing board and even has state tournaments like next weekend’s third annual Arizona Cornhole Championship. And that couldn’t make Todd and Erin Kisicki happier, since their three-yearold Mesa-based business, KB Kornhole, caters to the growing sport. KB Kornhole dominates the sport’s presence in the East Valley. It supplied the equipment for any number of festivals and activities where cornhole is offered, such as last fall’s Rockin’ Taco Festival in Chandler. Todd, national director for the American Cornhole League, and his wife are not only enthusiastic fans but also founders and organizers of the state cornhole championship, which will be held in downtown Phoenix at Ability 360 Sports & Fitness Center. Four years ago, the couple never

dreamed of starting a business built around their pastime when they were tossing resin-filled beanbags at the 2-by4-foot inclined wooden boards built by Todd’s father, Ron, in his garage. “We thought we might start a little family business making the boards and renting them out, but we quickly learned how time-consuming that was and how we had some real competition,” recalled Todd, adding they now exclusively use boards made by Original Cornhole Company. At the time, Todd was teaching technology at ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and Erin was a social worker. They decided to try their hand at promoting a cornhole tournament to help benefit UMom New Day Centers in Phoenix. They did so at Carriage Lane, a beanbag’s throw from their Mesa residence. “We found we were good at it,” said Todd admitting his abilities with building their website, graphic design and using software to organize players and keep scores added to their success.

“I just started shooting out emails and making phone calls to see if anyone was interested in our organizing tournaments. And through word of mouth, we started doing more fundraisers and corporate team-building events, he explained, adding: “It was also about this time that I asked around to see if there was a state tournament, and when I learned there wasn’t, I grabbed the name – Arizona State Cornhole Championships – and ran with it.” The first state competition was in Queen Creek; the second year, the couple decided to organize a Backyard Games Day at WestWorld, complete with vendors and food booths. “It was a successful event, as there were a lot of people – around 1,300 – but it was tough and I lost too much money,” Todd said. “I probably made a lot of mistakes – all those things any first-time festival organizer has done. I decided my value is enough. I don’t need to pay for a venue. I can bring in enough people and money to help other organizations.”

This year’s Arizona State Cornhole Competition is benefiting their wheelchair basketball team. Erin, who unlike her husband, did not leave her day job, is active in KB Kornhole events that are mainly on weekends But her passion for the company and the sport is strong. “This community we’ve built means so much to me,” said Kisicki, assistant director of training at Child Family Support Services in Ahwatukee. “Owning our own company is the ultimate American dream, one where everyone is welcome, valued and connected to something bigger and greater. We definitely have fun at our events, and I truly believe our mission is to bring people together, one cornhole game at a time. Regardless of where you come from or where you’re going, it’s a universal sport for everyone,” she added. One of KB Kornhole and cornhole’s staunchest fans is Jack Edlund, who started playing cornhole about four years ago in his Augusta Ranch community in Mesa.





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Ahwatukee Foothills Village Planning Committee. As for her shop, she said “I’m kind of a jack of all trades. I just do whatever needs to be done.” I give my attention to whatever I am doing because I want to do a good job. “I don’t feel happy unless I am productive and getting something done,” she shrugged, relieved that she has escaped the high pressure of traveling around the country most of the year during a 30year career that catapulted her to the status of a nationally certified trial lawyer and a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, whose members are attorneys who have won only settlements of $1 million or more. Neese also specialized in military litigation and headed the Military Advocacy and Federal Tort Section of the American Association for Justice. As a lawyer, she is known for representing patients believed to have been sickened by ruptured breast implants during the 1990s. In 1998, implant manufacturer Dow Corning settled a class-action lawsuit for $2.4 billion, then the largest settlement of its kind. It was her work as a registered cardiac-care nurse assisting in open-heart surgeries for 10 years that inspired Neese to enter Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa, from which she graduated in 1984. She recalls watching doctors make serious mistakes, sometimes because they ignored her advice. “What made me decide to attend law school was seeing the difference that the law can make in the care that people get,” she was once quoted as saying. “The hospital would do the right thing when a lawyer was involved.” But then there came a time, the moth-

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Ahwatukee resident Martha Neese, owner of Von Hanson's Meats in Chandler, was a surgical nurse who became a high-powered personal injury lawyer.

er of three adult children said, when “I wanted out of the high-pressure law stuff.” But meat? “I had no intention of going into the meat business,” Neese explained. “We were customers. My kids grew up on really good, quality meat.” Quality, she added, that she found lacking in supermarkets when she and her husband were snowbirds, shuttling between the Midwest and Ahwatukee. “We would put it on the grill and it was terrible,” she recalled. “We had to throw it out. So we started eating salads.” Then her husband had an idea, approaching Von Hanson’s, a company started in 1983 by two men who say they “came up with the idea to bring back the old-fashioned meat market to the local neighborhood.” “My husband thought it would be a good investment, that we could be silent partners,” Neese said. Their involvement didn’t stay so silent

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for very long. “It didn’t work out very good at first,” Neese recalled. “We were losing money. It started changing around when I came down in 2007.” Though she “wanted to start learning how to golf.” Neese started networking, preaching in a way the philosophy of Von Hanson’s founders: offer customers high-quality meat with the best value for their money and personal; service that includes cooking tips if requested. Today, walking into her store at 2390 N. Alma School Road is like walking into a wonderland of meat and poultry that includes 100 different kinds of sausages and brats. Dog owners can also find bones, pig ears and healthy natural treats for their pets. Also for sale is a wide variety of barbecue wood and chips as well as an array of sauces. And they sell some signature products from Minnesota, including walleye and sweet potato sausage. During hunting season, Von Hanson’s

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gets so busy that Neese has to hire a couple of extra butchers to help process the game that hunters bring in. The store has developed a reputation for the way it processes javelinas. “It’s awful and greasy and we’ve been known for making javalina taste good because it’s so horrible,” she said. They routinely process bear, mountain lion, elk, tuna and even the occasional buffalo. Surprisingly, no one has brought in rattlesnake. Although her favorite product is Von Hanson’s jalapeño hamburger, the rib eye steak is the most popular with customers. Her husband has gotten so good at preparing that and other steaks, they have some definite preferences when dining out, she said: “We don’t eat steak out. Friends who want to go out to dinner, we tell them, ‘Take us out for Italian; don’t take us out for a steak. If you want a steak, come to my house and my husband will cook you a steak.’” The secret, she said, is the kind of meat Von Hanson’s sells – certified, corn-fed black angus. “It’s really all about the flavor,” she said. “Not all cattle is certified black angus beef.” Between the store and her community involvement – not to mention the occasional legal case she might still pick up – Neese shows no sign of slowing down on any front. “I don’t keep track of me hours; you can’t look at it that way,” she said. “I get up early in the morning and I am busy.” “I like helping people. I was a nurse and always have been very caring to my clients as a lawyer. I want to help people. That’s the community involvement part of it.” Information:, 480-917-2525.

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Chamber seeks nominees for Day of Champions awards BY GINA JENKINS AFN Guest Writer


ince 1999, the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce has honored the community’s top businesses with the annual Chamber Day of Champions Awards Breakfast. Each year we recognize outstanding businesses and celebrate individuals who are remarkable in their dedication to our community. The Chamber takes great pride in our business community, and we know that its success is rooted in the people.  Chamber Day of Champions honorees are members of the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce and show unwavering support for the business community, demonstrate dedication to the betterment and growth of the Ahwatukee area, and exhibit enthusiasm for and make a significant difference in their community. Nominations are accepted from the public, as well as business peers. Each nominee is then asked to submit additional information regarding the company’s products and services, charitable donations and volunteer work. A panel of independent judges reviews the information and selects the finalists in each category by the following selection criteria:

Small Business of the Year Active Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce member (15) employees or fewer Business growth, performance, strategies and innovation Customer & Employee Relation Practices Community engagement (including chamber activities) Business of the Year Active Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce member More than (15) employees Business growth, performance, strategies and innovation Customer and employee relation practices Community engagement (including Chamber activities) Community Champion of the Year Active Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce member Demonstrates community leadership and engagement Positive impact in the Vhamber and/or general community (e.g., through volunteer efforts, community-focused initiatives and education projects) Applied innovative solutions to address community issues Educational Mentor of the Year Must be from a school learning center that is a chamber member Can be a teacher, administrator, coach, counselor or any other position in a school environment

Must exhibit leadership and as a positive role model Must be of service to the community (i.e., leadership, volunteerism or donations) Nonprofit of the Year is awarded to a Active Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce member Must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Organization will have exhibited exceptional achievement in assisting and enhancing the quality of life in the local community The Chamber will also recognize the committee volunteers who provide their time and talent to assist the Chamber in making their programs a success, as well as our Ambassador of the Year. We invite the community to attend our 19th Annual Chamber Day of Champions awards breakfast and come out to support locally owned businesses that help make a difference in our community. The Chamber Day of Champions Awards Breakfast will take place at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass. Visit the Chamber website at to reserve event tickets or download a nomination form. Call 480-753-7676 for additional information or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities. -Gina Jenkins is membership director for the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce





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Our choices have consequences. Choose well. BY SUSAN WILMOT AFN Guest Writer


illiam Inge, onetime dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, is credited with stating, “There are no rewards or punishments – only consequences.” It speaks to both the truth of God and of a world in which we all live with the consequences of our sinful and rebellious ways. The prologue to the Book of Psalms, Psalm 1, prompts us to make a choice between two very different ways of being in the world. At two opposite ends of the spectrum, we have the way of the righteous and the way of the wicked. If only life’s choices were always as straightforward! In reality, we’re much more of a mixed bag of righteous thoughts, words and deeds, as well as our selfish and self-serving ways. However, the choice remains, and the psalmist describes what’s at stake. To accept the gift of faith allows us to become increasingly dependent on God and more inclined toward selfless service, peace and justice. To reject the gift of faith is to assert personal independence and self-reliance. Whatever choice we make, we live with the consequences, which also includes elected leadership and the directions they take on our behalf. It’s often deeply frustrating when we realize some leaders misuse or abuse the power and trust placed in them by

the people. As followers of Jesus, the political sphere is part of our mission and ministries, especially when it comes to establishing equity and justice for all, especially the poor and most vulnerable among us. Still, we might wonder if there’s hope for changing hearts, minds and other driving forces motivating some leaders to dehumanize, demonize and mistreat certain groups of people, and squander our shared resources for personal gain. The simple answer is, “For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26, Mark 10:27). With God we can make a difference. According to the psalmist, the greatest blessing or happiness – the Hebrew can be translated both ways – begins by delighting in God’s teachings. This call to study, pray and meditate on God’s word is found throughout the Scriptures, and for obvious reasons. Relationship is essential to knowledge and wisdom, and we can’t know or do what’s pleasing to God if we don’t know the nature and character of God, or understand what God desires of


us. Meditating on God’s word opens the way to relationship with God and an understanding of God’s ways. It’s a lifelong and dynamic process, not dutiful rote learning or something that’s static. As we read in Hebrews 4:12, “The word of God is living and active.” The word of God is also a stream of living water. As the old saying goes, you can’t step into the same stream twice. Since we live in time, the sum of our experiences and knowledge expands and changes. In faith, we’re subject to ongoing transformation into Christ-likeness. The water is flowing, not stagnant, and so the word holds something new for us every time we immerse ourselves in it. The image of God’s people as wellwatered trees bearing good fruit is found all over the Word. For example, in Proverbs 3:8 there’s this beautiful description of Lady Wisdom (a.k.a. the Holy Spirit) that resonates with Psalm 1, “She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called happy.” As followers of Jesus, our roots are in the living water who is our creator, sustainer

and redeemer. We die with Christ in the waters of baptism and are raised to new and unending life in Him, bringing color and vigor to the world as we share the hope and promise of eternal life in the good news of Jesus Christ. In Christ, we’re empowered to practice resurrection life now. The consequence of faith and faithful choices is bearing good fruit for God’s kingdom. In other words, as Jesus taught, we love God and live in right relationship with our neighbors, serving their needs according to God’s loving-kindness, compassion and justice. What of the blessing anticipated for those who yield their wills to God’s will? Our rootedness in the Word and the living water flowing in and through us helps us to live into the fullness of our humanity and into authentic life and freedom in Christ. The blessing is manifest in the fruit of the Spirit producing in us love, joy, peace, patience, goodness and kindness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23a). The prophet Micah (6:8) sums it all up like this: “He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Our choices have consequences. Choose well. -The Rev. Susan E. Wilmot, vicar at St. James the Apostle Episcopal Church & Preschool, 975 E. Warner Road, Tempe, can be reached at, 480-345-2686 or




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CHoP in Ocotillo draws neighborhood crowds BY COLLEEN SPARKS GETOUT Staff


any people who live and work in Chandler can indulge their red-meat cravings at an elegant Ocotillo restaurant patrons say lacks the pretension found in other fine-dining establishments. CHoP Steak Seafood & Burger Bar has become a popular haunt for people who live and work in Chandler and the East Valley since it opened about five and a half years ago on West Queen Creek Road, just east of Price Road. Humble Family Restaurants, the same group that owns Humble Pie pizzeria, The Living Room Wine Café & Lounge and Rock Lobster eateries, brought CHoP to Ocotillo so the area would have an upscale dining experience. “It’s like you’re coming home,” Tom Kaufman, operating partner for CHoP and partner with Humble Family Restaurants, said. “We feel we’re the community, the neighborhood hangout.”

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CHoP partners Tom Kaufman, left, and Tony Eden also are partners in Humble Family Restaurants.

The former breakfast restaurant’s 4,000 square feet of space lent itself more to a posh-looking eatery, Kaufman said. It is now full of silver and gold accents, tex-

tured red and gold wallpaper, leather-like booths and ornate chandeliers. CHoP focuses heavily on steaks, burgers and seafood, offering substantial dinners

and flavorful, ample sides. The mesquite grill-cooked entrees include a popular double-cut, house-cured pork chop paired with apple chutney for $27.99, a baseball-cut top sirloin for $26.99, a boneless Maui rib-eye with a pineapple-soy marinade for $34.99 and grilled salmon for $25.99. Every day a fresh grilled fish is featured, including swordfish, halibut, black cod and grouper. The Bang Bang Shrimp is a crispy, golden well-liked starter with sweet, spicy aioli. Diners craving meat can also select one of the many signature burgers at CHoP including a classic cheeseburger, patty melt, green chili and barbecue burgers, for $14.99 each. While the sirloin, center-cut filet and roasted prime rib get a lot of sizzle, the vegetables at the luxuriously appointed restaurant also shine. Heather Sanders of Ahwatukee designed the walls and furniture, and Arizona See

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Clever Koi’s new items will delight foodies BY NIKI D’ANDREA GETOUT Staff


he Asian-inspired food at Clever Koi is adventurous. Dining at Clever Koi, 384 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert, is paradise for epicurean explorers, and many new adventures were added to the menu this past spring. Traditional Asian dishes like fried rice, ramen and dumplings get punched up with exotic ingredients like duck fat sriracha, black garlic, Japanese whiskey glaze, wasabi guacamole, yuzu aioli, ponzu tofu cream and especially pickled daikon. The white, mild-flavored radish appears all over the menu. That’s not to say there’s nothing on the menu for the unadventurous eater. The pad thai is familiar and flavorful, and also available in a vegan version. Korean fried chicken, curry, chow mein and short ribs also are quite satisfying and safe.

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Sunchoke and eggplant dish bring a bevy of new flavors to the menu.

The new menu items also include things that could please any palate, like the updated vegetable ramen, bobbing with roasted tomatoes, chayote squash, Jeru-

salem artichokes and pickled daikon. The savory soup gets a boost from a leek-compound butter. Dover sole will delight seafood lovers –

the pan-seared, flaky white fish falls off the fork and is served over summer corn curry, chayote, bok choy, roasted corn and white rice. And then there are the XO Noodles – wok-roasted yakisoba noodles with snow peas, bean sprouts, pickled daikon, scallions and fried shallots. The dish is named after two things – the XO designation for a “very special” cognac, and a popular spicy seafood sauce from China. The dish doesn’t taste fishy at all; it actually has an earthiness to it. The new sunchoke and eggplant dip makes a great appetizer for sharing. The hummus-like dip is served with crispy, house-made sesame nori lavash bread and topped with a pinch of black garlic, which is basically aged garlic that looks a lot like dark caviar or jelly and has tangy overtones. Beets are the heart of the fantastic vegeSee

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from page 37 painter Ed Mell’s landscapes hang on the walls. The superfood salad is a colorful creation piled high with kale, cranberries, radish, avocado, almonds and goat cheese and it is many customers’ favorite salad, said Tony Eden, partner with Humble Family Restaurants and CHoP. Guests also rave about the roasted spaghetti squash made on the mesquite grill with a refreshing, light-tasting mix of arugula, Parmesan and capers. Unusual Brussels sprouts offer a beefy, flavorful taste with gremolata, bacon, lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper. Eden said a chef arrives at CHoP at 8 a.m. every day to break down and hand-cut the steaks, which come from Gold Canyon, Colorado. The double-cut pork chop is also prepared with care. “We brine it for a couple days so it stays nice and juicy,” Eden said. The baseball-cut sirloin is cut to look like a baseball and comes from “the best part of a top sirloin,” Kaufman said. “It’s a very accessible steak if you don’t want to spend a lot of money,” Eden said. Ron Riecks and his wife, Lynda, who is owner of Carstar Autopro Collision Chandler, live a few blocks away from CHoP and love to eat there. “My favorite is the Double-Cut Pork Chop,” Riecks said. “I am a big pork chop fan and too few restaurants do pork chops. At CHoP, they celebrate pork chops. Not only is it delicious, but it is big. Almost 2 meals in one. “I take the leftovers home and warm them up the next day and eat what is left off the bone. My wife goes for the filet. We also think of it as upscale with a relaxed atmosphere. Service is always excellent.” Jessica A. Aldulaimi and her husband, Hani, along with two friends, recently had dinner at CHoP. A business development manager at KW Commercial, Jessica said the ambiance was “quiet and just right for us to talk and enjoy our evening.” “We started with Malbec and then the Caesar salad and added the anchovies,” Jessica said. “Since not all restaurants offer anchovies, it feels like such a treat! We all ordered the Boneless Rib-Eye, it was


perfectly marbled and cooked. “We all agreed it was the best we’ve had. We ended our meal with the Toffee Bread Pudding, which was great for sharing. We had such a lovely evening and our waiter took great care of us.” Larry P. Williams, sales and marketing director of Right Away Disposal, lives in the Ocotillo area and raved about CHoP. “Chop delivers nothing short of amazing every time, all the time, and has been my go-to steakhouse in Chandler,” Williams said. “It starts with staff, from the moment you walk in until you leave,

Brussels sprouts with gremolata, bacon, lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper, are a well-liked side.

sphere “incredibly warm and inviting.” “The food is always great and it is a perfect place for birthdays, anniversaries and event board meetings,” Felicia said. Those craving a bite and beer, a cocktail or one of the many wines at CHoP can grab deals during happy hour, every day from 4 to 6 p.m. Customers can order Awesome Fries, which are tossed with gremolata, as well as fried pickles and fried zucchi-

they’re inviting, friendly and courteous. The ambiance is warm and elegant, it truly embodies a fine dining steakhouse. As a regular (twice a month), the reason I love this place is the passion from the kitchen, it’s done extremely well and continuously.” Jen Hewitt, executive director of the Chandler Education Foundation, also loves the menu at CHoP. She lives in Chandler. “My personal preferences are the Bang Bang Shrimp, Spaghetti Squash, Cauliflower Gratin and the of course the filet,” Hewitt said. “Everything is cooked to perfection. I would recommend this place to anyone. The service is exceptional also.” Felicia Vandermolen, CEO and founder of The Nitro Live  Icecreamery, said she and her husband, Rich, consider the atmo-

ni, for $5.75 each during happy hour. The popular meatball appetizer is $8 and hickory-smoked salmon are $7.75 when ordered from 4 to 6 p.m. Draft beers cost $3 or $4 during happy hour and specialty cocktails are $8. A favorite cocktail is the James Brown, which has Elijah Craig Bourbon, Amaro and brown sugar syrup, for $8 during happy hour. For those with a sweet tooth, CHoP offers several desserts, including the toffee bread budding with white chocolate frangelico sauce, a pecan torte and an Oreo ice cream sandwich. CHoP is open from 4 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Sundays. It is at 2625 W. Queen Creek Road. Information: chopchandler. com.

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Folklorico Quetzalli brings unique dancing to EV BY LAURA LATZKO GETOUT Contributor


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Dazzling costumes add another dimesnion to the dazzling dance performances. land. Ramirez started dancing in California and continued with a company in Tucson after moving to Arizona. She hadn’t danced for quite a few years when she was enlisted to teach a recreational dance class in Chan-

dler. She never envisioned she would make a career out of dance. “I think back now, and I never planned for this,” Ramirez says. “This just kind of came to me, and obviously the universe knows



this is my passion. This is what I love, and I was missing it at the time.” Ramirez says running the studio has been meaningful. “I don’t know how I can even put into words just how special it has been to share these past 10 years of my life with such amazing children,” she says. “The children have taught me about myself, about life, about really appreciating one another.” Of the six girls in her original class, three are still with the studio. “It has been wonderful to watch them grow and develop not just as dancers but as these incredibly strong young women,” she says. “They are pursuing all these other things in their lives, but they are still committed to dance and their team.” Some families have had multiple children take classes at the studio over the years. Original dancer Kateri Parra started at age 7, and her younger sister joined a few years later. The studio grown to include more than 80 students in beginning, intermediate and See

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ing room has several tables and at peak dinner hour, it’s bustling with people and loud with conversations. The kitchen is exposed, releasing an array of appetizing smells into the air and sometimes giving guests a glimpse of flame from the wok action. The patios are popular spots, as well, being well-shaded and well-lit in the evenings. Clever Koi’s cocktail menu is well-known and wellloved by craft cocktail connoisseurs. Beverage director and Clever Koi co-owner Joshua James turns traditional tipples up a notch with drinks like The Dead Hand, a potent and peppery drink with Arette Blanco Tequila, Benedictine Liquor, orgeat (sweet almond-based syrup), blackberries, an absinthe float and fennel pollen. It has a black licorice flavor to it. Those seeking something sweeter might like The Jailbird, made with purple beet-infused gin, Smith & Cross Rum, lime, orange juice, and a light floater of bitter Bruto Americano appertivo liqueur. There’s also a menu of a dozen wines and a dozen beers (including local craft beer on tap), and three kinds of sake. It’s hard to say there’s “something for everyone” at Clever Koi, but we can’t say there’s not, either. One thing we can say: For the epicurious, there’s much to explore, and many culinary adventures to have. Information:

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advanced classes. Ramirez continues to be the primary instructor, but following an ankle injury this year, the studio’s future was in jeopardy. However, parents and students stepped in to help. “I think really having that sense of family, of support, is wonderful, something that just really stands out throughout the years with Quetzalli,” Ramirez says. Grizelda Celaya, one of Ramirez’s adult students, recently began teaching beginning-level company classes. Celaya has danced with Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli for four years but started ballet folklorico dance in junior high and took ballet, tap and jazz classes in elementary school. Although she had stayed in shape, getting back into ballet folklorico as an adult was a challenge. “With that style of dance, there are so many regions and styles within those regions that I didn’t know of when I danced before,” Celaya says. “There was a lot that I hadn’t already learned, but the stuff that I did, I had to brush up on.” Now she has a different approach because of a deeper association with the history and the meaning behind the dances and costumes. “The difference would be knowing the significance behind the costumes more than I did as a child, but the excitement is still there, and I think I feel like a kid when I put them on,” Celaya says.

In her classes, Ramirez tries to instill in her students important values and skills, including poise, accountability, time management, responsibility, confidence and public speaking. Parra has applied the skills she learned at the studio to her roles as National Honor Society president and cheerleader. Dancing with the studio has allowed Parra to teach dance to kids from low-income families. Ramirez regularly travels to Mexico to conferences to learn new dances and brings them back to her company. “As instructors, as choreographers, I think it’s our duty to do that research so that we aren’t disrespecting who this belongs to and the story this is telling,” Ramirez says. Through dance, her students connect to their cultures – just as she did, she says. “I never really knew where I came from, where my family came from or even what it meant to be from Mexico,” Ramirez says. “It was always sadly something to be ashamed of rather than something to honor and respect, and dance taught me what my culture is. Dance taught me how beautiful it is and that I should be proud of it and proud of my parents and ancestors.” Parra agrees. Through dance, Parra feels a bond with her grandmother, who danced ballet folklorico as a child. “It made me feel closer to her,” Parra says. “That’s my inspiration, and that’s why I keep dancing. I know that she wants me to keep dancing. When I’m dancing, I have a little bit of her in me.”

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t age 12, Mia McFarland already knows what she wants to pursue as a career: acting. The Gilbert resident is working her way toward a successful career by starring as Annie in the Valley Youth Theatre’s production of the same name at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix. By joining the VYT, she’s following in the footsteps of alum like Jordin Sparks and Emma Stone. “There is a lot of cool music in ‘Annie,’” said Mia, a student at South Valley Junior High School. “It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s fun to be performing in the show. I can be myself and I have something I’m personally good at. This is such a big opportunity with Valley Youth Theatre.” “Annie,” which runs June 15 to July 1, tells the classic story of an orphan in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage run by the cruel, Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the or-

(Photo courtesy McFarland family) South Valley Junior High School student Mia McFarland is excited to play Annie because she enjoys the musical’s songs.

phanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. She finds a new home with billionaire Oliver Warbucks. This isn’t Mia’s first headlining role. She appeared as Virginia in “Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus” with the East Valley Children’s Theater. Her resume also includes stints as Mayor Matilda in “All Shook Up” with the Actor’s Youth Theater; July in Greasepaint’s “Annie Jr.”; and Little Red in “Little Red Riding Hood” with Baker Performing Arts in Gilbert.

At South Valley Junior High School, Mia is a member of student council and spring cheerleading and is set to graduate in 2023. She also participates in Girl Scouts and Voices of Glee at Actor’s Youth Theatre. In her spare time, Mia loves going to musicals, tumbling, trampoline and playing with her dog, Percy. She is the daughter of Joe and Heidi McFarland and the sister of 16-year-old Danny. Mia fell in love with acting at a two-week camp, run by Gilbert’s Studio 3 Performing Arts Academy. She was in tumbling for several years, but after camp, she immediately immersed herself in musical theater. “She really likes singing musical theater songs around the house,” Heidi said. “I remember when she was very little, she was in the school Christmas choir show. I could always hear her voice. “My son had been doing it and I never heard his voice. I thought maybe because

she was a girl and wasn’t afraid to sing. Lo and behold, we found out she could carry a really good tune.” Heidi is impressed with the staff at Valley Youth Theatre, including producing artistic director Bobb Cooper and resident costume designer Karol Cooper. “The cast and the teachers are very, very supportive and inspiring,” Heidi said. “It’s very intense. We’re glad it’s the summertime. “It’s really nice that Bobb and Karol are in the show. That’s really special. It’s a great experience for Mia. She may not realize how special it is until she looks back years from now.”


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mall plates and light bites have been trending in the culinary world for quite some time. As the summer heats up in Arizona, we look to lighter fare, and these tasty treats are the perfect bite of flavor. Bacon, tomato and pesto bites are great poolside, as appetizers or as delicious snacks. They’re small rounds or squares of toast made ultra thin by rolling out slices of bread with a rolling pin and

then brushing them with melted butter before baking. These morsels are topped with a simple pesto mayonnaise, gourmet cheese, a bite-size piece of crispy bacon and topped with a vinaigrette-drizzled cherry tomato. What brings the mouthwatering bite together is the dot of pesto mayo on the toast. Use store-bought or your own pesto recipe, making sure that you drain out the oil so the pesto mayonnaise doesn’t get too runny. Everything can be made ahead and then assembled right before you serve.

Ingredients: 1 loaf Texas toast white bread (thick cut) 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 lb bacon of your choice 1 (approx 8 oz) round or wedge of Smoked Gouda or Gruyere cheese 1 (approx. 8 oz) container Pesto, store bought or homemade ½ cup or more mayonnaise 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced in half 3-4 tablespoons salad vinaigrette Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Trim crust from bread. Using a rolling pin, press bread to create thin slices. With a 2 inch round or square cookie cutter, cut out shapes from slices of pressed bread. Place on baking sheet. Melt butter and combine with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Brush butter-oil combination over both sides of bread. Bake at 375 degrees until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven to cool. Cook bacon until crispy. Drain on paper towels. Slice cheese in thin, one inch pieces and set aside. In a small bowl, drain pesto over sieve to remove excess oil. Reserve oil from pesto for tomatoes. Mix together mayonnaise and pesto and place in squeeze bottle or pastry bag with small hole or tip. In bowl with pesto oil, add tomato halves, vinaigrette and salt and pepper to taste. Assemble bites. On each piece of toast, squeeze a large dot of pesto. Top with slice of cheese, piece of bacon and top with one half of tomato slice that has been soaking in vinaigrette. Serve immediately. Watch my how-to video: Watch my how-to video:

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The Santinos’ Father’s Day message: Keep sports in perspective BY BRIAN BENESCH AFN Sports Editor


he links that sports create between fathers and sons can enrich a relationship or turn it toxic, especially when dad was a star athlete. Todd Santino knows. His dad, Tony, was an All-American baseball player at the University of Southern California. Todd liked sports, too, but he is grateful that Tony never pushed him to follow in his footsteps. Yet Todd, now a business-development manager with the Arizona Cardinals, did find his own way and followed his dad to USC as a baseball player. Now Todd is passing along what he learned from his dad to his son, Ryan, a budding athlete headed to Desert Vista High in August after an impressive multi-sport career with the Altadena Middle School Panthers. Todd’s Father’s Day message to dads and sons connected by sports is simple: Just let it happen. No pressure. The Santino family has a history of athletic success on both sides, but Todd

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Ryan Santino, 14, who plans to play sports at Desert Vista High, and his father, Todd, a former star athlete and now a front-office employee with the Arizona Cardinals, say they benefited from having fathers who did not push them to follow them into sports – yet they both did, on their own.

and wife, Keely, didn’t want to push their son into competition. “When we moved here nine years ago,

I coached a little bit. But I kind of got out of that right away,” Todd said. “I wanted to support the kids when they

were younger, then I wanted them to do their own thing and just support them in the background.” As Ryan gets ready to focus on basketball and baseball at Desert Vista, his parents understand there is far more to life than sports. The family has stressed the importance of schoolwork to go along with athletic achievements. That approach has paid off, as Ryan graduated from Altadena last month an honor-roll student. “We’ve really raised Ryan to be respectful. We try to make sure he doesn’t grow up arrogant,” Todd said. “We’re school-first. That’s most important.” Inside the Santinos’ Phoenix home is a room dedicated to the family’s rich history of athletic triumphs. Game-worn jerseys, signed equipment and trophies scattered on the walls are enough to breed success on the court and diamond. The plethora of USC Trojans memorabilia is hard to ignore. And as Ryan gears up for his freshman year at Desert See

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Thunder offense gets on track at passing competition BY BRIAN BENESCH AFN Sports Editor


he recent 7-on-7 passing league competition at ASU was a showcase for some of the best high school football programs in the state – including Desert Vista’s. And despite a 5-5 finish last season, Desert Vista looks poised to join that elite group of teams this fall. The Thunder gathered at the 16-team tournament at the Verde Dickey Dome on June 4. The Highland Hawks were eventually crowned champions, but the camp proved beneficial for the Thunder offense. While teams like Highland High came to ASU looking for a winning performance, Desert Vista head coach Dan Hinds said he was using the tournament to evaluate his team’s competitive fire in game situations.

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Hopefuls eyeing a spot on this year’s varsity football team at Desert Vista High were among the athletes who attended the 7-on-7 passing league competition.

“The main thing here is to just get better with the competition,” he said. “This is the first time this year that we’ve been able to compete against other teams. You aren’t going to win any state championships in June, but you can take advantage of the opportunity to compete.” Every team at the tournament split their skill position players and linemen in two separate groups. The linemen worked on drills inside the dome while the 7-on-7 competition took place outside. With his eyes on the quarterbacks and receiving groups, Hinds said he has faith in his team’s passing attack. Most notably, he believes in his QB, junior Parker Navarro. “Parker Navarro is fantastic,” the coach said of the gunslinger. “We’ve got great kids at QB, but he’s earned that See

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Vista, he can’t help pondering his collegiate future. “I would love to go to USC. We go there all the time to see games,” Ryan said. “Arizona and ASU are great schools, too.” Todd Santino has had a long career as a professional sports executive. He’s held positions with the Golden State Warriors and New Orleans Hornets of the NBA, but he’s found a permanent home in football with the Cardinals. Ryan seems to have found a home on the baseball diamond. The 14-yearold was dominant for Altadena this past season, starring at shortstop during the team’s title run. Prior to the spring, Ryan could be found leading his basketball team in scoring as a shooting guard. He helped Altadena win its first-ever championship. And Ryan was a top runner on the cross country team. It’s not out of the ordinary for the talented Santino family. Todd was a pitcher at USC, his career cut short by an arm injury. Todd and Ryan, however, claim they are not the superstars of the family. That honor belongs to Ryan’s grandfather, Todd’s father, Tony. Tony Santino went on to play major league baseball for three years with the Milwaukee Braves. “He was the best,” Todd said of his father, who resides in California. “I knew there was always an expectation when

you grew up with a dad who was an All-American, but it was always unspoken. He didn’t put pressure on us.” Todd and Keely’s choice to take a similar approach with Ryan has paid off. Ryan found his own way. Ryan’s record-setting performances include a 75-point day in a three-game basketball tournament in San Diego last summer. “I like baseball and basketball equally,” Ryan said. “I pitched a lot in club and am waiting for high school to see how my arm develops.” “I think playing multiple sports makes him a better athlete. He’s a much better shortstop because he plays basketball,” Todd added. As he sat next to Ryan on the couch, Todd took the opportunity to compare his son to another star athlete: himself. “I think he’s a better overall athlete in basketball than I was, but we were both known as shooters. I think he has picked that skill up. I was always a really good control pitcher. He has a very accurate arm from shortstop or on the mound,” he said. Todd believes that his son has a ton of untapped potential. “He’s not very mature physically yet. So, to still be able to dominate like he has is impressive,” Todd said. “I think he has the ability to explode as he goes through high school.” Ryan isn’t the last in the Santino bloodline. His younger brother, 12-yearold A.J., is a cross country runner at Altadena and also plays basketball. -Contact Brian Benesch at 480-898-5630 or

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handler High School won the Arizona Interscholastic Association Director’s Cup, which recognizes one area school for excellence in academics, athletics and activities. It marked the first time in school history that the Wolves received this prestigious award, recognizing that Chandler students succeeded in the classroom during the past year. The school’s student-athletes recorded a 3.4 combined GPA. “We always emphasize the word ‘student’ in student-athletes and tell our kids that academics always come first. That is the number one priority,” said Chandler High Athletic Director Jim Culver. “We have many student-athletes that take advanced placement classes and in-

ternational baccalaureate classes, which gives them a great foundation in preparing beyond high school.” On the field, Chandler High celebrated yet another title-filled season. The Wolves’ football team claimed its third state championship in four years with a thrilling 49-42 win over Perry High. The school continued to dominate the track scene this spring, as well. The girls squad captured a state title for the third time in as many years, while the boys fell just short of accomplishing the same feat, finishing second to Desert Vista. Chandler’s girls swim and dive team was the runner-up to Xavier Prep last winter. The school’s baseball squad went 22-8, resulting in the Arizona Baseball Coaches Association naming Chandler’s David Lopez its Coach of the Year.

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The 7-on-7 passing league competition offered athletes a spotlight for coaches who might be in the market for some additional players this season.


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spot.” The passing game is in good hands, but the strength of this team is its line play. Both offensive and defensive units can be elite this fall. Hinds couldn’t hide his excitement for the O-line’s potential. “We probably have the best offensive

line we’ve had in a few years right now,” he said. “But the last couple years our challenge has been staying healthy. Fortunately, we have a little bit more depth this year.” A healthy and talented offensive line should enable the Thunder to run the ball even more effectively in 2018. Last season, the Vista offense rushed 336 times for a total of 1,423 yards, good for a 4.2 yards-per-carry average.

If Navarro can threaten defenses with his arm, that should open up even more room for the run game. And that’s exactly what Hinds’ old-school approach calls for. “I come from a background where we love it when we can run the football effectively,” the longtime coach said. “We’ll take what people give us, but I love to run the football.” A combined record of 11-9 the past

two seasons has left Desert Vista hungry for another state title run. The head coach believes this group is ready to turn that corner. “These kids are much better than a .500 football team,” Hinds said. “We’re really excited about this group. We haven’t done anything yet, but our expectations are very high.” -Contact Brian Benesch at 480-898-5630 or


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Employment General Employment General FRAMERS & LABORERS WANTED Thorobred Framing Inc. is hiring skilled framers and laborers. Pay starts at $14.00 per hour and goes up based on skill level, knowledge and work performance. We have been framing residential homes in the valley for over 35 years, with most of the work in the East Valley and a reputation for loyalty and an ability to maintain during rough economic periods. Work can begin immediately and we do not with hold first pay checks. Contact Kim at 480-924-8953 Snyder Livestock Company, Inc. seeks 126 workers from 07/20/2018-10/31/2018 (Ref. Job Order #442507) for Farmworker positions Weeding, Harvesting, Machine/Equipment Operator; Truck Operator a valid U.S. Commercial Driver’s License or International Commercial Driver’s License is required, Facility Forklift Operators (Single/Double), Field 10 Pallet Forklift Operator. Facility Forklift Operator (Single/Double); Field 10 Pallet Forklift Operator); All worksites located in Yerington, NV. Positions are temporary. Duties include: Walking through a field either bending over or hand pulling weeds or using a company supplied long handle hoe to remove the weeks. Harvesters of onion, garlic, melons, and fresh vegetables. Individuals should be able to operate company owned or leased trucks that would bring company product from the fields to operations to the packing facility. Lift sacks (approx 50lbs) & place on pallet; Operate machinery incl. tractors as directed & trained. Must be able to work outside for at least 7 hrs./day (M-Fri), 5 hrs./day (Sat), 6 days a week (M-Sat), in all kinds of weather. Work involves frequent bending, walking & standing. Wage offer is $10.69hr. Employer guarantees each worker the opp. of employment for at least ¾ of the workdays of the total period of work contract & all extensions. Tools, supplies & equip. provided at no cost. Housing provided at no cost to workers who cannot reasonably return to their perm residence at end of each work day. Transportation & subsistence expenses to the worksite will be paid by the employer upon completion of 50% of the work contract, or earlier. Apply at nearest AZ Dept. of Economic Security office, such as 4635 S Central Ave, Phoenix AZ, 85040. 602-771-0630, or see for addt’l locations. Apply in person at 168 Osborne Lane Yerington, NV 89447., 8am- 4pm Mon-Fri.


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Clue: Dinner times

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2. S E A T


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Clue: Embarrassed imbiber

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letters in the first word to find the two word answers to the clues.

1. D E E R

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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."

Clue: Land rush CB


Dining For Women (DFW) inspires, educates and engages people to invest in programs that make a meaningful difference for women and girls living in extreme poverty. DFW helps women find dignity and strength, develop skills and opportunities, value and support their children's education. We have a local chapter in Ahwatukee which meets the 3rd Thursday every month from 6:30 p.m.-8:30p.m. If you'd like to know more on how you can transform lives and reduce poverty contact Mary Hake at marysullivanhake




Ahwatukee Foothills News - June 13, 2018  
Ahwatukee Foothills News - June 13, 2018