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Neighbors Floral school planned for women of domestic violence BY TRACY HOUSE

There are no pre-made floral arrangements at Designing Women of Arizona’s website. Instead, owner and event planner Judy Taylor has added personal touches to each arrangement since she started her company in 2003. Now she wants to take her 30 years of experience and help others find a vocation in the industry. She is opening a floraldesign school, primarily for domestic violence survivors. The classes, which Taylor hopes to begin in January, will be open to anyone interested in learning the business. “We want people from the outside to come in, learn and be part of this,” Taylor says. “They’re not FLORAL SCHOOL: Purple carnations going to know if the person with little hands attached were donated next to them is going to by Designing Women of Arizona to a recent breakfast sponsored by the City of be in a domestic violence Chandler’s Domestic Violence Commission. situation.” A survivor herself, Taylor Submitted photo is hoping to help victims— females or males—learn a trade that is transferrable to other jobs. “It can be anybody that wants to better themselves, find a vocation, do something that makes them happy.” Taylor began researching the idea of a school two years ago and found there is no formal floral school in Arizona. SEE FLORAL


Duke’s Tavern features excellent pub food

Celebrate the two decades of service with Faith Family Church

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Mariel Cole understands the importance of breast self-awareness. The Chandler mother of two says that although she never did regular selfexams, she became concerned when she noticed a lump. “I thought, ‘What is that?’ and I definitely knew it was not quite right,” Cole says. She was given a clean bill of health after a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound ordered by her OB-GYN. However, the experience was so frightening that it inspired her to perform self-exams regularly.

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Culinary festival benefits cardiomyopathy organization BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

When Rosemary Ulibarri’s nephew was in high school, he suffered an “episode” while running the track during football tryouts. “Thank God the coach really took control of the situation and called 9-1-1,” she says. It turned out that her nephew, whom she wished not to identify, was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, or disease of the heart muscle, at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Adding to the concern, Ulibarri’s grandson was born with seven congenital defects.

TASTE CHANDLER: Taste: Chandler’s Culinary Festival takes place in downtown Ocotillo 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, and will benefit the American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy. Submitted photo

To learn more about her nephew’s ailment, she reached out to Anthony Miller, the executive director of Phoenix-based SEE TASTE PAGE 47

Morrison leading new City department BY TRACY HOUSE

These are busy times or Jennifer Morrison, the newly named head of the City’s Community and Neighborhood Services Department. Morrison, who started her position on Sept. 29, is part of a movement that combined the Community Services Department and Neighborhood Resources Division into one department covering several areas: recreation; aquatics; parks maintenance and operations; neighborhood programs; community development; diversity and housing and redevelopment.


OB-GYNs are on the frontlines of breast health BY ALISON STANTON

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“We are our own advocates, and we need to take control of our own health. If we won’t, who will?” Cole says. When women schedule a wellwoman visit with their OB-GYN, they may feel that the focus of the exam is on getting a Pap smear and on their overall reproductive health. But the annual visit includes breast exams, too. Although Breast Cancer Awareness Month is filled with plenty of reminders about the importance of regular mammograms after age 40, Dr. Theresa Chu, an OB-GYN at New Horizons Women’s Care in Gilbert, says SEE BREAST HEALTH PAGE 46


NEW DEPARTMENT HEAD: Jennifer Morrison is the director of the new Community and Neighborhood Services Department. Photo courtesy of City of Chandler

Local Café is refreshing change BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

To provide distinctive menu options, Fahim and Rubina Warsi opened The Local Café, a Chandler restaurant that boasts unique desserts, a variety of healthy drinks and homemade sandwiches. Adding to the family atmosphere, the couple brought their daughter and son-inlaw, Bushra and Khalid Warsi, on board to manage and run The Local Café at 2820 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 10. Among its signature items is “snow fluff.” “It’s like shaved ice, but it’s milk-based,” explains Bushra Warsi. “It’s in between ice cream and shaved ice, but I feel like it’s a much healthier version of ice cream.” The dessert is created on a special SEE LOCAL CAFE PAGE 49

HOMEMADE GOODIES: The Local Café is owned and operated by the Warsi family and features a variety of refreshing and healthy drinks, homemade sandwiches and snow fluff dessert. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

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