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Happy Valentine’s Day to all our readers! Here’s hoping love is in the air for you. Local author Randy Lindsay wrote to the Nearby News to say his debut novel, “The Gathering,” was released in mid-January.

Happy birthday to Dave, who turns the big 3-9 on Feb. 15. Judy celebrates a landmark birthday this year, but we’ll keep her age a secret.

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Mayor Scott Smith will resign from his post to run for governor of the state of Arizona. Meanwhile, Mesa attorney John Giles has announced his plans to run for mayor in the August election to replace Smith.

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Finter’s second term on the committee. The appointment was announced by NLC President Chris Coleman, the Mayor of St. Paul, Minn. Duane Hansen, a Modern Woodmen of America representative in Mesa, completed a five-day educational program the organization’s home office in Rock Island, Ill. Christina and Dave had a nice visit with Molly while she was in town from England. Walmart will never be the same.

Vice Mayor Alex Finter, who represents Mesa’s District 2, has been re-appointed to the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Transportation Infrastructure and Services (TIS) Steering Committee for 2014. This will be

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Mesa Preparatory Academy has been busy growing its student base of sixth through 12th graders at its current campus on Lindsay Road and Southern Avenue. Now it’s sharing big news. After four years at its current location, crews are hard at work on the new campus that will be located at Greenfield and Baseline roads. The new facility will include Archway Classical Academy Mesa, Renderings of the new Mesa Preparatory Academy which will serve students in and Archway Classical Academy Mesa campus kindergarten through fifth located at Greenfield and Baseline roads. grade on the opposite side of the “Neil clearly is that person.” campus. Gillingham has been working with Both schools are a part of Great Wagner for six years at Mesa Prep. Hearts Academies, the high“I think there is a great opportunity performing national public charter here for continuity in both culture and school network with 17 public charter academic performance.” school locations across the Valley. Gillingham earned a master’s in Robert Wagner, Mesa Prep elementary education, as well as headmaster, is excited a degree in art. to announce the new He taught at the campus, which will elementary level for be open for the 2014four years before 15 school year. coming to Great “I look at this Hearts Academies. as moving the “My third year in community, not just Left: Headmaster of Mesa the network, I was moving the school,” Preparatory Academy, Robert promoted to dean of Wagner said. “My Wagner. students,” Gillingham desire and hope was Right: Headmaster of Archway stated. to make a move that Classical Academy Mesa, Neil He also became Gillingham. wouldn’t disrupt the the head of middle stability and security that people feel school and is looking forward to the coming here.” challenges and opportunities of being The new location will be near the Archway’s headmaster. Mesa Prep community of families. “The headmaster for a Great Hearts Unlike the current school location, school is really the lead teacher,” the new property will be owned by the Gillingham said. “It’s somebody who school. The campus will also include comes from a teaching background a multi-purpose use gym and field in and has excelled in teaching and late 2014 to compliment their athletic therefore is called to and able to lead program and diverse array of clubs other teachers.” and other activities. Archway students will receive the Neil Gillingham will serve as fullest scope of academic subjects— headmaster of the Archway Classical art, music, foreign language and Academy Mesa. physical education classes. “Great Hearts went through Both Mesa Prep and Archway a posting process within the also focus on cultivating positive organization to look for the best- intellectual habits. For additional qualified candidates,” Wagner said of information, visit www.mesaprep.org Gillingham. or call (480) 222-4233. February 2014

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South African women learn skills to prepare to survive an emergency, and work to put together 72-hour emergency preparedness kits, as part of Mesa resident Stephen Harm’s three-year mission across the continent.

Locals Plan for 72 Hours of Survival By Beth Lucas Three days. To many Valley families, those days could make the difference between life and death. Families, friends and neighbors gather to learn skills and prepare to endure short-term survival of any crisis. They pack backpacks with supplies they train to use to survive an emergency that could put them out of the safety of home: A fire, a biological or mother nature-caused regional disaster. Stephen Harms of Mesa is grateful he has never had to put his skills to use as he raised five children. “Every once in a while we have a night or evening event, with a lesson that we open to the public,” Harms said. “We go through the list and have samples—of how you can put matches in and have them be waterproof. How to create food storable for a long time. The things you would want to include along with clothes and water supply: how to tie a two-liter bottle with rope so you can carry it over your shoulder.” Kits should include medications and other needs like blankets and tools, he said. “Things you can just grab and run if you need to evacuate.” The idea stems from the desire to be self-reliant, Harms said. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, the skills of emergency preparation, which have grown in popularity since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, are not new to Harms. But the LDS teachings are reaching outside of the church. Harms has shared the skills with groups as far away as Cape Town, South Africa. “It’s really one of those things you hope to never have to use,” said Harms.

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“It just gives you peace of mind. We don’t have to rely on the government if we can avoid it.” Survival kits need to be rotated on a regular basis: Kids outgrow clothes and vital prescriptions expire. Harms recommends families regularly schedule reviews and update their backpacks, just as they might review a home escape plan. Each family member can have their own backpack. Websites and blogs also offer camping equipment, and nonelectric supplies including a cook stove, hand grain grinder, combo lid remover and wrench and food processing mill. Also available are natural antibiotics, first aid kits, mini tools and lanterns or lights. Regional church spokeswoman, Cindy Packard, says the survival training is just one outreach offered to the public. Silos in West Mesa also offer bulk food for sale, and residents can learn how to can their own food to store at the cannery. “We encourage people to get a supply of food they can have ahead of time,” she said. “In the facility, you can come in and get your storage items canned, can your own or buy them there.” Learn more at providentliving.org, or (480) 214-9114. What a 72-hour kit can include: • Three-day supply of food, water • Change of clothing, raincoat or plastic sheet • Matches and light sources • Tools to cook, knife, duct tape • First-aid kit, medications, toiletries • Important documents and money Courtesy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints February 2014


By Beth Lucas Justin Cole recalls the night a pizza delivery order was made to a vacant Mesa home. Now an assistant manager at Venezia’s New York Style Pizzeria, Cole says he and his staff watch their backs. They get to know the delivery areas in an effort to stay safe in jobs often listed among the most dangerous in the nation. “We have a few ‘danger areas’ and we avoid sending our female drivers there,” Cole said. “One time we actually had a driver kind of get robbed. A bunch of kids were sitting in front of a house that looked vacant. One of the kids just stood there and one of the other kids grabbed the pizza and ran off with it.” The delivery resulted in only a theft of pizza. There were no injuries, Cole added. Nationally, news reports have covered changes to pizza delivery: blackouts to areas with high crime that in some cases strike discord with

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customers who feel a bias against them; robberies and attempted robberies of drivers at empty homes or addresses that turn out to not be homes. But due to local diligence, local enforcement said Mesa has been a safe place for delivery in recent years. Mesa Police Department Detective Steve Berry says the city has not seen a trend in delivery robberies, although he recalls one robbery of a pizza delivery driver recently. “Most food establishments have pretty good practices. They’re not sending out drivers with a lot of cash or product,” Berry said. “And as a person ordering, you want to leave your lights on, give a good address and good phone number so they can reach you.” The number of vacant homes has decreased as the market improves. Berry said the department encourages residents to always report suspicious activity. “Know your neighbors. If a vacant house next door suddenly has cars

that shouldn’t be there and things of that nature, call the police. If it turns out to be nothing, that’s OK. We would rather investigate it now than later.” Magazines regularly list “sales drivers” which include food delivery drivers, as among the top 10 most dangerous jobs, based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Venezia’s East Mesa General Manager Chad Christensen said drivers know the signs of a set up or prank. If a home has a lot of newspapers, weeds or other signs of abandonment, they call to verify an order before stopping. Drivers are also careful in apartment complexes, locking their cars and verifying a safe and lighted location, he added. “There was one time I pulled up to a house—you can always tell if a house is occupied, or go to a neighbor’s house to verify,” Christensen said. “There was nothing at this house, so I left to call to verify and nobody answered. Nobody reported their pizza undelivered. “Just take good precautions.”

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p.m. Sat., Feb. 15, at the Staging Area to provide attendees a chance to experience the desert under a glowing full moon on a 2-mile self-guided or guided hike. Those who participate are encouraged to bring a flashlight, water and closed-toe shoes. A free marshmallow roast around a campfire will conclude the hike. Help a ranger find the animals of the desert during the Animal Flashlight Walk at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 21. The 1-mile, one-hour hike will take place on the Merkle Trail, a hard-smooth surfaced trail that accommodates wheelchairs and strollers. Attendees should bring water, a flashlight and wear closed-toe shoes. Individuals are also encouraged to join staff for the All About Scorpions program at 6 p.m. inside the Nature Center and snake feeding at 7 p.m. for no extra cost. Tony La Conte will offer expert guidance for watching the sky through telescopes and a slide presentation under the stars at 7:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 22. The craters of the moon, Venus,

Mars, Jupiter and the rings of Saturn will be viewed during the program. Do you want to see what the Wind Cave has to offer? Join staff at 9 a.m. Fri., Feb. 7 for the difficult, three-mile round trip hike that gains 800 feet in elevation. Hikers should bring water, hats, snacks and closed-toe shoes and meet at the Wind Cave Trailhead. A Tails on Trails Dog Fitness Hike, a fun one-mile hike along Merkle Trail, is offered at 10 a.m. Sun., Feb. 9 to teach safe hiking practices and trail etiquette for dogs. Dogs should be on a short nonextendable leash. An opportunity to learn about desert plants is offered at 2 p.m. Sat., Feb. 15 and 10 a.m. Fri., Feb. 21. Attendees will travel along a quartermile hike while learning about the common plants found in the desert. Bring plenty of water, wear closed-toe shoes and meet at the Nature Center. To view more programs at Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 N. Usery Pass Rd., Mesa, visit www. maricopa.gov/parks/usery/default. aspx. To contact the park, dial (480) 984-0032 or email userypark@mail. maricopa.gov.

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By Lynette Carrington With five decades of hits, shows, “We’ll do all the different kinds of concerts and theatrical appearances music from barbershop, country, pop under their collective belts, The to rock ‘n’ roll. And I’m even going Osmond Brothers continue their to try my drum solo again,” Osmond musical legacy while said. touring the United States. The show is for all ages, That includes Mesa. he noted. It is a fun ride Brothers Jay, Merrill and that includes great stories Jimmy will perform at and jokes. The Palms Theatre on “What is interesting Wednesday, Feb. 26, in is that people have tried matinee and evening to ‘pigeonhole’ us over performances. the years. We’ve had hits “When you’ve worked in pop and country and this long as a group and you Jay, Merrill and Jimmy we’ve been on television go through so many genres, Osmond will appear in and had a variety show. changes and situations, concert at The Palms So, our show is very Theatre on Feb. 26. you learn what elements eclectic in a way.” The Osmonds have sold more people like,” Jay Osmond said. “When you go see the show, it’s like going to than 100 million albums and they’ll see a movie. It’s pacing that keeps their perform some of their hits, plus many other songs. attention.” “In the mid-‘70s, we had this The show is a career retrospective, touching on the support of Walt Disney, opportunity to produce the ‘Donny Andy Williams and Jerry Lewis. The act and Marie’ show. They asked if we’d like to produce them. So, the four struck out on its own in the 1970s.

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Jewelry, Gem and Rock Show Celebrates 48th Year By Meghan McCoy The public is welcome to stroll through the Skyline High School cafeteria Feb. 22 and Feb. 23 to view an abundance of rocks and gems during the annual Jewelry, Gem and Rock Show. Sponsored by the Apache Junction Rock and Gem Club, the show is in its 48th year. “(We) give local people access to things they couldn’t find in other places,” said show chairwoman Katy Tunnicliff. “It’s a very good show; always enjoyed by everyone.” This year the show will feature outside vendors selling jewelry, rocks, stones, fossils and equipment. Wally Frlich, Apache Junction Rock and Gem Club publicity chairman, said a few vendors will also sell splash copper, which is created by melting copper and using a ladle to throw it onto the ground. That technique creates beautiful shapes and colors. Raffles and a silent auction will also be included in the festivities.

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“We have a couple (other) popular activities that our club sponsors during the show,” Frlich said. Those include The Wheel, a wheel that spins to win rocks, and a Gem Tree. Tunnicliff said the club creates a tree and trunk out of wire. The wires on the tree are separated to leave spots to put colored rocks. Frlich said the kids have a great time creating the tree by placing stones to represent the leaves. Tunnicliff said individuals can take the tree home for a nominal fee. Some of the proceeds generated from the show will go toward three scholarships for the high school. “The rest of the money helps the club,” Tunnicliff said. Frlich said that money helps pay for the club’s building at 2151 W. Superstition Blvd., Apache Junction, as well as keeping its lapidary equipment running. “It’s our major fundraiser,” he said. The annual show will be held in the Skyline High School cafeteria, 845 S.

Crimson Rd., Mesa. The show will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23. Admission is $3; $1 for teenagers and free for children 12 years old and younger. The high school band will sell food during the two-day event. The club, which began in 1961, has 241 members. Frlich said the club makes stones into jewelry for such items as necklaces and rings, while other members make bookends. Members also go on rock-hunting trips in the desert and mountains from as far north as Holbrook to as far south as Gila Bend. They also travel near the California and New Mexico borders in search of such rocks as jasper, agate, onyx and chrysocolla. The members have a sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through May at the clubhouse to sell some of the items they have created. For additional information, visit www. ajrockclub.com.

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brothers produced the show. My segment was ‘A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock ‘n’ Roll.’ Alan’s was the finales. Wayne’s was the engineering and Merrill’s was all the big guests that came on the show,” Osmond explained. After about five years, Donny and Marie went out on their own, but the family continued to perform and produce in many capacities. (For the record, Donny is set to perform two shows each at the Mesa Regal Hall on Sunday, March 9, and the Valle del Oro Ballroom on Monday, March 10. For information, visit www.wiztix. com/dnboxoffice/inet/eventview. aspx?cid=57.) This tour marks a rare West Coast appearance for the Osmonds. “We don’t know whether we’re going to continue next year or the year after. At this time in our lives we’re just really enjoying the shows and being up their together and working together,” Osmond said. To purchase tickets, call (480) 9246260 or visit www.ThePalmsTheatre. com. To learn more about the Osmond family, visit www.osmond.com.


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s we reflect on another year in the financial markets, whether you were deeply invested in equities or safely earning market-linked interest as they rose, it is once again enlightening to see who was right—and who was way off—in 2013, and what investors should have learned but probably didn’t. Here goes: The Forecasters were wrong—again. At the end of last year, CNNMoney polled 30 of the major asset managers on Wall Street, asking them where they thought the S&P 500 was likely to finish the year. Consensus answer: 1490, or a gain of about 4 percent over 2012’s closing value. At the end of the year, the index stood at 1848, a gain of 26%. You have a long way to go (to make up for the last 14 years). The great investor Sir John Templeton wisely said that “Bull markets are born on pessimism, grown on skepticism, mature on optimism and die in euphoria. …The time of maximum optimism is the best time to sell.” At this stage, any honest investor would have to conclude that we are somewhere between optimism and euphoria, and that the time for profit-taking may be nigh at hand. Still, have the markets really done that well lately? Actually no, and here’s the astounding truth of it: Since the start of the new millennium in January of 2000, the S&P 500 is up just under 26% in 14 years, or a paltry 1.85% annual yield.

Don’t fight the Fed (when it’s being accommodative). It’s become obvious to even the most devoted market watcher that it’s not your father’s stock market anymore. Our beloved Federal Reserve has created credit junkies, addicts who are forever convinced that any slowdown in the economy, and corresponding sell-off on Wall Street, will be bailed out by a Fed whose sole mission is to keep investors happy. In the end, it doesn’t matter why the market’s going up; it only matters that it is. The Embellishment Crowd is alive and well. To this day, the companies that produce the graphs that brokerage firms use to illustrate market history are highly deceiving. Take a look at an honest chart of the last 14 years, and you’ll see a market trajectory worthy of the paltry 1.85% annual growth we’ve had, i.e. low and shallow. Look at the charts published by the embellishers and you’ll see one that a) assumes reinvested dividends every year, year after year (as if no one ever retires and begins living off them), b) zero fees paid, ever, and c) no impact from taxes or inflation. Naturally, such a chart makes the twin declines (-51% and -57%) of the last decade look like miniature potholes on the sharply ascending highway to perpetual profitability.

Some of the gains, in exchange for none of the losses, works even better. Index strategies that credit market-linked interest when markets are up, retaining those gains when they decline, have benefitted clients far better than full risk exposure these past 14 years. Clients are touting average yields of 6 and 7%, sometimes higher, during a period in which the S&P 500 has averaged 1.85%—all while sleeping very well at night. Older investors have choices in 2014, even as many believe the markets are past optimism and approaching euphoria. Markets could certainly go higher still, but the average duration of bull markets is 3.7 years. Currently we are at 4.9 years and slowing. Thomas K. Brueckner, CLTC, is President/ CEO of Strategic Asset Conservation in Scottsdale, a conservative wealth management firm with clients in 18 states and 6 countries. He is a 2011 Advisor of the Year national finalist, a radio talk show host, and a mentor to other advisors nationally. He may be reached for comment at go2knight.com.

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First Dental Visit Doesn’t Have to Be Scary By Tracy House Going to the dentist doesn’t have to be scary for children. Preparing them for their first visit to the dentist is a step to a positive experience. Dr. Rita Peck, of Gilbert Vista Dental Care, has been in practice for seven years as a general dentist. She’s has gained experience working with children through her practice and her volunteer hours with the Gilbert Public Schools, for which she performs dental screenings on first graders. To ready children for their first visit, Peck suggests sharing picture books about going to the dentist. Reading the books to kiddos at night will let them know “it’s not scary and it’s not a big deal” to sit in the chair with lights overhead.

She cautioned parents shouldn’t add too much to the storybook, such as projecting some of their own fears about going to the dentist. “It’s best to read the storybook and let them come to their own conclusions,” Peck said. Peck also recommends that parents try not to describe the surroundings or equipment at the dentist’s office. “Their little minds can’t really comprehend what it is you’re saying to them and sometimes they’ll get a little frightened because it sounds like too much to them,” she said. Peck recommends that parents bring their children in for their first “happy” dental visit at age 2. “You may or may not do anything in their mouth as far as cleaning, it

depends on how they respond, but brushing their teeth—brother, sister, they will have an opportunity to mom, dad—they will do it, too. They come in and sit and take a ride in the become part of something the family chair, get a new toothbrush and get to does.” experience the sights and smells of the Until age 8, children still need help dental office in a very nondemanding brushing their teeth—getting all the way,” she explained. surfaces of the teeth. Even for those It encourages parents to reluctant brushers, Peck bring their children into said to make it an event the dental office when that parents share with they have an appointment children. To encourage to become familiar with brushing, Peck suggests the office. using children’s flavored Peck said that at age 2, toothpastes, which if a child will tolerate it, have a lower amount she will perform an exam. of fluoride and are “By age 4 we’re able to start taking some check- Dr. Rita Peck of Gilbert Vista ingestible. If kids are swallowing it, they won’t up pictures on them.” This Dental Care. get sick. includes X-rays of their teeth. “They love that little sweetness,” When it comes to brushing, Peck Peck said. “Kids love it. They like it said make it a family event. “Monkey see—monkey do,” she said. and look forward to brushing with it.” ... continues on page 17 “If everybody else around them is

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Mann Hopes to Create Valentine’s Day Memories at MAC By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Classically trained singer-songwriter Chris Mann can’t pinpoint his most romantic Valentine’s Day, but he’s looking forward to helping others create memories when he plays the Mesa Arts Center’s Piper Repertory Theater on Friday, Feb. 14. “I’ve done the traditional kind of dates with wines and chocolates and all that stuff,” said Mann, a fourthplace finisher on the second season of “The Voice.” “I’m excited to help other people have a really romantic Valentine’s Day.” The show, which he said is his first in the Grand Canyon State, comes on the heels of his 2012 debut major-label album, “Roads,” as well as two PBS specials, “Chris Mann in Concert: A Mann for All Seasons” and “Home for Christmas: The Chris Mann Christmas Special.” “This show is the continuation of my North American tour,” said Mann, who recently married. “It’s a very romantic show and a lot of fun. It’s wonderful

that I’m able to do it on Valentine’s Day.” He called the concert a mix of songs from “Roads,” his PBS specials, and “The Voice” as well as “stuff you haven’t seen me do at all.” “There’s something for everyone, which is one of my favorite things about the show,” he explained. “It’s perfect for a date. It’s perfect to bring your family, come with your friends.” His PBS specials had a wide appeal as well. Mann said he was incredibly flattered to work with the public television station to produce two concert specials. “It really propelled things this year,” he said. Mann described the show as different from a regular concert, however, the bottom line is it’s about “trying to have fun with the audience.” “It’s a pretty big production to film one of those. A lot goes into it. They’re produced by the same guy who produces the Grammys. There are

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“Bright Lights, Big City” WHEN: Sun., Feb. 2, at 3 p.m. WHERE: Mesa Arts Center’s Ikeda Theater, One E. Main St., Mesa COST: $15 to $22 INFO: (480) 644-6500 or www.mesaartscenter.com Join the Salt River Brass as it travels the globe in a musical tour of cities that inspired composers from every age.

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Las Marthas WHEN: Thurs., Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. WHERE: Mesa Arts Center’s Mesa Contemporary Arts, One E. Main St., Mesa COST: Free INFO: (480) 644-6500 or www.mesaartscenter.com Las Marthas follows two Mexican American girls during a time of economic uncertainty and political tension over immigration.

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This month we have a special two- the meat cooking on the large grill for-one deal. Two unique downtown just behind the counter. The menu Mesa restaurants have taken a slice is displayed overhead and it is very of their Latin culture and translated it simple: tacos, quesadillas, potatoes, into delicious food. gorditas and tostadas. As the name implies, Backyard Taco We placed our order and enjoyed originated in the backyard of owners sampling the tasty carne asada (steak) Ruben Alvarez and taco ($1.80) as well Maricella Reyes. Loyal as the pollo (chicken) and hungry customers quesadilla ($3.50) and begged them to open a the bean burrito ($3.50). permanent location and As we ate our entrees, Backyard Tacos became we munched on crispy a reality. I love it when an Top: Carne asada taco. chips and mild salsa ($2) old building is repurposed Bottom: Bean burrito. and also tried several and becomes a bustling business. That varieties from the salsa bar. is exactly what happened to a former Flan ($2.50) is the only dessert, but eyesore on University Drive just east don’t despair. It was yummy! For those of Stapley Drive. On a recent Friday who haven’t tried flan, you are truly evening, customers were out the door. missing out on a delicious dessert. It is obvious that everything is Huddled on the corner of First freshly made. It is interesting to watch Avenue and Hibbert in central Mesa comm. spotlight

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is Republica Empanada. We were a nice drink selection with Mexican greeted and quickly seated by Emma, glass-bottled Coca Cola for fans of the the niece of owner Marco Meraz. “real” sugar. We noticed a large laminated I love to try new things and this wooden beam bar with brushed nickel was an adventure in flavor. The barstools. Industrial lights hung from Arroz con Pollo ($9.95) a house specialty had tender the ceiling, while original chicken, rice, capers, artwork lined the walls. olives, celery, onions, The bar seats 16, so this red bell peppers, carrots would be a great place and was garnished with for a group of friends tomatoes and avocado or officemates to gather slices. Not to be outdone for lunch or happy hour. in the flavor department, Meraz, whose parents, Plantain and cheese Jinette and Edmundo, also empanada topped with ice the three empanadas we tasted were equally help with the restaurant, cream and chocolate told us that their philosophy is to bring yummy. Ranging from $2.75 to $3, we “unique tastes from Central and South tried the Hawaiian, the cheeseburger America as well as the Caribbean to and the Republica chicken. They were all so good we plan to return to sample Mesa—not just more of the same.” The menu includes 21 varieties of more varieties. A plantain and cheese empanadas; who knew there could be empanada topped with ice cream and so many? It also includes appetizers, chocolate was the perfect ending for salads, platters, sides, desserts and our meal.

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This month is a chocolate lover’s dream, and if you’d like to surprise your sweetie with a little morsel of homemade goodness, these are four of my very favorite recipes. The cookie pops couldn’t be easier! Just let the cookie itself do the work for you. No baking required. (I can promise events calendar

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Dealing With Aging Parents While Raising Kids Are you “sandwiched” financially and emotionally between an aging parent and an adult child? According to a recent Pew Research Center study, nearly half of Americans in their 40s and 50s have a parent aged 65 or older and are either raising a young child or financially supporting a grown child (age 18 or older), according to Pew Research Center. Among this group, 15 percent are providing financial support to both an aging parent and a child. While the “Sandwich Generation” is a demographic trend that has been documented for some time, the financial implications associated with caring for multiple generations of family members has been escalating in recent years, with the bulk of the financial pressure coming from adult children as opposed to aging parents. More than a quarter of respondents (27 percent) provide primary financial support to their adult children, up from 20 percent in 2005. By contrast, just 21 percent of middle-aged adults report having provided financial support to an aging parent in the past year, a number that has not changed since 2005, Pew Research Center reports. One explanation for the growing need for financial support among the nation’s young adults is the toll that the Great Recession has taken on this demographic group. According to data by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the percentage of young adults employed in 2010 was the lowest it had been since 1948. Despite the added financial resources being directed toward the young, the study found that, in general, the public places more value on supporting aging parents than on supporting grown children. Among all survey respondents, 75 percent said adults had a responsibility to provide financial assistance to an aging parent in need, while only 52 percent believed parents had the same responsibility to recipe corner

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on your tax return. The maximum amount of expenses to which the credit may be applied is $3,000 for one dependent or $6,000 for two. The applicable percentage of the maximum amount of expenses that you receive as the credit varies with your income, from a high of 35 percent of the maximum amount if you have an income of $15,000 or less, to a minimum of 20 percent of the maximum amount if your income exceeds $43,000. • Encourage parents to update their estate plans and beneficiary designations. Even if they already have an estate plan in place, there is a good likelihood that it could be out of date and may not take into consideration life events that have transpired over the years, such as the birth of grandchildren, divorces, remarriages or other factors.

help out an adult child, according to Pew Research Center. What Can You Do? If you are supporting both a parent and a grown child there are a number of resources and support services you can turn to for help. For your parents, consider the following: • Enroll them in adult day care or hire a home health aide. Whether they live with you or on their own, you may need to consider helping them to manage medication, to conduct daily tasks such as bathing or meal preparation, and to make arrangements for assistance with household chores. A visiting nurse For dealing with your grown and home care agency may provide children, consider the following: assistance in these areas. The average • First, talk to them about your financial realities. Live-at-home adult day care program costs $70 per adult children may not be aware of day, and a home health aide costs an what it costs to run a home while average of $21 per hour, according supporting aging parents at the to MetLife Mature Market Institute. same time. Letting them know the • Consider engaging a health care costs you face each month makes advocate. Professional health those costs real to them, and can advocates or private health advisories encourage them to shoulder some can ease the burden associated with of the responsibility themselves. health care planning. In addition to facilitating and expediting care • Share the common costs. Most live-at-home adult children are during major illnesses, private there for a reason, often due to health advisories can also help lack of a job or inability to afford you develop a comprehensive and customized health strategy based on your individual needs and personal health issues. • Investigate potential tax breaks. You may be Getting your financial and investment act together takes time and able to contribute up to close attention to detail. With more responsibilities, the process becomes even more complex. $5,000 per year to your As a Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor, I have access to a range of employer’s dependent resources, advice and services to help you meet your needs. care flexible spending Please call me to arrange a meeting about your wealth management needs. account, if available, Gabriel Hoffmann provided your parents Senior Vice President Financial Advisor live with you more 80 E RIO SALADO PKWY #810 Tempe, AZ 85281 than half the year and +1 480 345-4731 you pay for them to gabriel.d.hoffmann@morganstanley.com http://www.morganstanleyfa.com/gabehoffmann/ attend an adult day care program. If you don’t have a flex account, you may be able to claim the dependent care credit

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a place of their own. But that does not mean they should not shoulder a portion of household expenses. Work out a realistic rent or costsharing arrangement and stick with it. • Separate the individual costs. Is your live-at-home son or daughter a finicky eater? Do they demand certain foods or sundries that you would not buy otherwise? Then let them pay for them. They’ll learn to appreciate what their tastes are actually costing, and avoid resentments on your part. • Don’t make it too comfortable. If your goal is to eventually nudge your fledglings out of the nest, you need to provide incentive. That means not treating them as permanent guests, but as temporary live-at-home adult children, with obligations and responsibilities of their own. In the end, they will appreciate it as much as you. Gabe Hoffmann is senior vice president of the investment firm Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. He and his wife, Mazie, live in the Arboleda community of northeast Mesa where they are raising their three children. Hoffmann can be reached at (480) 345-4731 or gabriel.d.hoffmann@morganstanley. com.

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Anonymity (not) Guaranteed The power of words is undeniable. Joseph Conrad expressed it in these terms: “My task, which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel—it is, before all, to make you see.” Today, because of the accessibility of social media, nearly any person can publish any words in an attempt to make others see things a certain way. From blogs to Facebook to Twitter, the options for sharing one’s opinions with the world are numerous, and social media allows words to be used for good and bad. A Vatican court recently announced that those who follow the Pope on Twitter can receive indulgences that will allow them to spend less time in purgatory. For believers, this is certainly one positive thing resulting from life in the digital age. The ability to anonymously publish words that are untrue, hurtful or irresponsible is another thing that draws people to the Internet. Without any accountability, a person may use social media to publicly proclaim thoughts he would never want associated with his name. For example, the “comments” section following an online news article is often filled with derogatory and disrespectful remarks, in addition to well-reasoned and enlightening opinions. All of these comments are made anonymously, with a clever screen name being the only identification of the person behind the words. But anonymity extends beyond harmless two- or three-sentence comments. I know of a person— call him Jack—who recently found a Facebook account in his name. Jack February 2014

was not the person who created the account and had no knowledge of it. Instead, an unidentified thirdparty created the account and filled it with multiple false and demeaning statements about Jack. Any unsuspecting friend or acquaintance of Jack (or even a prospective employer) could have easily found the Web page and believed that Jack had written it, thereby severely damaging Jack’s relationships and reputation. The good news is that there are often ways to discover who is behind false or defamatory statements that appear on the Web. With court subpoena powers and other helpful laws, a person’s supposed anonymity is not without limits. If you discover that someone has anonymously made damaging false statements about you or your company, there may be a way to discover who it is and hold that person accountable for his or her words. Also, if you are one who likes to post things online, you should know that words do not always remain anonymous Nathaniel H. Wadsworth is a partner at Rowley Chapman & Barney. His practice consists of business law and general litigation. Wadsworth earned his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in 2003 and his law degree from J. Reuben Clark School of Law, Cum Laude, in 2006. Rowley Chapman and Barney Ltd. is located at 63 E. Main St., Suite 508, Mesa. For more information, call (480) 496-2086.

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Setting the Bar for Aesthetic Arts and Facial Cosmetic Surgery Dr. Grant Heinz of Vi Esthetica recently relocated to a new campus in East Mesa, incorporating the finest in aesthetic arts with a facial cosmetic surgical center. The practice is a culmination of the doctor’s eye for artistry and his unique educational and training background. His passion lies in achieving the most beautiful and precise results for his clients’ cosmetic surgery and aesthetic treatments. Heinz earned his undergraduate at BYU, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He earned his medical degree (with high honors) from the prestigious University of Washington School of Medicine. He completed his medical and surgical internship at the University of Hawaii and a residency at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at on the town

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UCLA. He also completed a two-year fellowship at Indiana University. “While I was there, I did more facial fractures for those two years than any other surgeon in the state of Indiana,” he said. His attention to detail and artist’s eye led him to a two-year fellowship in ophthalmic facial plastic surgery where he dealt with various facial traumas, reconstructions and cosmetic surgeries. After a UCLA professor of Heinz’s suggested Saudi Arabia, Heinz spent three years teaching at two prestigious hospitals in the Middle East, including the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and the King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, both in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He furthered his skills treating extreme injuries he saw while there. events calendar

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He traveled extensively through but we’re filling brows and cheeks. It’s Jordan, Yemen, Oman, Syria, Saudi a concert of different approaches now.” Arabia and United Arab Emirates. The doctor is a master injector and Treasures, jewelry and rugs obtained does all the injectables at Vi Esthetica. on his journeys serve as conversation He’s been an expert in Botox since pieces and a reminder of the time early 1988 and has worked extensively spent there. with fillers since 1996. Moving to the Valley in 1996, Heinz The aesthetic portion of the practice features state-of-the-art established his position as equipment that provides the one of the most respected best treatments available in the ophthalmic facial plastic aesthetic industry. Aesthetic surgeons, being recognized arts and plastic surgery go yearly since 2005 as one hand-in-hand. Heinz and three of the “Best Doctors” in aestheticians (two of which are America. medical aestheticians) work Heinz specializes in Dr. Grant Heinz meticulously and with great plastic surgeries of the neck and face and his belief is that each attention to detail to ensure the most patient’s surgery is entirely unique beautiful and natural-looking results. “I’m very much a perfectionist,” he and before-and-after photos speak for themselves. For plastic surgery said. Aesthetic services include laser hair patients, incisions are skillfully hidden for the most undetectable and natural removal, IPL Photofacial, injectables, results. For patients who have had peels, collagen stimulators, facials, extensive loss to their face due to skin microdermabrasion and oxygen cancer, Heinz can reconstruct facial therapy. Vi Esthetica is located at features expertly, achieving beautiful 6007 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 101 (east of Recker Road), Gilbert. Visit www. and natural-looking results. “Not only are we lifting things and viesthetica.com or call (480) 664-9632 putting them back where they belong, for additional information.

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EAGLE College Prep Elementary School to Offer New Campus in Mesa A public charter school will debut a new campus in late summer—just in time for the next school year. EAGLE (Expecting Academic Greatness with a Loving Emphasis) College Prep: Mesa, at 1619 E. Main St., (between Gilbert and Stapley roads), will initially offer kindergarten through third grades. It will build out a new grade each consecutive school year until it reaches eighth grade. The new campus will join the two existing EAGLE College Prep schools in Phoenix. Tracy Allen is the principal of the new Eagle College Prep. “We believe that college starts in kindergarten. We promote that every child is going to college,” Allen said. “We talk about colleges and research them ... They feel like part of something greater and have some direction. Students on this campus are referred to as scholars by the staff. These scholars are reminded that their decisions now lay the foundation for their future.” The curriculum is a blended learning model and students receive three different types of instruction during the day. “They have whole group instruction with their teacher. Then, they move into smaller groups where they work with an educational assistant that provides very specific remediation or acceleration,” Allen said. “The scholars then move to a oneon-one setting where they are paired with a computer that meets that classifieds

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student right where they are. They get on-grade level materials that push them forward using common core standards in reading and math.” Students can progress further at an accelerated pace once they’ve demonstrated the mastery of previously presented materials. “We also have special areas of focus. We have a writing class in which all scholars receive writing instruction with a specialized writing teacher on top of their Language Arts instruction each day,” the principal said. “The second special area is the SEA class which scholars participate in each day. This stands for science, engineering and art. Students also get physical education classes every day. Those classes teach game strategies, team work, cooperation and competition.” Building character is also an important part of the “loving emphasis” of their students’ growth. “We believe that you can’t just have high academics to be successful in your life. You also need good characterbuilding skills. Our school will use The Character Project to instill in our kids an understanding of their identity, purpose, and performance,” Allen said. The new EAGLE College Prep: Mesa is not ready for tours, but families are welcome to tour school facilities at either of the existing South Mountain campuses. Call the (602) COLLEGE to set a tour time. For additional information, visit www.EaglePrep.org.

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