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Dozens of Residents Receive Much-Needed Eye Care A team of Valley eye doctors Doctors and staff of Southwestern returned from its trip to Mexico Eye Center began traveling to Mexico recently, where it helped the less nearly 25 years ago to provide eye care fortunate by providing eye care services, thanks to Bluth, who grew services. up in the area. These missions have “For many years, the employees and provided assistance to thousands of doctors of Southwestern Eye Center individuals in need and have served have been able to provide eyeglasses as vehicles for the education and and ophthalmic surgery to improve equipping of surgeons in those areas the quality of vision for the people of whose access to equipment and training that region who are unable to afford in modern techniques is limited. eye care,” said Dr. John Lewis of According to Lewis, the team Southwestern Eye Center typically has to overcome in Mesa. medical challenges with Lewis and his colleagues limited equipment. travel to developing “It’s a lot of hard work countries as part of an and at the end of each annual medical mission day we are very tired. sponsored by Southwestern However, the happiness Eye Center and the support that we are able to of local organizations. observe from each of the “In conjunction with patients as their vision the local Rotary Club in Dr. John Lewis of is improved makes our Southwestern Eye Center Mexico, several thousand efforts worthwhile,” he in Mesa. patients have been afforded said. the top level of eye care and have been Southwestern Eye Center is treated at no cost,” said Dr. L. Lothaire committed to helping each community Bluth, founder of Southwestern Eye it serves to meet its health care needs. Center. In the past, it has participated in other “This has led to a relationship medical missions around the world of mutual respect and admiration and helped provide scholarships between the local indigenous people for charitable missions throughout who are served through these Central America, Africa, Southeast projects.” Asia and Europe, thanks in large part During this last trip, more than 200 to its sister nonprofit organization, the eye exams, approximately 50 to 70 Southwestern Medical Foundation. cataract surgeries and a handful of Southwestern Eye Center prides itself glaucoma procedures were provided on its local philanthropic efforts as well, to area residents. participating in numerous charitable “For those patients who are not events locally and offering financial aid candidates for cataract surgery, we try packages to those unable to pay for eye to improve the quality of their vision care services. by providing prescription eyeglasses “It has been my privilege and pleasure that can help them read and function to again return from a visit that has better,” Lewis said. “We are able to tell helped me understand the importance when we find a pair of eyeglasses that of serving others as a way to bring are beneficial by the immediate smile peace, respect, appreciation and vision on their face as they put the glasses on of the world,” Bluth said. and their nod of approval as they are For more information about able to read well with their new pair Southwestern Eye Center, visit www. of glasses.” classifieds

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To better serve the community, and to enhance market values, the agents below have taken part in the Northeast Mesa Home Marketing Tour. In order to even make it on this page, they have regularly attended the marketing tour to give and get feedback for the listings that make it on. If you are planning on selling your home and feel that experience and exposure are necessary when it comes to selling your home, seriously consider choosing an agent from the list below. These agents can guarantee that your home will be placed on the marketing tour and provide you with

the exposure and feedback that you need to better help you sell your home. Sure, you can put your home up for sale through your neighbor, cousin or co-worker but in the end, couldn’t that hurt what you receive as a sales price if you decide on a person that wasn’t part of a collective of agents committed to getting the most for your home? Anyone can “Slap and Hang” a home, you need to choose an agent that is updating themselves in REAL time. Most, like us, would strongly argue that when it comes to marketing or selling your home, the power of

Tour Group “A” 6133 E. Sierra Morena St. - $258,900 5602 E. Player Pl. - $254,900 2558 N. Ebony - $234,900 3706 N. Canyon Wash - $599,000 8443 E. View Crest Cir - $2,899,000 8814 E. Norwood Cir. - $470,000 - $274,900 1533 N 91St Pl. 8220 E. Jasmine Cir. - $536,000 2063 N. Woodruff - $1,375,000

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Tour Group “B” 2852 N. Kashmir St. - $1,279,000 2222 N. Val Vista Dr. #8 - $900,000 2114 E. Ivy St. - $275,000 2012 E. Decatur St. - $220,000 2832 E. Fountain - $365,000 4505 E. Enrose St. - $439,955 5408 E. Glencove - $398,500 6727 E. Ensenada - $209,900 2063 N. Woodruff - $1,375,000

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A warm “welcome to the neighborhood” goes out to Charlie’s Salon and Spa at 2031 N. Power Rd., Suite 110, Mesa, which opened in early May. The spa, which was opened by former employees of True Essence Salon and Spa, takes over the spot left looking back vacant years ago by Plush. The spa’s team gave the location a full, gorgeous makeover. To make an appointment, call (480) 634-7167 or visit www.

Speaking of our fearless leader, happy birthday goes out to Christina FuocoKarasinski. Terry Benelli has been appointed to service as interim District 2 Councilmember, filling the spot created by the ascension of Vice Mayor/District 2 Councilman Alex Finter to mayor. A 28-year Mesa resident, Benelli is the owner of a home owners association management company. She also spent seven years as the Executive Director of the Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO) in downtown Mesa.

Tribe Multisport cycled, swam and ran its way into 6655 E. McDowell Rd., Suite 101, Mesa. More than a store for triathletes, Tribe is a community of energetic, driven, supportive folks who also love the sport of triathlon. It has a huge inventory of cycling and triathlon apparel, as well as a fullservice bike shop, including bike builds, general maintenance, race packing and shipping and a variety of tune up packages. Call (480) 830-2453 for more information.

The City of Mesa has been bestowed with more honors. It received the prestigious J. Robert Havlick Award for Innovation in Local Government. The Alliance for Innovation presented Mesa with the award for the City’s higher education recruitment initiative called “How Mesa Became a College Town.” The initiative was selected

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and recognized at the Transforming Local Government Conference awards luncheon April 23 in Denver and was presented to Mesa City Council at their May 19 meeting. The “Sky’s” the limit for two performers from Mountain View High School. Sky and Talon Duncan—members of the family Yellow Bird Indian Dancers—will represent their school, state and nation in June at an international festival in Bergamo, Italy. The boys will perform in Europe in June at the Spirit of the Planet Festival in Bergamo, Italy. The international festival will feature performances and presentations by tribal groups from around the world May 30-June 15.

Hermosa Vista Elementary (Samantha Johnson, coordinator); and Third place, Whitman Elementary (Sandy Peterson, coordinator). These three teams competed in the Regional Battle of the Books in Gilbert. Mesa’s top teams went up against teams from Chandler, Gilbert, Higley, Queen Creek/Combs and the newly added Deer Valley School District. Five teams finished the battle with perfect scores. A tiebreaker resulted in Gilbert’s Patterson capturing first, Chandler’s Weinberg taking second and Mesa’s Franklin East team of Ethan Fuller and Riley Duemler placing third.

Mesa students just finished the 18th year of Battle of the Books districtwide competition. With 47 elementary schools participating, it took three nights and five battles to determine the top three teams: First place, Franklin East Elementary (Denise Lee, coordinator); Second place,

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Overcoming Health Issues to Embrace Fitness By Alison Stanton For years, Casey Bartle was unable to do activities that many people take for granted; things like physical education classes, dancing, or lifting heavy objects. Now, thanks to the blessing of her physician along with the knowledgeable staff at Orangetheory Fitness at Village Square at Dana Park in Mesa, Bartle is working out regularly and feeling better than ever. Bartle, 27, was born with Marfan syndrome, a condition that affects the connective tissue in the body. In Bartle’s case, it was a milder version that affected mostly her cardiovascular system. When she was 10, Bartle was hospitalized for congestive heart failure, which caused her heart to grow to the size of a football. “I was told then that I couldn’t do P.E. in school anymore, and that I could maybe ride a bike or walk but nothing beyond that, and to be really careful,” Bartle said. During her freshman year in high school, Bartle underwent her first open heart surgery, which repaired a mitral valve leak. A year later, the valve was replaced with a porcine valve. In 2011, Bartle endured her third open heart surgery when physicians grafted her aorta. A year after her last surgery, Bartle received surprising news from her doctor. “He said, ‘OK, you can go out now and exercise,’ and I said, ‘Wait, let’s define what you mean by ‘exercise.’” After years of restricting her activity, Bartle found her doctor’s words to be “incredibly intimidating.” “My entire life, people were telling me, ‘No, you can’t do this,’ or they treated me like I was going to break.”

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After being assured that it was truly OK to finally keep the rest of her body as fit as her newly repaired and healthy heart, Bartle looked into different types of exercise. When a friend told her about Orangetheory Fitness, she decided to give it a try. “When I found out about Orangetheory Fitness, I was very selfconscious and had no upper body strength and no endurance,” Bartle said, adding that her first class was in January 2013. “I made it through 15 minutes of the workout and had to stop.” After speaking with a trainer who assured her that they would work with her and adjust the exercises to her physical capabilities, Bartle agreed to give it another shot. Gradually, she gained enough strength and endurance to be able to workout four to five times a week. Dr. Anne-Marie Feyrer-Melk, a concierge cardiologist at Optimal Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center in Scottsdale, said that for people like Bartle who are overcoming physical limitations, it is important for them to optimize whatever they are able to do. “Wheelchair-bound people can still improve their upper body strength,” she said. “The key is to have what I call a lifetime sport that you enjoy doing on a regular basis.” For Bartle, she has found her lifetime sport at Orangetheory Fitness. The gym is now her second home, she said, and the trainers are like family. “They are so supportive there, and my confidence level has gotten a lot better. I have more strength and endurance now and can do so much.”

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A sleek Mesa beauty spot, Got Roots Salon, has moved to a new location and added a slew of services to cater to a variety of beauty needs. The new location at 2036 N. Gilbert Rd., Suite 1, Mesa, boasts an ambiance of upscale, urban sophistication. It hopes to be the destination of choice for customers creating their next new look. During the move, Got Roots Salon not only expanded its square footage, but also upgraded the service menu. Offerings now include full-service skin care and full-body waxing for men and women. The modern salon provides an ideal setting for creating trendy new looks in hair color design. In addition to the new menu, Got Roots offers eyelash and human hair extensions, texturing treatments and a blow dry menu. Got Roots Salon opens June 1 in its new location with extended business hours. For more information, call (480) 834-4800.

for M1 Racing, won the expert class after competing in the first Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday, May 9. On Friday, Horak won the expert class for drivers older than 30, and on Saturday, May 10, he claimed second. Although Jason Rabe, also a driver for M1 Racing, was knocked out of the first race at the first turn on the first lap Friday, he won the expert class Saturday. “Jason isn’t running for the expert class championship, so with a first and a second it was good points weekend for me,” Horak said. Horak began 17th overall in his black AutoEnginuity No. 37 during Saturday’s 19-lap race. Three drivers were involved in a collision in turn one at the start of the race. “On the start, turn one, was a catastrophe,” Horak said.

go through grass on the first turn because it was the only clean line away from the crash. Although he rejoined the group in last place, he quickly advanced two spots. “From there I was able to reel in Jason at the end, Jay Horak, right, who drives for M1 Racing, won the expert class but I didn’t have for drivers older than 30, and placed second in the same category enough to pass the following day during the Pro Mazda Championship at the him. There were Indianapolis Motor Speedway. too many cautions for me.” know if it was safe or not, so I’m very Fortunately he had no damage to his thankful I made it through. It was a car. handful, to say the least.” “Somehow I found a way through, Horak finished 11th and set his but I don’t think I made it through fastest lap of the race on the very last unscathed because the whole race lap with a 1:25.202 on Saturday. the car had a hard time turning right. “I finished ahead of my expert class I was trying really hard just to stay rivals, but it was the hardest race of alive,” Horak said. “I honestly don’t my career,” he said.



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program allows individual restaurants in the Darden family, which includes Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Capital Grille, Eddie V’s and Yard House, to award $1,000 grants to local community programs. Humphrey said Sunshine Acres plans to use the donations from the local Olive Gardens to provide food to the children in its care. “This grant goes a long way in helping feed our children,” he said. “All 74 of our children eat three meals a day Monday through Friday at our dining hall.” Gene Lee, Darden’s president and chief operating officer, said one benefit of its Community Grants program is empowering its franchises to connect to local charities. “Our employees are incredibly passionate about getting directly involved in their local communities, and our Restaurant Community Grants program enables each of our restaurant teams to make a difference right in their own backyard,” he said. For additional information on Sunshine Acres Children’s Home Inc., visit

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By Scott Shumaker Sunshine Acres Children’s Home, a community for children separated from their parents, recently celebrated two big contributions from local businesses: Bonnie’s Place, a new house at the nonprofit’s Mesa campus donated by Blandford Homes and its trade partners, and an $8,000 grant presented by eight local Olive Garden restaurants. Community donations like these are essential to Sunshine Acres’ mission, according to the nonprofit’s Executive Director Kevin Humphrey, because the organization takes no state or federal funds, and doesn’t solicit donations on its own behalf. The recently unveiled Bonnie’s Place, constructed by Gilbert-based Blandford Homes, is a 6,700-squarefoot house at Sunshine Acres for 10 girls, their four children, and two house parents. Company President Jeff Blandford attended a dedication in April for the home, which was named in honor of the developer’s mother, Bonnie Blandford. The company said it plans to contribute additional construction projects during the next five to seven years. In another boost for the children’s home, Olive Garden and parent company Darden Restaurants presented Sunshine Acres with cash last month through Darden’s Restaurant Community Grants program. Now in its third year, the grants




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By Scott Shumaker If you regret only showing off your unexpected limbo skills at weddings and birthday parties, read on. Salt River Tubing, a river floating rental outfit operating in the Tonto National Forest, is inviting Valley residents to trade their ordinary clothes for grass skirts, coconuts and straw hats and head to the Lower Salt River Recreation Area for a day of family fun at the Hawaiian Mega Hula on Saturday, June 21. During the Hawaiian luau-themed event, Salt River Tubing will hand out free leis as guests enjoy performances by the Hula Honey line dancers and groove to island music on the riverside beach. Visitors can also win the respect of their peers with hula and limbo contests. Salt River Tubing President and CEO Henri Breault said Mega Hula guests will limbo for a good cause: the event is part of the USDA Forest Service’s “More Kids in the Woods” initiative to increase youth involvement in outdoor activities.

“Our Hawaiian Mega Hula event was a huge success last year and our guests raved about their luau adventure on the Salt River,” Breault said. “The event is an attention-grabber for teens and families and encourages them to venture into the great outdoors.” Radio Station 98 KUPD, an event co-sponsor, will broadcast live from the event. River runners should be creative in their outfit selection: Salt River Tubing will award free tube rentals and T-shirts for the best Hawaiian costumes. Salt River Tubing said its buses will also be transformed into Hawaiian “barges” to transport guests upriver to enjoy the Salt River’s mountain-fed rapids. Salt River Tubing is located in Tonto National Forest, just seven minutes from the 202 East Loop on North Power Road. The event will run 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The cost of tube rental is $17 per person or tube, which includes tax and shuttle bus service. Visit www. for event details.

Hospice of the Valley Receives $10,000 Donation Hospice of the Valley has received a $10,000 donation from the Mesa office of Home Instead Senior Care, a global provider of in-home care services for seniors. Mesa’s Home Instead Senior Care office, which serves all of the Southeast Valley, has a longtime relationship with notfor-profit Hospice of the Valley. “So many of our caregivers work with the staff at Hospice of the Valley or use the agency personally to care for loved ones. They tell us how much the nurses and CNAs have helped them at end of life,’’ said Home Instead Senior Care owner Mahnaz Pourian. “The first organization that came to my mind for a donation was Hospice of the Valley.’’ Pourian presented checks to six local organizations May 16 at a “Give Back to the Community” event in Sun Lakes. In addition to the donation to Hospice of the Valley, Pourian routinely makes contributions to the agency in memory of clients.


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“We are grateful for the very generous support of Home Instead Senior Care,’’ said Susan Levine, Hospice of the Valley’s executive director. Home Instead Senior Care’s national conference in May featured a videotaped interview with Hospice of the Valley’s Kathy Donald, one of the team leaders who oversees patient care in the East Valley. The video, shown to thousands at the convention, drew resounding applause, Pourian said. Hospice of the Valley has been caring for patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families since 1977. For more information, call (602) 5306900 or visit


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Get Warm Feelings for the Cold-Blooded Summer Camp at PHS Introduces Kids to Reptiles By Kimberly Hosey Phoenix Herpetological Society’s “Reptile Encounters” summer camp might feature some cold-blooded subjects, but the program aims to develop warmth and compassion for the animals as it educates, excites and inspires kids. Campers interact with tortoises, turtles, baby alligators and crocodiles, large and small snakes and more. Students also learn how to identify reptiles (venomous and nonvenomous), how to properly handle certain reptiles and lessons on everything from anatomy and reproduction to ecosystems and endangered species. The organization, which is heavily involved in education and outreach as well as conservation and running a sanctuary for 1,500 local and exotic reptiles, offers one weeklong camp for ages 8 to 9 and four camp sessions each for ages 9 to 11 and 12 to 14. The day camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Organizers worked to develop a rigorous (but fun) curriculum that adheres to state science standards, and built a classroom devoted to the camp. Campers become “junior herpetologists” and focus on a different species each day of the program. All crafts, lessons and other activities center on the species of the day. “So they may have weights and measures every day but how you weigh and measure a tortoise is different than how you weigh and measure an alligator,” said PHS Vice President Debbie Gibson. She added that the camp helps students not only learn to love animals, but to work hard, study animals, take notes and more. “We enjoy caring for the animals, of course, but it’s not all fun and games,” she said. Still, she said, she’s never had a bad review.

On the final day of camp, parents are asked to arrive an hour early for pickup, and Campers become “junior herpetologists” and campers act as guides, leading focus on a different species each day of the the adults around the sanctuary program. and teaching them about reptiles. excellent allies. Gibson said that The result is often a week’s worth of regardless of the feelings of their lessons cemented into the campers’ parents—and many campers have minds as they communicate them to parents who are not fond of reptiles— others—as well as converting some every kid comes out of the camp of the parents into lizard lovers. advocating for the animals. This is the third year the There’s still room for mammals. But organization has offered the camp, the Phoenix Herpetological Society’s and it hopes its outreach and Reptile Encounters camp—and education efforts continue to grow, reptiles themselves—earn lifelong Gibson said. supporters each summer. “The most important thing to learn Camp sessions remain throughout about the animals is coexisting,” June and July. Camp is $275 per she said. “And the real problem is camper for the week. For more everybody’s heart goes out when details visit they see a baby bobcat or a little and click on the green box labeled coyote puppy, but when they see a “Got Reptiles?” Visit the website or baby rattlesnake, they’re like, ‘It’s a call (480) 513-HERP (4377) for more snake.’ And that’s our battle.” information. Visits to the sanctuary If that’s the battle, kids make are by appointment only. Gymnastics, Games, Bounce Houses, Swimming, Water Slide, Crafts, Trampolines, Special Guests and More!

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Slip! Chen-Tsai said to slip into the shade and sun protective clothing. “A lot of the kids will wear a very thin white T-shirt, but that only gives the equivalent of an SPF 3. A lot of people don’t know that...a thin T-shirt only gives you a low protective shield and so what we advocate is for people to wear a thicker cotton weave or to put some kind of a pigment into their shirt, like pink or green or blue and that will increase the SPF factor.” Slop! She explained this is basically putting on sunscreen. “The SPF on the bottles only addresses UVB, which is the burning rays...Just last year the FDA started measuring for UVA effectiveness in sunscreen.” Chen-Tsai said to look for “Broad Spectrum” on


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to 29 years old. “It’s the No.1 form of cancer,” Chen-Tsai said. “And it’s the second most common form of cancer for kids 15 to 29 years old.” Another point she mentioned is that the rate of melanoma is rising faster among the 15 to 29 year old females than males and may be related to using tanning beds. Following the “A-BC-D-E” rule is one way of being aware and monitoring for changes. A-B-C-D-E A is for asymmetry, where the one half of the mole doesn’t match the other. suggests border irregularities B where edges are ragged, notched or blurred. C refers to the color not being uniform, with shades of brown, tan and black present. is for diameter and darkness. D Chen-Tsai said to look for anything greater than 6 mm, but melanomas have been found in moles that are 2 mm with black dots on the skin.

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So another thing the American Academy of Dermatologists urges is to be aware of the darkness of the mole. E is evolving,” Chen-Tsai explained. “Anything changing, itching or bleeding.” She also mentioned there is one other criteria, the “Ugly Duckling” sign—any moles on the body that don’t look like the others. Chen-Tsai is a provider at East Valley Dermatology, 1100 S. Dobson Rd., Suite 223, Chandler. For more information, visit or call (480) 821-8888. For more information about sun safety, go to news/features/stay-sun-safe-thissummer. Tracy House is a freelance writer and editor. She can be reached at

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By Laurie Struna, Mesa Public Schools Mesa Public Schools received five coveted A+ School of Excellence Awards from the Arizona Educational Foundation. Falcon Hill, Red Mountain Ranch and Zaharis elementary schools, Taylor Junior High School and Red Mountain High School received word of the selection in April. The award reflects the district’s commitment to providing quality education and maintaining high standards of academic achievement. A Rigorous Application Process Administrators attest the application process is a significant undertaking. Schools are evaluated on student focus and support, school culture, active teaching and learning, curriculum, leadership, community and parent involvement and assessment data. Dr. Gerald Slemmer, principal at Red Mountain High School, said, “Completing the A+ application and hosting the visitation was a great deal of work but certainly worth it. It validates all the hard work our students, teachers and administrators do every day to make Red Mountain the great school it is.” Building Community For Taylor Junior High School this award substantiates the importance of shared responsibility and embracing change. Principal Gina Piraino noted, “When ninth-grade students moved to high-school campuses, we embraced a middle-school model that allows us to better meet the needs of our students. And we successfully combined three school communities when Brimhall and Mesa junior high schools closed.” With a twinkle in her eye, she added, “We are truly resilient, and I am so happy that staff is being recognized for their efforts.” Well-Deserved Recognition Since 1983, the foundation has honored A+ Schools of Excellence to: • identify and give recognition to outstanding public schools in Arizona • make available a comprehensive framework of key criteria for school

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effectiveness that can serve as a basis for participatory self-assessment and planning in schools • facilitate communication and sharing of best practices within and among schools based on a common criteria related to success. Award-winning schools receive $500 and a banner designating it as an A+ School of Excellence. All staff and faculty at winning schools are eligible for partial scholarships from Argosy University, Phoenix. “The recognition of five campuses as A+ School of Excellence by the Arizona Educational Foundation is evidence of Mesa Public Schools’ focus on providing unprecedented excellence in education for all learners,” said Holly Williams, east area superintendent. “Each A+ school has uniquely and successfully fulfilled its commitment to student success and has demonstrated the ability to sustain effective and efficient practices.” Celebrating Success The schools are busy celebrating their success—from hosting assemblies and campus events to flying colorful banners and students proudly sporting A+ school T-shirts. Dr. Joyce Cook, principal at Red Mountain Ranch Elementary School, attributes her school’s success to community, collaboration and connection. She shared, “Community is at the heart of Red Mountain Ranch and extends to our parents, volunteers and local businesses. We are proud to join the list of A+ Schools in Arizona!” June 2014


navigating parenthood By Eva Dwight, B.A. MaEd. mom section

Listen...and Look...for Thank You A friend of mine observed one morning, “My mom always told me that motherhood was a thankless job, and she was right!” Our kids were young, Eva Dwight past the toddler stage but not yet in kindergarten. There were challenges around what they would eat/not eat, when it was time to leave the park, getting out the door on time—the usual. I remember looking at her in surprise and exclaiming, “I totally disagree! I feel thanked every day!” I probably should have tuned in on a deeper level and asked what was making her feel so discouraged. We all have days when we feel inept and unappreciated, and she was doubtless having one. It’s Mother’s Day as I write this, though, so I want to take time pasta vixen

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to remember what I meant all those years ago when I said I felt thanked every day. Because I still do. It wasn’t that the words “Thank you, mom,” came out of their mouths so often. But “thank you” appeared in so many ways that had nothing to do with words. “Thank you” was in the snuggles, the hugs, the “I love you, mommy” as we said goodnight. It was in squeals of laughter as I swung them around and dropped them on the bed. It was in grunts and grimaces as we wrestled until they got too big for my biceps to support them in a bench press. It was in finger painting on the porch, and one night it was on a certificate on my pillow with a $1 bill attached that said, “Thanks for being such a good mom today. You’ve earned this 100 percent!” As they grew older, the “thank yous” looked like being part of the family

team as we all cleaned together on Saturday mornings. The vacuuming wasn’t perfect and the mirrors had streaks, but they gave it their best shot. “Thank yous” included eating green vegetables without crabbing first; being persistent through too much homework that kept us up until way past bedtime; choosing to go out to dinner on Saturday night (a family ritual since they were 3 weeks old) before going out with teenage friends; forgiving me with a hug and, “It’s OK,” when I had to apologize for not being such a great mom that day. At 17 and 19, “thank yous” are more verbal, more direct. I hear, “Thanks for dinner, mom,” and, “Thanks for helping me study.” I woke up this morning to a Facebook message from the one who’s in Florida and a real, live

card from the one who’s still here. As I look back on 19 years of Mother’s Days, I know there were temper tantrums and arguments and mood swings (sometimes mine, sometimes theirs). But what I remember most clearly is all the “thank yous.” They were there every single day. How do your kids show appreciation to you? Listen for it...but also watch for it. And notice it with a “thank you” of your own. Eva Dwight is a parent, family and personal coach. For more information, go to www.creativecoachingconversations. com.

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with our patients. Call us old-fashioned, but our patients are still our number one priority. Our office has a fully functioning hygiene department, using laser cavity detection, intra oral cameras, and digital x-rays. We follow both ADA recommendations along with strict Dental Board Standards. Dental Center of Mesa raises the bar on your dental care, making it convenient, affordable, all while providing advanced technology. Dental crowns are done using state-of-the-art CEREC technology. Your tooth is prepped, multiple images are taken, eliminating the need for a messy dental impression, and then uploaded to a computer. Dr. Kalika then customizes the design to your specific needs, both selecting the type of material, and shade. An onsite milling unit then receives the information and begins preparing a crown. Within minutes, your dental crown is completed, no need for multiple appointments, saving both time and money for our patients. Dr. Kalika never charges his patients for a Consultation or Second Opinion. One of the highest compliments our practice receives is referrals from both our existing patients, and the many specialists that we work with. Dental Center of Mesa has been servicing Phoenix Metro Valley for over 20 years. If you are interested in receiving quality, pain-free dental care from an experienced dentist and staff, in a comfortable, familiar environment, we invite you to call or visit our office today. We look forward to meeting you and your family! Call 480-834-9001.

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Story of Anne Sullivan Comes to Life at the Hale By Meghan McCoy Emily Mohney has been involved with theater most of her young 22 years. However, her latest role is particularly challenging—as Helen Keller’s teacher, Anne Sullivan, in the Hale Theatre’s performance of “The Miracle Worker,” which runs through July. “It is very rewarding and very challenging,” said Mohney, 22, of Mesa. “I am playing a mirage of a person who lived and breathed.” An 18-year actress, Mohney began reading about Sullivan as soon as she decided she was going to audition for the role. She was intrigued by Sullivan’s life. “The Miracle Worker,” which was most famously a 1962 movie starring Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, tells the story of Sullivan, who is hired to teach manners to Helen Keller, who is deaf and blind. Eventually, that gives way to communicating through sign language, Mohney said. She described Sullivan as a strong female

character who is brave and persistent in a time that was not convenient for a woman to be so forward and assertive. Mohney said Sullivan is also funny and very opinionated and her stubborn willfulness sometimes gets her into comical situations because she is too adamant for her own good. She said when Sullivan meets with Keller they butt heads, which is really exciting. “My character Anne develops every day. Every day my director gives me more insight into the character. We will still make discoveries after the show opens,” Mohney said. “It’s one of my favorite roles I have ever had the opportunity to play.” Mohney has worked in Valley theaters for some time, but this is her first show that is straight theater, no music or dancing. She called her role “dramatic” due to the heavy subject matters of blindness and communication.

“I love drama and straight plays because theater has a representation of being over the top,” she said. “Real plays, you get to connect with the audience as another person playing a role in somewhat everyday situations.” Clara Moffitt, 11, plays the temperamental Keller. “She is so talented and disciplined,” she said of her role as Keller. “I definitely have to let people know how much I respect what she is doing in the show.” “The Miracle Worker” runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday through July 5 at the Hale Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert. The performance is two hours and 20 minutes. Tickets are $16 to $26 and can be purchased by visiting www. or by calling the box office at (480) 497-1181. “I have been acting almost all of my life,” Mohney said. “My parents decided it was a good outlet for me.

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“The Full Monty” WHEN: Through Sun., June 15, various times WHERE: Mesa Arts Center’s Nesbitt/ Elliott Playhouse, One E. Main St., Mesa COST: $22 to $25 INFO: (480) 644-6500 or Seeing how much their wives enjoy watching male strippers during their “girls’ night out,” unemployed steelworkers in Buffalo, New York, come up with a bold way to make some quick cash.

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Introduction to Jewelry: Fabrication Basics WHEN: Mondays and Wednesdays, June 2 through July 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. WHERE: Mesa Arts Center’s Arts Studio, One E. Main St., Mesa COST: $291 resident; $346 nonresident INFO: (480) 644-6520 or Learn how to create earrings, rings, pendants and brooches in the beginning level class. Between the Buried and Me WHEN: Tues., June 3, at 7 p.m. WHERE: Nile Theater, 105 W. Main St., Mesa COST: $18 to $20 INFO: (480) 559-5859 or “Colors,” Between the Buried and Me’s fifth and newest release, is a continuous, sonic labyrinth of savage metal, lush prog-rock and uninhibited emotion. Hugh Laurie WHEN: Tues., June 3, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Mesa Arts Center’s Ikeda Theater, One E. Main St., Mesa COST: $35 to $65 INFO: (480) 644-6500 or The multi-talented Hugh Laurie has had an exceptional career as an actor, producer, writer and musician/ composer. Adult Acting WHEN: Wednesdays, June 4 through July 23, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Mesa Arts Center’s Arts Studio, One E. Main St., Mesa COST: $82 residents; $97 nonresidents INFO: (480) 644-6520 or Become aware of your authentic self and use that awareness to portray a character, describe character motivations and develop physical and vocal qualities and more. Showcase 2014 WHEN: Thurs., June 5, at 7 p.m. WHERE: Mesa Arts Center’s Piper Repertory Theatre, One E. Main St., Mesa COST: $17 INFO: (480) 644-6500 or Join students from Ballet Etudes School of Dance as they present their training and skills in the annual showcase.

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Sculptural Ceramics WHEN: Saturdays, June 7 through July 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Mesa Arts Center’s Arts Studio, One E. Main St., Mesa COST: $130 residents; $154 nonresidents INFO: (480) 644-6520 or Explore sculptural ceramic techniques including solid construction, coil and slab to create abstract and/or figurative sculpture. Dr. Sky: Enjoying Our Great Arizona Skies WHEN: Mon., June 9, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Mesa Public Library—Dobson Ranch Branch, 2425 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa COST: Free INFO: (480) 644-3100 or Steve Kates, or Dr. Sky, offers a program on how to take advantage of the great Arizona skies by teaching attendees how best to use telescopes and binoculars; how to use digital cameras and record some great sky events; the best locations to observe the sky; what a beginner needs to know when it comes to star charts and telescopes and how to identify planets, stars and satellites.

East Valley Michigan Club WHEN: Wed., June 11, at 2 p.m. WHERE: Golden Corral, 1868 N. Power Rd., Mesa COST: Charge for meals INFO: (480) 986-7085, (480) 610-9864 or The club meets at 2 p.m. the second Wednesday for lunch, and at 9 a.m. the fourth Wednesday for breakfast. Second Friday Night Out WHEN: Fri., June 13, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. WHERE: Main Street between Center Street and Country Club Drive, downtown Mesa COST: Free INFO: Mesa downtown galleries and businesses have joined together to create an exciting and friendly way to spend a Friday evening with art, dining, shopping, activities and entertainment. Disaster Preparedness WHEN: Sat., June 14, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. WHERE: Mesa Public Library—Red Mountain Branch, Program Room, 635 N. Power Rd., Mesa COST: Free INFO: (480) 644-3100 or This class, presented by the American Red Cross, teaches the know-how and confidence to prepare, respond and recover from a disaster. Clay Leaf Pendants WHEN: Mon., June 16, and Fri., June 20, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. WHERE: As You Wish Pottery Mesa Grand Studio, 1649 S. Stapley Dr., Suite 101, Mesa COST: $30 INFO: (480) 539-8400 or

Inspired by “The Giving Tree,” participants will create pendants made from pressing leaves into clay. Stone Setting: Tube Setting Faceted Stones WHEN: Tuesdays, June 17 through June 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. WHERE: Mesa Arts Center’s Arts Studio, One E. Main St., Mesa COST: $85 residents; $100 nonresidents INFO: (480) 644-6520 or Learn how to quickly and easily set round faceted stones in premade tubing and fuse or solder these settings to your jewelry designs. Glass Picture Frame WHEN: Tues., June 17, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. WHERE: As You Wish Pottery Mesa Grand Studio, 1649 S. Stapley Dr., Suite 101, Mesa COST: $30 INFO: (480) 539-8400 or Attendees will learn basic glass fusing techniques when they create a frame inspired by “The Giving Tree.” Miss Arizona Scholarship Pageant WHEN: Thurs., June 19, and Fri., June 20, at 7:30 p.m., and Sat., June 21, at 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Mesa Arts Center’s Ikeda Theater, One E. Main St., Mesa COST: $40 to $55 INFO: (480) 644-6500 or Celebrate the selection of Miss Arizona and Miss Arizona’s Outstanding Teen 2014. Clay Bird Feeder WHEN: Mon., June 23, and Fri., June 27, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

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The Moistest Carrot Cake Ever It’s not that I fancy myself a carrot cake expert by any means. I just know a darn good carrot cake when I taste one and this is the best I’ve ever had. I owe a big thanks to Paradise Valley resident Michael Garrett for sending in this “gotta have” version of one of America’s favorite desserts. What makes this recipe so unique? Well, its incredibly moist texture is a result of a couple of fantastic ideas. First, Michael soaks the golden raisins in Grand Marnier, so you get a flavor burst with each bite. Although you can’t taste it, there is crushed pineapple in this recipe, which adds to the moistness. Finally, Michael’s tip for freezing the cake right out of the oven instantly stops the cooking process. Overcooking, of course, can sometimes cause cake to end up a little dry. (The second time I made the cake I didn’t freeze it. Michael’s right. Freezing it makes it much better. I follow this procedure now for all of my cakes and cupcakes.) Also, the recipe calls for toasting the chopped walnuts and the shredded coconut. The

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The Cozy Corner Café certainly lives up to its name. Tucked in a strip mall between anchors Kohl’s and Fry’s, the diner will make any customer comfortable with its homestyle dishes and pure Americana décor. We headed over there on a whim for our first visit at 8 a.m. on a Saturday, when I’ve heard that the Cozy Corner Café is at its busiest. We called ahead and there was, shockingly, no wait. Fifteen minutes later, by the time we arrived, there was a two-party wait. Not bad. We used the wait time as the opportunity to peruse the menu. According to the mission statement found on it, customers can “count on meeting family, friendly faces.” The owners aren’t kidding. We were greeted at the front door by a bevy of smiling servers who asked us for our name, which they continued to use throughout our meal. When it was our turn, Proprietor comm. spotlight


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Troyce Hudnell led us to our cozy booth about midway through the slim restaurant. He’s so customer friendly he distributes business cards which lists his cellphone number. Our bubbly server rushed to our table to take our drink orders. When she returned with them, we placed our order—a hard task considering the extensive menu. I chose the ham and cheese omelet, which comes in two sizes—mini ($7.59) and full ($8.59). The mini wasn’t exactly small. Stuffed with generous portions of diced ham and Swiss cheese, the omelet was fluffy— not watery or oozy. Just the perfect texture. It came with a choice of bread, as well as either hash browns or home fries. I chose the hash browns and it was a great choice; they were probably the best hash browns I have ever had. Not greasy, the hash browns were crunchy and delightful. For my meet your neighbor


bread, I chose the restaurant’s amazing raisin toast. My husband was just as happy with his meal of two over-hard eggs, four strips of bacon, hash browns and four sausage links ($7.59 plus $3.59 for the extra bacon). The bacon was crispy and my husband agreed that the hash Cozy Corner Café strives to provide a “cozy” atmosphere. browns were top notch. His eggs were November through April, food is cooked to the perfect texture. available at the Cozy Corner Café Before we left, we asked for a to-go between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. menu. The servers worked to find one, The mission statement on the menu as the display case at the front of the ends with “Our servers welcome you restaurant was empty. Our waitress and are always happy to serve you. As must have checked with us three times you enjoy your visit with us, we hope to make sure someone had provided you can feel the same cozy feeling that us with a take-home menu. Customer we do!” service at its finest. Indeed. The Cozy Corner Café opens at Cozy Corner Café 6 a.m. and closes at 2 p.m. Sunday 5901 E. McKellips Rd., Suite 102 through Thursday. For a Friday night Mesa 85215 fish fry, the restaurant stays open (480) 830-6305 between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. From


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Are Smartphones Making Our Kids Selfie Absorbed? No, this isn’t another article about the dangers of texting and driving. We can’t ignore the startling reality Kevin J. Chapman that our children are growing up faced with the lure of ever-expanding technology. It seems some of our teenagers are living half (or less) of their life in the actual world and the other half in the digital world. We can’t be so naïve as to think this is normal or healthy or preparing them for the future. Who decreed that all teenagers and even children were required to have their own cell or smartphone? Why do we as parents feel peer pressure to make sure our children have the latest and the greatest? Who are we trying to impress? Are we becoming so shallow that we need smartphones and apps to show everyone exactly who we want to be rather than who we are? Do we really need instant, constant and portable access to videos, games and television shows? I’ve seen teenagers and adults out on dates, constantly checking or typing something on their phones. I’ve heard of teenagers giving their friends the “play by play” of how a date is going. I wonder if they tell the truth: “Date’s not so good. Why? Because I’m obsessed with my phone.” Are our texts, tweets and emails so important that we need to be checking them virtually nonstop? Do we really measure our self-worth by how many Facebook friends or Twitter followers we have?

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I really believe smartphones are making us numb to the world. We are becoming like little children who need constant entertainment and stimulation. Years ago Robin Williams said that giving his kids a Nintendo video game was like giving them the ultimate cocaine. We have now enhanced that addiction with the unbridled use of smartphones. We have become an addicted society. As I sat in the airport recently, I watched people texting on their smartphones, emailing on their smartphones and even watching television on their smartphones. Heaven forbid anyone look up and make eye contact with a stranger. What happened to driving in a car and just looking out the window? Are your kids giving up the entire physical world for a narcissistic, addictive need to follow someone or see who’s following them? What happened to the art of conversation between two people? Do we constantly need to be stimulated by our phones? It’s ridiculous. Are our teenagers learning how to communicate and interact face-to-face with other humans, rather than through a text or Instagram? How will they do one day in a job interview? Kevin J. Chapman is a partner at Rowley Chapman and Barney. He attended Arizona State University (B.S. 1986; J.D. 1992). His practice revolves around accidents and personal injury and he can be reached at (480) 8331113. June 2014

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Living Word: Come As You Are Living Word Bible Church has been an active part of the Valley since 1985. The congregation has grown considerably since then and the dynamic church invites one and all to “come as you are” and welcomes everyone equally with open arms. Pastor Scot Anderson works alongside his wife, Pastor Holly Anderson, at the Mesa and Scottsdale churches in focusing on personal development. “I couldn’t do it without her,” Scot Anderson said. “We work as much as we can together since we have five kids...She helps me with all the marriage conferences and she’s there, of course, Saturday and Sunday running services.” Holly Anderson hosts the monthly Moms of Destiny group when moms get together and learn how to pray for their kids’ success. She throws a single on the town

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moms Christmas party every year. As a team, the husband and wife travel globally, enlightening folks on the issues of parenting, finances and relationships. “I think that religion over the last few thousand years has given the perception to The Anderson families—from left, Pastors Kelli people that unless you are and Jason, and Pastors Scot and Holly—welcome perfect and living a perfect members of any faith to Living Word Bible Church. life and look a certain way and you The church has ministries for men, walk through the doors of the church, women, youth, singles and even you’ll be struck down,” Scot Anderson a Bible school. Living Word Bible said. Church is located at 3520 E. Brown “We say, ‘Come on in the way you Rd. (at Val Vista Drive), Mesa, with are’ and we just teach you hope, additional locations in Scottsdale and excitement and how to live a better life Ahwatukee. It also offers a Spanish and we’re not going to try and change ministry at the Mesa location and an you. We’re about loving people where online worship and service. Visit www. they’re at and seeing them grow to or call (480) have a better life.” 964-4463 for additional information. events calendar

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Waldo’s BBQ has been giving diners something to squeal about since 1993 with its world-famous barbecue and side dishes. At its Mesa restaurant, the throwback pig-farm feel of the vintage building gives a special ambiance to the dining experience. Recently, Frank Estadt purchased Waldo’s from previous owner, pig farmer Clay Caldwell. The restaurant is known for its tender baby back ribs, pulled pork, tangy barbecue sauce and endless side dishes. However, the menu continues to evolve with tantalizing new items. “We faithfully do a menu update every year,” Estadt said. “We have a couple of neat new things. We have Kansas City pork ‘wings’...It’s like eating a chicken wing and it’s off a single bone. They’re easy to eat and have no fat. We toss them in our jerk on the town

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sauce which is a hot and sweet sauce.” Pulled turkey has also been added to the Waldo’s menu and features light and dark meat. Another new item is the Tasty Jars cheesecake made by a Gilbert vendor. “This is a natural The interior of Waldo’s BBQ restaurant in Mesa is decorated in farmfit for Waldo’s. We inspired sayings and photos. serve our drinks in and sell our them. They’re dynamite events. Call (480) 807-6475 for barbecue sauce in and if you don’t want to catering inquiries. Waldo’s BBQ is Mason jars and eat the whole thing, you located at 4500 E. Main St. (east of this is cheesecake screw the lid back on the Greenfield Road) with two additional in a Mason jar,” The half-smoked chicken combo jar and take it home.” express locations in Phoenix and said Estadt. “We comes with two endless side Waldo’s BBQ also does a restaurant in Lake Havasu City. have a variety of dishes. full-service catering, Call (480) 807-1645 or visit www. flavors liked salted caramel, strawberry taking its impressive and tasty show for additional and key lime right now and we rotate on the road for parties and special information. events calendar

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Are You Being Financially Bullied? Financial bullies come in all shapes and sizes: Husbands who insist on control of their wives’ money; wives who control finances by manipulating the purse strings; domestic partners who insist on making all financial decisions. In fact, bullying is common behavior. A 2013 survey, “Is Your Partner a Financial Bully,” conducted by Credit Karma, found that one in 10 respondents classified their spouse or live-in partner as a “financial bully.” recipe corner

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Portrait of a Bully Couples often argue over money, but sometimes one partner can exhibit behavior associated with financial bullying. By definition, a bully is someone who uses his or her influence or strength to intimidate others and force them to do what he or she wants. Financial bullies control household finances by restricting biz box

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access to accounts, limiting spending and withholding money. Typical bully behaviors include making their partners show receipts for all purchases, preventing them from having credit cards, making them feel guilty for shopping, or requiring them to live on an allowance. Bullies may even threaten to leave knowing this would place their partner in financial trouble. The young are especially vulnerable to financial bullying, according to the Credit Karma survey, which found that: • Those aged 18 to 34 are three times more likely to say they are financially

bullied than those aged 55 or older. • Those with children younger than the age of 18 in the household are more likely to classify their mate as a bully than those who don’t live with children. • More than one-fifth of married 18- to 34-year-olds surveyed said they would get a divorce “if money were no object.”

Next, consider involving a third party such as a financial adviser when making major financial decisions. He or she can effectively act as a facilitator, and can help you formulate mutually satisfactory goals and strategies. Finally, look for ways to build trust between you and your partner. Finances, like other aspects of a relationship, are best tackled with transparency and communication, and mutual trust is a critical first step.

What to Do About It If you think you are being financially bullied, there are ways to take back control of your finances. First, discuss your concerns with someone you trust, sharing with him or her the specific behaviors you have encountered. An objective ear will help you better gauge how real or severe the problem actually is.

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.

When you retire, your money should keep working. Gabriel Hoffmann Portfolio Manager Senior Vice President Financial Advisor 80 E RIO SALADO PARKWAY Tempe, AZ 85281 +1 480 345-4731 gabehoffmann/

Someday you’ll stop working, and at that point, you’ll have to depend on your retirement income. To work toward building that income, you’ll need a strategy. With more than 18 years of experience, I can help you create a strategy for goals like retirement, estate planning and leaving a legacy. Let’s put your money to work. Call me today to set up an appointment.

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC, its affiliates and Morgan Stanley Financial Advisors do not provide tax or legal advice. Clients should consult their tax advisor for matters involving taxation and tax planning and their attorney for matters involving trust and estate planning and other legal matters. © 2013 Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. Member SIPC.

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