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Schools focus on brains, bellies BY TOM SCANLON
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Jibriel Saunders offers fresh produce at Peoria Elementary School as part of the “grab-and-go” meal service. (Photo courtesy Peoria Unified School District)
With marching orders to take care of young minds and midsections, school administrators scrambled to develop plans in the era of COVID-19. Peoria leaders had to act swiftly March 15, when Gov. Doug Ducey closed schools for two weeks. On Friday, March 20, Ducey extended the closures by another two weeks, through April 10. In his March 15 proclamation, Ducey also ordered: “School administrators should make every effort to provide continued education learning opportunities through online resources or materials that can be sent home.”
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The global COVID-19 pandemic that started in China has landed in Peoria. “We were made aware that a city of Peoria employee tested positive for the COVID-19 virus,” Jennifer Stein, a city spokeswoman, said Tuesday, March 24. “This employee was last on the city premises on March 11. All known city staff who have recently interacted with the employee have been notified.” She added that instructions and exposure protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were provided to staff members.
“Also per CDC protocol, the city has undergone a deep cleaning of potentially affected areas. Similar cleaning measures will be undertaken in various city facilities, and we will continue our elevated efforts to disinfect and sanitize,” Stein said. Stein declined to say when the city was notified or give other details. “To protect the privacy rights of the employee, the individual’s name and department will not be released,” she said. Following the mayors of many other West Valley cities, Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat declared a state of local emergency in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic Thursday, March 19. SEE CITY WORKER PAGE 4
And Ducey noted, “School administrators should develop a plan to continue breakfast and lunch services for Arizona students.” After last week’s spring break, the Peoria Unified School District started serving meals Monday, March 23. Jibriel Saunders, a chef who is a Peoria High School graduate, harvested the garden at Peoria Elementary and handed out fresh produce to go with lunches. “It was wonderful to see the smiles on the faces of our students and their families,” said Brenda LoPresto, Peoria Elementary’s principal. “We want our students and families SEE SCHOOLS PAGE 2
Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat declared a “state of local emergency” and temporarily closed in-person participation at city council meetings. (Peoria Times file photo)
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to know that while we may not be in school at the moment we are still here to support our community.” In addition to meals, the district must provide the Ducey-mandated “learning opportunities.” On its website, peoriaunified.org, PUSD outlines its plan. “Peoria Unified’s Curriculum and Instruction team has compiled a list of online resources for at-home learning activities. While none of the activities are required, you may choose to use the list as a menu of ideas to explore and select those activities that are of interest to your child. “Our instructional team encourages you to see the opportunity for learning in everyday activities and to think outside the box and keep your children mentally active and engaged. As more resources are identified, the list will be updated.” A document breaks down opportunities by grade level and subject. The document directs students to access the PUSD Student Portal. There are also links to learning sites such as khanac-
ademy.org and learnzillion.com.
At PUSD, starting Monday, March 23, meals are available for curbside pick-up from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. All meals will be served in a bag with a lunch and cold breakfast for the next day. Lunch will include a hot or cold entrée, fruit, vegetable and milk. Breakfast will include an entrée, fruit, juice and milk. “Those 18 and younger will receive free meals and they will be distributed (one per child) on a first come, first served basis. Meals for adults will be available for purchase for $3,” according to the district website. The funding for meal distribution is available through the USDA National School Lunch Program. Those with accessibility needs should email email@example.com. For updates and more information, visit peoriaunified.org/coronavirus. USD locations: • Alta Loma Elementary, 9750 N. 87th Avenue, Peoria.
Could Your Lifestyle Be Causing Your Shoulder Pain? By Leading Physical Therapist, Nick Hunter Your daily routine can be so uniform to you that it becomes second nature to read before bed, scroll through your phone, or to carry your bag on one shoulder… Have you been told that there’s no solution for your shoulder pain? That you’re going to have to limit your activities to cope with the pain? The most important aspect of treating shoulder pain is finding the root cause. Our patients are often unaware that small things that they do every day can add up to excruciating shoulder pain down the line. If you’re anything like me, there’s nothing like a good book before bed. Maybe you just like to scroll through social media, the news, or even your email. This not only leads to tense neck and shoulder muscles, but it eventually leads to poor posture and chronic pain. Remember to adjust your position every 10 minutes to avoid any strain. You can even invest in phone stands or tablet stands so that your eyes are doing the adjusting- not your head! My pro tip is to stretch both before bed and after waking up in the morning. It’s easy to underestimate the power of stretching. Even a few minutes is better than nothing! If you are 40+, know that there are ways for you to stay active and independent, live free from pain killers and avoid surgery... even if you’ve had pain for years. Call or text Preferred Physical Therapy at (623) 466-6448 to speak to a physical therapist or to book your FREE assessment today! Author, Nick Hunter, is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and owner of Preferred Physical Therapy. He’s happy to answer any questions about chronic pain by phone at (623) 466-6448 or check out his website: www.preferredptaz.com. 18301 N. 79th Ave. B122 Glendale, Arizona 85308 Telephone: 623-466-6448 | Fax: 623-486-3355 | www.preferredptaz.com
• Apache Elementary, 8633 W. John Cabot Road, Peoria. • Canyon Elementary, 5490 W. Paradise Lane, Glendale. • Centennial High School, 14388 N. 79th Avenue, Peoria. • Cheyenne Elementary, 11806 N. 87th Avenue, Peoria. • Copperwood Elementary, 11232 N. 65th Avenue, Glendale. • Cotton Boll Elementary, 8540 W. Butler Drive, Peoria. • Country Meadows Elementary, 8409 N. 111th Avenue, Peoria, • District Administration Center, 6330 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale. • Desert Harbor Elementary, 15585 N. 91st Avenue, Peoria. • Desert Palms Elementary, 11441 N. 55th Avenue, Glendale. • Desert Valley Elementary, 12901 N. 63rd Avenue, Glendale. • Foothills Elementary, 15808 N. 63rd Avenue, Glendale. • Heritage Elementary, 5312 W. Mountain View Road, Glendale. • Ira A. Murphy Elementary, 7231 W. North Lane, Peoria. • Ironwood High School, 6051 W. Sweetwater Avenue, Glendale. • Kachina Elementary, 5304 W. Crocus Drive, Glendale. • Liberty High School, 9621 W. Speckled Gecko, Peoria. • Marshall Ranch Elementary, 12995 N. Marshall Ranch Drive, Glendale. • Oasis Elementary, 7841 W Sweetwater Avenue, Peoria. • Peoria Elementary, 11501 N. 79th Avenue, Peoria. • Peoria High School, 11200 N. 83rd Avenue, Peoria. • Pioneer Elementary, 6315 W. Port au Prince Lane, Glendale. • Raymond S. Kellis High School, 8990 W. Orangewood Avenue, Glendale. • Sahuaro Ranch Elementary, 10401 N. 63rd Avenue, Glendale. • Santa Fe Elementary, 9880 N. 77th Avenue, Peoria. • Sky View Elementary, 8624 W. Sweetwater Avenue, Peoria. • Sun Valley Elementary, 8361 N. 95th Avenue, Peoria.
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• Sundance Elementary, 7051 W. Cholla Street, Peoria. • Vistancia Elementary, 30009 N. Sunrise Point, Peoria.
Deer Valley Unified School District also was on spring break March 16 through March 20. The district announced Tuesday, March 17, meals will be provided for children 18 and under from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, March 23, through Friday, March 27. “Breakfast and lunch will be available for drive-through or pick-up at several schools sites and locations in our community,” according to Monica Allread, a DVUSD spokeswoman. DVUSD food-distribution locations include: • Barry Goldwater High School, 2820 W. Rose Lane, Phoenix. • Budget Suites, 2702 W. Yorkshire Drive, Phoenix. • Cactus Trail Apartments, 2403 W. Lone Cactus Drive, Phoenix. • Park Meadows Elementary, 20012 N. 35th Avenue, Glendale. • Sunrise Elementary, 17624 N. 31st Avenue, Phoenix. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the same time. The district advises parents to check dvusd.org/food every day to see if hours or locations change. “All children 18 and under qualify. You do not have to attend our schools to participate or be approved for the free and reduced meal program in order to receive meals,” Allread noted. At the DVUSD locations, children must be present in order for meals to be provided. “We encourage families to continue to be proactive in reducing the risk of COVID-19 by not congregating at the school site once meals have been distributed, continuing to wash your hands often, sneezing or coughing into a tissue, and staying home if you are sick,” Allread added. Meal distribution sites will be set up outside at each location and meals should not be consumed at that location, according to DVUSD. Those driving are advised to stay in your car and meals will be passed through to the driver, based on the number of children in the car.
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DDC West Valley in ‘hold ‘em’ mode, closes temporarily BY ERIC NEWMAN
Peoria Times Staff Writer
The Tohono O’odham Nation is not rolling the dice with public health. The Nation and the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise (TOGE) temporarily suspended gaming operations at the four Desert Diamond Casinos throughout Arizona, including Desert Diamond Casino West Valley in Glendale, due to concerns of COVID-19. The group of casinos suspended games at 11:59 p.m. March 18, on what TOGE group hopes is just a two-week hiatus. “In this unprecedented time, it is our duty to protect the community and collective action is needed to slow this virus. We are all in this together and I am proud to be a part of the vital Arizona Tribal Gaming community, which employs thousands of workers. I commend the other tribal casinos who are also making tough decisions for their own communities as well. It is in moments like these that our communities must rise to the challenge by relying on the shared values of compassion, collaboration and generosity that have inspired us for generations,” Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr. said. The closures came a week after the casino announced increased cleaning efforts and extra hand-sanitizing stations in crowded areas of the gaming floor. However, due to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations of social distancing, TOGE CEO Rudy Prieto said the temporary suspension of gaming was a necessary step. “This action is being taken to protect the safety of our team members, guests and the community. We will do everything we can to support our team members, including ensuring that they continue to be compensated during the planned closure,” Prieto
Desert Diamond Casino West Valley closed temporarily Thursday, March 19. (Peoria Times file photo)
said. “It is important that we all do our part in this uncertain time and we want to thank our guests and the Desert Diamond family for their patience and un-
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“The safety and wellbeing of our residents remains our highest priority,” Carlat said. “There are many challenges related to this pandemic, but one thing is clear— it will take each and every one of us working intentionally to reduce physical contact, to slow the spread of this virus.” The announcement came hours before Gov. Doug Ducey ordered strict measures, including banning eating in restaurants. Ducey closed bars, health clubs and movie theaters but allowed restaurants to remain open for takeout, curbside and delivery service. Carlat’s announcement came as county and state reports of positive tests increased significantly. Maricopa County started last week with nine COVID-19 cases. The number increased to 199 cases reported Tuesday, March 24. Carlat’s action “allows the flexibility to deploy emergency management measures as necessary, and ensures those within Peoria city borders can readily access state and federal assistance, as it is made available,” she said. The next day, Carlat announced in-person participation at Peoria City Council
meetings will be limited “due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.” Changes were to be effective for the council meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24. A live stream of the meeting was to be at facebook@cityofpeoriaaz and youtube@digitalpeoria. “Members of the public are encouraged not to attend the meeting in person but instead to attend and listen to the meeting remotely by viewing the meeting via the live stream broadcast,” Carlat said. Comments and questions regarding agenda items are now to be submitted via Facebook or emailed to cityclerk2@ peoriaaz.gov. The deadline for questions was 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24. In addition to viewing online, Peoria residents may also view the meeting live on Cox Channel 11 or CenturyLink Channel 8509. For the time being, public access to the council chamber will be restricted. A separate meeting room in the Pine Room of City Hall will be equipped to allow a limited number of persons to view and listen to the live stream broadcast of the meeting at that location. “Social distancing practices will also
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be used within this separate meeting room in order to protect public health,” Carlat said. The Pine Room is at 8401 W. Monroe Street. In her local emergency declaration, Carlat urged community members “to adhere to social distancing guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” including: • Restaurants, bars and dining establishments in areas of known community spread, which includes Maricopa County, should discourage dine-in customers and encourage curbside pickup or drive-through service. • Businesses should encourage telework, staggered shifts and alternate work solutions for their employees. • Gatherings and events of 10 or more people should be canceled. • Citizens should maintain a 6-foot distance between each other to reduce the risk of transmission. • Citizens are encouraged to stay home and avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips and social visits as much as possible. “It is time for each of us to do our part. It is time for us to remember that we are all Americans, that we are all in this together and that, with the spirit we have exhibited time and time again throughout our history, we can overcome any challenge by the unity of our
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shared conviction,” Carlat said. • All city events have been canceled and public facilities such as the Rio Vista Recreation Center, the Peoria Community Center, the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, the West Valley Art Museum, three city pools and both libraries will remain closed until further notice, Carlat said. • All city buildings will be closed to the public “to take further action to protect the health and safety of Peoria residents and mitigate the effects and spread of COVID-19,” Carlat added. “We will do everything necessary to assure a continuation of essential services for Peoria residents, as we strive to protect and preserve public health and prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Carlat said. Peoria previously canceled city-sponsored events, programs, sports and classes and closed some city facilities. With the closing of all city facilities to the public, limited city staff will be onsite and other city staff will be telecommuting. City Hall will have service counters for the city clerk and cashier “by appointment.” Carlat also noted Peoria water customer shutoffs will be suspended through May 10, “In an effort to support our residents during this exceptionally difficult time.” For more information on the city actions, call 623-773-7000 or visit peoriaaz.gov/covid19.
Bill waives requirement for schools to make up time BY HOWARD FISCHER Capitol Media Services
State lawmakers are weighing contingency plans in case public schools do not reopen soon—or at all this school year. SB 1693 introduced late March 18, March 18, spells out that if classes resume by March 30 there is no requirement for school districts to make up the lost days. It also would extend the window for required statewide standard assessment tests through the end of May. That March 30 date is not chosen by accident. That is the date that Superintendent Kathy Hoffman set for reopening following a two-week closure in response to the spread of COVID-19 and the fact that
teachers were calling in sick, leaving many classrooms without someone to lead them. But the legislation crafted by Rep. Michelle Udall, R-Mesa, and Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, has no such assumption that the emergency will be over by then. Indeed, Hoffman and Gov. Doug Ducey announced an extension of the school closure for another two weeks. If kids are not back in school March 30, the measure would suspend state laws that require there be a certain number of school days and instructional hours. It also would cancel the annual statewide achievement tests for this year and ensure that the letter grades now assigned to each school do not decline. But the most significant part would be to SEE BILL WAIVES PAGE 5
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require public schools to offer education services “in alternative formats’’ if they want to get their state aid. And it would allow schools to continue to pay employees to work from home or perform alternative assignments through the end of the school year. “Our students can’t afford to lose the last quarter of the school year,’’ Udall said in a prepared statement. “We trust our educators and school leaders to do everything in their power to ensure students have the stability and the opportunity to continue to learn during this challenging time.’’ Richie Taylor, spokesman for the state Department of Education, said his boss, state schools chief Kathy Hoffman, is still reviewing what was introduced to see how it would work. “We don’t have a lot of answers,’’ he said. But one big question, Taylor said, deals with the question of online learning. “Even in urban areas there are lots of students that don’t have access at home,’’ he said. Joe Thomas, president of the Arizona Education Association, said the legislation does provide a lot of flexibility. He said it can include online lessons for students with access to computers. But Thomas said it also provides the opportunity for teachers also to prepare and send home packets of materials for students to review. Thomas said there is no real reason that many things cannot be taught remotely. “You can take the SAT test online,’’ he said. But that, Thomas said, requires months of preparation, something the state does not have. “The trick is, we’re in kind of uncharted territory,’’ he said. And that, Thomas said, will require some creativity by educators. The easiest situations to take care of, he said, might be for specific subject teachers. Consider, Thomas said, someone teaching social studies and lessons for the next two weeks involving the Civil War. “Send out some readings, some assign-
ments, some enrichment activities,’’ he said. That last category, Thomas said, could be viewing a movie—one that would be interesting enough for a parent to also enjoy and then be able to discuss the issues with a child. And he said this isn’t a one-way street. Students could show what they know, for example, by preparing and sending back a journal. Even an open-book test is an option. “They’ll get that back to us, either email or some kind of form online or a packet,’’ Thomas said. “And we’ll grade that and that will be the grade they get for the assignment.’’ Udall, however, told Capitol Media Services there’s no reason that this kind of learning won’t work for students in lower grades. “I think this is a good opportunity, especially for those younger kids, to really hone in on some of those basic skills that, at this time of the year, can be reinforced,’’ she said. “And so if we have staff that are assigned at home with nothing else to do they can be calling kids and reading with them,’’ she explained. “They can be FaceTiming with kids and reading with them. There can be lots of way to ensure the kids are still learning something.’’ High school seniors present a bit of a different problem, as they want to get a diploma that will actually allow them to get into college. The legislation allows the state Board of Education to adopt rules to ensure that happens. “What we figure is if a student is on track to graduate this year that we’re not going to do anything to prevent them from graduating,’’ Udall said. The legislation also contains some provisions designed to provide financial flexibility. For example, Udall said, a school district may have money it received from the state which is earmarked for student transportation. With no need to use those dollars that way, the measure permits district officials to reallocate it to other priorities.
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Dems, Reps debate state budget in light of COVID-19
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Efforts to quickly enact an $11.8 billion “baseline’’ contingency budget for the coming fiscal year hit a snag Wednesday, March 18, as some Republicans questioned what is in the spending plan and Democrats are holding out for some priorities. The decision by the House to postpone floor debate came as some Democrats accused GOP colleagues of failing to take seriously the threat of COVID-19. They questioned why House Speaker Rusty Bowers chose to have a vote on a resolution supporting the government of Taiwan if there is a rush to adopt a spending plan and send lawmakers and staff home to get them out of situations where there are large groups and the possibility of contamination. “My objection is not to Taiwan,’’ said Rep. Jennifer Jermaine, D-Chandler. “It is to bringing this bill forward
today.’’ She said the focus should be on what is happening with the Arizona economy—and the failure of the Republican-controlled Legislature to adopt any measures to help out small businesses and the people who work for them. “Many of our small-business owners only have one month’s cushion,’’ Jermaine said. “Many of our workers have only two weeks’ of savings,’’ she continued. “People are coming up on that first missed paycheck and people are going to become homeRep. Anthony Kern, R-Glendale, tweeted a photo of himself and three other Republicans at a restaurant poking fun at an order issued earlier that day by Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego closing down bars and restaurants. (Peoria Times file photo)
less and businesses are shutting.’’ There also was a tweet posted by Rep. Anthony Kern, R-Glendale, of himself and three other Republicans out March 17 night at a restaurant poking fun at the order issued earlier that day by Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego closing down bars and restaurants to prevent the spread of the disease. “It’s 8:15 p.m. Do you know where Phoenix Mayor @KateWGallego is?’’ the tweet read, complete with hashtags of #resist and #freedomofassembly. Kern later took the tweet down. Rep. John Allen, R-Scottsdale, was unapologetic about pushing ahead with SCR 1025, which already had been approved by the Senate. He said Taiwan has been an important trade partner with Arizona and represents the will of 30 million of its citizens to remain free of China. Not all Democrats opposed approval of the resolution. Rep. Rosanna GabSEE STATE
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aldon of Tucson supported the measure, noting it comes as Tucson International Airport is negotiating with Taiwan to promote trade. But the question of how seriously some are taking the threat of COVID-19 came into sharp focus amid comments by Rep. Travis Grantham, R-Gilbert. “I’ve been shot at,’’ he told colleagues. “I’ve been given anthrax vaccinations, exposed to chemical weapons areas.’’ And then there is the question of numbers and risk. “Not to discount anybody’s opinion or concern about what’s going on in our country, 0.00000365 percent of the Arizona population is carrying a virus that to many young healthy individuals is no different than a common cold but is dangerous to some of our population,’’ Grantham said. “And those people should be taken care of and should exercise caution. Those comments drew a slap from Rep. Randy Friese, D-Tucson, who is a physician. “Mr. Grantham’s comments, I think
Peoria Times we need to be very aware of the epidemiology of a viral illness,’’ he said, and the fact that the current low rate of infection is not an indication of the lack of a hazard. “The slope of that curve may be quite low right now,’’ Friese said. “But that slope will be changing rapidly and creating an exponential of mathematical curve.’’ Questions of the virility of the virus aside, House Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez blasted Republican leadership for wanting to simply adopt a baseline budget and go home. She said lawmakers have an obligation to deal with the real effects of the outbreak—and the fallout from shuttered businesses, reduced tourism and general weakening of the economy. For example, she noted that the Republican-controlled Legislature added a requirement several years ago that adults receiving food stamps must go out and look for work and take any available job. Fernandez said there are no jobs available. “And do we want people who may be
ill to be out there looking for work?’’ she asked. A similar requirement exists for those getting unemployment insurance. Fernandez also wants some protections for what happens as people cannot pay their rent, both to keep them in their homes and apartments and provide financial relief for landlords who will not be able to collect monthly payments. Bowers defended the push to simply enact a baseline budget and shut down the Legislature for some period of time. “All these functions of government are preserved going forward,’’ he said. Anything else, Bowers said, can wait until lawmakers return. The question remains of whether there are the votes to simply adopt a baseline budget and leave. On the House side, Rep. David Cook, R-Globe, questioned the delay in approving $20 million to construct a bridge across Tonto Creek, where three children were swept away last year. Across the courtyard, Senate Pres-
ident Karen Fann, R-Prescott, finds she does not currently have a working majority among Republicans, with two of her members staying away to avoid possible contamination. And, unlike the House, the Senate is not planning to allow remote voting. That means Fann needs the cooperation of Senate Minority Leader David Bradley, D-Tucson, to approve a new budget. And Bradley and the Democrats are likely to insist on some relief for those affected by the virus. While the plan is billed as simply current funding plus inflation and population growth, there is some new money in there. It includes $67.8 million in additional “district additional assistance,’’ restoring funds that were cut from schools during the recession. There also is $30 million spread over this fiscal year and next for new locks at some state prisons as well as a plan to convert some of the facilities from swamp coolers. But the issue there is not inmate comfort but the fact that the coolers keep the air damp and promote rust in the locks.
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Area Boys and Girls Clubs open as schools close BY ERIC NEWMAN
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With schools across the state closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Valley opened its doors to impacted families to provide childcare. Many of the clubs in Maricopa County expanded their hours to care for children of working parents. Capacity is limited and priority is being given to children of health care employees, public safety, state workers and other essential workers, according to Cassidy Campana, a spokeswoman with Boys and Girls Clubs of the Valley. She said children will be provided a pre-packaged breakfast, lunch and a snack throughout the day. The attendees will have a relatively normal day of activities, with enhanced safety and cleaning precautions added to protect against the spread of the virus. “We know our members well and know that many don’t have access to other child care options. So, even though
it was a significant decision because it involves our staff and is a financial risk, we felt strongly that we had to be there and be a safety net and help the kids get meals and a safe place to stay while their parents or caretakers are out working,” Campana said. Gov. Doug Ducey announced emergency funding on March 15 to support the expanded services. “Today we announced a two-week closure of Arizona schools, and our office will be working closely with partners in the nonprofit, faith-based and education communities—such as the Boys & Girls Club—to make available childcare options and assistance to families who need it. My sincere thanks to the Boys & Girls Clubs Arizona Alliance and every-
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exhibit symptoms will not be permitted entry. Annual youth (ages 6-12) membership dues are $30. Monthly school-year youth program fees are just $25 per month in most Phoenix/West Valley clubs. Annual teen membership dues are $15. There are no monthly fees for teens. Boys and Girls Clubs of the Valley locations include: • Louis & Elizabeth Sands Branch, 4730 W. Grovers Avenue, Glendale, 602-375-0400. • Swift Kids Branch, 6420 W. Maryland Avenue, Glendale; 623-9396952. • Jerry and Helen Wisotsky Peoria Branch; 11820 N. 81st Avenue, Peoria; 623-979-3559. • Ed Robson Branch, 15815 N. 59th Avenue, Phoenix; 602-449-2850. • Jerry Colangelo Branch, 1755 N. 34th Avenue, Phoenix; 602-424-0410. Most clubs are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, visit bgcmp.org.
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Muscato to help seniors with groceries, meds
BY ERIC NEWMAN
away from their families and don’t have anybody to help them, which is very scary,” Muscato said. The volunteers already doing other duties for him were transitioned into a new role. “We have a volunteer base with a lot of young, healthy
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Michael Muscato, who plans to challenge Rep. Debbie Lesko for her District 8 seat, said he has created a task force to help seniors combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We have a volunteer team that will go pick up groceries, deliver food boxes from the food bank, and pick up prescriptions and deliver them to the homes of seniors throughout the district. We will do this as often as needed,” said Muscato, who lives in Peoria. District 8 includes parts of Avondale, Litchfield Park, Tolleson, Glendale and Peoria. Seniors and those with histories of immune or respiratory issues are at high risk of death from COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and have been advised to stay home as much as possible and avoid crowds. Moscato said seniors can call 623-850-3294 or email michael@ muscato4congress.com to request pick-up of paid-for items. They will be delivered free of charge, he said. “From everything that we’re hearing, things as simple as going to a grocery store or going to pick up their medication are going to be very problematic,” Muscato said. “And, my thought is that, regardless of my politics, everyone here is family to me. So, I want my team to give whatever help we can.” The idea, Muscato said, came to him because his campaign all but stopped due to the virus. While unable to attend most events or knock on doors, the team of volunteers was mostly making phone calls and advocating for him through social media. He said he simply started calling potential voters, asked them if they were doing well and offered his time and personal support. “Based on their response, it was obvious to me that there are a lot of elderly people out here that are
Michael Muscato created the CD8 Task Force to help seniors affected by COVID-19. (Photo courtesy Michael Muscato)
people that are practicing social distancing and doing all the smart things we’re being told to do. And these volunteers want to make a difference for the community and are willing to do what it takes.” And, while the volunteering of time and services with the task force might look good for a political campaign, Muscato said there are more important issues to be considering. “I don’t care if I win or lose this at this point. The election is the last thing in my mind. This is literally about potentially, and I hope it doesn’t get to this point, but this is about protecting and saving as many people as we possibly can,” he said. Muscato is looking for more volunteers for the task force as well. To sign up visit muscato4congress. com/cd8-task-force or call 623850-3294.
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Pandemic makes us aware of unsung heroes in life Newspaper writers have long made a living penning “thank you” notes to the brave. The police officer who falls in the line of duty. The firefighter who runs toward the burning building while the rest of us flee. The young soldier murdered by an enemy bullet on a battlefield half a world from home. There is no disputing we should cover in glory the most courageous among us, to give them their rightful recognition. But then suddenly a virus breaks out, spreading disease and chaos, and, like the rest of us, the people who fill newspapers with words are forced to consider things from a different perspective. What is bravery now? Who deserves our accolades and gratitude? In asking these questions, I don’t mean to diminish the heroism of our first responders
and soldiers, who are still better humans than many of us can ever hope to be. My aim instead is to expand the ranks of those we judge brave and to give respect to people who often get none. Like the cashier who checked me out at Bashas’ yesterday and the store employees who unloaded trucks and stocked shelves. Like the Walgreen’s pharmacy clerk who filled my prescription and told me to “stay safe” as a goodbye. And like the men and women we never see—the farm workers, factory laborers, warehousemen and truck drivers who make up what the pundits on TV suddenly like to opine about as “the American supply chain.” Thank you, each of you, for what you do. If we never thought about you much
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before, that was partly from ignorance, but also because you’re so good at your jobs we’ve been able to take you for granted. Maybe that’s the rare bright spot created by crisis: In being forced to look at life anew, we see what before we neglected. So, thank you. The same goes for health care workers, from the maintenance staff mopping floors and sanitizing surfaces to the nurses and doctors and support staff working around the clock to find enough beds for the virus-laden and our other sick neighbors. The public health system in Arizona and nationally may prove inadequate to handle COVID-19, but that failure will not come because the humans who work within the system demonstrated lack of effort. Just like firefighters facing down a fully engulfed building, right now there are medical professionals who may lack the proper protective gear and all the necessary supplies but who are prepared to risk their lives to save yours regardless. If that isn’t bravery, then I have no idea what is. Somewhere right now, letters and parcels are on the move. Airline employees
are disinfecting a jetliner to fly a few hundred people to comfort sick family members or reunite with anxious loved ones. An hourly worker, fretting about layoffs, is leaning out the drive-through window to pass along coffee, donuts or lunch. Typically, these transactions are throwaway moments in a busy day. We complain because a delivery takes too long, or we wave off the change, more because we don’t want dimes rolling around the car console than we want to fill the tip jar in gratitude. Sometimes we mutter “thanks.” And every once in a while, we congratulate ourselves because we were extra special nice to the bag boy, the barista or the Uber driver. These are different times, though. And maybe they won’t be bad in every possible way. Maybe we will see with new eyes and a new sense of respect the dignity and courage of those who before we never bothered to notice. Maybe coronavirus is one of those things that, if it doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger. David Leibowitz has called the Valley home since 1995. Contact email@example.com
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Peoria Times Managing Editor
The tough times for local restaurants went to another level last weekend. By order of Gov. Doug Ducey, as of Saturday, March 21, there will be no more dine-in eating at restaurants and bars in Maricopa County. The move is temporary, aimed at helping slow the spread of COVID-19. It should be noted that Ducey was not closing restaurants. He stated in his Thursday, March 19, order, restaurants should “provide dine-out options only.” Some good news in the announcement: “To assist in mitigating the financial consequences of restaurant closures, the executive order also allows restaurants to deliver alcoholic beverages with the purchase of food.” Many West Valley restaurants remain open, providing curbside and in-store pickup, as well as delivery. Among the restaurants that are open: Bubba’s 33, 16100 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Drive, Peoria; 623412-9933. While the Bubba’s 33 dining room is
Business Briefcase temporarily converted for takeout only, the restaurant will remain open for curbside to-go orders. For additional meals, guests can order online, through the website or app, or by phone. “To help feed local families,” at 3:33 p.m. Friday, March 27, Bubba’s 33 will give away 33 free pizzas to the first 33 cars in line Limit one meal per car. Biscuits Café, 24812 N. 67th Ave-
nue, Peoria; 623-215-4869; or 19420 N. 59th Avenue, Glendale; 623-3762440. This is some serious comfort food, breakfast (think biscuits and gravy) or lunch (French dip, Reuben). Biscuits is open for takeout and delivery. For door dash delivery: doordash.com/business/ biscuits-cafe-41088. Bibianos Mexican Restaurant, 10651 W. Olive Avenue, No. 106, Peoria; 623-972-0202. “Yes, we are open,” Bibiano’s posted over the weekend. “We are taking extra measures to make sure everyone is safe. We are constantly monitoring the situation and will make changes as
needed. “At this time we can only offer takeout. You can call your order in or place
it online at bibianos.com. We are also partnered with #UberEats, #Postmates and #DoorDash. “Thank you for your continued support through this tough time. You are allowing us to keep our employees working. We appreciate you all!” Peoria Cafe Family Restaurant, 8405 W. Peoria Avenue, Peoria, Arizona; 623-979-7873, A Facebook post Sunday night shows this place is not just open, but taking care of the people who are taking care of people: “Calling all healthcare workers! As a special thank you, we are offering 50% off your total bill when you order curbside takeout.” Peoria Cafe Family Restaurant also started offering delivery, just in time … Mercer’s Restaurant, 9720 W. Peoria Avenue, Suite 101, Peoria; 623972-0933. The homestyle eatery posted Sunday, March 22, that it was ready to start takeout/curbside pick-up of the likes of banana walnut pancakes and chicken fried steak. Oscar’s Taco Shop, 5350 W. Bell Road, Surprise; 623-214-2112. After recently celebrating its grand opening, Oscar’s remains open for takeout. Oscar’s also uses Door Dash for delivery service.
Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, 5670 W. Peoria Avenue; 623979-3500. It’s not just about the burros and enchiladas, the Mexican drinks experience also continues here. “Margaritas, sangria and Ceverza now available for takeout,” said a post Saturday. Jimmy John’s, 7708 W. Bell Road and 18589 N. 59th Avenue, Glendale; 602-993-1499. Nice story of a man who came in and ordered three sandwiches, last week. “Before he exited our restaurant, he left a $125 tip for the workers to help them in their time of need.” Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, 16067 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Drive, Peoria; 623-773-0500. Talk about sharing the love, on Facebook: “Just a friendly reminder that we are still #OpenForDelivery (applause emoji) and we’re not the only ones! Our friends at Viva Chicken are too. Join us in supporting local businesses in our community! We will get through this together!” The Haymaker Restaurant Co., 24762 N. Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria; 623-566-1515. A happy-sad post, for these troubled-but-hopeful times: “Thank you Peoria! We sold enough food to pay for our current staff for the week! All other profits are being held to give back to the staff we had to lay off (Goodyear location closed). We cannot thank you enough for the local support! “We WILL get through this!” Amen. And pass the mashed potatoes. This list will continue next week. To add your favorite restaurant that remains open, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Biscuits Cafe, Bibianos Mexican Restaurant, Mercer’s Restaurant and Peoria Cafe Family Restaurant are a few Peoria restaurants still open. (Photos courtesy Biscuits, Bibiano’s, Mercer’s and Peoria Cafe)
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BY ERIC NEWMAN
Peoria Times Staff Writer
Just before high school sports were suspended indefinitely, Mountain Ridge baseball was one of the last high school teams competing in Arizona. The Mountain Lions played at the Boras Baseball Classic at Corona del Sol High School on March 14. Many schools had already stopped competition due to COVID-19, while other games and events were simply postponed due to the days of rain. Two days before the AIA suspended the regular season at a March 16 meeting, the Mountain Lions were locked in a heated weekend battle on the final day of the tournament. They went into the final inning down 2-1 to Copper Hills High of Utah. Then, senior Brock Arnold knocked in two runs with a hit into left field to take a 3-2 lead. He smiled, standing on the base as he watched his teammates celebrate in the dugout. The moment was another happy memory these Mountain Lions have created in their baseball careers. “We’re having so much fun together. I mean, so many of us have been playing together for years,” Arnold said. Of the 19 players on the roster, 12 are seniors that have seen the program reach the state playoff final in 2018 and take a sub-.500 team to the semifinal last season. Several of them have played baseball—even T-ball for a few—with and against each other since they were in grade school. They have grown into a talented team with several garnering college baseball offers. “We’ve been waiting for this class. Even last year, we knew these guys would all come up together and use that experience of playing together,” coach Artie Cox said. “So yeah, they’ve been so special.” The whole Mountain Lion squad cheered as senior pitcher Brock Peery closed a victory. Peery signed to play
ball at Arizona State University. At least for a few hours on a warm, sunny day in Tempe, the focus was not on the virus, nor its impacts on school closures and the baseball season. In a postgame huddle, Cox provided instruction to players on how to improve on fielding, hitting and baserunning errors that almost cost Mountain Ridge the game. The team talked about how it could compete for a state championship if the tournament is still on. Mostly, things seemed normal for just a moment. “If we can clean those things up, we should be able to make another nice run, we’re hoping,” Cox said.
Senior Brock Peery pitches the final out in Mountain Ridge’s 3-2 victory over Copper Hills March 14. (Peoria Times photos by Eric Newman)
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AIA votes to not cancel or postpone spring championship season BY TRAVIS WHITTAKER Cronkite News
The outbreak of COVID-19 has disrupted sporting events over the world, but the Arizona Interscholastic Association provided a hint of normalcy Monday, March 16. The AIA Board announced that it still hopes to resume spring sports at some point soon, including holding the championships. Gov. Doug Ducey and Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman announced March 15 the closure of all Arizona schools through March 27, then extended that by another two weeks. Official competition is suspended, but the AIA has left it to the discretion of the schools and districts if teams wish to practice at a later date. The first step is getting student-athletes back in the classroom. David Hines, the AIA’s executive director, said he is monitoring all of the changes, announcements and recommendations around the clock. “We are going to look at that more hourly than daily,” Hines said. “Things are changing so fast. We’re going to
pay attention to what the medical professionals, the state health department and the governor’s office (say). “We need to let the professionals give us information and follow the decree of the governor,” Hines said. “We will let the experts tell us, ‘Hey, we made progress and you can go back or not. We are going to have to continue this on.’ It’s just such an unknown. The board really wanted to give the kids an option if we were able to go back to school.” The AIA also said it would support a school’s district decision to extend the two-week stoppage if an individual district felt that extension was warranted. In Arizona, several schools played baseball games March 13. There was an invitational tournament at Warren Ballpark in Bisbee on Saturday, March 14, in which Tombstone High School played a doubleheader against Benson and San Manuel high schools. Since then, all contests have been canceled. “We could extend the season but we would not make that determination without a lot of communication be-
tween our schools and membership,” Hines said. “Any contest completed before today would be included in our power rankings.” Looking ahead to fall sports, football would normally hold spring practices at this time of year, but those practices fall under the same guidelines. “Our protocol is going to pretty much be the same,” Hines said. “If we can get back to school then we will continue with doing what we are doing. If they get to the point where they say there is no school then all activities will conclude, including spring practice.” The AIA planned to meet with the conference chairs this week to discuss potential protocols and a course of action when they are able to return. “We have to have a plan in place if we are going to move forward,” Hines said. “We are educational athletics and there are times where things go our way and we are really glad for that, and sometimes there’s things that don’t go our way. We have to be able to learn from those times and make the best out of it that we can. We are going to do whatever we can to help those kids.”
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The Red Sands Writers Circle is taking its writing workshop online from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 28. Participants are encouraged to share a draft of 2,000 words or less for feedback from fellow writers. The meeting will be hosted over Zoom, an online video conferencing platform. RSVP at meetup.com. To join, visit zoom. us/j/587399949 when the meeting begins.
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Wind down at the end of the week with a guided meditation from 9:15 to 10:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 28. The meeting will be hosted over Zoom, an online video conferencing platform. The session will cover the basics of meditation practice. To join, visit zoom. us/j/7688144831 when the meeting begins.
Make Money Teaching on YouTube
Learn the opportunities YouTube can offer teachers from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31. To join the YouTube live class, visit youtube.com/c/youtubebootcamp.
Hang Out and Write
Find your fellow writing friends at Red Sands Writers Circle’s motivational writing event. At this virtual meeting, there will not be any critiques, just a commitment to write or edit from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 31. There will be designated quiet times to focus on drafts as well as breaks to rest and chitchat before hitting the keyboard again. To join, visit zoom.us/j/493141914 when the meeting begins.
Gut Health and Hormones Webinar
Arizona Natural Health Center is hosting a free webinar on digestive health from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31. The meeting focuses on gut health issues, bloating, pain, weight gain, food sensitivities, autoimmune conditions
Women’s Networking Alliance Meeting
The Arizona chapters of Women’s Networking Alliance warmly invite female business owners to a virtual networking meeting from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 31. For more information, email email@example.com or visit womensnetworkingalliance.com.
READING AND LEARNING Scholastic Learn at Home
Children stuck at home due to school closures are in luck. Scholastic has opened up an extensive library reserve of free digital curricular resources. Daily learning journeys are offered for primary and secondary education students and cover a variety of interesting subjects including science, STEM, English language arts and social-emotional learning. The publisher also has materials to teach young people how to prevent disease during the coronavirus outbreak. To view online materials, visit classroommagazines.scholastic.com.
Harper at Home
HarperCollins Children’s Books is taking to social media to share daily story times, learning materials and activities for young readers. Authors, illustrators and Harper staff are chiming in to bring this opportunity to children affected by school closures. Parents can connect young readers to interactive materials on Instagram @harperkids, middle grade readers can tune in on YouTube on the channel “Shelf Stuff,” and teens can stay connected on Twitter @epicreads.
Celebrities, including Amy Adams and Jennifer Garner, are teaming up to share videos of themselves reading children’s books on Instagram. The initiative’s goal is to raise money for children affected by school closures who no longer have access to school-provided meals. Although it is free to listen along to the stories, the celebrities encourage a
one-time donation of $10 to support these impacted students. To enjoy the story times, follow @savewithstories on Instagram.
Read to Sleep
Penguin Random House encourages people to better rest and better reading this year with its “Read to Sleep” challenge, encouraging people to put down the phone and pick up a book before bed. Follow along on social media using #ReadtoSleep to enter to win a bedding set and 25 books of your choice. Participants must enter the reading challenge before March 31. For rules and details, visit penguinrandomhouselibrary.com.
West Valley libraries use the cloudlibrary app, which you can download to iOS, Android, Mac or PC in order to access a wide range of eBooks and online audiobooks. The online reserve provides access to more than 40,000 items, many of which are available at the click of a button.
PBS Learning Media
ArizonaPBS and PBS have curated free educational materials including videos, interactive activities, lesson plans and more. Fun lecture topics include “The Dystopia of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ” “The Power of Sadness in ‘Inside Out,’ ” and “Measuring with Martha in the Doghouse.” To view the archive, visit az.pbslearningmedia.org.
ARTS AND CREATIVITY Lunch Doodle with Mo Willems
Mo Willems, the artist-in-residence at Kennedy Center Education, is taking his art lessons live at 10 a.m. daily. Online attendees will learn how to draw his iconic pigeon and pig doodles. Artists wanting to draw along with Willems will need to grab a paper and some pencils, pens or crayons. For more information, visit kennedy-center.org.
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Jarret J. Krosoczka, the author and illustrator of “Hey, Kiddo,” will record a video for YouTube every weekday at 11 a.m. during this period of self isolation. To view his interactive art videos, visit youtube.com/studiojjk.
Social Media Live Concerts
Musical artists are banding together to bring music to their listeners over social media. Pianist Igor Levit is broadcasting his “House Concerts” nightly over Twitter @igorpianist. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is using #SongsofComfort to connect his fans to short pieces of music that bring him peace over Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Bass singer Matthew Rose and cellist Steven Isserlis are creating
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a dialogue online over Twitter where they introduce each other to new music each day.
Work with the kids to organize printed photographs to create a family scrapbook. Scrapbook.com has its own YouTube channel with colorful, creative scrapbook ideas and inspiration. The channel recently launched a free instructional miniseries titled “Soul Healing Art” for those stuck at home and wanting to find a new creative routine.
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nizes video playback and adds group chats to Netflix viewing. This way, people can host movie nights with friends and loved ones, even if they live in a different state, who are self-quarantining at home. For more information, visit netflixparty.com.
Spotify Collaborative Playlists
Spotify, a music streaming service, allows users to team up with friends to create collaborative playlists. Anyone on the collaboration team can add, delete and reorder the music tracks. Grab some friends, choose a playlist theme, and work together to create a personalized playlist together over Spotify. For information, visit spotify.com.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
With Monterey Bay’s 10 live cameras, virtual visitors can see everything from sharks to moon jellies from the comfort of their living room couch. The aquarium has cameras dedicated to specific habitats, including the kelp forest and coral reef. There is even a camera that can transport viewers straight to the shoreline with soothing views of the beach. To tune into the aquarium’s live cameras, visit montereybayaquarium.org.
KonMari Declutter Challenge
Marie Kondo challenges people to declutter and organize their homes using an expert organizational strategy she dubs the KonMari method. People can learn her method in the Netflix series “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” in her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” or on her YouTube channel, “Marie Kondo.”
Enjoy this famous New York museum tour from the comfort of your own home. Google Maps street view feature allows visitors to meander the museum’s Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary era art. For more information, visit artsandculture.google.com.
Now is as good a time as any to dust off the blinds, wash the comforter and disinfect all surfaces. The CDC recommends giving extra attention to tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets and sinks. For information on which disinfectants are effective for COVID-19, visit cdc.gov.
Practice Cooking Skills
The Washington Post has launched a new YouTube series titled “The Quarantine Cooking Show.” For those stuck at home without fresh produce, the series demonstrates ways to make the most out of whatever might be lying around in your pantry.
Children can learn about farm life with eleven vir tual farm tours featuring minks, pigs, cows, apples, eggs and more. To take a tour through a variety of Canadian farms, visit farmfood360.ca.
NASA’s Curiosity Rover allows viewers to take a peek at the surface of Mars in a 360 mode. To view Mars’ surface, visit accessmars.withgoogle.com.
Founded in 1971, this virtual volunteering organization is working on creating the largest cultural artifact digital library. Online volunteers can help the project by transcribing books into a digital form and proofreading others’ work. For information on how to get involved, visit gutenberg.org.
Translators Without Borders
Netflix, the entertainment streaming service, recently launched a Chrome extension for watching Netflix remotely with friends. The extension synchro-
Those who know two or more languages are encouraged to check out this nonprofit organization that focuses on humanitarian aid through translation. The online volunteers provide translations of medical texts and crisis response communication for interna-
tional organizations. For application information, view translatorswithoutborders.org.
More Love Letters
More Love Letters hand selects four letter requests to publish on its website each month. These letter requests are designed to cheer on and encourage people who are in need of some words of love. Volunteers craft personalized “love letters” at their own pace each month. For more information, visit moreloveletters.com.
EXERCISE Virtual Runs
With new COVID-19 community event regulations in place, many in-person races have been canceled and transitioned to virtual races. This gives people across the country an opportunity to “join races” from home, running and tracking mile times from their own trails, parks or neighborhoods. Prices vary by race. To find virtual races, visit virtualrunevents.com.
Avoid the gym and practice yoga from your living room with YouTube yoga tutorials. Several YouTubers, including Yoga with Adriene, offer free yoga programs online. There are a variety of yoga video types online, including videos for beginners, those battling anxiety, those wanting to strengthen core muscles and more. Namaste.
Sunrise Mountain Trail
Hit the trail early for this 4-mile loop. Parking is available at Westwing Park, 27100 Westwing Parkway, Peoria. The park is open from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily. Dogs are allowed on the trail but must be kept on a leash.
Calderwood Butte Trail
This 1.5-mile loop is perfect for a quick morning or evening stroll with beautiful desert scenery. The trail is primarily used for hiking a mountain biking. Dogs are allowed on the trail but must be kept on a leash. The trailhead is west of 99th Avenue and Redbird Road in Peoria.
Peoria New River Trail
Located near a river, this picturesque trail only gains 200 feet in elevation over a 16.8-mile loop. The trail is good for easy hiking, walking, running and road biking. Look for the trailhead on the southwest corner of Deer Valley Road and 75th Avenue.
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Study: Arizona hospitals could be overwhelmed by COVID-19 case surge BY CHRISTOPHER SCRAGG Cronkite News
A surge in coronavirus patients could overwhelm Arizona hospitals in the coming months if action is not taken now to expand hospital capacity and curb infections, according to a new study by the Harvard Global Health Institute. And the state is not alone. The study, published March 17 with ProPublica and the New York Times, says American hospitals face a “daunting” future that other parts of the world have seen, said one of the report’s authors. “Without seeing the numbers, the risk seems theoretical,” said Thomas Tsai, a surgeon and one of the project leads at Harvard. “But looking at the numbers it really breaks through the notion that somehow we’re different from the rest of the world.”
Arizona health experts said they are well aware of the potential danger and doing all they can to prepare. But they also warned that the numbers in the report “paint a worst-case scenario” and worry it will cause more alarm than necessary. “It’s something that we need to take with caution because if you look at their modeling, the way they did the numbers, it’s based on assumptions that may or may not happen,” said Holly Ward, a spokeswoman for the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association. The report looked at the average number of available hospital beds in each of 305 designated hospital “referral regions” in the country. It compared that to the number of patients that could be expected to flood hospitals under nine different scenarios: When 20%, 40% or 60% of adults were infected with the coronavirus over a span of six, 12 or 18 months.
In most of the scenarios, the report said, “the sheer number of patients at risk for COVID-19 may overwhelm the system if preparations are not taken.” Arizona has four such regions, the largest being Phoenix and Tucson, which respectively have 2,567 hospital beds and 1,184 beds available on average. The two smallest, Mesa and Sun City, average 648 and 364 unoccupied beds. In all but the most-mild scenarios, capacity in each of Arizona’s four regions was quickly reached or exceeded. In more dire predictions, hospitals would end up with just a fraction of the beds needed to treat the influx of patients. Mark Coleman, a registered nurse in Phoenix, said as coronavirus patients begin to increase, he fears shortages of beds and other supplies will lead Arizona to experience issues similar to what New York is
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When ‘it is what it is’ isn’t what it is CHURCH COMMUNITY CONNECTION Pastor Ed Delph
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Most of you have heard of the expression “it is what it is.” Usually, people use this expression when they feel they are working with an impossible situation they have no control over. They feel resigned to the fact that the situation will never change. Fair enough. Some things are that way. Here’s an example of what I mean. Coffins in the Victorian period came equipped with an extensive system of the bell. There was a rope in the deceased person’s hand that went up out of the coffin, above the ground and to the top of the gravestone upon which a bell was attached. This was just in case
the person woke up while in the coffin. Gravediggers were sometimes paid to keep watch over the graves to hear the bell go off. This is where the term “saved by the bell” came from. In other words, the future deceased person didn’t want to accept “it is what it is.” They were thinking, “It is what it is, or is it?” They had the hope they could be saved by the bell. Nice try, but as far as this life on earth, “it is what it is.” There are other cases where “it is what it is” is not true at all. In the 1400s, there were maps of the world showing the known world of that time. When the map got to the end of what was known, the cartographers of that time suggested the possibility of dragons. These dragon
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drawings implied, “Beyond this, there be dragons.” My point here concerning the current, worldwide, coronavirus crisis is this: Is this all there, or is it? Will coronavirus rule the world forever? Am I doomed to waiting in long lines for toilet paper forever? Will I be afraid of flying and other people forever? Will the stock market ever recover? A great percentage of us are thinking, “Of course not.” What’s the problem? May I say, even though many of us don’t believe the paragraph above, many of us are living as we do believe it. We’ve traded our plan of attack for a panic attack, sanity for insanity. Fear has taken us to “it is what it is.” This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use wisdom, conservation and some social distancing when possible. But please don’t allow panic to transport you to self-preservation. First, coronavirus is a threat and will affect the world, no question, probably for the short term. But prayer is going up all over the world, hopefully for the long term. Smart, concerned, quality people are working on containing it, maybe even eliminating it. People are getting smarter on hygiene, which has been needed for a while now. Flying will soon be as safe hygienically as it is delivering passengers safely. We’ve met challenges like SARS, swine flu, bird flu, Ebola and Zika, and we probably will now. We may not eliminate these, but we know how to avoid these. Second, don’t let this crisis take you to the dark side. As they say, there’s no problem until there’s a problem. We have been spoiled for so long that we don’t know how to respond when we don’t instantly get our way, or we have our freedoms limited. Freedom should not make us “free to be dumb.” Can you believe the hoarding and plundering of food, toilet paper and the like? It’s revealing where people really are: Me, myself and I. You’re better than that.
Third, don’t make major decisions on incomplete or unreliable data. Data is still coming in. Don’t freak out. I love Italy and China, but we are not Italy or China. Our situation is different. Pray for them! James Clear says, “In a world where information is abundant and easy to access, the real advantage is knowing where to focus. When the world seems uncontrollable, focus on what you can control. Return to your habits.” Last, allow this crisis to transport you to your good side. Positive signs are everywhere. Despite all the negative Facebook videos, people are starting to be courteous to one another. Recently, someone left a $1,000 tip to the employees of a restaurant. Even the United States’ deeply divided legislatures are beginning to work together for the benefit of the country with the president. That’s a change. Think about it. In my opinion, as a society, we were headed the wrong way. Selfishness, greed, power, present-mindedness, political motivation, disdain of others, interest-group bubbles and the like. Maybe amid this, God is trying to return us back to our future. Maybe the fear we’ve been feeling points to the God we’ve been missing. Maybe God is saying, “I love you more than you currently understand. I’m not paying you back; I’m bringing you back.” The greatest tragedy of this tragedy would be to learn nothing, go nowhere, paralyzed by fear. In other words, the greatest tragedy of this tragedy would be not to grow from the tragedy. We would be like those people in the Victorian period inside of their coffin waiting to be saved by the bell. By the way, the bell won’t save you, but Jesus will. Just saying! To learn more about Pastor Ed Delph, the Church-Community Connection and Nation strategy, call 623-376-6757, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit nationstrategy.com.
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How to keep kids positively active and creatively challenged at home BY PAULA HOGENMILLER
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Finding creative ways to engage young children at home while you are also busy managing all you need to do in this ever- changing time is a challenge. But there are many resources to help. Babble Dabble has many art and science activities you can do at home using common household items. Visit babbledabbledo.com. Breaking up the day with fun movement as well as mindfulness activities for children can be enhanced by using GoNoodle. Visit family.gonoodle.com. Many publishers are making their resources available to families through links such as classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html. Young children are naturally interested in new challenges. Here are a few ways to get their brains (and feet) going around the house: “Hide” playing cards—if you don’t have a deck of cards, use index cards, post-it notes or small paper—around the house and see if your child can find the one that has the number that: • Matches the child’s age • Matches how many pets you have • Matches how many people are home • Matches how many plants are in the house (or the number of plants they can see from a window)
• Matches how many boxes of cereal (crackers, pasta) you have For children more advanced in mathematical thinking, give them a problem to solve where they have to find the card that answers that problem such as: • How many cookies would you have if I gave you three and then two Online sites offer a variety of activity ideas to help keep kids creatively active at home. (Photo courtesy Scholastic.com) more? • How many chairs are in the kitchen and the dining room? natural creativity and enhance letter-sound Clipboards are a big hit! If you don’t • If I take away two chairs, how many association and spelling. You can provide have one, use a tablet or book with paper would we have then? story starters such as, “What if an air bal- attached with a clip or tape. Children can • We have five bananas and we are going loon landed in our yard?” Or they can write take “do you like” surveys by asking anyto eat two for lunch. How many are left? about their favorite animal, game or activ- one at home, or available by phone/text/ Every time they make a discovery, you ity. email to answer important yes/no quescan create another. The kids can join in Encourage kindergarten-aged students tions such as, “Do you like bananas?” the fun and be inspired to help come up and older to write phonetically. For exCreate a simple survey response by writwith more problems to solve. ample, if they want you to spell “park,” ing the headings “yes” and “no” at the top An alphabet variation is to post letters ask them to write the sounds they hear. and a line down the middle. Your child can around their environment and ask them They may write “pk,” which represents then record a tally mark for each response. to find the letter that a word for a familiar the word at their stage of development. If they know how to spell names, they can object starts with, such as leg, fork, apple, Preschool students typically use only write the names instead of tally marks. puzzle, can, game and door. It is best to pictures and dictate their stories to you. You can also have a readymade list of avoid blends at the beginning of words Drawing and writing about observa- people’s names for them to copy from such as “stairs,” because it can be hard to tions in your yard really helps children as they complete their surveys. They can hear the first sound. to focus on details. How many birds do then announce the results of the survey Have your child write stories using pic- they see? Are any plants growing flow- to all participants! tures and as many letters/words as your ers? Do they hear any dogs barking? Young children are happy to include child knows. This is a great way to build on Are any insects moving around? stuffed animals and pets as respondents.
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