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Inventory/Supply is growing (67% of normal) Demand is weakening (91% of normal) Loan delinquency close to normal Foreclosures already below normal Short sales dropping very fast Normal buyers gaining market share 61% -> 78% Financed transactions increasing and cash transactions falling.

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Paddleboard Store Glides into East Mesa Mesa couple Court and Heather Fetter used to escape the heat with an annual summer trip to California, where they would water ski and surf. After recently discovering stand up paddleboarding, they realized this is something they could Paddleboarders enjoy family fun with their NoSnow rentals at lower Salt River in Mesa. bring back to Arizona. The duo founded NoSnow Stand Up perfect fit with the proximity to Paddleboards, one of the only stores Saguaro and Canyon lakes, as well as of its kind in the Valley, at Power and the lower Salt River. The convenience Thomas roads. Now Arizona residents of location and selection of boards can easily get in on the fun. is something the couple prides “It evolved from spending summer themselves on. trips to San Diego to surf and then “We’re not looking to make a million two years back, he (Court) started dollars. Our goal is to have in stock paddleboarding and realized that what the people want,” Court said. paddleboards conveys to the flat- “Being able to walk in and out with water terrain in Arizona very well,” a board is hard to find. It’s kind of a Heather said. “Once we realized that lost art and we are competitive with you don’t need waves and no ocean Internet pricing.” was required, we just went from there.” The store plans to expand its selection Friends started becoming interested to more than 100 paddleboards. The in the sport and soon enough there Fetters hope to have a location large was a demand to rent and sell stand up enough to hold an above-ground pool paddleboards, so the Fetters started a for patrons to test the boards and business out of their garage. learn before heading out to the lake. “Pretty soon all of our friends saw Paddleboarding is much easier to all of our social media posts of us at learn than surfing and is a family Saguaro Lake and lower Salt River activity that can be done year-round. and became interested,” Court said. It is also a great source of low-impact “People didn’t know such thing existed exercise, allowing for all ages to enjoy, and it seems like the more we do sell according to Heather. and get on the water, it exponentially “The learning curve is 10 to 15 grows.” minutes. It’s deceiving because of how After a year of renting and selling hard surfing looks, but it’s nothing like out of their garage, demand increased it. Stand up paddleboards are so stable to the point where a retail location was that you don’t fall off unless you are a must. NoSnow opened in August goofing around,” Heather said. “Most and the Fetters have continued to see people that come out can’t believe an increase in popularity. how easy it is. The big smile that “My wife and I had done a good comes across their face after an hour chunk of volume in rentals and sales is pretty priceless.” so we put together a business plan,” NoSnow Stand Up Paddleboards Court said. “It all made sense so we is located at 3654 N. Power Rd., East figured, why not? We kind of turned Mesa. For more information, call (480) our hobby into our occupation.” 807-6787 or visit www.nowsnowsup. The Mesa location seemed to be com. classifieds

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A big thank you to Austin, Anthony and everyone at Sun Devil Auto on Power and McKellips roads for going above and beyond the call of duty to get Christina’s car fixed in one day. A few months after Barro’s Pizza relocated to Power and McDowell roads, Papa Murphy’s Take ‘n’ Bake Pizza has opened across the street at 2920 N. Power Rd., near Bashas’ and True Essence Salon and Spa. Its phone number is (480) 396-3988.

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

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

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

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


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By Meghan McCoy Usery Mountain Regional Park has an assortment of monthly programs scheduled for February that guarantees fun for adults and children. All programs are free with a $6 vehicle entry fee. Movie Night in the Park, “The Wild West—Toughest Desert Animals,” is 7 p.m. Fri., Feb. 7, at the Nature Center. The film will feature some of the unique desert animals, such as a roadrunner and hawks, as well as a rattlesnake fight, which is a rare scene at Usery Mountain. The movie may not be suitable for younger children due to some violent animal scenes. Individuals are welcomed to bring a snack and drink, no glass bottles, and concessions will be available. After the movie concludes, attendees will have the chance to watch a ranger feed some of its snakes. A Hiker’s Choice Full Moon Hike and Campfire will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 15, at the Staging Area to provide attendees a chance to experience the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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When it comes to how long to brush, Peck said two minutes in the morning and at night is recommended. She suggested using an electric toothbrush because it gives more brush strokes than a manual toothbrush. It also has a timer which will automatically shut off, so children know how long to brush. Developing good dental habits early and making going to the dentist a positive experience will go a long way toward a healthy smile. Peck is working toward that goal. A volunteer for five years with the district, she coordinates the school nurses to check first and sometimes second graders.

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are available for younger learners, including prekindergarten and earlyentrance assessment. Choice Schools and Programs In addition to top-notch neighborhood schools, Mesa Public Schools offers specific opportunities in elementary education: • Franklin Basic Schools (multiple locations) • Montessori (multiple locations) • Arts Integration (Highland Elementary) • Dual Language (Keller Elementary) • International Baccalaureate Primary Years (Summit Academy) • Home School Enrichment (Eagleride) Your Child’s Path to Success If you have questions about kindergarten readiness, have a milestones discussion with your child’s preschool teacher or pediatrician. Consider speaking with the principal or a kindergarten teacher at the school your child will attend, and explore the school’s website for helpful information. Mesa Public Schools is excited to welcome your family to kindergarten and invites you to stop by your neighborhood school to register for the 2014-15 school year. For more information, visit www.

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

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

Chris Mann, shown here singing during one of his PBS specials, will perform at the Mesa Arts Center’s Piper Repertory Theater on Friday, Feb. 14.

lots of cameras, lots of preparation. I had Martina McBride as a guest as well as a saxophonist named Mindi Abair.” Working with McBride was fun for Mann because both of them were born in Kansas. “That’s a funny little tidbit,” Mann said. “I love getting the opportunity to sing with people I grew up listening to. She’s definitely one of those people.” This year will be a busy one for Mann, who will continue to tour. He’s also planning on hitting the studio, as he’s working on a new album. “I’m really thankful that I get to

keep making music,” he said. Perhaps the most gratifying part of his career is hearing the stories that listeners and fans share with him. “Every day is a different perk and blessing,” Mann said. “I’m just happy to be where I am. I’m looking forward to evolving and growing with the next record.” Chris Mann performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at the Mesa Arts Center’s Piper Repertory Theater, One E. Main St., Mesa. Tickets are $25 to $65. For more information, call (480) 644-6500 or visit Tickets from his Oct. 25 concert will be honored.

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WHEN: Thursdays through March 27, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Mesa Arts Center’s Wells monthly meeting Fargo Garden, One E. Main St., Mesa COST: Free INFO: (480) 644-6500 or Seating is limited, so bring comfortable folding chairs, cushions and/or blankets. Life of Party Catering will be onsite for each concert offering a selection of hot and cold lunches.

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WHEN: Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Superstition Farm, 3440 S. Hawes Rd., Mesa COST: Purchase of goods INFO: (602) 432-6865 SuperFarm Market will have such items as Pepper Ranch local produce, cinnamon rolls, local honey, butter, farmers cheese and cheese curds, eggs, locally made tortillas, cookies, jams, pasta, popcorn, tea, coffee, sausages, breads, salsas, cakes, ice cream, Waffle Crush Truck and SuperFarm SuperTruck.

SuperFarm Barn Dance WHEN: Fridays from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. WHERE: Superstition Farm, 3440 S. Hawes Rd., Mesa COST: $5 INFO: (602) 432-6865 Lessons will take place from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the barn dance.

Mesa Community Farmers Market WHEN: Fridays through May, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center St., Mesa COST: Free admission and parking INFO: (602) 290-5067 The market will include such items depending on season fresh produce: baked goods, jams and jellies, salsas, spices, natural pork, beef and fish, handmade craft products, lotions and soaps.

Annual Rose Auction WHEN: Sat., Feb. 1, at 12 p.m. (viewing); 1:30 p.m. (auction) WHERE: Mesa Community College Library, 1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa COST: Free INFO: (480) 518-1529, or

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The auction features more than 150 roses of all varieties and classes. Fertilizers and other growing products will also be available. All proceeds benefit the Mesa-East Valley Rose Society and The Garden at Mesa Community College.

MACFest, Arts and Crafts Market WHEN: Sat., Feb. 1 and Sat., Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: North Macdonald Street in downtown Mesa from Main Street to Pepper Street COST: Free INFO: The Mesa Arts and Crafts Festival features the work of emerging and established artists on the first and third Saturdays from October through April. Woodworking, metal crafts, jewelry, art, photography, handmade soaps, food and holiday gifts are among the items available for sale.

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

East Valley Michigan Club WHEN: Wed., Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. WHERE: Golden Corral, 1868 N. Power Rd., Mesa COST: Charge for meal INFO: (480) 986-7085, (480) 610-9864 or The club meets on the second Wednesday at 2 p.m. for lunch and the fourth Wednesday at 9 a.m. for breakfast.

Huron/Beadle County, South Dakota Snowbird Dinners WHEN: Mon., Feb. 10, at 3 p.m. WHERE: Golden Corral, 1868 N. Power Rd., Mesa COST: Purchase of a meal INFO: (480) 807-7748 or email Individuals from Huron and Beadle County, South Dakota, will meet on the second Monday in February and March.

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Poetry Recitation and Valentine Tea WHEN: Thurs., Feb. 13, at 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Trinity Christian School, 2404 N. Usery Pass Rd., Mesa COST: Free INFO: (480) 986-4629 or Join Trinity Christian School as students recite special poems to honor their parents for Valentine’s Day. Punch and cookies to follow in Brunton Hall.

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

Jewelry, Gem and Rock Show WHEN: Sun., Feb. 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Skyline High School cafeteria, 845 S. Crismon Rd., Mesa COST: $3; $1 for students with ID INFO: (480) 982-7760 or Dealers will be selling their fine,

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WHEN: Fri., Feb. 28, through Sat., March 22, at 7:30 p.m. with some matinees WHERE: Mesa Arts Center’s Farnsworth Studio, One E. Main St., Mesa COST: $27 to $35 INFO: (480) 644-6500 or In London, 1605, a down-and-out playwright called Shagspeare receives a royal commission to write a play promoting the government’s version of the Guy Fawkes’ Gunpowder Plot.

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


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

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

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

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

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Homes Sold In Your Area as of January 2014 Address 1805 N Trowbridge 1805 N Trowbridge 2366 N Azurite 3055 N Red Mountain 1744 N Trowbridge 2313 N Malachite 7364 E Melrose 1752 N Makalu 7420 E Melrose 7445 E Eagle Crest 7611 E Roland 1809 N Trowbridge 9544 E Kramer 7534 E Tasman 8304 E Inca 7648 E Snowdon 8359 E Ingram 1640 N Lynch 1752 N Trowbridge 1415 N Warren 7508 E Wolf Canyon 3430 N Mountain Bridge 1645 N Woodruff 3902 N Pinnacle Hills 3905 N Highview 7413 E Sandia 7654 E Summitt Trail

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