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contents January - February 2012 Volume 8 • Issue 1 wv event

5 AZ LIVE Events To help plan the Live Life Expo schedules for February 17-19.

wv features

9 Our Little Farm

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A local all-natural farmer, new to the scene has made it their objective to sustainability.

10 Topline Foods An all natural & organic food online store

13 West Valley Women Emily Fawcett receives Spirit Of Philanthropy Award

wv sports

15 The SUN Rises on another NBA Season NBA and the Players Union ended the lockout.

wv on the town

16 Death of a Job Seeker Be prepared for the answers, and remember the rules: always stay professional.

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wv family focus

18 Your Business - Sink or Swim? What results do you require and desire for your business and your Self?

19 Kiwanis of Litchfield

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Young children are priority ONE! WV24

22 WV24 Movers & Shakers Trent Rennor and Joe “Pep” Guzman make the list this month.

24 New Life Center West Valley Magazine teamed up with the Rotary Club of Litchfield Park this year to participate in the “Adopt A Casita” program at the New Life Center. 4 | January • February 2012 • westvalleymagazine.com

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AZ LIVE EVENTS

Your every moment.....LIVE!!

Event Planner Michele Jeffery of AZ LIVE Events is no stranger to the Expo world. Having worked on the Women’s Expo for four years for News Channel 3, Michele comes to Live Life Expo with a unique understanding of what it takes to make a start up event like this a success. “I was thrilled with the opportunity to begin a new event like this in the West Valley”, she says. “ I thought it would be a perfect opportunity for AZ Live to get involved and I am looking forward to the success of such a crucial concept”.

From small intimate social gatherings to large corporate events AZ Live Events is one of

Michele and her partner Trisha Smith owners of AZ Live Events have been asked by Live Life Expo creator Kevin Elliott to help plan and coordinate the West Valley’s first health and wellness expo being held Feruary 17 - 19 and will be held in conjunction with the IMS Marathon. AZ Live Events began operating this year but both partners have many years of event planning experience on both a large and small scale. The team has planned events for Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, Belo Corp, and American Cancer Society just to name a few. “ When Kevin approached us about this event not only were we excited to be a part of it but we excited to see an event of this nature come to the West Valley. In a time when healthcare is center stage its nice to see someone taking steps to bring resources to the people in such a big way” says Trisha.

the valleys most premier sources for everything EVENT. For more information on AZ Live Events please email info@azliveevents.com.

The Live Life Expo will be comprised of exhibits with other health care professionals, medical institutions and innovators, clinics, specialty groups, physicians, educational institutions, and marketing leaders of: apparel, footwear, physical fitness, sports nutrition, personal care products and services, health practitioners, exercise equipment and training accessories. For more information visit www.livelifeexpo.com or call 800.315.9630

Run, walk or jog in one of the fastest growing events in the Valley of the Sun.The race will wind it’s way through the desert scenery in the shadows of the Estrella and White Tank Mountains.This event is a Boston Marathon-qualifier.

Tech Shirt & Finisher’s Medal For more information visit www.thearizonamarathon.com or call 623.935.0322

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32 Excellence in Health Care Awards Dr. Staren and Dr. Shrader make the list for this month.

wv a new you

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34 I Did It In 3 There are organizations throughout the State of Arizona that help women get out and stay out.

36 Sabotaged Your Diet Again? It’s not WHAT you eat, it’s WHY you eat.

wv biggest loser

40 How to win your battles in 2012 It’s New Year’s Resolution time. Tips to help you keep them.

44 Ravens Eye Investigation Life’s an adventure we take together. wildlife world zoo

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46 We Built A Zoo & Aquarium Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium is still growing.

56 Photographer Michael Jordan A Photographic Exposé. wv dining

60 The Best Restaurants in the Valley Nakama - Goodyear’s “Circle of Friends”. wv entertainment

63 Movie Review The Twilight Saga “BREAKING DAWN” part 1.

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At its 2nd Annual Awards Ceremony, the IMS Health Foundation awarded scholarships to four different Valley high school seniors in June 2011. The scholarships awarded in conjunction with the IMS Arizona Marathon totaled $6,500. These scholarships went to Angel Lam, Chelsey Orth, Clayton Lanham and Eric Rios All of the winners will be entering their freshman year of college this fall and will be pursuing a professional health care degree. The Foundation appreciates all those who have made contributions to the Foundation to allow for these important scholarships to local students. The IMS Health Foundation will award four new college scholarships in 2012. College bound High School students who intend to pursue a professional healthcare degree or medically related career in the allied health profession are eligible to apply for the scholarships. Applications will be available in January 2012. Please go to www.imsaz.org/foundation to find out more.

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editor’s letter

Well, the holidays are behind us and our bellies are full of turkey while the calendar rolls over to a new year. Not just any year though. 2012! You know…John Cusack and Thandie Newton…the end of the World. The Mayan calendar stops at the end of the year 2012, churning up all sorts of religious, scientific, astrological and historic reasons why this calendar foretells the end of life, as we know it. The Mayan Prophecy is gaining strength and

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and Larry had the tools of gardening. Larry,

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difference between organic and all-natural

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goes into their compost and handle their

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produce directly as some of the larger

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distribution farms are limited to do so as

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distribution. Organic produce is considered chemical free. What is the difference of

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“100% Organic” and “Organic” labels you

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chemical pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers and chemical washes, very little but not truly without and “Organic” is 95% organic, five percent traces of chemicals. So the question arises, “Is the packaged produce with an organic label truly chemical free”?

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Topline Foods www.toplinefoods.com

Topline Foods was founded in February 2009. The owners, Tom Gundrum and Jeff Liesener, wanted to provide the quality of all natural and organic food along with the convenience of online shopping and home delivery. There is a growing awareness of the need for healthy food alternatives and a healthy way of livingin this country and Topline Foods wants to catch that wave byoffering access to wholesome, nutritious foods that taste great. There are no artificial preservatives or additives in the foodproducts and many of the items are certified organic which meansthey are free of hormones, steroids, antibiotics, and GMO’s(Genetically Modified Organisms). Topline offers organic grassfed beef, wild caught seafood, organic and all natural chicken andpork, and certified organic fruits and vegetables that are flashfrozen and have never been sprayed with harmful pesticides orherbicides. They even offer gluten free items. As more and morecustomers have started cooking at home again, Topline Foods isright there to serve them with healthy mouth watering options thatnot only save time and money, but also taste great.

Topline Foods uses suppliers that care about the environment andtreat their animals humanely. The cattle, for example, are born andraised on certified organic pastures and are given unrestricted access to the outdoors. This provides fresh air, sunshine, water, and grass and allows the cattle to roam on free range pasture, which makes them a lot leaner and a lot healthier than the hormone and steroid injected cattle that are forced to live in a feedlot, often times confined to a tiny space surrounded by their own manure requiring the use of antibiotics to ward off disease. The livestock used byTopline Foods have never been given any growth-promoting hormones or antibiotics. Conventional livestock producers started giving their cattle natural and synthetic growth hormones back in the 1950’s to encourage the cattle to eat more and fatten them up in a shorter amount of time. This allows the producers to get the finished product to market quicker which in turn lowers their production costs and increases profits. Although this has helped many fast food chains to flourish, the health of the average consumer has been diminished.

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is an all natural & organic food online store The undeniable rise in the country’s obesity, diabetes, ADD/ADHD, allergies and cancer are hard to dismiss, but having a conscious part of what is going into your body can be the first step in helping to reduce them. In an effort to increase health and fitness awareness, Topline Foods is a sponsor of the West Valley Biggest Loser program and The WiLPower Challenge,an organization committed to fighting childhood obesity. The trainers and nutritionists affiliated with both programs highly endorse and recommend Topline Foods to their contestants and families. Gundrum added, “Additionally, numerous health professionals here in the Valley, including naturopaths, nutritionists, chiropractors, fitness trainers, acupuncturists, and athletes have not only become customers of Topline Foods, but have also recommended our foods to their patients, clients, friends and families.” Most of Topline’s meat and seafood items come in vacuum sealed packaging which holds the freshness in and prevents freezer burn. The items are also individually portioned and gourmet trimmed which minimizes any waste and makes meal preparation easy. The chicken breasts, for example, are 98% fat free. Simply quick thaw them and they are ready to cook. The freedom of shopping online in the convenience of your own home and having the food delivered right to your front door can be a real time saver as well. No more wasting time reading food labels or standing in line at the grocery store. Fewer shopping trips also reduces impulse buying and less money spent on gas. “Quality food at home means less junk food and eating out less at restaurants and fast food places … all of which equals more money in your pocket and a healthier lifestyle!” said Gundrum. Topline is committed to customer satisfaction and offers an unconditional guarantee. Topline currently offers home delivery in a refrigerated vehicle in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area and ships to most western U.S. locations. As the use of computers, tablets and smart phones has increased, so has Topline’s business. Social media and online shopping go hand in hand, and Topline Foods believes that because more and more people are searching for and talking about healthy food than ever before, they have a winning combination that will be in demand for a long long time.

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F E AT U R E www.emily st oy s4joy. co m

E M IL Y FAW C E TT R E C E I VE S S P IRIT O F P H I L ANT H R OP Y AW AR D B Y W E S T VAL L E Y W OM E N concern and care. I’m proud to support this cause and I would encourage everyone to donate new items for boys and girls who are in distress. Thank you for your generosity.”

West Valley Women, a premier networking organization for women, recognized 9-year old Emily Fawcett for her work with Emily’s-Toys-4-Joy on November 1 at its Spirit of Philanthropy Luncheon. In September, Miss Fawcett organized and collected 3500 new toys during her second toy drive that will be donated to hospitalized children. Emily’s-Toys-4-Joy collects donations of new items for boys and girls, such as toys, games, DVD’s, stuffed animals, and arts and crafts supplies. For more information, visit by www.emilystoys4joy.com.

ABOUT EMILY FAWCETT On New Year’s Eve 2008, 6-yr old Emily was bit by a dog. Before her ordeal was over, she had surgery, 50 stitches in her arm and stays at two Valley hospitals. After Emily went home, her family delivered toys to the hospitals as a way to say thank you. Emily wanted to help more hospitalized children, so the then first grader and her family organized a community wide toy drive. Miss Fawcett was recently named a Friend of Phoenix by Mayor Phil Gordon and was recognized at a Phoenix City Council meeting. Although they are still collecting toys, the next official Toy Drive will be held in March 2012. Details will be available at www.emilystoys4joy.com.

Tiffany Torres, Senior Assistant to Mayor Gordon, offered words of congratulations and read a statement from Vice Mayor, Thelda Williams. “I can’t tell you what an honor it is for Emily to receive the 2011 “Spirit of Philanthropy” award from the West Valley Women’s Organization for such a worthwhile effort. Emily’s brave journey following an unfortunate incident motivated her and her family to create a wonderful and selfless project – Emily’s Toys 4 Joy. As a mother and grandmother, I can empathize with the pain and anxiety they endured as Emily went through the healing process. I can also understand and appreciate their desire to reach out to other families who are struggling to cope with serious childhood illnesses and accidental injuries. Bringing joy to a sick or injured child in the form of a comforting toy, game or project is a magnificent calling and I’m proud to know this giving family, especially Emily, the energy behind these beautiful gestures of

ABOUT WEST VALLEY WOMEN

For more information about meetings, membership and sponsorship options, please visit http://westvalleywomen.org/.

Founded in 2005 West Valley Women offers guests and members monthly opportunities to network in a unique and special way. Women, who live, work or conduct business in the West Valley and share a pride in the uniqueness of the community will benefit from membership. Business and professional women, community leaders, women in government, women in education, and those who have retired - all are welcome as members. West Valley Women has been named one of the top 25 networking organizations by the Phoenix Business Journal Book of Lists.

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SPORTS

W h a t ’s n e w a n d w h a t ’s h a p p e n i n g i n t h e wo r l d o f S p o r t s .

Introducing a Show that is Truly

By Michelle Arana

OUT OF BOUNDS On October 28th 2011 a new national sports radio show was launched from our very own West Valley. The show is called Out of Bounds and to understand the name is something you will have to figure out when you listen to the show. If you are a sports fanatic, then this is the show for you. The show was originated from local radio veteran, Mike Haley along with his co-hosts Bill Fox, and Tony James. With a combined sports and communication background like these three have, you will be left wondering why this talent hasn’t been discovered until now. Mike Haley has over 10 years of radio experience post-attending the Academy of Radio Broadcasting School. He also taught radio broadcasting at Estrella Foothills High School. Haley was also known for being an ABA League PA Announcer for the Phoenix Eclipse and the Mesa Miners Golden Baseball League. Aside from being an announcer for the Mesa Miners, he also did the radio play by play. You might also recognize Haley from other radio stations around the valley such as KXAM, KMYL, NBC 1190 and even the Opening Drive on KDUS. Haley plays a huge role in the show due to the fact that he is the producer of Out of Bounds as well as he is in charge for booking guests such as regular guest Rob Dauster (who covers college sports for NBC) to interview during the show. Bill Fox brings experience and knowledge to this unique trio as well as his own personal talents that seem to add that ‘wise wisdom’ to the show. He is known for his level headed approach to all topics and brings Mike and Tony back to the level headed perspective of any and all situations. Bill is the one who keeps the show current on updates in the sports world and plays a major role in making this show successful. Fox has also worked with Haley before on the air in the past.

However, we know when it’s time to be funny and when it’s time to be serious. We all have marketing experience that makes us an all in one package where we depend on each other to play our part that makes us a great show.” Aside from doing the radio show, the guys practice what they preach and also have their own sports events videography business that they run as well called Desert Sports and Entertainment (you can find them for videography at www.desertsportsandentertainment.com). Between the radio show and their sports events videography business, these three are a powerhouse to all in the sports world. Aside from this, they try to raise money for local charities as well. The show truly is Out of Bounds not only for the show itself but the guys that make the show what it is-and it’s not just out of bounds for their sports talk but for what they are doing for the community as well. You can check out the radio show by going to www.obradioshow.com and clicking on their ‘listen live’ link. You can hear them Mondays, Wednesdays, and Friday nights starting at 6:00-9:00pm Pacific Time or 7:00-10:00pm Arizona time. You can also follow the guys on Twitter (@obradioshow), or on Facebook (facebook.com/obradioshow). Periodically they have contests to win prizes but you have to ‘like’ them on facebook or be a follower of theirs on twitter in order to qualify for prizes.

Tony James is also the one that is behind creating and maintaining the trio’s website as well as he is responsible for all social media and interactions with the public. He not only manages the content of the site but he fact checks for Haley and Fox to make sure that all information that is said on the air or put on their site is accurate. James has also worked with Haley before on air. The trio all have unique and different backgrounds that when brought altogether, make them an incredible new voice that is now able to be nationally heard. When we asked Mike Haley what makes their show so unique, he told WVM that “Our show is different because of our approach. We try to be funny, but that is not how other shows normally start.

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By: Mike Haley

THE SUN RISES ON ANOTHER NBA SEASON… QUESTIONS REST IN THE VALLEY So after 149 days of bickering, hair-splitting and failing to dot or cross the corresponding letters, the NBA and the Players Union ended the lockout bringing us basketball excitement for the New Year. When it was all said and done, we lost sixteen games which in reality is no big loss at all. To most people, the NBA is at its most interesting and watchable point in the playoff trimester that is April, May and June. The condensed schedule brings us several back-to-back games, as well as each team playing a minimum of one back-to-back-to-back set of games in the 2011-12 year. Who does it benefit the most? Younger and deeper teams stand to reap the benefits the most as the schedule can take a toll on the older teams. With today’s makeup of the league shifting to the power couples like Miami (Wade/James), New York (Anthony/Stoudemire), and Chicago (Rose/Boozer), with more sure to follow, the landscape of the NBA is clearly changing. The irony here is that one of the key points in the lockout was to put the league in a position to prevent the trending power couples from happening. Well, as we have seen so far in the early stages of this season, that idea went over as well as Vince McMahon’s XFL. So that brings us to the local team searching for an identity in the new NBA. The Suns have an interesting predicament on hand for the 2011-12 season. They stayed mainstream during the lockout primarily due to their controversial and outspoken owner; Robert Sarver. One of the most vocal owners at the start of the lockout, Sarver clearly did not make any new friends. He was repaid by the NBA schedule makers as the Suns will not see home dates with the Eastern Conference powers from Miami, Boston and New York. The Suns did what they had to do in the off season, in bringing back the cagey veteran Grant Hill. They signed well traveled guard; Sebastian Telfair, hoping subconsciously that Telfair channels his best Stephon Marbury from his Suns glory days. It shouldn’t be hard for him as he is Marbury’s cousin. The question is was he brought in to be the heir-apparent to Steve Nash, or a stop-gap guard while the Suns prepare to move Steve Nash? Suns fans don’t want to admit it, but the reality of it is simple. The Suns are trying to identify themselves in a shortened season that doesn’t look to benefit a team with the current makeup that they have.

Sure, the addition of a defensive presence and a high flyer like Shannon Brown (signed as a free agent) will make it fun to watch but Suns fans have to be concerned for the overall direction of the franchise. Rumors have started to slowly surface that Sarver could be looking to sell the team. If you pair that with the unknown when it comes to veteran/future hall of famer Steve Nash, you have a very uneasy situation for Arizona’s favorite franchise. The Suns don’t pack the power from a roster standpoint to compete with the likes of Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Boston, Chicago and New York for a championship. What we do know is this; the Suns and the NBA are back and there will be plenty to talk about in this shortened season. Relax your expectations as Suns fans and hope that an identity is formed with this team quickly. Remember this as well, there’s one thing that Nash hasn’t done in his illustrious career and it’s definitely not happening under the current construction of the Suns roster; winning a championship. The question then lies within the mind and heart of Nash himself; is winning a championship the final piece in a hall of fame career? A Suns team that lacks an identity definitely doesn’t help matters. Steve Nash is one of the most gracious, professional and true quality guys in the NBA. He has been close to a title here as well as in Dallas but he has never had the chance to finish it off. If Nash demanded a trade which is commonplace in today’s NBA to go after the elusive championship ring, I couldn’t say I’d blame him. Mike Haley is the Executive Producer and Co-Host of Out of Bounds which airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 69pm PST (7-10pm AZ Time) at www.obradioshow.com. Mike is a valley radio veteran, hosting shows on several valley radio stations as well as being the radio play-by-play voice of the Mesa Miners during their lone season in 2005. Comments can be sent to Mike via facebook at facebook.com/obradioshow.

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ON THE TOWN

Places and events going on in the West Valley

Death of a Job Seeker: Let’s face it- right now competition for jobs is fierce. They are out there, people are searching, but so many are discouraged because they aren’t sealing the deal. I know from experience just how frustrating it can be for both the job seeker and the employer. Up until May of this year, I had a comfy chair in a nice office supporting a financial institution as a recruiter. Like all of the financial field, my company took hits through the economic down slide, however I held on during all of the ups and downs until my Home Equity division finally took another hit and I was displaced from my role. Seven years of resume review, interviews, reference checks, and policy have given me a unique insight into corporate America’s staffing practices. Now, as an unemployed recruiter on severance, I see the difficulty of the market and feel the clenching of your chest when you realize that a job must be found or your family will suffer. I know all too well the fear of a job seeker and the dread of the employer. Yes, dread of the employer. As an employer in a time of economic slump, you realize very quickly that there are so many who can do the job you are hiring for, who need the job, but you can’t hire them all. Furthermore, you probably need the person ASAP but the hiring process with so many qualified candidates is going to take time; more time than you can spare. You also come to realize that with an influx of overly qualified, qualified, and under qualified candidates is going to bring desperation and anger to you or your recruiter. As a job seeker, your frustration and desire for a job is so great that many times a line is crossed that will inevitably cross you off the list.

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By Shannon Dodge

10 Don'ts When Looking for a Job As a previous recruiter, and now job seeker, I present to you the top ten things you should NEVER do during a job search: 1. Criticize: If a stranger walked into your home and began harassing you about how you clean your floors, discipline your children, and cook your food you would immediately put up a defense shield, right? Right - employers are the same. As a job seeker, an outsider to their group, when you come in guns blazing about how horrible the company is or how crappy they do business, that employer has already put up a wall of defense, wondering are you even going to be happy to work here. Changes do not happen over night in any company, large or small, and hearing all of your fantastic changes that should be made will put the employer on the defense. 2. Pad your resume: Let’s just say that over the years I have seen some impressive resumes, but the people haven’t always lived up to the paper they created. A resume should be a snapshot of your work experience, NOT a place to exaggerate your experience and add things you haven’t done. 9 times out of 10 an employer will see through it during an interview or reference check. Once it is out in the open that you probably aren’t as fantastic as you said you were, that employer has just seen you as a potential integrity issue waiting to happen. 3. Be unprofessional: I know this should go without saying however you would be surprised at the number of unprofessional individuals I encountered on a day to day basis; and every level of experience too. Not just entry level workers, but seasoned “professionals” also took the step over the line into unprofessional territory. Most notably the unprofessionalism hits when they find out they did not get the job. It is never OK to raise your voice, send snide emails, CC the president and CEO, name call the HR rep or hiring manager. Being a sore loser never gets you anywhere but on the black list of individuals who are not expressing the culture and attitude the company wants its people to posses. If you truly feel that the decision was unethical or against equal opportunity employment seek the proper channels to dispute. 4. Be a flake: Time and time again I encountered individuals who could not keep an appointment, follow up, or follow directions to save their life. If the recruiter has to reschedule your interview more than 1 time (things happen, we know) due to your error, or call you for the millionth time to ask you to complete the background form you have probably moved into that group of people that the hiring team asks, “Is this worth it? I don’t think they care”. If you get an appointment or make a commitment – keep it.


The best advice I can give you about interviewing: • Be professional • Be original, but yourself • Always be prepared • Know the company and the job • Dress to impress and bring a good, positive attitude • Always be polite

The best advice I can give you about job searching: • Hang in there, it is a tough market • Network, network, network • Think about transferable skills – how can you use what you use to do in a new field • Get a solid resume – no need to pay for one, just look for good examples on the web • Network, network, network

5. Be vague: With the market flooded with applicants, the worst thing you can do is not express your skill and talent fully. So when you go into an interview (or write your resume) and leave out important information, answer in two words, or stumble around for answers you could potentially be losing your shot at the job. 6. Be unprepared: Once I was doing a phone interview for a role in the company's bankruptcy department. The job entailed a lot of paperwork, follow up, and limited interaction with customers. Upon starting each phone interview, I always ask “can I answer any questions for you about the job?” and this particular candidate said no, they knew all about it. Half way through my interview I was able to determine that this person had no idea what this job entailed. They told me that they were a people person who loved phones, hated to file paperwork, and really wanted apposition where they could be a go getter. I stopped the interview and explained the details to the person, after a long pause, some stuttering, and confusion they tried to back track and fix the mistake they made. Damage was done. Know the job, know the company, be prepared at all times. Nothing is worse than someone who doesn’t know what the heck they are talking about. 7. Dress Inappropriately: Wow. This is one that never ceases to amaze me. Please do not wear your street clothes to an interview. We don’t need to see your belly button piercing, your tattoos, and your breasts. We do not need you to wear clothing two sizes too small, too short, too baggy, or splashed with inappropriate paraphernalia. Please don’t wear flip flops. Please don’t go to the club the night before and roll into your interview with makeup smeared, dress askew, and reeking of alcohol. And yes… I have seen all of these, many times. Just be plain and presentable. 8. Smack your gum and talk in slang: When interviewing it is very important to put your best foot forward. So if you show up popping your gum and chewing like a horse it is very difficult for the interviewer to focus on what you are saying, we are too busy focusing on your disgusting habit. Furthermore, do not bring outside slang into the interview and keep the “like, um, you know, so you see, you know, cuz” to a bare minimum. Peppering your speech with so many fillers and slang will present an unpolished impression. 9. Undue attention and flattery: Flattery will get you no where in a job hunt. If you are hounding the recruiter and manager, showering them with praise, adoration, and gifts you are setting yourself up for a rude awakening. We don’t like it. Please don’t start off looking like a butt kisser, the job doesn’t need one. What it needs is a professional individual who is qualified and your gift of a goldfish in a glass bowl isn’t going to push you to the top of the list.

Oh, did I say network? Networking is going to be key in this economy; getting your name out there, knowing the players, knowing the industry news and changes, and being adaptable. I highly suggest using a job search string to locate key players. Log into Jobing.com, Indeed.com, or careerbuilder.com and search for jobs you are interested in, just like you would with looking for a job. Make a list of all of the companies that come up as having potential roles available. Begin using platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to seek out individuals who work for those companies, ask to connect with them as a networking opportunity. Sites like LinkedIn are amazing platforms for professional networking. Groups are listed for every facet of every field imaginable, with people in them that share commonalities to you. Stay active, ask questions, and network as much as possible. Get fuel for your job search fire! The more you know, the better equipped you will be to hit the interview at full speed. Really, when all else fails – just ask. When you link up with a recruiter or staffing coordinator don’t be shy. Ask them if they have time after the interview/hiring process to answer questions about resume building, job searching, the company, etc… they are a wealth of knowledge that rarely gets tapped. But if you ask, be prepared for the answers, and remember the rules: always stay professional.

10. Be rude: This one is all important. Never, under any circumstance, is it OK for you to raise your voice, say racial or inappropriate comments, or be demeaning. If you receive that from a potential employer, do not reciprocate, it might be time to scratch that company off your list. But know that it is a small world out there and companies network, the last thing you need is to create a name for yourself.

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Keep up to date on new developments and business concepts

- Your Business Sink or Swim? By Sherry Anshara

In the current fear-state of the economy, it is a challenge not to feel overwhelmed and over burdened; however, there is more than light at the end of the tunnel. When you are coming from an unburdened, creative, free-flowing consciousness, there is no tunnel; only laser-focused direction - without the turmoil of impending disaster. Letting go of the “Titanic Mentality” and having an open perspective allows you to find and attract avenues for doing business from many directions. Right now, the timing is perfect to see the opportunities that are available through your normal channels and to look for brand new opportunities.

You’ve heard the old axiom, “Two heads are better than one.” Well, let’s consider, “More clear minds with clear intentions are better than one!” Ponder the old and new paradigms: This is not the time to sink or swim in the survival mentality of “the w a y

Old Paradigm

What’s in it for me? Separation rules! Rigid – It has always been this way Boxed in and limited

Consider this option:

SPORTS

Instead of the usual networking groups with the same 30second elevator speeches, consider inviting five of your best clients, or five of your best associates for a brain storming think tank. Share your cumulative wealth of knowledge with each other. This valuable exchange of experience can generate new ideas for increasing each others’ business. The time is right to invent new ways of doing business and new business relationships. Even in the Titanic there were survivors; although, survival is not the place to put your energy. Survival drains your life force. Practical creativity with the focus on achievable business and financial results is the only place to infuse your energy. Survival is not a consciousness of growth; it is just fear based status quo, and status quo is flat line! The energy of focused creativity, especially when fueled by a laser-focused group consciousness invested in multidirectional expansion automatically achieves successful results.

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New Paradigm What’s in it for us?! Connection works Fluid – Creating the flow Expansive and unlimited

things were.” Instead, focus on what you can do more of that works now, and let go of what is not working. Don’t belabor the “what isn’t working!” Be open to new ideas and new ways of doing business. Free yourself from survival thinking and look for new ways to create group synergy as a power source to move you and your business forward to create the results you require.

What results do you require and desire for your business and your Self? The answer is in the question.


Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one community at a time. The Kiwanis Club of Litchfield Park is proud to present a $100,00 check to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

L-R … Lou Gray (Kiwanis), David Onstad (Kiwanis), Mike Yates (PCH Campaign Chair), Dr. Denny Lund (EVP & Surgeon in Chief, Phoenix Children’s Hospital), Dr. Mehrl Ellsworth (Kiwanis), John Mullen (Kiwanis).

Kiwanis offers insight into issues affecting the local and global community. Club programs offering members and insider’s a look at their communities from the people who make the news in education, the justice system, the arts, recreation and more.

Business and Professional Networking Kiwanis meetings offer a marketplace of ideas and a social setting where members can interact with peers of diverse business and professional backgrounds.

Develop and Use Leadership Skills Kiwanians can volunteer for projects that they find appealing and that fit their schedule. Often, they have a chance to try things they don’t do every day. Besides contributing to the quality of community life, members have an opportunity to develop and use skills that then can be applied at home and work.

Fellowship and Service Kiwanis offers an opportunity for personal involvement in the leadership and improvement of the community, the nation and world. While service is what Kiwanians are known for, their club offers much more. Meetings and projects provide fellowship fellowship that is sincere and lasting. Kiwanians are engaged in education, government, banking, marketing, agriculture, international trade, non-profit organizations, and many other fields. They are corporate officers, managers, small-business owners and self-employed professionals. They are young individuals embarking on careers, successful executives and active retirees.

"Young

Children: Priority One"

...is the Kiwanis program that places continuing focus on projects addressing the needs of children in pediatric trauma, safety, child care, early development, infant health, nutrition and parenting skills. The Kiwanis of Litchfield supports Phoenix Children’s Hospital as they provided hope, healing and the best healthcare for children and families since 1983. Today, Phoenix Children's is one of the ten largest children's hospitals in the country and provides specialty and sub-specialty inpatient, outpatient, trauma, emergency and urgent care to children and families in Arizona and throughout the Southwest. Phoenix Children’s Hospital, ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals, is Arizona’s only licensed children’s hospital, providing world-class care in more than 40 pediatric specialties to children from throughout the state and region. Phoenix Children’s is in the midst of a major expansion to meet the needs of the Southwest’s rapid population growth. The signature element of the expansion is a new 11-story, 750,000square-foot tower which will enable the hospital to grow from 345 licensed beds today to a total of 626 licensed beds once the project is complete. The hospital’s expansion also includes an aggressive physician recruitment effort and new satellite centers in high growth areas of the Valley.

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Melissa Holdaway

Dr. Leonard Kirschner

Ed Gerak

Claude Mattox

Todd Aakhus

Dr. Ernie Lara

Jennifer Barber

Ginny Solis

Lance Undhjem

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he West Valley is filled with remarkable people. From July 2011 through July 2012, we will profile 24 who have not only achieved distinction, but have

made a real and lasting difference in our community. Narrowing down a region of close to 1 million people to 24 isn’t an easy chore. That’s why we let a committee, made up Dana Campbell Saylor

Leatha Martin

O.K. Fulton

of members from the West Valley 24 (some of them pictured to the left), identify the people they believe are helping define the West Valley in the 21st century and making it the place to live, work and play. On one side of the equation will be the Shakers, those people that have invested much of their lives in making the tran-

Randy Edington

David Schwake

Julie Richard

sition of the West Valley. On the other side will be the Movers, the people who are positioned to become the major difference makers in years to come. From educators to public officials to other members of the community, West Valley 24 recognizes and celebrates the pro-

Bridget Binsbacher

Mimi Rogers

MichaelYates

fessionals who are moving the West Valley ahead.

For more information on the West Valley 24 or to nominate someone you think is a Mover or Shaker, contact Landis Elliott at Landis@houseofelliott.com. Neil Terry

John Dover

Jennifer Martyn

Robert McGeorge

Beverly Hurley

David Iwanski

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LEADER PROFILE

Trent Renner M OV E R

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moving up in business or the community

similarities making the integration easy for the fellowship.

Trent Renner is the founding pastor of Parkway Christian Church in Surprise. In 1997 the church started with 20 people. The Parkway Christian Church now holds 3,000 attendees. Last year, Trent Renner teamed up with the founding senior pastor Don Wilson from Christ’s Church of the Valley to join together as an acquisition and have one church in multiple locations to proceed in preaching and praising the word of God. The new organization will unite together as some would say “DNA” under one leadership body and mission and both congregations already share

Pastor Renner’s motto “Each One Matters!” promotes his services to create and lead a movement of people to care about individuals because being fortunate to live in such a privileged world, it is important to give back to others. Parkway is doing amazing things in their community in Surprise. They have implemented neighborhood ministry in their church known as Neighborhood Ministry (NM) and has become very effective for the church. The results have created a movement for providing for the community in ways of offering and supplying to the underprivileged. More than 12,000 people in need of clothing have received clothing, thousands of people have been fed on holidays such as Christmas and Thanksgiving, and hundreds of prisoners have been encouraged and visited. The cities of Surprise and El Mirage have received from NM thousands of people and hundreds of hours on major cleanup projects for the society. Parkway planted a church in Trujillo, Peru South America where thousands of people, who live on less than $1.00 a day, are encouraged through teaching them to comprise and entrepreneur for themselves a quality life. Pastor Renner grew up on a 3,500 acre farm in Oakley Kansas. He met his wife Kelli at Manhattan

Christian College and moved to Phoenix 14 years ago. Pastor Renner resides in the city of Surprise with his family. Pastor Renner served 10 years from 1999 to 2009 on the Community and Recreation Services Board for the Park and Recreation Commission in the City of Surprise, many of those years as the chairman of the board. During his time, he was opportune to be able to have involvement in the Surprise Baseball Stadium, Tennis Complex, public lake, pools, facilities and programs for the city. Pastor Renner was also a spiritual advisor to Mayor Joan Schaeffer and was called upon to lead her memorial and funeral service when she passed away. The west valley has allowed Pastor Renner the honor and enjoyment to serve to a better city in any capacity that God would have him be influential in and he takes responsibilities on impacting the lives of individuals in the city of Surprise. His leadership role has contributed to lead towards better families and better neighborhoods that in return contribute to better cities which make for a better West Valley. "Trent Renner has served the Surprise Community in so many capacities, his unselfish relentless passion for creating and improving the quality of life opportunities for our residents have been constant, the West Valley is better place to live, work and play because of Trent Renner." said Mark Coronado the Community & Recreation Services Director.

[Q&A] Years in West Valley: 14 years Family: Wife Kelli, Daughter Madison (15), Son Riley(13), Son Garrett (12) and Daughter Mia (9) Who are and have been some of your mentors? My Dad, Robert Renner. Kevin Ingram, President of By Kathy Manhattan Christian College. Don Wilson, Father In Law. My wife, Kelli Renner. Favorite quote: “If you want to build a ship, don’t recruit the men to gather the wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead teach them to yearn for the vast and open sea.” -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Who in history would you most like to have dinner with? The Great King named David, King of Israel who lived around the time of 1000 B.C. He was a warrior, musician, servant and a King. What’s your favorite book? Linchpin by Seth Godin. What’s your favorite musical group or musician? Adele What you miss most? I miss the spirit of America that founded this great country. Self-sacrifice, pioneering spirit, entrepreneurialism, family values, concern for oneanother. What’s your biggest inspiration and why? Simply put, Story. Any story specifically geared toward influencing lives for the better absolutely motivates and inspires me. I would love to hear your story. I love to experience movies that capture the heart and motivate people to pursue greatness, even if that greatness is impacting one life.

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What do you know about life that you wish you had known 10 to 20 years ago? Take the risk and do not fear failure…for failure at its greatest form is simply education! Go For It, your life is short, act now. You’ll get smarter with time…if you keep learning.

Greatest Extravagance: Approximately 18,000 kids under the age of 5 will die of starvation today around the world. Don’t get me started on this question.

What is your favorite cause? Ultimate Freedom.

What are your goals (career, personal or for the West Valley)? To have influenced the most people to understand that their life choice they live right now is extended to them by God for eternity. Whether you live “heavenly or hellishly” your choice will be honored eternally. Heaven is only attained through what Jesus Christ says.

What originally drew you to the West Valley? Its growth potential. I love to entrepreneur and create What is your favorite place/feature in the West and build. I moved into the West Valley 15 years ago. Valley? Executive Director Leadership West There wasn’t much out here then. Knecht, My favorite thing of the West Valley is its Potential. My favorite thing in the West Valley is yet to be built and What drives you? featured. The West Valley has a blank sheet of paper Seeing people with “Shining Eyes” when I’m done for fresh drawing, dreams and decisions. I pray that spending time influencing them. I want them to walk great, self-sacrificing leadership will put us on the map away from me feeling like they are brilliant and nationally. Dream big. encouraged.

Describe yourself as a child: Insecure and timid but talented. What keeps you up at night? Absolutely Nothing. One phrase you wish people would say more: “I am so grateful.” What would you choose to do, career wise, if you weren’t in your current career? Pursue the Presidency of the USA. What would you do if you won the lottery? Help my family with any debt. Create a foundation that helped 3rd World entrepreneurs pursue their creative and inspiring ideas. What do you do during lunchtime? Drive through and get back to work. I am in the “people business” so usually lunch is my time of quiet. If you have a desk job and aren’t always speaking with people, personally…then never eat alone. Invite someone to lunch and ask them to tell you their story. It’s the best business practice you could do.

What is the secret to your success? When I make it my life ambition to help others attain their dreams…God seems to keep bringing success my way too! Please try it. What do you see as the biggest challenges facing the West Valley, and how does what you do help ease those challenges? The biggest problem with the West Valley is also a universal problem. Selfish Ambition finding its way into leadership. It is a very difficult thing to desire to be the best and not simply for your own self interests. I also think the West Valley is facing a tremendous cross roads. The old wanting to maintain influence with old ideas and the young not getting the position of influence to bring their new ideas to the table. “If you always do, what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.” Remember…every bad idea, used to be a good idea!


LEADER PROFILE

Joe “Pep” Guzman SHAKERS Since May 1991 (after the resignation of a former judge), Maricopa County Board of Supervisors appointed Joe “Pep” Guzman as the Justice of the Peace for the Agua Fria precinct to complete the remaining term. He currently is a member of the Arizona Justices of the Peace Association and the Arizona Minority Judges Caucus. Judge Guzman also is a member of the Arizona State Hispanic Bar Association, the Arizona Minority Judges Association, Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center and the National Association of Latin Elected and Appointed Officials.

He earned both his law degree and bachelor's of science degree from Arizona State University. He also is a graduate of Arizona Judicial College and Legal Institute. Judge Guzman’s leadership accomplishments in the West Valley have been plenty and he continues to serve his community such as the commercial developments in Avondale’s future growth and development, the annexation of the Cashion community which has benefited the community from direct governmental services and the revitalization, the push for the community college board to establish a campus in Avondale provided Estrella Community College Center and participating in establishing a non-profit organization of Neighborhood Housing Services of Southwest Maricopa County to assist low income residents of homeowners and provide financial assistance to homeowners that wish to rehabilitate their homes but may not qualify for lending through traditional means. Judge Guzman lives the Justice Court Mission Statement in his day to day life with the mantra, “From the days of "Judge Roy Bean," Justice of the Peace Courts (Justice Courts) have always been "The People's Court", designed to serve the community of venue and ensure everyone is treated with dignity and respect and receive justice.” “Communities are what the Justice

Courts serve. To provide professional judicial services for court users, so they can obtain timely and economical justice within their community." provided by James M. Vance of Justice Court Administrator, Maricopa County Justice Courts. He went on to add that Judge Guzman is always interested in finding another way to serve. “Judge Guzman epitomizes the reason Justice of the Peace Courts were developed. Additionally, he is totally committed and dedicated to the local community.

[Q&A] Years in West Valley: 52 years Favorite quote: “If you want something done right, do it yourself.” Who in history would you most like to have dinner with? Former United States Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

What’s your favorite musical group? Los Lobos from East Los Angeles. What you miss most? Staying in touch and interacting with friends, colleagues and neighbors. What’s your biggest inspiration and why? Education. A quality education opens the door to opportunities otherwise not attainable. It may not guarantee success in life or make you rich, but it will certainly improve your chances of earning a good living, enjoying a respectable career and good working conditions. Faith. Belief in a greater power transcends the dominant theme of materialism in our world. It restores faith in the goodness of our fellow beings and compels you to not give a handout but to provide a hand up. Loyalty and Trust. It is the comfort and peace of mind in knowing that you can trust others and have faith in the quality of their intentions. What do you know about life that you wish you had known 10 to 20 years ago? Life is a blessing and your parents are your shepherds. And although not always ideal or perfect, you must be willing to give yourself a chance to know your shepherd and in your way learn to follow your shepherd, and enjoy the beauty you find in that relationship. What is your favorite place/feature in the West Valley? All the local Mexican food restaurants operated by my good friends such as Fuego Bar and Grill in Tolleson;

Most coveted: The memory of being with my father for months and days leading up to his death. What is your favorite cause? Empowering youth through education, athletics and developing leadership skills through community service. Most overrated virtue: Style and Appearance. Substance trumps style and achievement overrides appearance. What would your super power be? The ability to be in two places at the same time. What’s your nickname? Pep. Derived from Pepe which is a nickname for Jose in Spanish. Describe yourself as a child; Inquisitive and always curious about people and the things around me. Outgoing and always ready for a pickup basketball or baseball game with other kids in the neighborhood. Most of my friends were older than me, so I learned many life lessons ahead of my peers. What keeps you up at night? Everything I could have accomplished today, and everything I will try to accomplish tomorrow. What’s your favorite food? Mariscos (Mexican style seafood) What would you choose to do, career wise, if you weren’t in your current career? I would enjoy a career as a neighborhood improvement/development specialist. Whether it be a governmental entity or non-profit community organization, my goal would be to empower neighborhoods through education to improve quality of life, instill community pride and promote safer neighborhoods.

What would you do if you won the lottery? Probably share it with my closest friends and family. Particularly those individuals that have been supportive of everything I do. Upgrade much of what I do now; attend major sporting events; secure my financial future; purchase classic vehicles; and, visit major cities around the world. What do you do during lunchtime? Try to enjoy a good meal, relax and plan for the rest of the day. Court business is always hectic and we work in a fast paced environment. A break at noon is a welcome retreat from the task of navigating the court process and working with our constituents. Greatest Extravagance: The greatest value in life is nurturing your mind and body to enrich life as it manifests itself around you. Investing in yourself through good health and living allows you to reach your own level of self-realization and gives you the strength to reach out to others. Enriching your life allows you to enrich those around you. Tell us something about you that perhaps the average person wouldn’t know? I am a person of many passions. I have a great appreciation for music as an art form. And I share the love Americans have for classic vehicles and sports. As an elected official and member of the legal community, politics and the law provide an ongoing revival of community and intellectual activity. True life experience goes beyond work and daily routines; you have to go beyond routine to learn more about yourself and those things around you. What is the secret to your success? Self-realization and being true to yourself. I adhere to the theory that you should place great value in the belief of fulfilling your potential. In believing that you have the strength to fulfill the possibilities of your personality and character. Each person has the ability to enrich their lives and the lives of those around them. The key is finding that innate ability to excel and allowing it to flourish by believing in yourself and what you are doing. westvalleymagazine.com • January • February 2012 | 23

long established change agent/builder

What’s your favorite book? The Bible.

and Manny’s and Café Zamora in Avondale. For entertainment and sporting events it is the Cardinals stadium.

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Before joining the bench, Judge Guzman was a member of the Avondale City Council from 1983 until 1991, when he resigned to accept his appointment as Justice of the Peace. He served as chairman of the Maricopa County Community Services Commission, vice-president of the board of the Avondale Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc., and as an advisory board member of Southwest Human Development Inc. Judge Guzman is involved in many civic and non-profit organizations such as Westside Recreation Program (WRP), Avondale Neighborhood Housing Services (ANHS), Agua Fria High School Boosters, a volunteer for Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and Sam Garcia, Sr. Foundation. Judge Guzman held the 3rd annual “Joe ‘Pep’ Guzman Annual Toy Drive” last month on the December 8, 2011 in Tolleson to benefit selected children from the communities of

Avondale, Cashion, Goodyear and Tolleson with brand new bicycles and toys from Santa.


The "Adopt a Casita" program was a huge success this year! The program benefits a needy family at the New Life Center. West Valley Magazine and the Rotary Club of Litchfield Park worked on the casita while volunteers helped clean and decorate. Wildlife World Zoo gave the family zoo tickets and Funtastick's Stephanie Swann donated jungle themed wall art to make the children feel as if the zoo followed them home! A special thank you to the volunteers who donated their time and $1000 to help make this year's "Adopt a Casita" another special event in the West Valley!

Volunteers: Marci Ellis, Kim Flagg, Kalli Wolf, Debra Undhjem, Kevin Elliott, Trish Arana, Jane Gridley, Kim O’Leary, Eric Lopez, Candice Mathon, Rick Harris.

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By Michelle Arana

Congratulations to Arizona’s 2012 Teacher of the Year Kristie Martorelli Thompson Ranch Elementary School of the Dysart Unified School District has a lot to be proud of for this upcoming new year, as one of their very own teachers, Kristie Martorelli, has been awarded the 2012 Arizona State Teacher of the Year Award. The Arizona Educational Foundation hosts the Teacher of the Year program, and without them this award would not be possible. Kristie, who is a K-3 Reading Interventionist, was nominated by her Principal, Frances Sperling, back in August of this year. She was nominated shortly after the school found out that they were an A+ school. “I think this is a great opportunity to highlight what Dysart is doing for their students,” Martorelli tells WVM. Part of being a Reading Interventionist, Martorelli puts small groups of students together outside of the classroom to support kids who may be struggling with reading. “My focus is students who may be struggling in reading. I feel like I’m making the biggest differences in schools that people feel are the most challenging.” Martorelli holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from ASU, a Reading Endorsement from University of Phoenix, a Master’s in Educational Administration and Supervision degree also from University of Phoenix and she is almost complete with her second Master’s degree. When asked if she would like to further her education, Martorelli tells WVM that she does see a Doctorate degree in her future. She is also the recipient of the Dysart Hero Award as well. Congratulations again to Kristie Martorelli for being Arizona’s 2012 Teacher of the Year!

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LIVELIFE

The Live Life Expo will be comprised of exhibits with other health care professionals, medical institutions and innovators, clinics, specialty groups, physicians, educational institutions, and marketing leaders of: apparel, footwear, physical fitness, sports nutrition, personal care products and services, health practitioners, exercise equipment and training accessories.

For more information visit www.livelifeexpo.com or call 800.315.9630

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Run, walk or jog in one of the fastest growing events in the Valley of the Sun. The race will wind it’s way through the desert scenery in the shadows of the Estrella and White Tank Mountains. This event is a Boston Marathonqualifier. Tech Shirt & Finisher’s Medal

For more information visit www.thearizonamarathon.com or call 623.935.0322


LIVELIFE

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Dr. Barry Hamp

Michael Hilgers

Dr. Marc Wasseman

Mari Valle

Dr. Pankaj M. Jain

April Esch

Dr. Tawnya Pfitzer

Loraine Gonzalez

Nancy Jobin

Dr. Daniel MacLeod

Alan R. Swain

Daniel Smith

Dr. Daniel Charous

Dr. Troy Peters

Sharon Day

elcome to The West Valley Magazine’s Top

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Doctors and Health Care Professionals. Each month an outstanding physician and health care

professional from the West Valley who has been nominated by their peers will be featured in the West Valley Magazine. These Dr. Thomas Kotoske

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achievement and excellence in a variety of health care specialties and fields. All those featured for the next year will be acknowledged and recognized at the Live Life Expo Excellence in Health Care Awards Gala in February, 2012. Shellie Clayton

Madhu Murthy

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President - CEO CTCA

(Cancer Treatment Centers of America)

Dr. Edgar D. Staren MD, PhD, MBA Specialty: Surgical oncologist and President and CEO of our hospital in suburban Phoenix, Arizona. University/Degree: Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine , Chicago in 1982. General surgery internship and residency at Rush University Medical Center, followed by a surgical oncology fellowship at Rush. PhD in tumor immunobiology from Rush University and an MBA from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. Most recent job & proudest moment there: Chief Medical Officer for the CTCA enterprise. Helping lead implementation of system-wide electronic health record aimed at enhancing patients’quality of care.

Wish you knew 20 years ago: How fast the 20 years would go by!

What would be the title autobiography? “Family First”

Gambler or measured Measured risk taker.

What’s one thing you’ll never do again? Ride a high speed roller coaster.

First job: Janitor for a health club.

What motivates you? Being able to lead a talented team in developing and implementing an endeavor which makes a positive difference in the lives of patients.

Favorite sport: Tennis

Best part of job: Working side by side with compassionate, highly qualified, health careprofessionals.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? My wife and children.

Family (spouse/children names): Married 27 years to wife Lisa. Children: Eddie Staren, 26 who recently passed the Bar exam (JD, MBA); Tony Staren, 21; Johnnie Staren, 23; Danny Staren, 24; Mikey Staren, 15; Helen Staren, 12. Business philosophy: My business philosophy is based on what we call the “Mother Standard”; that is, treat all of our customers (patients) as we would want our own mother to be treated. Definition of success: To love and be loved and in doing so, to make the world better than it was. Important in job: To be available, affable and able. What makes an effective business leader? 1. Personifies the organizational mission, vision, and values. 2. Absolute integrity. 3. Visionary thinker. 4. Strategic planner. 5. Servant leader who leads by example. Judgment calls: I believe in Pasteur’s quote “Chance favors the prepared mind.” 32 | January • February 2012 • westvalleymagazine.com

risk-taker?

Worst part of job: Losing a courageous patient to their disease. Mentor: My residency chairman Steven Economou, MD and my father-in-law, Daniel Olivieri, MD. Best advice received: Quote from Oliver Wendall Holmes (via my grandmother): “Hitch your harness to a star, hold on tight and there you are.” If you could live a double life, what would the other you be doing? Exactly what I am doing; I feel quite blessed to have the family and job that I have. What you wanted to be when you grew up: A physician. Passions: Providing for my family.

of

your

Favorite way to relax: Boating with my family

What is the best conversation piece in your home and what’s the story behind it? Our dog “Faith”. She was given to me after treatment for a serious illness by my wife. We had faith things would be OK; e.g. her name. If you could memorize one book cover to cover, what would it be? The Bible What is your most treasured memory? I have six of them; all being with my wife Lisa while she delivered our children. Other than family, what are you most thankful or grateful for? Having the training and skill to take care of people in need. What’s the one thing that people misunderstand about you? I am very transparent; that is, what you see is what you get.


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Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. M. Wade Shrader MD Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Hometown: Pontotoc, MS

University/Degree: Mississippi State University, Aerospace Engineering; University of Chicago Pritzker Medical School; Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester); Fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery and Scoliosis at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. Years in the West Valley: 6 years. What inspired you to become a doctor? I took a rather “non-traditional” path into medicine. I got my bachelor’s degree in 1991 in Aerospace Engineering and spent four years at NASA as an Aerospace Engineer in the guidance, navigation and control division of the Space Shuttle program. During that time, my father-in-law was diagnosed with cancer and passed away at age 49. It was then that I developed an interest in medicine. Why did you pursue your specialty? Half way through medical school, my wife gave birth to triplets (a daughter and two sons) and at age two, the two boys were diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. It was a tough road working with doctors who were capable, but not necessarily compassionate, and I knew I could give families facing the same challenges a better experience. What accomplishments are you most proud of in your career? First, after I have delivered the news to parents that their child has Cerebral Palsy, it is gratifying when I can share with them that my sons have CP. The parents and I become a team, and I am able to mentor them through the experience. Second, we are in the midst of launching Arizona’s first-ever pediatric Center for Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida. The Center will allow us to take a more multi-disciplinary approach to treating kids. Typically, a child with CP has to see the orthopaedic surgeon, a neurologist, a rehab specialist, a gastroenterologist, and others. Our Center

will coordinate services so that most appointments are made on the same day, and the team of physicians involved meet and coordinate treatment creating a single cohesive long-term treatment plan.

What are the elements that make your patient/doctor relationship top notch? Parents have told me I’m a good listener, and I think that makes a difference. When I say, “I know how you feel,” I really do.

Are you working on any developments in your field of specialty that you would like to tell us about? We are currently looking for funding to build Arizona’s first-ever pediatric Motion Analysis Lab (also called a Gait Lab). The Lab is a large room with a floor of highly sensitive scales and cameras positioned throughout the room that takes digital images from all angles to create a comprehensive read-out of a child’s movement. From this, we will be able to make treatment decisions that are far more nuanced than what we can garner from current imaging (MRI, CT Scan, X-Ray). Research has shown that these gait analysis images allow us to dramatically reduce the number of surgeries children with neuromuscular disorders need as we work toward giving them great mobility, slower joint and bone deterioration, and reduced pain and discomfort. For the children with issues like cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, muscular sclerosis, spina bifida and other neuromuscular disorders, it will help us dramatically improve their quality of life.

What do you see as the future of the West Valley as it relates to the health care field? Phoenix Children’s Hospital is planning to break ground on a Southwest Valley Specialty and Urgent Care Center in the City of Avondale in 2012. Once built, we will offer every pediatric specialty at Phoenix Children’s from neurology to oncology and orthopaedics to pulmonology. Major surgeries will still happen at the main campus on Hwy 51 and Thomas Rd., but all follow up care can be performed at our satellite centers for families who live in that area of the Valley.

What differentiates you and your practice from your peers? I would say we have one thing in common -- we all love kids. I get excited going to work every day of my life.

Who are and have been some of your mentors? My career mentors have been Dr. Eric Loveless, a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon in Florida, and Dr. Karl Rathjen, a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon in Dallas. But honestly, I have learned more from my wife Carol and my two daughters and two sons than anyone. They make life worth living. What would you choose to do, career wise, if you weren¹t in your current career? I suppose I would still be working at NASA as an aerospace engineer. Being an astronaut crossed my mind a time or two.

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A NEW YOU

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M U S T R E A D - i n f o o n i m p r o v i n g b o d y, h e a l t h , m i n d a n d s p i r i t .

I DID IT IN

On average a woman will make seven attempts before she leaves an abusive relationship for good. I did it in three.

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Approximately 75% of women murdered by their abusers are killed while attempting to leave or after they have left their abusive partner. I was married for 21 years before I finally was able to leave for good. I knew that when I did leave for good that I would be hurt far worse than I had been hurt before. I didn’t know when or how but I knew something would happen. That decision resulted in my left cheek bone being broken in three places. The surgeon cut a hole into the side of my head and inserted an instrument beneath the surface of my face to put the broken bones back into place. Two years later I still have pain and stiffness in my jaw which is a daily reminder to me that I made the right choice in leaving. I would make that choice again. During my marriage I believed that I was weak and pathetic for allowing someone to treat me badly. This followed with feeling that I was a failure for leaving my marriage. I know today that I was strong for having the strength and courage to leave. I have also discovered that I did now “allow” him to treat me badly. Domestic violence is displayed in many forms and escalates over a period of time. I was literally molded into a woman who felt I deserved the treatment I received. I was

“programmed” into believing that was all I deserved and that I would not survive without him. My second attempt involved a report being filed with the police. They pressed charges and he had to go to court. I actually contacted the District Attorney and requested that the charges be dropped because he was sorry. Obviously I hadn’t realized at that point that I needed to get out. Five months later when he broke my cheek bone he had just completed Anger Management classes two days before. I understand why it takes a woman seven attempts to leave for good. I understand why women return to their abusive partners. The first year I spent away was the hardest. I had no self confidence and had no idea what to do with myself. I had to make all of life’s decisions by myself. Even the simplest of tasks such as grocery shopping was difficult to accomplish. When I was living in an abusive relationship I had a role to live. I knew that role inside and out. I knew what to do and how to act in order to survive. I knew what to expect from day to day. I began to count on that as a part of my life and it seemed normal. Then I left. I had no idea how to act, what to do, where to go. I did not have somebody to tell me what to think or how to be. I found myself in unfamiliar territory. As horrible as that relationship was….at least it was familiar to me. It was something I had become accustomed to. I will tell any woman in an abusive relationship that leaving is the hardest thing to do……but it can be done. You are strong enough. You can make it on your own. You are worth more and deserve better for yourself. There are organizations throughout the State of Arizona that help women get out and stay out. I received affordable counseling after my hospitalization. I attended legal classes for a nominal fee and learned what I had to do for myself. Help is there. You just have to decide that you have had enough.

The Chrysalis Action Center (noabuse.org) Fresh Start for Women (wehelpwomen.com) Georgana Meringer

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By Millie Gorichs, Certified Hypnotist

Sabotaged Your Diet

A G A I N ? Its not what you eat, its why you eat 95% of those who lose weight will regain it.

...................................................................................................................................................................................... onsciously you are working hard to stay committed to your weight loss plan while subconsciously you are plotting to sabotage your efforts and cause yet another failure. Why?

done about how the child processes it, it will program how the child sees herself. She may be able to “forget” consciously but the subconscious stays very aware of the deep hurt inside. As she grows, other painful events build on the original event.

Because there is a part of your subconscious mind that believes you need the extra weight and it is the subconscious mind, not the conscious mind that is in charge.

A point is reached when she needs to protect herself from the pain, to numb it into submission. The subconscious sees this as its job – to put distance between her and the pain. For some it is done with alcohol or drugs. For others it is done with food. That carton of ice cream is not only soothing and calming, it helps build that wall, that barrier between her and what hurts. It keeps others at a distance. No one can hurt her if they cannot get close. The subconscious sees that wall of excess weight as success.

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How does the subconscious mind come to this conclusion ? There are events early in life that are emotionally and sometimes physically traumatic. Many such events are dealt with, processed and released. Some are not. Some settle deep inside. You may not even be aware they are there, or you may remember an event but have no idea it was emotionally traumatic for you, especially during early childhood. Because young children pretend so much during play, and pretending easily becomes a light hypnotic trance, the child is an open slate who is easily programmed. Statements made to the child, or about the child easily affects how the child sees herself and the world around her. Many parents have been surprised that a child was listening to adult conversation while busy playing and then repeated what was heard some time later. When a parent says something to a child such as “Can’t you do anything right?” Not only does that statement go deep inside, it defines what the child believes about themselves. It becomes a self fulfilling prophesy. When a child is abused, neglected or molested, and nothing is

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But now she looks in the mirror and feels very hurt by how she looks so for the hundredth time she decides to diet. She has tried most of the diet plans out there. She even managed to lose the weight a couple of times but it always came back. Now this feeling of failure is added to all the other feelings deep inside. Why oh why can’t she just lose the weight and keep it off? That is the path to happiness, isn’t it? How can she allow herself to be fat again after so much effort to be slim and beautiful? WHERE IS HER SELF CONTROL?

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She has no control because her subconscious has it all and when it sees her losing that protective barrier and sees all that stored hurt looming and people getting close enough to hurt her all over again, it panics. It gets very busy plotting the next sabotage. But what if we can have a chat with the subconscious, what if we can reason with it, what if we can get it to change its stand and stop sabotaging? In a light hypnotic trance, the subconscious will come forward and tell what it feels. That is when the magic happens. After the subconscious has been successfully reasoned with and still in this light trance, she is told to let herself go back, back to the event-the core emotional issue-that triggered the start of this roller coaster ride. Revisiting the associated trauma allows her to resolve and neutralize the emotional trauma and end the cycle. As she moves forward in time during the trance, additional issues are resolved. Finally she is in control. You cannot fix what is outside until you heal what is inside.


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... Contrary to popular belief, poor health is not a natural consequence of getting older. Although studies show that many older adults suffer from at least on or two chronic health conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arthritis, diabetes, and so forth, the good news is that many chronic health problems are preventable and can be wellmanaged by simple changes in lifestyle and daily habits. It’s never too late to take control of your health. Prevention, quality medical treatment, and selfmanagement of health can make a dramatic difference in your quality of life, even after the onset of a chronic condition.

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Barbara Atkins - Coach, Speaker and Author

However, giving can be about simple positive energy too. A kind word or a nice smile to others can have an impact on your well-being. This type of unconditional giving provides a comforting feeling which decreases pain and stress and enhances the immune response system thereby signaling calmness and healing. Spiritual health is the fulcrum or crowbar that links and balances your mental, physical, and emotional being. Sharing your time, gifts, and talents with others, and cultivating relationships with family, friends and other social networks are just as important in your bonus years. Through the art of giving and a balanced holistic lifestyle, you can take control and transform the three Ds of disease, disabilities and depression to:

Discovery – an infinite vertical connection that lifts the level of your consciousness to a state of revelation and awareness of whom you are.

Discipline – a higher power of understanding, self control, and internal enlightenment.

Take Control of Your Health and Wellness 2012

has arrived and what better time than NOW to jump start life’s next chapter of longevity and new beginnings with your own personal plan to do what matters most to you, do what you love and live life livelier. If you are one of the millions of baby boomers that entered the new age of maturity this year, be prepared to enjoy the journey of your lifetime. Plan and be prepared for changes as you re-order your priorities. Release any negative thoughts and let inner joy and happiness become one of your ultimate goals. Do what it takes to fulfill your dreams to give your life meaning, purpose and satisfaction. Your first priority, however, is to take control of your health and manage the three D’s that can often interfere with a person’s quality of life.

Seize the challenge to take control of the three Ds: Disease, Disability and Depression. You can avoid these when you embrace healthy habits and a commitment to live your best life one day at a time. A mind shift combined with a positive attitude and an approach to self-care will make the difference for longevity. Be committed to a daily proper diet, exercise, rest, and leisure combined with a balanced spiritual life. Healthy lifestyle choices are amongst the keys to happiness, mental and physical well being and a long productive and independent life. Another area of health that is often overlooked is the art of charitable giving. When most people think of charitable contributions, they think of giving money, time, donations, and volunteer activities.

Dedication – spiritual deepening of convictions and a broadened base of confidence and commitment. Right now, take an assessment of your health and lifestyle. Are there areas in which you can make small changes that would have a dramatic impact on your health? Be unstoppable – Live Your Life to the Fullest….Enjoy!!

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BIGGEST LOSER

Follow the contestants as they shed pounds and inches

How To Win Your Battles in 2012! It’s time again, New Year’s Resolution time. I know, I know, complete drag, right? We make these grand plans, dream big, and resolve to stick to it this time. Then as the year (sometimes even month) progresses we lose focus and that New Years Resolution becomes our New Years I-Don’t-Have-TimeFor- you keep themThis-Now-Maybe-NextMonth Resolution then moves to our New Years Resolution Huh?-I-Had-a-Resolution? We are all guilty of it but how do we really stick to our guns and win the battle of actually finishing a resolution? Most all resolutions are around health – lose weight, fit into a specific clothing item, be healthier, exercise more – however we never seem to be able to keep sight of our goal and make it to the end result. So how do we do it? How do we battle through 2012 and actually complete our resolutions? I connected with Stephanie Fogelson, personal trainer and founder of West Valley’s Biggest Loser program, to ask her the important question: HOW? What is the key to setting goals or resolutions? A new year resolution always brings the opportunity to "reflect and restart". So many times, we stop and consider our health and how we are treating ourselves at this time so it's important to capitalize on those motivating moments since it's hard enough to GET motivated and actually DO something about it. Commit to making a change! Set goals and know what you are working towards. Remember: it should be exciting, not imprisoning! Let’s say the focus is on a certain amount pounds, what is the best way to set yourself up for success? Any goal is a good goal! 9 times out of 10 people just want to "lose weight". The holistic approach is to look at everything--how it makes us feel doing it, do we enjoy it, am I successful, do I get satisfaction from doing it and so forth. WE NEED TO LOVE WORKING OUT! You have to find a program/workout/class that you enjoy doing. Otherwise, the dread will outweigh the benefits. I have always suggested that everyone should try EVERYTHING at least once. 40 | January • February 2012 • westvalleymagazine.com

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But what if your goal is clothes versus pounds - how do you measure your success along the way? Usually this isn't the BEST goal to set, however if this is your goal make sure you take several weeks before trying them on. If you keep trying to squeeze into something everyday you will be derailed VERY quickly. What is a key factor in KEEPING in the skinny jeans once you get into them? Keep doing what you did to get there! We all slip and slide but life is the journey! This lifestyle doesn't have an end date, it's a way of life. Maintenance is so much easier than losing weight so it's all about getting there in the first place!

For 2012, we all need to focus on becoming a community of dedicated and accountable Losers. Fogelson explains that it takes a village to keep on track with goals, find a group, a friend, a coworker and keep each other going! Being positive and not beating ourselves up about every slight slip helps to keep things in perspective. We are human, you know. 2012 is shaping up to be a year of shape shifting! Let’s get started and battle these weight loss battles together.

For those who want to exercise more, how do you suggest they keep it lively and fresh? West Valley’s Biggest Loser is now available at Oasis Fitness and Spa. I chose to franchise my program there because I love that Oasis really thinks outside the box with regards to fitness and makes it fun! They host exotic fitness, belly dancing, hula dancing and all sorts of fun ways to burn calories. Again, I go back to setting a goal to do one new thing every month. For me, my personal new program this month will be hot yoga! Not my exercise of choice but I am going outside my box, because I am human too and need the "art of adult distraction". So how do we START to be healthier in 2012? What is the first thing we should do? Start by deciding. Second, tell someone. Third, write it down or find a way to keep yourself accountable. Last, get a plan. Put the plan on your calendar you HAVE to schedule the time to do it! Every day will come and go and if you are not proactive in setting the time aside for it, you won’t do it! Another option is getting started NOW, start early because really, why wait? A group of the alumni Losers and I set a goal of “10 lbs before 2012” and we are all accountable to each other via the West Valley’s Biggest Loser page on Facebook (WVBL). We track our progress and hold each other accountable. It helps us to get that jump start, that mind set going, and keep going once 2012 begins!

For more information about West Valley’s Biggest Loser, visit Oasis Fitness and Spa’s website at: www.oasisfitnessandspa.com or call 623-322-2132

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LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER, MICHAEL JORDAN CAPTURES THE WEST VALLEY ONE PHOTO AT A TIME.

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Life’sanadventureandwe’d ratherdoittogether! Watching the TV ramble on while I sip on a cup of coffee I notice the news cast switches to a clip from the mornings “Today Show”. The show takes me back a few months to a big case we had worked. One of those ‘needle in a haystack’ cases that nobody believed could be solved. We made big news that month with our investigation that found suspects that weren’t supposed to be able to be found, crimes that were considered unsolvable, solved and innocent victims given some peace. Solving a case like that takes a team. I looked across the little table in the coffee shop where my wife was typing an email on her laptop. She is my team. Most people ask us how we can work together every day and the answer is really simple: I can’t imagine not working with her. My wife and I met in law enforcement and after working together for a few years we decided to take our careers to the next level and open our own business. We had a combined background of military, law enforcement, education and training. It was hard getting our names out in the community at first but before long we had been labeled as the real life Mr. and Mrs. Smith just like the movie. Of course working together everyday takes a special relationship but lucky for us we enjoy the same hobbies and work. My wife may do more of the paperwork and finances and you may see me doing more surveillance out in the heat just so she doesn’t have to but otherwise we have a great balance. People are usually intrigued by what we do because of television shows but are amazed how well we can blend in any situation. People never guess we are private investigators.

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Some of the cases we work on you would recognize from television such as extra martial affairs and business frauds but that isn’t all. We work cases such as: child custody issues, criminal investigations, background checks, white collar crimes, surveillance, missing persons, legal research, attorney’s cases, corporate investigations, and more. We work both small and large cases and our clients all very in age and background. We have been approached on a few occasions about doing a reality show but my wife and I love what we do and love being here in the west valley. About a month ago we received another call from the Today Show. The show will be airing an episode on Private Investigators and wanted to “pick our brains”, guess we have come pretty far! We are happy to be residents of the west valley and we also support small business so you may see us around at the gym, at church, out to eat or at a community event. We still take classes to stay up to date with our field and we go shooting often. Since we work on word of mouth we recently had the pleasure of attending some of the west valley’s networking events. We are members of ASBA (Arizona Small Business Association) and most recently The Southwest Chamber of Commerce. It was a journey getting to this point in our lives but making a living working together is very fulfilling. Staying balanced is the key ingredient. It’s all about being mentally, physically, and spiritually on the same page. Life’s an adventure and we’d rather do it together!

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B Y D R . G R E Y S TA F F O R D

We Built a

zoo Aquarium and

Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium Still Growing Childhood dreams and a new Hollywood film about owning a zoo, notwithstanding, building a world-class zoo is not an easy task. If it were, many more communities would probably have zoos & aquariums. Building a zoo takes vision, determination, loving and dedicated animal professionals, and sustained visitor support. For the past 30 years, the Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium has been the vision of one man, Mickey Ollson, a third generation Arizonan, parent and grandparent, who dared to leave a career as a teacher to build a family friendly zoo in the west valley-- a place where people could learn to experience and appreciate wild animals up close and in person. Ollson is quick to give all credit for the zoo’s growth to the visitors that vote with their hard earned dollars every time they pay for admission. In return, WWZA has put that visitor support to work by continually reinvesting in the zoological park. What began as a modest zoo on 25 acres with 300 animals on that first opening day has grown into a zoo and aquarium on over 100 acres (currently under development) that features 600 species and some 6000 animals, today. For example, the zoo recently launched Dragon World- exciting new exhibits that feature giant reptiles such as a 20 feet long reticulated python and the state’s first saltwater

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crocodile named “Jaws.” Like all reptiles, these creatures use the environment to control their body temperatures. Dragon Worldfeatures large acrylic panels including some with underwater viewing to provide visitors with an up-close look at these amazing animals. As a USDA licensed private institution, Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium receives zero taxpayer funding. No tax dollars have ever been spent to build or operate Wildlife World. “Rather than spend public money, we are pleased to be able to put people to work and to generate revenue for the county and state through payroll, sales, and property taxes. The hundreds of thousands of visitors to our zoo & aquarium each year have funded our growth and improvements, including Dragon World, over the past 27 years. We are humbled by their continued support during these tough economic times,” said Wildlife World founder and director, Mickey Ollson. Ollson also likes to point to many of the less obvious changes that have been designed to simultaneously improve guest experience and enhance animal welfare. “ The region’s great weather allows us to feature many of the zoo’s terrestrial and avian species outdoors by making use of natural substrates with lush pastures, water features and shade trees. Over the past decade we have made a concentrated effort to improve visitor site lines using materials such as recycled telephone pole barriers for better access and viewing of animals,” commented Ollson. Plus, there are some improvements few visitors will ever see such as the modern veterinary facility.


“Building the state’s largest collection of exotic animals, we knew early on we needed a well-equipped, state-of-the-art veterinary clinic designed by the very doctors and zookeepers that use it to provide the best care possible to our animals,” said Ollson. As a former Valley teacher, Ollson is perhaps most pleased about the commitment Wildlife World has made to public education over the past quarter of a century. For instance, recognizing the need to provide low cost educational opportunities offsite at schools, churches, daycare facilities, summer camps, etc., Wildlife World has long had a dedicated team of animals and full-time educators that travel throughout the Valley and state. Thanks to Sanderson Ford for its years of support by providing a zoo van, Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium has extended its mission well beyond the gates to educate and entertain students of all ages. Zoos & aquariums like Wildlife World are committed to learning more about the animals in their care and to use that knowledge to improve animal welfare and increase public awareness about today’s growing conservation challenges. In addition, each year about 75 thousand students take part in organized onsite field trips. This is made possible in part due to the low cost student admission and ride prices Wildlife World extends to school groups and their chaperones. Visiting students get to see, hear and in some cases, touch creatures from all over the world. They also can learn more about animals from the hundreds of informative images and graphics placed throughout the grounds. With continued visitor support, Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium shows no signs of slowing down with the anticipated opening of a 4th aquarium exhibit building in early 2012. The new aquarium building will have about 7000 square feet of public display area featuring marine turtles and a permanent small-clawed otter habitat. The main exhibit will be a 40 x 10 foot, 40,000-gallon Amazon River Monsters display containing 3-4 foot long arowana, even larger arapaima and other South American fresh water giants. These species are so large, they are well known for their ability to jump several feet out of the water to catch prey animals such as birds and primates perched over the water. In addition, the display will have the menacing payara, nicknamed the “vampire fish,” with 6-inch fangs protruding from its lower jaw! As for the future, Wildlife World’s team is already working on the development of an adjoining safari park. The first phase of that project should coincide with the State’s expansion of State Route 303 that runs along the western edge of the zoo’s grounds. Ollson believes, “the greater visibility and convenience provided by the loop 303 expansion in the coming years will mean improved accessibility for visitors from all over Arizona. We are excited for the future and grateful to the community for its continued support.”

Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium is located at 16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchfield Park, AZ. We’re open seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays. Zoo exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.(last zoo admission is at 5:00 p.m.) Aquarium exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Daytime admission includes access to the zoo and aquarium. Special reduced evening admission to Aquarium-Only is available after 5:00 p.m. For more info: (623) 935-WILD (9453) or visit www.Wildlifeworld.com. Get the latest news, photos, videos, and special offers about Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium on Facebook (www.facebook.com/WWZAQ).

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By Elizabeth Shimer Bowers

Calm Spaces: Healing Mind, Body, and Spirit

In the midst of the clinical hustle and bustle of tests and treatments, cancer patients and their loved ones need an escape. And while a trip to a tropical island may not be feasible, patients and their caregivers can create everyday surroundings that feel like a personal retreat. “It’s important for patients to nurture their mind, body, and spirit,” says oncology nurse Sharon Overath, RN, OCN, who works at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital HurstEuless-Bedford. “Escaping for a few moments can be as important as the next round of chemotherapy.” Whether it is a hospital room, an office space, or a bedroom, the more pleasant and tranquil the environment, the more positive the impact on physical and emotional health.

Using Good “Scents” A nurturing, calm space will appeal to multiple senses— hearing, smell, and sight. Overath, who is also a certified aromatherapist, knows well the power of the senses. As a baseline, she recommends designating a space that allows for adequate quiet time. For example, she says that at the hospital where she works, there is one hour of quiet time set aside each day, which provides patients important respite. “We have one hour each day when there are no tests, and no one comes into a patient’s room; this silence is important for helping a patient regroup,” she says. In addition to sufficient quiet time to encourage reflection, Overath says, patients can benefit from musical sounds.

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Obviously highly individual, these could include a patient’s favorite music, wind chimes placed outside the window, recorded prayer or chanting, or any other sounds that enhance the environment. Even if it is just humming, melody and tone are conducive to healing and a happy mood. And because smell can also play a powerful role in making a space conducive to rest and reflection, Overath recommends that patients seek to incorporate essences into their space that will help them open up and focus on positive things in their lives. Specific scents have been shown to elicit different emotional responses, and patients can benefit from incorporating those that can promote calm and general well-being. For example, Overath says, “Lavender is a universal scent; most people like it and find it relaxing.” She also recommends sandalwood for patients who want something spicy and intriguing, or rosemary, which is great for memory. “I also love frankincense,” she adds. “It is called ‘the opener’ because it helps people open up and talk and diffuses unresolved issues.” Incorporating scents into your space is easy: simply place in a cup a cotton ball soaked in your chosen essential oil. “You can also get an inexpensive diffuser for about $30 that disperses scented mist,” says Overath. “Or you can use an oil diffuser: put a few drops of true essential oil into unscented oil, then place the mixture in a small cup on top of a tea candle; that will diffuse the scent into a room.”

Visualizing Good Health Equally important to what you hear and smell in an environment is what you see. A first step in creating a space that is visually pleasing and allows you to relax and reflect is to step back and really observe your chosen space objectively. “To start, assess a room as if you were a decorator,” says Nashville-based interior decorator Deborah Burnett. “Stand in the doorway of the space you claim as your sanctuary and use a camera to take a series of panoramic pictures of the room. Then print the photos out, place them in order from left to right, and examine them,” she says. “Look at the room with fresh eyes, and you will notice things you never saw before— dangling cords, messy shelves, and shoes under chairs. These are things your body will unconsciously recognize as uncomfortable. After you take care of the disarray, you can begin perfecting the space where you plan to heal.” A time-tested way to help balance and calm the energies in a space is with the ancient Chinese art and science of feng shui. Developed more than 3,000 years ago, feng shui demonstrates how to balance the energies in a given space to ensure the


good health and fortune of those who inhabit it. New York City interior designer Debra Duneier uses a unique combination of feng shui, environmental psychology, and green principles—a system she calls “EchoChi”—to help create healing spaces. One of the most important visual elements in a space, Duneier says, is color: “Colors affect healing and the overall state of mind.” The most soothing colors duplicate those in nature. “Soft blues, greens, and beige tones create the image of a pale blue sky or a new plant in the spring; they are earthy and grounding. And soft pinks, peaches, and lavenders have a relaxing effect as well.” Other key considerations in creating a visually pleasing and positive space include light, furniture placement, natural elements (such as water and plants), and favorite objects that elicit a positive emotional response. (For tips see “Healing and Harmony.”) “Overall, it is important to remember how the qi, or energy in your body, vibrates like a transmitter and attracts the same kind of energy that surrounds it,” Duneier says. By creating a calm space, you can foster a more calm, centered spirit.

Healing from the Ground Up Cancer centers around the country are transforming a oncecold, impersonal hospital atmosphere into a tranquil environment that heals the spirit as well as the body. Each of the five regional Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) facilities has been built and decorated with patients’ emotional and physical well-being in mind. The overall goal, says Mike White, senior vice president of major construction at CTCA, is to create a home away from home for patients and their families. “Many of our patients have had a hopeless journey, in search of a place where they are welcomed with comfort, hope, and the care they so desperately need,” White says. “For them we cannot be just another facility. Our home must nurture the spirit. The form and the function of the physical buildings must support recovery of the body, vitality of the mind, and tranquility of the spirit.” To that end, CTCA strives to ensure that everything—from the outside appearance of the buildings to treatment areas, corridors, and patient rooms—mimics a homelike atmosphere. Care is taken to incorporate colors, shapes, lighting, textures, materials, and signage that promote warmth and healing. Specific core requirements of each hospital’s design are mandated to achieve this goal, including solid wood trim, uplifting art, combined direct and indirect light and non-institutional lighting fixtures, carpets that soften the look of corridors, and the use of natural elements like interior gardens, reflecting pools, and aquariums.

Healing

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Harmony

Decorator Debra Duneier offers the following feng shui–inspired tips to create a space that will inspire healing and harmony: Pamper yourself with things you love. Scented candles, soothing music, incense—items that touch your five senses will constantly remind you of all the wonderful things life has to offer. In doing this you will feel supported and calm. Put your bed in the power position. For good qi, or energy in the room, you should place your bed with a solid wall behind it, in full view of the door. You should be able to see the door but not be in line with it. Across from the bed, place an appealing visual. It can be a painting of a beach scene or a photograph of a street in Venice— whatever represents your vision of an ideal future. Let light shine. Natural light is a mood elevator, so if you must be indoors, maximize the sun. If possible, use solar shades so you can control both the heat and the amount of light. If natural light isn’t feasible, use full-spectrum light bulbs, which will duplicate sunlight as closely as possible. Create a water flow. In feng shui water fountains bring abundance in one’s life in terms of wealth, friendship, and health. And the pushing up of that water represents life. Some people also find the sound of moving water soothing. Surround yourself with living things. Green plants, pets, or fish in a bowl or tank are all fantastic for healing.

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CALENDAR

The who, what, where and when in the West Valley

Arts in the Park LIVE - FREE Concert Series For those looking for some quality entertainment while also trying to save money The City Litchfield Park's Arts in the Park Concert Series may be just what you're looking for. The Wigwam Resort and Spa will be hosting monthly concerts on its grounds, the best part, admission is free. All you have to do is show up at the resort, bring a lawn chair, and listen to the easy tunes of a variety of music. The show itself is very relaxing, children are playing games in the grass, while adults can lounge in chairs and grass listen to 50's music from bands like Come Back Buddy, The Rave, Rondavous, Mary Hoffman. Night Groove Band and The Thaddeus Rose Band. Drinks and snacks are on sale at the event, but attendees are more than welcome to make a picnic out of the event. The next performance in line for the Arts in the Park Concert Series is Sunday, January 22nd from 3-5 P.M. featuring Rondavous. Recently voted "Best Country Band that's Everywhere”. Everyone, whether you're from Litchfield Park or elsewhere is encouraged to participate in an evening at the park with live music, community, and relaxing. Wigwam Resort and Spa is located on 300 East Litchfield Park Blvd. Litchfield Park, AZ 85340. For more information go to Litchfieldpark.org for more information on the concert series as well as additional community events for The City of Litchfield Park. Upcoming Shows: Rondavous: Recently voted "Best Country Band that's Everywhere," January 22nd, 3-5 P.M. Mary Hoffman: Always a Litchfield Park Favorite, February 19th, 3-5 P.M. Night Groove Band: Playing your favorites from R&B, Rock, Motown, and more, March 18th, 4-6 P.M. Thaddeus Rose Band: High Energy from Begining to End, April 20th, 7-9 P.M.

January 7th and 8th Litchfield Park Native American Art Festival "The Gathering"

December 29th through January 15th Herberger Theatre - Center Stage Daddy Long Legs

10:00am to 5:00pm. - Litchfield Park Featuring over 200 of the finest Soutwest Native American artists. A variety of Native American art, entertainment and learning opportunities. For info call 623-935-9040.

Daddy Long Legs tells of a young girl's Cinderella journey into womanhood, as well as a confirmed bachelor's awakening into love. Told through a series of letters . Daddy Long Legs is a testament to the power of the written word and its ability to touch our hearts. An elegant and inventive romance, this award-winning musical love story has been lauded for its innocence, its sheer beauty, and its depth of emotion, not to mention its magnificent musical score.Tickets Are $37.00 - $74.00 (additional fees may apply)

January 14th Litchfield Park Winter Trout Fishing Derby 7:00am to 3:00pm. Tierra Verde Lake Park Great fishing with over 1,000 trout stocked in the lake. The event includes food, prizes and giveaways. For info call 623-935-9040.

January 6th through February 12th Arizona Broadway Theatre Singin’ In The Rain Show starts at 7:30 p.m. 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, AZ 85382 Based on one of the most celebrated and beloved films of alltime starring the inimitable Gene Kelly, Singin’ in the Rain is set in 1920’s Hollywood during the waning days of the silent film era. This is a zany, light-hearted romantic comedy You’ll want to kick your feet up as you’re transported to yesteryear in this dazzling production. For tickets call 623-7768400 or log on to www.azbroadway.org 56 | January • February 2012 • westvalleymagazine.com

January 8th Goodyear City Market 10:00 am until 2:00 pm City Market takes place at the Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way, on the 1st Saturday of every month from October through May.

February 8th Cerreta & Wine Tasting 9:15 am until 3:00 pm The Cerreta’s strive to create a fun, lively atmosphere where everyone can see candy magic being made. Take a special guided tour of our family owned hometown candy

factory. We’ll show you how a sea of caramel becomes wrapped tempting taste treats. Whether you're a wine novice or a wine enthusiast, our experienced wine team will guide you through the wonderful world of wines. For info visit http://www.cerreta.com/index.cfm or http://www.totalwine.com/Main.aspx .

February 17th, 18th and 19th American Sports Center - Avondale LIVE LIFE EXPO - IMS Az Marathon Navigate the changing face of healthcare with the 2012 International Live Life Expo. This first-ever, three-day Arizona event unites the industries of health and wellness in ways never done before – redeveloping and redefining the new business of medicine. The IMS Marathon Sunday, February 19, 2012, the Integrated Medical Services (IMS) Arizona Marathon will, again, be sweeping through the West Valley! With the full (Boston Marathon qualifying) marathon, a half marathon, marathon relay, and a 5K walk/run. For more infomation please call 800-315-9630 for visit www.livelifeexpo.com. Events/Calendar submissions are welcome. Please email to editor@westvalleymagazine.com.


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DINING

The best restaurants in the West Valley

by Bob Purtell

Nakama– Goodyear’s “Circle of Friends” When Rey and Becky Maldonado were growing up in the West Valley, they had to travel to Scottsdale to enjoy sushi with their friends. They decided, in 2007, to venture into opening their own restaurant and provide a comfortable, affordable place for people to gather and enjoy Pan-Asian fusion cuisine. NAKAMA, (which means, “circle of friends”), is more than just a trendy sushi restaurant & lounge. It is a family owned and operated business that gives back to the community. Staffed entirely with locally hired employees, NAKAMA serves the local economy of Goodyear & Avondale with superb food, excellent service and a comfortable haven for social engagement.

We give this restaurant

****

stars.

13215 West McDowell Road, Suite D-3, Goodyear, AZ. 85338 in the Palm Valley Cornerstone.

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Located in Palm Valley Cornerstone just west of Dysart and south of McDowell, this treasure is easily accessible from I-10. The menu extends far beyond the fare found at traditional sushi restaurants. Please see their well crafted website www.nakamaaz.com for a complete listing. NAKAMA is an excellent choice for special events, such as corporate meetings, rehearsal dinners and modest-sized wedding receptions with its 125 person indoor dining room and 25 person outdoor patio seating. A full liquor license assures your favorite beverage will be waiting for you including Asian beers, hot and cold sakes and domestically produced draught beers. Rueben Maldonado, the restaurant manager, assures a wonderful dining experience that will have you coming back time after time. Military discounts are offered to our service personnel and fund raisers are encouraged for local schools and community groups. NAKAMA can also cater your next dinner party or business event with a simple call to 623 935-3809. Happy hour runs daily from 4-7pm and ALL DAY Sunday. Features include $2.50 (16 oz)Domestic Drafts, (12 oz) Domestic Bottles, $5.75 Sake Bombers and $5.00 Gran Centenario Rosangel Margaritas to name a few. $5.00 starters include Edamame, Egg Rolls, Stuffed Mushrooms, Tempura Shrimp, Tempura Garden, Edamame Hummus, NAKAMA Wings and Lettuce Wraps. Each month, you can try out your sushi rolling skills while sipping sake in NAKAMA’s “Sushi & Sake 101” class. Ask your server or consult the website for details. $20 per person. Monday’s specials include $1.00 draughts, $2.00 Cali Rolls and $5.00 Wings. Daily lunch specials include $5.00 rice bowls for the diner on a short meal break; quite a value for dine-in patrons. Vegetarian alternative menu items assure everyone in your party will enjoy their dining experience. The circular design of the restaurant offers a warm and comfortable environment. Bold colors and well thought out décor are part of the signature appeal of this establishment. The menu includes basic and special rolls. Be sure to try the “Lotus Roll”, NAKAMA’s signature dish. Also featured are starters, soups, salads, noodles, sashimi, traditional “Bento Boxes”, desserts and a NAKAMUNCHKINS children’s menu. The fish is superb and prepared daily for ultimate freshness of taste. NAKAMA should be on your primary radar for places to dine in Goodyear. Comfortable, affordable, easily accessible and delicious, you will want to tell your family and friends all about. Make it a date to treat yourself to a special lunch or dinner, soon.

Photographed by Michael Jordan Photography

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9744 W. Northern Ave., Peoria, AZ

623.877.0096

D I N I N G

Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

623.772-9463 www.flemingssteakhouse.com

Blu Burger Grille 623.877-3200 www.bluburger.com

Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria

623.486-4455 www.grimaldispizzeria.com

Sandbar 623.877-6444 www.sandbaraz.com

S WEETS

AND

shopparkwest.com

G U I D E

Fleming’s

Mexican Grill

Stylish, contemporary dining is the hallmark of Fleming's. As our name implies, our menu features the finest in prime beef, augmented by a tempting variety of chops, seafood, chicken, generous salads, inventive side orders and indulgent desserts. Our celebrated wine list, known as the Fleming's 100, boasts some of the finest wines in the world, all available by the glass.

Blu Burger Grille, was built on the need for a truly unique, high quality, hamburger experience. Our burgers are prepared to your specification and are made with the freshest Certified Angus ground beef. We believe that everyone should be able to enjoy quality hamburger creations, and thus strive to maintain reasonable menu prices without sacrificing quality.

A taste of NY in the West Valley. With over 100 years of pizza making traditions, Grimaldi’s serves NY-style, coal fired brickoven pizzas and calzones, freshly prepared salads and house made desserts in an upscale yet casual and family oriented pizzeria. Come enjoy “The Pizza that made the Brooklyn Bridge Famous.”

Ice cold cervezas, sand beneath your feet, and some fresh Mexican food. Whether you are looking for a night out on the town or want to relax with a couple of cool cocktails, Sandbar is the destination for the best beach fun!

SPIRITS

Wine Styles 623.872.7900 • www.winestylesstore.com Feel like you have traveled back in time to an old world wine cellar where the ambiance is perfect for browsing through our world class wines at affordable prices. Our wines are separated into eight tasting styles and our knowledgeable staff will help you find the style right for you. We also offer unique gifts, a large selection of American craft beer and Kana Cuban Coffee. Whether you join our wine club, visit us for weekly wine tastings, stop in for a glass of wine or shop for a gift basket, we are sure you will not be disappointed.

See’s Candies 623.772.7256 • www.sees.com

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E N T E R TA I N M E N T

By Michelle Arana

Movie Review:

The Twilight Saga Continues with

BREAKING DAWN Part 1

Bella, Edward and Jacob

are back in the Twilight Saga’s Breaking Dawn Part 1. Only this time, Edward and Bella take a huge step in their relationship. If you have not seen the movie yet, then beware of a spoiler alert! The movie starts out with Bella (played by Kristen Stewart also known as Kristen from Cold Creek Manor), and the Cullen family preparing for Edward’s (played by Robert Pattinson also known as Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and Bella’s big day. When the big day finally arrives, everything turns out great except some vampire vs. werewolf drama which was expected because both were invited to the Wedding. I am sure you are all wondering right about now whether or not Jacob (played by Taylor Lautner also known as Eliot Murtaugh in Cheaper by the Dozen 2) shows up to the Wedding. Although he is not happy with Bella’s decision, Jacob shows his support for Bella by showing up a little late to the Wedding to have a private dance with Bella. The dance starts out happy until Jacob learns that Bella is not going to change into a vampire until after their Honeymoon. Jacob tries to warn Bella of what could happen should Bella wait too long to change into a vampire, however, as usual; Bella decides not to listen to Jacob.

In the next weeks, Edward’s dad Dr. Carlisle (played by Peter Facinelli also known as Bob Walker in The Big Kahuna) looked after Bella and discovered that Bella’s baby was not compatible with her body so the baby was starting to kill Bella from the inside. Bella grew weak, tired, lost weight and the baby was killing her from the inside out. Now everyone around Bella (including Jacob, once he found out that Bella was not on her Honeymoon anymore) was trying to convince Bella that she shouldn’t have the baby or else it would cost Bella her own life. While in the meantime, the werewolves were plotting to come kill Bella and or her baby if it was born because of the monster that would be created from a vampire having a baby with a human.

Edward and Bella leave Jacob angry at the Wedding shortly after to go on their Honeymoon. Everything that Twilight fans expected to happen on Edward and Bella’s Honeymoon turned out to exceed expectations-except one minor detail. Bella gets pregnant. How is this even possible you might ask and how did it happen so quickly? Well apparently vampire pregnancies can expedite delivery faster than a human can, so one week Bella gets pregnant, and the next she is already showing her pregnant belly. Due to the unexpected events, Bella and Edward had to cut their Honeymoon shorter than planned, however Bella could not show her face in Forks because then everyone would see that she was pregnant including her dad Charlie (played by Billy Burke also known as Ben Devine in Along Came a Spider) who still does not know that his daughter is trying to become a vampire. So she told everyone that she and Edward decided to extend their Honeymoon out a few extra weeks when she was really hiding out at the Cullen’s residence.

See the movie to find out whether or not Bella goes through with having the baby, if Bella can stay alive either way, and what becomes of the werewolves vs. vampires and the new brawl between them.

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ON THE TOWN

Places and events going on in the West Valley

By Kristy Matsuda Photography by Michael Jordan Photography

Join us for

L

t he TAPS BLUES BLAST

ocal blues musician Jay Morton otherwise known as Leon J and band JukeJoint play weekly at the local bar/restaurant “Taps” for “Tuesday’s Bluesday” evenings. It is acoustic blues with a reverberating modern rock style in the pedigree of the sounds of the delta blues. Leon J & drummer Jon Leech play covers from the sounds of Eric Clapton, Son House, the Roots, Muddy Waters and even some Elvis. The influence of the early delta blues are a big part of Leon J & JukeJoint’s sound. The rhythm, timing, and the change of tempo set the tone and vibration in the room. The audience is moved by his music, literally. People in the audience are overcome by the sensation to move with the rhythm of the beats, to stand and flow with the music, it was this sense of being over taken by the music. I just felt like some people were remembering where they were when they were listening to this music; it had brought back undisclosed memories for them. Just the quality in the music is truly felt, my friend who accompanied with me to watch Morton play whispered to me during the performance that she felt like she was in the bayou. The authenticity is what everyone in the room felt and shouldn’t be missed. Jay Morton allowed an opportunity before set up to tell a little about him and his inspirations. Morton’s had an extensive musical background in his childhood, 62 | January • February 2012 • westvalleymagazine.com

February 11th | From Noon to ???? starting at the age of four. He had traveled all through the U.S. with his parent’s gospel tour. His family toured in Europe for seven months and experienced that music is worldwide, it was his early years where he was exposed to the world and learned the appreciation of music. Morton’s mother taught piano and encouraged Morton to perform and his first stage performance; he sang “I’m a Christian Cowboy” on stage and hasn’t left the stage since. There’s a quote Morton leaves on his voicemail and reiterates to others, “Most people die with the music left inside.” It is this quote that he lives by and tells others “the music needs to be let out” it shouldn’t stay locked away within.

“Music is universal” Morton stated as he explained the early gospel and blues style. Morton explains the similarity of the music with both having the controversy of being the “devil’s music” and how modern rock and roll in America was the influence of the early delta blues. He wishes to “tell a story, teach the connection” of the music during his performances, Morton bestows the history of the delta blues influence in music history, the style of the early delta blues and the involvement of the different genres of music. He enfolds the story of the creation of the early delta blues. He tells how slaves would work in the fields and sing songs as a means of communication. He plays and shows how


the tenor and the tempo of the music was a method in which the slaves used to warn each other or the time and pace of their workload. Morton said his objective is for people to understand the early delta blues and how the music is affected and influenced by the sounds. The creation of the music is significant and raw and that is why he plays his music and why he enjoys teaching the people the history of it. In 2009, Jay Morton was a winner at the ‘Telluride Blues and Brews Festival’. 2010, Morton became the ‘Acoustic Showcase’ winner in San Diego, CA and nominated to the Blues Hall of Fame. Morton was inducted as both the ‘Ambassador to the Blues’ and ‘Great Local Artist for Arizona’ in the National Blues Hall of Fame in 2011. Leon J & JukeJoint travel around the West Coast playing acoustic blues & rock and a recent project is the Americana Crossroads Blues Review which is an arrange of a corporate entertainment. The use of percussions and drums, particularly the “djembe (African drum) and his steel metal guitar make for a raw pulsing sound of the delta blues. The band has recently been involved in the Inaugural Spooky Blues Mini Fest to benefit the wounded warriors held back in October and will be traveling to Mexico this year as headliners. The band also hosts a more exclusive event, house concerts for a more intimate and instant music and art. It’s a project that has been in the valley for five years held by the band and is a huge hit, great for parties, just having a show at home. If interested contact acousticcellars@gmail.com. Check out Leon J & JukeJoint at Taps on Tuesday evening in the West Valley and experience the sounds of Raw Delta Blues and enjoy a brief music history lesson taught by Jay Morton. westvalleymagazine.com • January • February 2012 | 63


PUZZLES

Exercise your mind and get lost in a puzzle

CROSSWORD

ACROSS 1. "Oh my!" 5. Hit the books 10. Give as an example 14. Adriatic resort 15. Half of six 16. Norse god 17. Dramatist 19. Curve 20. Witch 21. Product of bees 22. Mobs 23. Polish remover 25. Gave out 27. Soak 28. The craft of drawing blueprints 31. Inexpensive 34. Short person 35. Mongrel 36. German for "Mister" 37. Encounters 38. Information 39. What we breathe 40. Official tree of Canada 41. A condition marked by tremors 42. Hot and humid 44. A spring month 45. Fertilizer ingredient 46. Attractive 50. Choose by voting 52. Browned bread 54. Governor (abbrev.) 55. Search 56. Indecent 58. Chills and fever 59. Mistake 60. Baking appliance 61. Where a bird lives 62. Adolescents 63. Flippant

LAST MONTH’S SOLUTIONS

SUDOKU HOW TO PLAY SUDOKU? Sudoku requires no calculation or arithmetic skills. It is essentially a game of placing numbers in squares, using very simple rules of logic and deduction. It can be played by children and adults and the rules are simple to learn. SUDOKU OBJECTIVE The objective of the game is to fill all the blank squares in a game with the correct numbers. There are three very simple constraints to follow. In a 9x9 square Sudoku game: * Every row of 9 numbers must include all digits 1 through 9 in * Every column of 9 numbers must include all digits 1 through 9 in any order * Every 3 by 3 subsection of the 9x9 square must include all digits 1 through 9.

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DOWN 1. First Greek letter 2. Light purple 3. Maxim 4. ___ sauce 5. Mighty 6. Yours (archaic) 7. Desire 8. Dry out 9. Nevertheless 10. A hard metallic element 11. The same 12. Bell sound 13. Terminates 18. Shout 22. Spike 24. Russian emperor 26. Hearing organs 28. Inhabit 29. Cashews and almonds 30. A neutral color 31. Gossip 32. Inheritor 33. Incorrect 34. Leaving 37. A ceremonial staff 38. Not nights 40. Glove 41. Trousers 43. Type of fence 44. Penny pinchers 46. Four-wheeled toy cart 47. Pointed arch 48. Relocation company 49. What's happening 50. Distinctive flair 51. Balcony section 53. Monster 56. Collection 57. Not bottom


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WVM January 2012  

WVM January issue features a New Year, a New You. It's time to get fit, watch your diet and pay attention to your mind, body and spirit.

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