Ahwatukee Foothills News

  • No freeway construction closures scheduled over Super weekend

    No construction-related closures are scheduled along Phoenix-area freeways over Super Bowl weekend (Jan. 30-Feb. 2), according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.ADOT joins with the Arizona Department of Public Safety and Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in urging drivers to stay alert over the weekend and to follow these safe-driving tips: Never drive while impaired Arrange for a designated driver Buckle up Obey speed limits Be prepared to slow down in wet weather Check your vehicle, including tire pressure Be patient, don’t tailgate For a complete list of highway and freeway conditions around the state visit ADOT’s Travel Information site at www.az511.gov or call 511. You also can follow ADOT via Twitter (@ArizonaDOT).Sign up for ADOT email updates, including weekend freeway restrictions, at www.azdot.gov. Another great way to find out more about ADOT's projects and programs to improve Arizona’s transportation system is the ADOT blog at www.azdot.gov/blog.ADOT plans and constructs new freeways, additional lanes and other improvements as part of the Regional Transportation Plan for the Maricopa County region. The primary funding source for regional freeway improvements is a half-cent sales tax approved by county voters in 2004.

  • Library hosts weekly Teen Study Time

    Need a place for group study? Ironwood Library will have the meeting room open every Wednesday for teens to study. They will provide light snacks and beverages.DETAILS>> Wednesday evenings from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd.

  • Revenue from the sky lifts Valley airports this week

    As fans and visitors descend upon the Valley for the week leading up to the biggest sporting event of the year, so are dollars for the area’s private airports.Glendale Municipal Airport, Falcon Field in Mesa, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Goodyear Airport, Chandler Municipal Airport and others are part of a coordinated program established by the federal government to handle anticipated traffic into and out of the area via charter and private craft.“We are affected quite a bit by the Super Bowl,” said Glendale Municipal Airport manager Walt Fix.While Federal Aviation Administration planning was months in the making, the execution has only ramped up in the past week or so, according to Fix. The timing is attributed to the fact the Super Bowl’s participants — Seattle and New England — were decided Jan. 18 with the conference championships.“After last Sunday, reservations accelerated,” Fix said last week.The uptick in activity will raise revenues for the operators of these airports, and by extension, the municipalities where they are located.

  • Park of Four Waters Tour at Pueblo Grande Museum

    The Park of Four Waters Tour will take you on a tour through undeveloped, natural desert to the ruins of prehistoric Hohokam canal systems. This is a first come, first serve tour, included with paid museum admission.DETAILS>> 10-11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30. Space is limited. Sign up at the front desk to reserve a spot at the Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix. For more information, call (602) 495-0901, or visit www.pueblogrande.com.

  • Milk industry fights sour attitudes

    New York • The milk industry is fed up with all the sourness over dairy.As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting the benefits of milk. The association says it needs to act because attitudes about milk are deteriorating more rapidly, with vegan groups, non-dairy competitors and other perceived enemies getting louder online.Julia Kadison, CEO of Milk Processor Education Program, which represents milk companies, says the breaking point came last year when the British Medical Journal published a study suggesting drinking lots of milk could lead to earlier deaths and higher incidents of fractures. Even though the study urged a cautious interpretation of its findings, it prompted posts online about the dangers of drinking milk.“I said, ‘That’s enough.’ We can’t have these headlines that ‘Milk Can Kill You’ and not stand up for the truth,” Kadison said in a phone interview. She said MilkPEP’s consumer surveys have indicated a noticeable deterioration in attitudes about milk over the past year or so, although they declined to give specific survey results.On Tuesday, the “Get Real” social media campaign was announced at a dairy industry gathering in Boca Raton, Florida, in conjunction with the National Dairy Council and Dairy Management Inc., which represent dairy farmers. The campaign is intended to drown out milk’s detractors with positive posts about milk on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere. Milk brands, their employees and others in the industry will post the messages and direct people to a website where they can get more information.Online ads will also tout the superiority of dairy milk over almond milk, which is surging in popularity.

  • Banner Heart to host atrial fibrillation event

    A little “fib” can lead to a big problem. Cardiologist Andrew Kaplan, MD, will talk about the abnormal heart rhythm, which is a common heart problem for many people. Atrial fibrillation occurs when rapid, disorganized signals cause the heart’s two upper chambers to contract fast and irregularly.DETAILS>> 5-7 p.m. Feb. 3. This event is free and open to the public. There will also be a question and answer session, and light refreshments will be served. Space is limited, so to reserve a spot or for more information, call (602) 230-CARE.

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  • ‘Black or White’ a solid story about race relations

    There are two movies currently in theaters about American heroes. One of them is “American Sniper,” which centers on a white American hero. The other is “Selma,” which centers on a black American hero. “American Sniper” has exceeded all expectations with its box office results and Oscar nominations while “Selma” has done just okay. While both of these movies are great and important achievements, they seem to have created a wedge between some people. Given this controversy, it’s appropriate that we’d get a movie like “Black or White” right about now.Kevin Costner gives one of his strongest performances in a while as Elliot Anderson, a lawyer raising his biracial granddaughter, Eloise (Jillian Estell). Elliot’s daughter died in childbirth and his wife was recently killed in a car accident. Octavia Spencer is right at home as Rowena, Eloise’s paternal grandmother who doesn’t think Elliot can raise her alone. With a big family and steady job of her own, Rowena hires her lawyer brother (Anthony Mackie) to get full custody. Things only get more complicated when Eloise’s druggy father (André Holland) returns and Rowena pushes him to take responsibility for his daughter. What ensues is a bit like the interracial version of “Kramer vs. Kramer.”The reason “Black or White” works is because its characters are never, for a lack of better words, black and white. None of these people are bad per se, but they all have human flaws. Although he loves his granddaughter with all his heart, Elliot isn’t sure how to be a single parent and often turns to the bottle for answers. That doesn’t mean Rowena has the right to take Eloise away from Elliot either. As nurturing as she is, Rowena doesn’t always know what’s best. After all, the woman did raise a crack addict whom she forgives one too many times. “Black or White” is all about finding the middle ground when it becomes to race, family, and simply doing what’s best.With powerful performances, honest characters, and wise commentary, there are times where “Black or White” demonstrates the makings of a great picture about race relations. There are a few problems, though. For starters, the humor can occasionally feel awkward and out-of-place. Sometimes the comedy works, particularly the scenes involving Mpho Koaho as a tutor always equipped with credentials. But then we get an uneven scene, such as when Elliot tells Eloise about her grandma’s departure and the conversation is partially played for laughs. A film like “The Help” did a much better job at juggling drama and comedy, despite what some say about that infamous pie scene.Also, for a film about the dynamics between black and white people, we spend a lot more time with Costner’s character than any of the African-American ones. They’re not underdeveloped per se, but a few more scenes told from Rowena’s point of view definitely would have elevated the story. Even little Eloise is kind of overshadowed at times, although the film does effectively develop her relationships with all her parental figures. This is actually one of the few custody movies where we see the adults talk to the child involved about who she wants to live with. At the very least, Eloise is a significant figure here and not just a puppet.  Then there’s the film’s final act. Without giving too much away, “Black or White” leads to an action climax in which two characters butt heads. It’s forced, it’s cheap, and it just seems tacked on. As unnecessary as the climax is, it still doesn’t ruin the experience. Writer and director Mike Binder’s film might not be a transcendent story about race, but it is a solid one that will hopefully encourage more pictures like this. Considering how divided people sometimes are, we can never have too many movies about compromise.

  • ‘Pinkalicious’ musical at Mountain Pointe Jan. 30

    Mountain Pointe Theatre Company is putting on the musical “Pinkalicious,” based off the book “Pinkalicious,” by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann. Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe — a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament. The musical is at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30 at Mountain Pointe High School, 4201 E. Knox Road.For more information, visit mptheatre.com or call (480) 759-8449.

  • Park of Four Waters Tour at Pueblo Grande Museum

    The Park of Four Waters Tour will take you on a tour through undeveloped, natural desert to the ruins of prehistoric Hohokam canal systems. This is a first come, first serve tour, included with paid museum admission.DETAILS>> 10-11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30. Space is limited. Sign up at the front desk to reserve a spot at the Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix. For more information, call (602) 495-0901, or visit www.pueblogrande.com.

  • Tastebuds travel south of the border at Tapacubo

    Tempe passersby looking for a new and unique dining experience different from anything else can add Tapacubo to their must-try hot spot list.This new restaurant, located in The Graduate hotel, which recently replaced the Twin Palms on Apache Boulevard, offers customers Mexican and South American-styled food at affordable costs in a vintage ’60s and ‘70s garage-themed location.“We have these large, vintage gas pumps that dispense our margaritas, hubcap chandeliers, and some old cars hanging … that will make you feel like you’re in South America (or) down by the border,” said Tapacubo executive chef, Brian Archibald.Tapacubo, meaning hubcap, is also fully equipped with a bar counter made of 38,000 pesos from Mexico.Archibald said he’s especially proud of Tapacubo’s diverse menu, which offers everything from street-style tacos, to Honduran ceviche and even vegetarian arepas.“Vegetarian dishes are always hard to come across,” Archibald said. “(Tapacubo’s) has a lot of flavor.”

  • Quick look: New this week at the movies

    New this weekBlack or WhiteThis is the story of a grandfather who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter. When her paternal grandmother seeks custody with the help of her brother, the little girl is torn between two families who love her deeply. With the best intentions at heart, both families fight for what they feel is right and are soon forced to confront their true feelings about race, forgiveness, and understanding. Anchored by an all-star cast and based on real events, the movie is a look at two seemingly different worlds, in which nothing is as simple as black or white. Starring: Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Jillian Estell, Gillian Jacobs, Jennifer Ehle, Anthony Mackie, Bill Burr.  PG-13Black SeaA rogue submarine captain pulls together a misfit crew to go after a sunken treasure rumored to be lost in the depths of the Black Sea. As greed and desperation take control on board their claustrophobic vessel, the increasing uncertainty of the mission causes the men to turn on each other to fight for their own survival.  Starring: Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Konstantin Khabenskiy, Michael Smiley, Jodie Whittaker, Karl Davies.  RLegends From the Sky

  • See modern, historic examples of 1800s-style photography

    There’s a reason the term “oldies but goodies” came about.Take, as evidence, platinum prints — photographs with a velvety surface and a muted but luminescent palatte that ranges from slate to umber. Photographers figured out how to create them around 1873, and the process, despite its laboriousness and the current tidal wave of digital everything, is still in use today.Get a look at why this 19th-century innovation is still turning heads in two exhibitions open through March 1 at Phoenix Art Museum.In “Platinum: Contemporary Photography,” the masterful work of four photographers who have perfected the platinum process — Lois Conner, Scott Davis, Kenro Izu and Andrea Modica — is on view. That show is presented in conjunction with “All That Glitters is Not Gold: Platinum Photography from the Center for Creative Photography,” a chronological look at platinum photos throughout history.For information, call (602) 257-1222 or visit PHXart.org.

  • Couch and Jake announce engagement

    Almost two years ago, fate and a few loose cobblestones brought Rachael Jake and David Couch together. They talked all night over drinks and dueling pianos about rocks, Amazon robots and nerdy pick-up lines. Sparks flew, but time was against them — he left the next morning to head back home to Nashville. Completely smitten, somehow he knew he’d marry her someday, so he bought a plane ticket and flew back to date her. Without much of a strategy, they gave the long-distance dating model a shot (which proved to be a lesson in patience: mainly a lesson that Rachael does not have any). Long story short, it took them five dates, six states, eight plane tickets and 1,646 miles to realize that when you know, you know. David devised an ornate and romantic plan with Rachael’s little sister and best friend to fly out to Phoenix and propose to Rachael in Phoenix over the Christmas holiday. Having obviously misheard the popular phrase, “Good things come to those who wave…” David saw Rachael waving at the airport, ready to pick him up from his flight, and proposed less than 45 minutes later. Despite the deviation from his master plan, Rachael happily said yes at sunset on top of the South Mountain Preserve. The two will be married on Sept. 26 outside of Nashville at a local berry farm. Rachel is a 2008 graduate of Desert Vista High School in Ahwatukee and a 2012 graduation of Arizona State University.• Contact: Theresa DiBona, (480) 898-7924 or tdibona@ahwatukee.com.

  • Mountain Pointe High School students recognized for perfect attendance

    Congratulations to the following 112 students from Mountain Pointe High School with perfect attendance for the fall semester 2014. A lottery was drawn and two students from each class were recognized at the Jan. 16 Welcome Back Assembly by Principal Bruce Kipper: Class of 2018 – Cynthia Liu and Zachary Zirbes; Class of 2017 – San Johnae Briscoe and Michael Rodriguez; Class of 2016 – Kassidy Conroy and Itzamma Hinojos, and Class of 2015 – Brendon Lucero and Linda Nguyen. They received a certificate, a bag of goodies, and two Harkins VIP movie passes. Congrats to these members of the Pride.Seniors: Jeffrey Anderson, Grant Ceglia, Ana Coker, Cimone Isbell, Patrick Leung, Santiago Lopez, Brendon Lucero, Matthew Markham, Flora Moreno, Isaac Nagaratram, Linda Nguyen, Donald Padilla, Brandon Peter, Stephen Romero, Ismael Villalobos, Lyndsey Voyles, and Sierra Zirbes.Juniors: Blakeney Adlam, Kassidy Conroy, Sullivan Dupre, Martina Enriquez, Magdalena Garcia, Arielle Hardy, Itzamma Hinojos, Gen Ito, Navneet Kumar, Sara Leinenveber, Joshua Oaks, Jitesh RAi, Joshua Ranes, Samariah Riggins, Yajaira Salazar, Israel Salgado, Jake Wilson, Holden Wilt, and Sundai Works.Sophomores: Samantha Arden, Amber Barr, Gabriel Barragan, Johnae Briscoe, Abdoul Camara, Luke Cernetic, Tyler Davis, Tyshae Ellis, Aubree Gleason, Carrie Greeney, Isiah Hartfield, Savione Henry-Usoro, Jendayha Hill, MIsteana Hogston, Cameron Holladay, Gerald Isbell, Taylor Janiec, Jace Jenkins, Landry Kelsen, Isaiah Kyle, Owen Kyle Alexandra LeRoy, Vlada Markov, John Marshall, Logan Matulis, Paris Pearson, Alec Petriw, Precious Phiri, Cameron Polich, Michael Rodriguez, Michael Santa Cruz, Valeria Smith, Adam Tejada, Denis del Rosario Vazquez, Clarissa Williams, Michael Williams, and Doneisha Wooten.Freshman: Rodrigo Bahena-Magaden, Casey Bedenko, Tionne Caldwell, Charity Campbell, Kaylee Coakley, Astrid Coker-Mendoza, Raven Copeland, Estella Dawson, Anita Diallo, Alexander Dicksnson, Victoria Dong, Cory Drozdowski, Kyle Duran, Lauren Everett, Tyrese Green, Nicholas Gripman, Alan Hendrix, Cole Jackson, Connor Jackson, Hannah Jackson, Antoine Kepczyk, Alexander Lahr, Briana Larson, Arieonne Lewis, Cynthia Liu, John Melton, Kaleb Norcini, Ellis Osborn, Allysa Parker, Carlos Peterson, Jacob Santa Cruz, Griffin Sells, Katrina Shiao, Owen Southgate, Nicole Swatton, Sarah Van Horn, Maria Fernanda Vazquez, Nehemiah Wright, and Zachary Zirbes.

  • Desert Vista awarded $1K for monthly Fulton Homes Noon Salute Win

    Band students at Desert Vista High School gathered along with band director Josh Thye to accept a $1,000 check from Fulton Homes for being December’s monthly winner of the Fulton Homes Noon Salute program. The school’s band was featured on KOOL FM the week of Dec. 15-21 playing the national anthem. The school’s version of the patriotic song can be heard by visiting www.fultonhomesnoonsalute.com.Fulton Homes and KOOL FM have partnered for the fourth consecutive year for the Fulton Homes Noon Salute. Each week during the school year, Fulton Homes and KOOL FM recognize outstanding performances by area middle school and high school bands by airing a performance of “The Star Spangled Banner.” At the end of each month, one of the bands is selected to receive a $1,000 donation from Fulton Homes. Additionally, each band’s performance will be on an Internet URL for others to listen to. The program is designed to recognize high school musicians and their hard work and dedication to their musical studies, as well as the teachers who develop their musical talents.Desert Vista was named the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Arizona State Champions at the Division 1 ABODA State Marching Championships.• Contact: Theresa DiBona, (480) 898-7924 or tdibona@ahwatukee.com.


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