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  • Chefs weigh in on what a gourmet kitchen needs

    Liz Alterman of realtor.com recently interviewed three top chefs to get their take on what a gourmet kitchen should include.If you’re a home cook who aspires to elevate your gourmet game but feel like something is holding you back, the blame more than likely rests on your kitchen. If only you had the right tools of the trade, you tell yourself, you could serve up a feast that friends would talk about for years to come. Well, guess what? Creating a chef’s kitchen at home may be easier than spatchcocking a chicken.“Top Chef” star Fabio Viviani, who owns restaurants in California and Chicago, says when homeowners choose to renovate a kitchen, they often make the mistake of putting their money into new cabinetry while refurbishing would suffice. He suggests investing in appliances.“Your Thanksgiving turkey is going to taste better with a nice oven rather than with nice cabinets,” he jokes. “You need at least a four-burner stove so you can sauté, fry, and sear at the same time. Then, you need a convection oven, and believe it or not, there are a lot of short cuts that can be done using a good microwave.”The chef, who grew up in Florence and began working in a bakery at age 11, also says small counter appliances like a blender, food processor, and stand mixer are a must — preferably within arm’s reach.For chef Ehren Ryan, owner of Common Lot in Millburn, New Jersey, a true chef’s kitchen is all about function and fluid movement.

  • Nearby Independence Day fireworks shows

    What better way to celebrate America's 240th birthday than with a day of grilling and family fun followed by a spectacular showcase of “bombs bursting in air.”Ahwatukee residents who enjoy Red, White and Boom on Friday can catch other celebrations on Independence Day itself not far from their homes..Tempe Town Lake Festival (Tempe)Get the thrill of watching fireworks over the water, along with live music in a range of styles, a military flyover, plus an inflatable village for the kids and a food court. The fireworks launch at 9:15 p.m.When: July 4, starting at 5 p.m.Where: Tempe Town Lake Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe.

  • Thefts remain a problem for Ahwatukee car and truck owners, police data show

    Motor vehicle thefts may be declining in neighboring Tempe, but the number of automobiles stolen in Ahwatukee has increased slightly in the last two years.Data from raidsonline, the site Phoenix Police use to give people access to current and historical crime data, show that car and truck thefts increased last year after a dip in 2014 from the previous year.Car thefts in 2013 totaled 122, then dropped to 95 the following year, raidsonline.com data show. But last year vehicle thefts increased to 104 incidents. So far this year, police have recorded 65 vehicle thefts in Ahwatukee.Among Ahwatukee’s three zip codes, 85048 recorded half of all motor vehicles stolen  last year, according to the data.Phoenix Police spokesman Sgt. Jonathan Howard said that while he couldn’t explain last year’s increase in vehicle thefts in Ahwatukee, his department continues to wage an aggressive campaign to educate owners on ways to avoid being victimized.“The Police Department works to educate the public to help them protect their vehicle from theft. This includes reminding people to lock their cars and keep valuables out of site,” Sgt. Howard said.

  • SE Valley youth football numbers comparable to past seasons

    The future of the game was supposed to be as clouded as the brain function of a football player who was dinged in the head.The growing concern over brain injuries and football was expected to put the game’s long-term future in question when former NFL players started committing suicide and others brought lawsuits against the league for hiding the ramifications of head trauma.The belief — long before Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said in April “We got to make sure that moms get the message; because that’s who’s afraid of our game right now” — was that parents of potential players were going to take notice of the negative headlines and push their sons toward other sports.It seems to be all for naught, at least for one local youth football league that has seen participation climbing.The Southeast Valley Youth Football League is for ages 5 to 15 and has both flag and tackle football, along with cheerleading.The upcoming season is off to a good start, according to Doug Powell, who has been the SEV director of registration since 2013. He says 230 participants have signed so far, which that puts them on pace for more than 400 players. That would surpass last year’s number of 385.

  • Who or what is your power source?

    I popped a bagel into the toaster this morning, but nothing happened. I rattled the lever and pushed it up and down a few times before I realized the toaster was unplugged. It wasn't connected to the power source, so no matter what I tried, it wasn't going to toast my bagel until I plugged it in.The word “power” implies strength. Our world values people who are in control, strong, and powerful. Paul, the author of many books in the New Testament, began his life as a religious zealot. He was brutal in his persecution of early Christians. He definitely would have been an example of what we think of as a powerful individual.Yet when Paul met Jesus, his life was transformed. He came to realize that being humble and surrendering to the Lord gave him true power. As he allowed the Lord to work in him and through him, many lives were changed. It was God's power, not Paul's, that made the difference.“I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power.” (1 Corinthians 2:3-5)Zerubabbel had the daunting task of encouraging the rebuilding of the temple after many years of exile. The people were disheartened and things had come to a stand-still. The ruined temple was also a symbol of the condition of their relationship with God.

  • Main Street Ahwatukee

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  • Frankie J. bringing ‘the artist’ to Rawhide

    Mexican-American singer Frankie J. is known for his enthusiastic and energetic stage presence. But when he returns to his San Diego home, he’s simply known as “dad.”“I’ve been very blessed to keep my feet on the ground and be a family man,” said Frankie J., who is married and has two teenagers.“Whenever I leave the house, I become ‘the artist.’ When I’m home, I’m dad. I have a regular job, but it’s kind of different. I go out there to be able to feed my family and enjoy the fruits of my success.”Frankie J. will earn his keep when he performs at Rawhide on July 2. It’s one of three shows in the state, as he’ll hit the stage July 3 in Tucson and July 4 in Nogales.“I’m bringing a lot of energy to the table,” he said. “I love doing these festivals with bands. It feels so much better on stage, as opposed to a track show. I feel a lot more comfortable and I have the freedom to do what I want to do musically.”He said a track show, in which recorded music is played behind the artist, is limiting, as opposed to a live show.

  • ‘Eazy’ Does It: G-Eazy finds stardom comes through hard work

    A strong work ethic has never been a problem for G-Eazy. Maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise that in less than 18 months, he has followed up his breakthrough 2014 album, “These Things Happen,” with “When It’s Dark Out.”The new album—his first under a deal with RCA Records—arrived on Dec. 4, despite the fact that he toured into the early months of 2015 behind “These Things Happen.” He needed to include time for the manufacture and promotional set-up of the new album, process that can take a few months for a major label release.“I don’t know how we did it,” said G-Eazy, who performs at Ak-Chin Pavilion on Saturday, July 2. “I went from the end of the last tour straight to the studio, just set up shop, locked the doors and put my phone on airplane mode and made the album.”G-Eazy had good reason to push himself to make “When It’s Dark Out.” “These Things Happen” debuted at No. 3 on Billboard magazine’s all-genre album chart and topped the magazine’s hip-hop and rap album charts. That’s an impressive showing for an album that was independently released (although it was distributed by RED, one of the industry’s leading distributors).Now G-Eazy—real name Gerald Gillum—is being touted as a candidate to be hip-hop’s next superstar. His single “Me, Myself & I” (featuring Bebe Rexha) topped Billboard’s Hot Rap, Mainstream Top 40 and U.S. Rhythmic singles charts and reached No. 7 on the all-genre Hot 100 singles chart.Raised by a single mother in the San Francisco bay area, he got into hip-hop as a teenager, and during college at Loyola University in New Orleans, began releasing a steady stream of mixtapes. He began with the 2008 release, “The Tipping Point.”

  • Ahwatukee couple puts the Ahh! in Red, White and Boom…and 86 other area fireworks spectaculars

    Like most of us, Ahwatukee residents Kerry and Lori Welty are prepping for the Fourth of July holiday.But unlike the rest of us, their weekend calendar includes 87 fireworks shows between Friday, July 1, and Independence Day.This holiday’s opening show for their company, Fireworks Productions of Arizona (FPA), will be Ahwatukee’s Red, White and Boom! on Friday, July 1.During the holiday weekend after the Ahwatukee event, FPA will produce fireworks shows throughout the East Valley, lighting skies over Tempe, Guadalupe, Mesa, Gilbert, Queen Creek and Apache Junction.Other communities throughout the state, including the San Carlos Apache Indian Community, will also be seeing FPA fireworks displays.The family-owned and operated pyrotechnics business, based in Chandler, is celebrating its 63rd year.

  • Mesa Arts Center announces ‘Performing Live Season’

    Veteran performers Lyle Lovett, Jackson Brown and Boz Scaggs will be playing the Mesa Arts Center as part of its 2016-17 Performing Live Season.Call 480-644-6500 or see www.mesaartscenter.com for information about performance. The box office, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday.Sponsors include the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Bill Passey and Maria Silva, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Boeing, SRP and the National Endowment of the Arts.All shows are in the Ikeda Theater unless otherwise noted.PerformersLyle Lovett & His Large Band, July 12 (country)Boz Scaggs, July 26 (pop/jazz)Jackson Browne, Aug. 19 (rock)Leon Bridges with Lianne La Havas, Sept. 20 (soul)Bernadette Peters with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Oct. 15 (pops)Malcolm Jamal Warner’s Miles Long, Oct. 28 (R&B)Celtic Thunder Legacy, Nov. 2 (Irish)The Paul Thorn Band, Nov. 17 (rock; Piper Theater)Vocalosity, Nov. 18 (a cappella)Riders in the Sky: Salute to Roy Rogers, Nov. 26 (country)Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Nov. 27 (music collective)Christmas with the Ukulele Orchestra, Dec. 4 (holiday)Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour 2016, Dec. 14 (holiday)Band of Merrymakers Christmas Party, Dec. 17 (holiday)Straight No Chaser I’ll Have Another...20th Anniversary Tour, Dec. 31 (a cappella)The Fab Four: The Ultimate Beatles Tribute, Jan 20 (pop)Neil Sedaka with the Phoenix Symphony, Feb. 3 (pop)The R. Carlos Nakai Quartet, Feb. 11 (Native American)Shaolin Warriors: The Legend Continues, Feb. 21 (kung fu)Taj Express: The Bollywood Music Revue, April 15 (Indian)

  • Joe Costello gives kids a taste of the music industry

    When Valley musicians told Joe Costello that they had nowhere to rehearse, he came to the rescue.He founded the Performers Institute, a new home for aspiring musicians.The Performers Institute, a nurturing and fun setting where talented and experienced Phoenix-based musicians develop students’ skills in music, is the first of its kind in the Valley.“This is a many-years dream that has come to fruition,” said Costello. “Having been a musician for 11 years in the Valley and 45 years overall, I’ve always wanted to create a home that brings together musicians and those with an itch to perform.“There is an undeniable thrill in helping prepare students to take the stage in front of live audiences. Whether you’re here to help prep for a college or high school audition or here to just have fun and play, fun will be had and you will learn how to perform.”Located in a 7,000-square-foot facility at 2261 W. Desert Cove Ave., near North Mountain in Phoenix, the Performers Institute offers music programming, including several summer music camps, and provides space for rehearsal and performance.

  • Movies on Screen

    The Duel – Opens Friday, June 24The Duel stars Liam Hemsworth as a Texas Ranger who investigates a series of murders in a small town led by a charismatic preacher played by Woody Harrelson. However, the routine undercover investigation soon turns personal for the ranger who must solve the case before he loses everything to the mysterious town.Rated R The Fits – Opens Friday, June 24Toni trains as a boxer with her brother at a community center in Cincinnati's West End, but becomes fascinated by the dance team that also practices there. Enamored by their strength and confidence, Toni eventually joins the group, eagerly absorbing routines, mastering drills, and even piercing her own ears to fit in. As she discovers the joys of dance and of female camaraderie, she grapples with her individual identity amid her newly defined social sphere. Shortly after Toni joins the team, the captain faints during practice. By the end of the week, most of the girls on the team suffer from episodes of fainting, swooning, moaning, and shaking in a seemingly uncontrollable catharsis. Soon, however, the girls on the team embrace these mysterious spasms, transforming them into a rite of passage. Toni fears "the fits" but is equally afraid of losing her place just as she's found her footing. Caught between her need for control and her desire for acceptance, Toni must decide how far she will go to embody her new ideals.

  • Lend a helping hand during National Volunteer Month

    April is National Volunteer Month. It’s a time for nonprofit organizations to thank the people that help them do the work they need done, and it’s an opportunity to invite more people to become volunteers. For some organizations, such as Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA), volunteers are vital for the success of their programs. TCAA needs volunteers to help stock and distribute food at the food pantry, help operate the homeless shelter, and deliver meals to homebound seniors and disabled persons. One such “super volunteer” is Shari Hamblin of Tempe. After her retirement, Hamblin initially spent time completing a list of jobs in her home and yard that she had always wanted to get done. But, once those were finished, she decided to look for a way to volunteer.“I enjoy meeting people,” Hamblin said. “I saw a news story looking for volunteers to drive/deliver meals for Tempe Community Action Agency.”So, in 2006, Hamblin went to talk with the agency to learn more. A staff member took her along on a meal delivery route. “I enjoyed meeting these clients, mostly elderly, and I decided to volunteer,” she said.Since then, Hamblin has delivered more than 1,000 nutritious meals to the homebound. She is scheduled to deliver meals to clients once a week, but she also delivers on other days if needed.

  • Cigna celebrates each Cardinals kick

    Cigna presented a $10,000 donation to the Foundation for Blind Children at the Arizona Cardinals game on Jan. 3, as a sponsor of the Cardinals Charities “Kick for Kids” program.For the sixth consecutive year, Cigna contributed funds to Cardinals Charities for every field goal the Cardinals made during the season — up to a total of $10,000. As a result of Cigna’s sponsorship, Cardinals Charities has donated a total of $60,000 to area organizations focused on wellness, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix, Florence Crittenton of Arizona, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

  • Pitman named to Hamilton College dean’s list

    Kyle J. Pitman, son of Ronda Pitman of Ahwatukee and James Pitman, also of Ahwatukee, has been named to the dean’s list at Hamilton College for the 2015 fall semester.To be named to the dean’s list, a student must have carried throughout the semester a course load of four or more graded credits with an average of 3.5 or above.Pitman, a junior majoring in economics and mathematics, is a graduate of Desert Vista High School.

Craft brew created in honor of fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots

GILBERT, Ariz. - Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company in Gilbert unveiled a new craft brew in honor of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. It's calle…

Published: July 1, 2016 - 12:02 am @ http://www.12news.com/news/local/valley/craft-brew…

Judge orders ‘filthy’ Arizona immigration detention centers photos released [VIDEO]

Get short URL A federal judge in Tucson, Arizona, approved the release of some photos and documents filed as evidence in a class action lawsui…

Published: July 1, 2016 - 12:02 am @ https://www.rt.com/usa/349082-photos-filthy-arizon…

Attorney General Lynch Shields Clinton From Email Investigation

The Department of Justice filed a formal notice Wednesday to U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras, advising him that the State Departme…

Published: June 30, 2016 - 11:19 pm @ http://dennismichaellynch.com/highlight-one/attorn…

Bill Clinton up to his old tricks in meeting with Loretta Lynch

Bill Clinton reminded America what the future will look like if Hillary Clinton — his wife and enabler — is elected president of the United St…

Published: June 30, 2016 - 11:20 pm @ http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/kass…

New surveillance photos, video of suspects in smoke shop shootout

PEORIA, AZ (KPHO/KTVK) - Police have released new photos and video of the two men behind an armed robbery and shootout at a Peoria smoke shop,…

Published: June 30, 2016 - 11:19 pm @ http://www.cbs5az.com/story/32351610/new-surveilla…

Dogs banned from all Phoenix mountain hiking trails on 100+-degree days

PHOENIX - The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board on Thursday night decided that beginning immediately they are restricting dogs from m…

Published: June 30, 2016 - 11:01 pm @ http://www.12news.com/news/local/valley/dogs-banne…

Phoenix proposal to ban hiking during extreme heat denied, ban of dogs is approved over 100 degrees

PHOENIX - The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board approved a ban of dogs on city hiking trails when temperatures are over 100 degrees. …

Published: June 30, 2016 - 10:31 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/cen…

Arizona Catholic Conference Bishops’ statement opposing the legalization of recreational marijuana

The Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference oppose the campaign to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Arizona because it is harm…

Published: June 30, 2016 - 10:01 pm @ http://www.catholicsun.org/2016/06/30/acc-marijuana/

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery Spent Public Money on Islam-Bashing Seminar

Stephen Lemons A A How much does it cost to stage an Islam-bashing festival for law enforcement, tick off the local Muslim community, and enge…

Published: June 30, 2016 - 9:48 pm @ http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/maricopa-count…

Mel Mecinas of Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale Shares His Spot For Authentic Oaxacan Cuisine

Lauren Saria A A From now until we publish the 2016 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times is naming 100 Tastemakers — members of our local cul…

Published: June 30, 2016 - 9:49 pm @ http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/restaurants/mel-mec…

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