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  • DiCiccio misses the point of protests spurred by police shootings

    I am compelled to respond to Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio’s news release about what he called the “Black Lives Matter Protests.”In his statement, Councilman DiCiccio says he is “a fierce proponent of free speech and people’s right to protest.” However, he then criticizes the protestors for how much their demonstrations cost “hardworking taxpayers.”Calculating this “waste of limited police resources,” the Councilman cites $247,996 in police pay, the need for an extra SWAT team from Glendale, and the “tens of thousands of dollars lost by local businesses.”He also claims the protests “diverted valuable resources” from “other police functions,” such as an entirely unrelated serial killer investigation.I cannot remain silent and condone these inflammatory comments. Councilman DiCiccio’s self-appointed taxpayer-watchdog role misses the point that protests are the inalienable right of American citizens.Mr. DiCiccio, these law abiding, taxpaying citizens are the same people that are expressing their deep concern via protest about the killing of people of color. They are also concerned whether they might be the next victim.  

  • Ahwatukee home sales running ahead of last year’s

    According to the Arizona Regional MLS, the 161 home sales in Ahwatukee last month were up 3.9 percent from the 155 sold in July 2015, but down 12 percent from the 183 homes sold in June of this year.Nevertheless, total sales this year through July are 1,041, higher than the 1,006 sold in 2015 by the end of July.The median sales price last month was $285,000, up from $270,000 in July 2015 and down from $299,000 in June of this year.  The average list price of all current listings is $442,998, down 2 percent from last month.The average sales price of $320,680 was up 3.9 percent from $308,747 in July 2015 and down from the $329,902 in June.The market has been fluctuating up and down for the past few months.Market time, or days on the market (DOM), is an indicator of whether we are in a buyers’ or sellers’ market.  An increasing trend of DOM may indicate more of a buyers’ market, while a downward trend may indicate a seller’s market.  July’s DOM was 56, down 11.1 percent from 63 days in June and up from 45 days in July of last year.  

  • Senate hopeful Kirkpatrick tells Hispanics she backs Dream Act

    U.S. Senate hopeful Ann Kirkpatrick told a group of Hispanic activists that the Dream Act is one of the main pillars of her political platform.“We’ve got to get that done. We can’t have a strong, diverse and stable economy without having that done. One of the reasons I ran for Congress was to do that,” Kirkpatrick said during a roundtable meeting in Tempe recently.“In the State Legislature, they were trying to put some patchwork bills to address some of my concerns. There has to be a better solution” she added.Responding to an activist who said that she was “dismayed” at how certain leaders have approached the immigration issue, Kirkpatrick said it is important to hear immigrants’ stories.“I think it’s so important those stories are heard and told because it puts a human dimension to the problem. We are just tearing families apart,” she said.The native Arizonan and resident of Flagstaff addressed building a better education system, water needs and environmental protection during the meeting.

  • Schmuck: I am a true conservative and embrace Founding Fathers’ principles

    I am a true conservative who embraces the Founding Fathers’ principles of “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”I am pro-life.  I believe in the sanctity of human life.I am also pro-veteran. Why? Because as a war veteran, and like many of my fellow veterans, I fought for life as we know it. When it comes to “liberty,” I am pro Second Amendment. I believe the right to own a firearm is a basic right of all citizens.I am also pro markets because free markets and less regulation produce more growth, more jobs and higher standards of living. I will work to bring more business to Arizona. To do that, I favor eliminating the Arizona State Income Tax and replacing it with a consumption fee on all items except basic food and clothing in order to protect those on a fixed income. I want to sponsor carefully drafted legislation to do this, and when we do business will come and you will have more control of your own money.The “Pursuit of Happiness” comes from two things: Education, which is why I founded two scholarship organizations that have literally helped hundreds of students go to school form our district and across the state. I believe funds need to get to our students and teachers not more bureaucracy. I will work on legislation to help make that happen.The second “Pursuit of Happiness” comes from legal immigration only. I believe, like the Republican platform, that we need to build a wall and create an environment that inspires legal Immigration only.

  • More apartments going smoke-free in Ahwatukee, East Valley

    With more people opposing smoking than ever before, many apartment complexes in the East Valley and statewide are making the switch to being smoke-free.“It’s the new, hot amenity,” said Sharon Hosfeld, the smoke-free community coordinator for the Arizona Multihousing Association. “Places that have gone smoke-free have a wait list of renters.”More people are opposed to smoking than ever before, said Hosfeld, and don’t want to smell secondhand smoke or the smoke that can permeate an apartment. Cigarette smoking has steadily declined since the 1960s, and only 16.8 percent of adults still smoke today, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.In response to the growing opposition to smoking, apartment complexes are banning smoking inside apartments, or even within the entire complex.East Valley complexes that ban smoking include Generations at Agritopia in Gilbert, El Rancho del Arte in Mesa and Residences at Fountainhead in Tempe.A full list of smoke-free apartments in Arizona is available at azsmokefreeliving.org/residents.

  • Fall cooking classes join art sessions at Be…An Artist

     Cooking classes for children and adults will launch the fall season at Ahwatukee’s Be… An Artist.Owner and artist Sandra Marshall said her two-suite store at 4025 E. Chandler Blvd. will host Be…A Chef Cooking School, the first in her 18 months in business.The Chandler Boulevard venue hosts innumerable classes and events, including — which routinely sell out — drawing and painting classes for children and adults, and 13-week improv classes. The next improve class begins Sept. 7th.The 2,100-square-foot facility has also hosted private birthday parties for all ages, with art classes included.The business began as an outlet for Marshall, an artist, photographer, videographer, and now author of two books on food art soon to be released by Vesuvius Press. She wanted to share her love of creativity with Ahwatukee and East Valley residents.

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  • Sensational Sedona: The best keeps getting better in Red Rock country

    It’s always a good time to visit Sedona.Over the past year, several resorts and restaurants in the area have stepped up their game with facelifts, expansions and other enhancements aimed at making tourists’ experience even better than before.Here’s a look at three.Orchards InnOrchards Inn, located in Uptown Sedona and just steps from some of the area’s best shopping, dining and art galleries, recently completed a nearly year-long remodeling. The inn, which boasts of some of the most awe-inspiring views of the Red Rocks, added on a Sonoran-style Mexican restaurant with 89 Agave Cantina and re-imagined its guest rooms and suites.Each room now features new furniture and fixtures with details and colors that reflect the nearby mountains, creek beds and running water. Every detail is infused with subtle hints of the Southwest, allowing guests to experience the unique visual and cultural surroundings of Sedona even when they are in the comfort of their room.

  • Ahwatukee teens in one of 8 bands in special needs concert

    Two Ahwatukee boys and one from Chandler comprise one of the eight bands of teens and adults with special needs that will be showcased in a special concert Saturday at Tempe Center for the Arts.The concert, titled “Music from the Heart – Rock Band Showcase,” is the seventh annual presentation by Higher Octave Healing, a nonprofit that works with the bands and Arizona State University’s Music Therapy Clinic.Co-sponsored by the Tempe Diablos and the Rotary Club of Downtown Tempe, the shows at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. will each have four different bands.Among the four bands playing in the first session is The Genius Guys — consist of Ahwatukee residents DeAndro Baker,16, and Curtis Waller,18, both Desert Vista High School students. DeAndro, who plays bass, guitar and drums, and Curtis, a vocalist who also plays piano and drums, are joined by Trevor Jaco, 16, of Chandler, who plays guitar, bass, piano and drums as well as sings.The band members get the “full rock star experience,” said Kymla Eubanks, founder and CEO of the Tempe-based Higher Octave Healing, which provides music therapy throughout the Valley. That includes a green room (the room where a rock band waits before hitting the stage), refreshments and backstage passes to hand out to select fans. They’ll also have autograph signing sessions after both concerts.

  • Country duo got their music education touring with top artists

    The country music duo Maddie and Tae haven’t gone to college, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been schooled. Touring with award-winning artists has been educational for the young women who moved to Nashville at 17.“We always say we didn’t go to college, but we did attend Dierks University, Lee University or Brad University,” Tae (Taylor Dye) said about Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice and Brad Paisley.“The experiences have been amazing in themselves and all of the artists we tour with are all different in their own ways.”Maddie and Tae will perform as part of the KMLE Country 8 Man Jam with Aaron Lewis, Charles Kelley, Brandy Clark, Big & Rich, Trace Adkins, Love & Theft, Locash and Tucker Beathard on Tuesday at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale.KMLE 8 Man Jam is an intimate acoustic performance during which the artists and the audience come together for a session of music and stories. The only way to get in is to win by listening to KMLE 107.9.These kinds of shows are what make Maddie and Tae tick.

  • Good Karma: Reunited Culture Club enjoys legacy, continues to evolve

    Culture Club guitarist/keyboardist Roy Hay has witnessed the evolution of his band since it scored the international hit “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me.” But it’s not in the way it may seem.“We have a full brass section now, a percussion player and the background singers,” said Hay, calling from a California golf course. “In a weird way, we’re morphing into the ’80s version of Chicago—Chicago with the male version of Cher singing. George is slowly turning into Cher.”Fans can see this for themselves when Culture Club brings its live show to the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix on Aug. 23. The tour is Culture Club’s longest recent jaunt.“We had such a good time doing 22 shows last summer and it was so well received that we thought it was silly not to continue touring,” Hay said.“We have this whole body of work. Everybody looks back and appreciates what we did and how special the band is. The magic is still there when we play. It was so much fun.”The concert will feature the hits as well as a song or two from its forthcoming album, tentatively titled “Tribes.”

  • 2016 State Fair concert lineup

    A pop star who rarely plays concerts, an “American Idol” winner and two ’90s alt-rock bands are among those scheduled to play the Arizona State Fair this October.Iggy Azalea, Scotty McCreery, The Flaming Lips and Garbage are among the acts booked.Tickets go on sale Sept. 10 for premium seating. General admission seating is free with paid fair admission. Visit azstatefair.com/concerts for more information.Here is the list as of press time:Country stars Big and Rich, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, $20TBA, Sunday, Oct. 9, and Wednesday, Oct. 12Hip-hop recording star B.o.B., 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, $15Fiesta Friday with MC Magic, Baby Bash, Amanda Perez, Brown Boy, MOBFAM and Kap-G, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, $15Rapper Iggy Azalea, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, $25Latin pop star Luis Coronel, 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, $20“American Idol” winner/country star Scotty McCreery, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, $15TBA, Thursday, Oct. 20Pop star Charlie Puth, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, $20Alt-rockers The Flaming Lips, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, $20Pop-rap duo Jack and Jack, 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, $15Hard rockers Slayer, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, $20Alt-rockers Garbage, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, $20Pop stars Gavin DeGraw and Andy Grammer, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m.Old School Jam with SOS Band, One Way, Evelyn Champagne King, Grandmasters Furious Five featuring Melle Mel and Scorpio, and Rob Base, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, $15.The Arizona State Fair opens Friday, Oct. 7, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 30. It is open Wednesdays through Sundays.

  • Ahwatukee muralist puts art up against the wall in schools, businesses

     Suzanne Whitaker surveyed her newest mural creation on the walls of the newly-opened Coconut’s Fish Cafe in Chandler, smiled and nodded her head.“I really like this,” said Whitaker, a long-time Ahwatukee resident.So do a lot of other people, said owner Kim Kuhljuergen, who has used Whitaker’s company, Passion for Murals, to create artwork at his two other Scottsdale restaurants of the same name.“We were kicking around some initial ideas about sea life and Maui, and Suzanne came up with the idea,” said Kuhljuergen, who began with the restaurant franchise after visiting the original in Maui.“Suzanne has the ability to deliver exactly what I’m looking for conceptually, and the most common feedback from our customers after seeing them is ‘wow!’ She’s obviously very skilled, and her work is fantastic.”

  • Ahwatukee woman earns spot in Guinness records book for teaching dance

    Ahwatukee is home to the newest person to get their name in the Guinness World Book of Records.On Aug. 13, Asha Gopal, founder and director of Arathi School of Dance made the world-renown record book with her 200th student graduation in a special type of Indian classical dance.This graduation, called arangetrem, follows years of training that’s similar to how a karate devotee earns a black belt. The word “arangetram” is Tamil for ascending the stage by a dancer on the completion of formal training.It requires the understanding of classical music and many aspects of dancing so the graduate dancer can now pass on the art form to other aspiring learners of the art.The 200th student, Divya Mohanraj, 15, started dancing when she was 5 and her training lasted a bit longer than the average seven to nine years it usually involves. She attends BASIS in Chandler.Gopal, an Ahwatukee resident for 20 years, also was recognized for her milestone by a Guinness World Records representative when Divya performed at the Chandler Center for the Arts. The two-and-a-half-hour dance itself requires four costume changes.

  • Ahwatukee residents urged to block Zika mosquitoes

    Maricopa County public health and environmental services officials, who are battling to stay a step ahead in the fight against the Zika virus, are urging Ahwatukee residents to rid their yards of standing water and report pockets of high mosquito activity.The Zika virus alarm level ratcheted up a notch last week after federal and Florida state health officials reported that a growing number of people in that state have become infected after being bitten by local mosquitoes carrying the virus.Most of the damage is confined to a north Miami neighborhood, for now. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an unprecedented warning to pregnant women—or women expecting to become pregnant—to avoid Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood.Meanwhile, Yuma County reported its first travel-related case of Zika, the 18th documented case in Arizona.By comparison, South Florida (Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties) had documented more than 400 travel-related Zika cases when the first locally transmitted case was reported July 29.But James Will, eastern region supervisor of the Vector Control Division in Maricopa County’s Environmental Services department, said it’s a question of when, not If, the East Valley will see its first local case.

  • Village Planning Committee to air plans for freeway, Chandler Boulevard extension

    The Ahwatukee Foothills Village Planning Committee on Monday will hold discussions on two hot-button issues affecting thousands of residents and motorists in the community—current construction and other plans for the South Mountain Freeway and the extension of Chandler Boulevard.Because general discussion of items not on the agenda is allowed during the meeting — 6 p.m. at Pecos Recreation Center, 17010 S. 48th St., Ahwatukee — it’s possible that there also will be some general discussion of True Life Companies’ plan to replace the course at Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Club with an urban-agricultural development. However, at this point there is no formal plan for that project before the committee or city officials.But there’ll be plenty to discuss as city and Arizona Department of Transportation officials disclose the status of design and construction plans for the freeway and a revised design for the city-owned Chandler Boulevard Extension.Because the freeway design is only half complete, committee Chairman Chad Blostone said “now is the time for public input to affect the design.”A group of Ahwatukee residents, organized under the name Protect Arizona’s Resources and Children, and the Gila River Indian Community are suing ADOT in federal court in an effort to stop the freeway project.They are charging that ADOT and the Federal Highway Administration “acted in an arbitrary and capricious manner in approving the South Mountain Corridor Loop” by not complying with environmental and other regulations.

Pet telethon raises $519,831 for Arizona Humane Society

PHOENIX (3TV) - A two-hour pet telethon on 3TV Saturday afternoon helped the Arizona Humane Society raise $519,831. More than 17,000 homeless …

Published: August 27, 2016 - 7:41 pm @ http://www.azfamily.com/story/32854723/help-az-hum…

Long-time Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio faces tough re-election bid

PHOENIX Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio has long battled controversy over his tough stance on illegal immigration but may now face his toughest test…

Published: August 27, 2016 - 6:39 pm @ http://www.reuters.com/article/us-arizona-election…

Total chaos: Donald Trump insists he’s holding a big Arizona rally. His own campaign says he’s lying.

If you ask Donald Trump’s campaign, his upcoming rally in Phoenix, Arizona has been postponed. If you ask Donald Trump’s website, the rally ha…

Published: August 27, 2016 - 6:08 pm @ http://www.dailynewsbin.com/news/total-chaos-donal…

Cucumber business leaves family farm in a pickle

THAMESVILLE, ONT.—It’s hot — a real scorcher — and the parched dirt kicks up underfoot as the farmer leads the way to a cucumber field that is…

Published: August 27, 2016 - 5:39 pm @ https://www.thestar.com/business/2016/08/27/cucumb…

KING: Black Lives Matter T-shirts not welcome at Arizona school

Hold up. Hold all the way up. This is completely ridiculous. On Tuesday in Buckeye, Arizona, right outside of Phoenix, it was picture day at B…

Published: August 27, 2016 - 4:36 pm @ http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/king-blac…

Arpaio Sees Judge's Criminal-Contempt Referral as Fundraising Opportunity

Ray Stern A A Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio sees a federal judge's criminal-contempt referral as the perfect fundraising opportunity, imp…

Published: August 27, 2016 - 4:12 pm @ http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/arpaio-sees-ju…

Bear on Mt Lemmon caught by AZGFD

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Arizona Game and Fish Department  has caught a young male bear after it had been spotted several times in the past few…

Published: August 27, 2016 - 3:13 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/news/local-news/one-bear-is-c…

Reuters - Timeline

See more of Reuters by logging into FacebookMessage this Page, learn about upcoming events and more. If you don't have a Facebook account, you…

Published: August 27, 2016 - 2:34 pm @ https://www.facebook.com/Reuters/videos/1210519652301722/

Beef Vegan Leaving KWSS for Tucson Radio Station KFMA

David Accomazzo A A A longtime voice of and advocate for the local music scene, KWSS morning show host Brad Pfirrman, aka Beef Vegan, is leavi…

Published: August 27, 2016 - 2:35 pm @ http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/music/beef-vegan-le…

How ‘Shark Tank’ is reshaping reality TV

ABC’s “Shark Tank” doesn’t return until late September — but there’s no shortage of business-themed reality shows on TV.

Published: August 27, 2016 - 2:36 pm @ http://nypost.com/2016/08/25/how-shark-tank-is-res…

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