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  • ADOT Weekend Freeway Travel Advisory (Sept. 23-26)

    Loop 101, I-10 restrictions set in West Valley for pavement improvements PHOENIX – Improvement projects will require closures or other restrictions along Phoenix-area freeways this weekend (Sept. 23-26). Sections of Loop 101 between Interstate 10 and Thunderbird Road in the West Valley will be closed for pavement-improvement work. The Arizona Department of Transportation recommends drivers allow extra travel time, use caution and consider alternate routes while the following scheduled restrictions are in place:·         Northbound Loop 101 (Agua Fria Freeway) closed between Interstate 10 and Thunderbird Road in the West Valley from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m.Saturday (Sept. 24) for pavement-improvement work. Southbound Loop 101 then closed between Thunderbird Road and Interstate 10 from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 25) for pavement-improvement work. DETOUR: Consider alternate freeway routes, including Interstate 17, or local routes including 91st and 99th avenues.·         Westbound Interstate 10 narrowed to one lane between Loop 303 and Perryville Road in Goodyear from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday(Sept. 26) for rubberized asphalt paving. Westbound I-10 on-ramp at Citrus Road closed. Southbound Loop 303 ramp to westbound I-10 also closed. DETOUR: Please allow extra travel time and consider alternate routes where necessary due to ramp closures. Note: Westbound I-10 off-ramp at Perryville Road closed from 9 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday (Sept. 26). Consider exiting at Jackrabbit Trail.·         Eastbound Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) closed between Greenfield and Power roads in Mesa from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday(Sept. 26) for rubberized asphalt paving. DETOUR: Eastbound US 60 (Superstition Freeway) is alternate freeway route. Local traffic also can use McDowell or McKellips roads.

  • Ahwatukee photographer one of only a handful to win certification

    There aren’t many professional photographers like Babe Sarver of Ahwatukee.Actually, only about 2,500 are certified as professional photographers by the Professional Photographers of America.Sarver recently completed requirements necessary to retain his status, which he first earned in 1999.“When people hire a photographer, it is important to know that the person behind the lens is professionally accredited.”  Sarver said. “It is our job to determine how to appropriately utilize the tools at hand to make the best possible image for our customer’s needs.  Professional Photographers of America says its certification “affirms a knowledge and experience base for practitioners in a particular field, their employers, and the public at large.”Getting certified is no cake-walk.

  • Court overturns judge’s decision freeing former Ahwatukee father in son’s slaying

    A former Ahwatukee man whose conviction in the 2004 death of his 5-year-old son was overturned by a Superior Court judge three years ago faces re-arrest after an appeals court today shot down the judge’s actions.Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said he will refile a first-degree murder charge against Jeffrey Martinson in the August 2004 drug overdose death of his son, Joshua Eberle-Martinson.This will mark the third time Martinson will face charges in his son’s death in a case that has had a number of legal twists and turns.Martinson had a scheduled weekend visitation with his son. When her son was not returned to her Sunday evening, the child’s mother called police to check on Martinson’s Ahwatukee apartment.Police discovered Martinson lying on his bed, unresponsive with his wrists cut. In another room they found the boy dead and a toxicology report later found evidence of a lethal amount of muscle relaxant in the child’s blood.Prosecutors initially filed first-degree murder charges against Martinson, contending he deliberately killed the boy because he was upset with his visitation schedule and hated the child’s mother. He was not married to her.

  • In Your Neighborhood

    Steeplechaser ‘Flash’ Santoro of Ahwatukee shows why he earns his nicknameClint “Flash” Santoro likes to be called by his nickname, and there’s little doubt he has earned it.The Ahwatukee trainer-coach just picked up his first gold medal in an international steeplechase competition.A 27-year veteran steeplechaser, Santoro, 41, competed against 12 other athletes in the 5,000-meter race at the Masters Games in Vancouver, Canada.More than 5,000 athletes between the ages of 30 and 100 participated in the competition, but Santoro’s race drew only a dozen—a typical turnout, he said.“The steeplechase is usually not as highly populated an event due to the difficulty and level of craziness you have to have to possess in order to continuously hurdle 28 regular barriers and propel yourself into a water pit seven times over nearly two miles,” explained Santoro.

  • Agencies take steps to wipe out stigmas of addiction and mental illness

     The Chandler Center for the Arts, usually the venue for arts and entertainment, will likely sport a somber mood on Saturday.Addiction treatment facility Valley Hope of Chandler is organizing a march starting at 7 a.m. from its premises on Arizona Avenue north of Chandler Boulevard to the arts center about 1.5 miles away. “Voices of Hope” participants will walk to help end the stigma of addiction, celebrate those in recovery and make an impact in the community.From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the same day and at the same venue, the Chandler Police Department is presenting a community event titled “A Focus on Understanding & Hope” to also emphasize creating awareness, removing stigma and finding resources for mental, health, physical or mental disabilities and addiction.“We are in the middle of an epidemic,” said Mariah Hile, a spokeswoman from Valley Hope. “The march is a rallying point for the community to come together to know that recovery is possible.”Hile has seen hundreds of people come through the doors at Valley Hope with a cry for help. In the same manner, Chandler Police Officers Loranda Tibble and Melissa Lotz have seen the effects of mental health illness on families.

  • Rose Mofford, Arizona’s first female governor, dies at 94

    Rose Mofford, Arizona’s 18th governor and the first woman to hold the office, died Thursday morning in a hospice in Phoenix. She was 94.She had been moved to Gardiner Home after suffering a fall at home.Mofford was well-known for her beehive hairdo and friendly, hands-on style. She was credited with bringing stability to Arizona after the tumultuous one-year term and impeachment of Gov. Evan Mecham.Mofford, a Democrat, served from 1988 to 1991.“Cindy and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Rose Mofford, an Arizona trailblazer and treasure,” Sen. John McCain said in a release.“After such a divisive episode, she rose above the partisanship and brought Republicans and Democrats together to make Arizona stronger and more prosperous. And she did so with good humor and undeniable grace.”

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  • Young Ahwatukee green thumbs, community garden benefit from 2 grants

    The little green thumbs at Children of Hope Preschool/Child Development Center and Kyrene de los Cerritos Elementary in Ahwatukee reaped grants for their gardens last week.Both schools received a $500 grant from Jamba Juice and KidsGardening.org to help them with their projects.Additionally, the Garden of Eatin,’on which the Children of Hope do the growing, has received an unrelated $1,500 grant from the National Association of Realtors through the Southeast Valley Regional Association of Realtors.The nonprofit community garden is a project of Esperanza Lutheran Church on Thunderhill Place, Ahwatukee. The church also runs the pre-school.Children of Hope Director Lynn Hockenberger said the grant is a welcome help for her and her students.“As a small non-profit school we do not have a large budget,” she said. “One of our volunteer parents, Dale Howell, who helps the children each month with the gardening activities, found this grant opportunity for us and we had to give it a shot.”

  • City plans renovations, more amenities at South Mountain trailheads

    Ahwatukee hikers who enjoy South Mountain can look forward to major improvements over the next two years in parking, restroom accommodations and other amenities at three well-used trailheads.The city has scheduled projects at Foothills Trailhead in Ahwatukee as well as the Beverly Canyon and Pima Canyon trailheads while improvements at a fourth, the 19th Avenue South Trailhead, are still being planned.“It’s all about the open space and giving people access to it,” said Sal DiCiccio as he looked out at South Mountain from the Foothills Trailhead off Desert Foothills Parkway, which last underwent transformation in 2009.“Every city that has a great park makes visitors feel like they want to live there, and that’s what these improvements help to do for South Mountain and Phoenix,” he added.The projects for the three trailheads, planned for next year and 2018, are aimed at hikers and nearby neighborhoods alike, DiCiccio noted.Replacing portable toilets with permanent restrooms alone can make a big difference.

  • Ahwatukee stand-by Keegan’s Grill doing grand after reopening

    Reopening an established restaurant after even a short period of renovation can be a challenge.Just ask Steve Johnson, the owner of Keegan’s Grill in Ahwatukee since 2015.He decided the 20-year-old neighborhood favorite needed a facelift and scheduled the closing for July 11-25.The contractor offered a three-week contract to gut the space, and install new flooring, walls, tables, chairs and booths, and art.Johnson had other ideas.“The contractor said it was going to take three weeks. I told him it was going to take two,” Johnson said.

  • Movies on Screen

    Bridget Jones’s Baby – Opens Friday, September 16After breaking up with Mark Darcy, Bridget Jones's "happily ever after" hasn't quite gone according to plan. Forty something and single again, she decides to focus on her job as top news producer and surround herself with old friends and new. For once, Bridget has everything completely under control. What could possibly go wrong?Then her love life takes a turn and Bridget meets a dashing American named Jack, the suitor who is everything Mr. Darcy is not. In an unlikely twist she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch - she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby's father.Rated RBlair Witch – Opens Friday, September 16A group of college students venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of James' sister who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. At first the group is hopeful, especially when a pair of locals offer to act as guides through the dark and winding woods, but as the endless night wears on, the group is visited by a menacing presence. Slowly, they begin to realize the legend is all too real and more sinister than they could have imagined.

  • Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas bring close friendship to the stage

    Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas have grown personally and professionally since their days on “Camp Rock.” But appearing together in the Disney movie meant much more than just hanging out.“Not only was it a great friendship with lots of differences in our personality, but also on creative and artistic levels, I think we were a big support,” Jonas said.The two are still supporting each other, as this summer they’re touring as part of the “Future Now” jaunt which comes to Talking Stick Resort Arena at 7 p.m. Sept. 16.While touring may sound glamorous, Lovato admits that it isn’t always that way. Moments of loneliness are quelled by Jonas’ company.“Getting homesick is rough, but that’s why I’m excited to tour with Nick because it’s going to be amazing having one of your best friends on the road with you whenever you do get homesick or you’re having a rough time.” she said.For Jonas, touring has become awkward as well. A few years ago, he broke free from the Jonas Brothers to launch what would be a very successful solo career. Touring without them has been a stumbling block.

  • Oktoberfest celebrations carry on German traditions

    For a little over two weeks in September and the start of October, the city of Munich — the one in Bavaria, Germany — sees a flood of 6 million visitors who want to celebrate beer, bratwurst, pretzels, polka and lederhosen (or dirndl for the ladies). Yes, we just described the famous Oktoberfest festival.If you can’t make it to Munich, however, don’t despair. Arizona hosts plenty of Oktoberfest festivals that include all of the above and more. While they typically only last a few days, they take place from mid-September to early November, which means means you can enjoy Oktoberfest for almost two months, if you’re so inclined.Before we tell you when and where those festivals happen, however, take a look at some fun facts about Oktoberfest, courtesy of oktoberfest.deand oktoberfestbeerfestivals.com:Oktoberfest originally began on October 12, 1810, as a marriage celebration of Bavaria’s Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese Charlotte Luise of Saxony-Hildburghausen.Oktoberfest eventually moved to September to take advantage of the warmer evening weather.The Munich Oktoberfest always takes place at Theresienwiese (“Therese’s meadow”), which is the same meadow where the original marriage ceremony happened. After the wedding, they renamed the meadow in honor of Princess (later Queen) Therese.Locals shorten Theresienwiese to “Wiesn” and refer to Oktoberfest as “die Wiesn.”The Wiesn “meadow” covers 4.5 million square feet, or 103 acres. In size that puts it between the Arizona State Fairgrounds at 80 acres and the 140-acre Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.In 2015, Oktoberfest revelers consumed 7.3 million liters of beer (almost 2 million gallons), which would fill nearly three Olympic swimming pools or around 40,000 bathtubs.Officially, Oktoberfest lasts for 16 days and ends the first weekend in October. However, if the final day falls before October 3 (aka German Unity Day), then one or two extra days are added. This year, the festival will last 17 days.Now with your appetite whetted, here are Arizona’s Oktoberfest festivals. We will add more as we find them.Litchfield Park 12th Annual Oktoberfest

  • Young Ahwatukee green thumbs, community garden benefit from 2 grants

    The little green thumbs at Children of Hope Preschool/Child Development Center and Kyrene de los Cerritos Elementary in Ahwatukee reaped grants for their gardens last week.Both schools received a $500 grant from Jamba Juice and KidsGardening.org to help them with their projects.Additionally, the Garden of Eatin,’on which the Children of Hope do the growing, has received an unrelated $1,500 grant from the National Association of Realtors through the Southeast Valley Regional Association of Realtors.The nonprofit community garden is a project of Esperanza Lutheran Church on Thunderhill Place, Ahwatukee. The church also runs the pre-school.Children of Hope Director Lynn Hockenberger said the grant is a welcome help for her and her students.“As a small non-profit school we do not have a large budget,” she said. “One of our volunteer parents, Dale Howell, who helps the children each month with the gardening activities, found this grant opportunity for us and we had to give it a shot.”

  • In Your Neighborhood

    Steeplechaser ‘Flash’ Santoro of Ahwatukee shows why he earns his nicknameClint “Flash” Santoro likes to be called by his nickname, and there’s little doubt he has earned it.The Ahwatukee trainer-coach just picked up his first gold medal in an international steeplechase competition.A 27-year veteran steeplechaser, Santoro, 41, competed against 12 other athletes in the 5,000-meter race at the Masters Games in Vancouver, Canada.More than 5,000 athletes between the ages of 30 and 100 participated in the competition, but Santoro’s race drew only a dozen—a typical turnout, he said.“The steeplechase is usually not as highly populated an event due to the difficulty and level of craziness you have to have to possess in order to continuously hurdle 28 regular barriers and propel yourself into a water pit seven times over nearly two miles,” explained Santoro.

  • True Life boasts 1,000 approvals so far for Ahwatukee Farms

    True Life Companies says that more than 1,000 Ahwatukee homeowners—about 38 percent of the number needed—already have agreed to its proposal to build the urban-agriculture development Ahwatukee Farms on the defunct Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Club site.David N. Sabow, managing director of True Life Companies Arizona operations, declined to comment on the status of his firm’s effort to amend deed restrictions to allow the project to be built, but in an advertisement in today’s Ahwatukee Foothills News, the company cites that figure as it urges homeowners to take “the first step toward making this property an asset for the whole community.”“Ahwatukee Farms will lift property values for the entire community, revitalize our neighborhoods, and become the newest cornerstone for the Ahwatukee community,” the ad states.True Life needs a majority of the 5,200 homeowners governed by Ahwatukee Board of Management to agree to its proposed change in the HOA’s Considerations, Covenants and Restrictions (CC&Rs), which restrict the property’s use to golf course only.The development would include no more than 300 single-family homes, two lakes, a private Montessori school, a café and a community farm on the 101-acre golf course site.“We are honored and humbled to see so many community supporters support the vision of Ahwatukee Farms,” True Life ad states.

Degrassi: Next Class Recap: Truth Will Set You Free

Ashley Harris A A Every week, we're recapping season two of Degrassi: Next Class. #TheseAreMyConfessions. Finally, we have an arc worthy of a …

Published: September 24, 2016 - 2:34 pm @ http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/arts/degrassi-next-…

Can The Eagles' "Take It Easy" Save Winslow, Arizona?

Sativa Peterson A A One morning last January, my dad called, sad and disgruntled. Sad because news outlets had begun reporting that Glenn Frey…

Published: September 24, 2016 - 2:37 pm @ http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/music/can-the-eagle…

Sheriff on Obama: “I Don’t Care Where He’s From, We Are Looking At A Forged Document, Period!”

In recent days GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump swept under the rug the eligibility of Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah.  Many fol…

Published: September 24, 2016 - 2:07 pm @ http://constitution.com/sheriff-obama-dont-care-he…

Cardinals Ready Themselves For Road

Cardinals wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and Jaron Brown, along with their teammates, were 7-1 on the road last season. BUFFAL…

Published: September 24, 2016 - 1:36 pm @ http://www.azcardinals.com/news-and-events/article…

New York Liberty Stars Talk Upcoming Playoff Game With Phoenix Mercury

The New York Liberty (21-13) may have clinched the third seed in the WNBA playoffs, but that only qualified them for a matchup with the Diana …

Published: September 24, 2016 - 1:35 pm @ http://www.vibe.com/2016/09/new-york-liberty-stars…

Local Restaurants & Family Farms

After all, Mesa does mean table. Our bountiful harvest is one that we proudly share with our visitors. Fresh experiences and a treasured herit…

Published: September 24, 2016 - 1:37 pm @ http://www.visitmesa.com/restaurants/local-favorites/

UPDATE: Preliminary NTSB report on Gilbert plane crash

GILBERT, AZ - The National Transportation Safety Board have released an initial report on a plane that crashed into a Gilbert home. NTSB repor…

Published: September 24, 2016 - 1:34 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-southeast-valley/…

Science fiction prepares you for dream worlds and ethical apocalypses

One of the most pressing questions of mankind has been for millennia what the future is about to bring upon us? How will it look like? How can…

Published: September 24, 2016 - 1:03 pm @ http://medicalfuturist.com/science-fiction-prepare…

Naranjeros y Tomateros se enfrentan en Mesa, AZ

​Los dos equipos más populares de la Liga Mexicana del Pacífico (LMP) vienen a Phoenix. Naranjeros de Hermosillo y Tomateros de Culiacán choca…

Published: September 24, 2016 - 1:04 pm @ http://www.lavozarizona.com/story/deportes/2016/08…

Think the bishops are afraid to confront pro-choice Catholic politicians? Think again.

Well, at least there are some bishops who are willing to stand up to the pro-choice Democrats who claim to be Catholic.  And yes, they are alw…

Published: September 24, 2016 - 12:36 pm @ https://www.catholicvote.org/yes-bishop-olmsted-re…

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