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  • Eagle Scout hopeful helps get the word out on cooling stations

    A Gilbert Boy Scout teamed up with AmeriCorps VISTA members to help less fortunate people in Phoenix find relief from scorching heat.To fulfill the community service project requirement needed to become an Eagle Scout, Kaden Heywood, 16, spent three days earlier this month handing out maps of cooling stations to low-income transit riders, commuters and residents at various points in the city.The stations, operated by the Maricopa Association of Governments, are free for everyone who needs cold water, some shade and other heat-related items and information.This project was led by AmeriCorps VISTA members Nick Roosevelt and Olivia Hutchins as part of the Resilience AmeriCorps PHX initiative.  “Nick and Olivia oversaw the big picture and engaged Kaden to coordinate all volunteer activities... He was amazing and one of the keys to the success of the program along with Nick and Olivia,” said Michael Hammett, chief service officer for the Phoenix City Manager’s Office.The teen organized nearly 40 volunteers, who “were absolutely key” to the project by handing out 1,000 maps, Hammett added.

  • Revitalized Duran Duran brings visual show to Glendale

    Duran Duran bassist John Taylor owes his life to Arizona. Simply put: If he didn’t head to Tucson seeking sobriety, he may not have been around to push his band’s latest album, “Paper Gods.”“There’s a big place in my heart for Tucson,” Taylor said during a recent phone interview. “I got sober there. I’m very grateful for the spirits that inhabit that city.”Taylor, who became sober in the late 1990s, and the rest of Duran Duran—singer Simon Le Bon and drummer Roger Taylor—will return to the Grand Canyon State on Wednesday, Aug. 3, to play Gila River Arena in Glendale to support the band’s 14th studio album, “Paper Gods.” As of press time, keyboardist Nick Rhodes was not scheduled to appear due to a family emergency.“Paper Gods” entered the Billboard 200 at No. 10 and became its first Top 10 album since 1993’s “Duran Duran.”Taylor describes the road to “Paper Gods” as a “great journey.” It’s one that revved up Duran Duran—once the process started.“It took us awhile to get some traction,” he said. “At this stage, we’re just as good as our collaborators. (Producer) Mr. Hudson brought a tremendous energy to the project. It was good to have Mark Ronson involved again, too. (Chic’s) Nile Rodgers came along for a few days.”

  • Ahwatukee auctioneer ‘energized’ despite championship loss

    Bobby D. Ehlert of Ahwatukee landed a spot among the world’s 15 best auctioneers at a conference last week, and he’s not disappointed that he didn’t take the championship crown.“One of my best friends won, so I’m happy,” said Ehlert, who has been a professional auctioneer the last 15 years and was a finalist for the international competition last year as well.“I’m probably more energized. All my moons were aligned last week and I thought I was going to take it. But after talking to the judges, I realized I left a little on the table, so I’ll just go back next year and take it,” he said.That kind of buoyant optimism and enthusiasm are an integral part of Ehlert’s success.Last year he won the World Automobile Auctioneers Championship sponsored by the National Auctioneers Association. He also was the 2014 U.S. Bid Calling Champion and the 2009 Arizona Bid Calling champ.A past president of the Arizona State Auctioneers Association, Ehlert said he got the auctioneer bug from his father-in-law while he was still a student at Arizona State University.

  • Word Cup 2016 will draw Scrabble pros to Tempe this weekend

    The Word Cup 2016 is a five-day Scrabble tournament with a strong East Valley influence.The July 30-Aug. 3 competition is the sixth annual Word Cup held under the auspices of Word Game Players Organization (WGPO), one of two recognized Scrabble organizations in the U.S.It is hosted this year by the Phoenix Scrabble Club—owned since 1984 by Chandler resident Barbara Van Alen, who has shared director duties with her husband Larry Rand since 1998.Nearly 90 Scrabble aficionados from Arizona and other states are expected to attend.One of the tournament’s local participants is Tempe resident Laurie Cohen, a formidable competitor who has logged a high score of 725 points for one game.And though Rand, a WGPO Executive Committee member, says watching a Scrabble tournament is akin to “watching paint dry,” area residents are invited to attend the 31 matches held at Tempe’s DoubleTree by Hilton at 2100 S. Priest Dr.

  • Ahwatukee sport and pain management clinic doubles its size

    AZ Spine Disc and Sport has opened an addition that doubles the size of the Ahwatukee Clinic.The clinic, which provides sports medicine and pain management as well as other services, now occupies 14,000 square feet of space at its location at 4530 E. Ray Road.Marketing and fitness manager Robert Bawol said the expansion provided for a full weight room as well as studio space for personal training.It also facilitated the addition of new programs, including primary care, bio-identical hormone replacement, medically supervised and HCG weight loss, nutrition consultations, and body composition assessment.Its new aquatic therapy uses a hydroworx unit that is only available at six facilities worldwide, Bawol said.In addition, the clinic provides chiropractic care, acupuncture, and massage and physical therapy.

  • Stanton pledges to add more diversity to city police force

    A teacher vowed to educate her students on race and social justice.A young man promised to lead children to treat others fairly.And Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton pledged to hire a diverse police force.The promises, written on note cards, came after about 500 people, including residents, Stanton, and police leaders attended a discussion last week at Phillips Memorial CME Church.The Rev. Reginald Walton, who hosted the event, said the point of “Moving Phoenix Forward” was to come up with solutions to an ongoing impasse over race.“At some point in time, we have to come together and start working on solutions.”

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  • Movies on Screen

    Nerve – Opens Wednesday, July 27Industrious high school senior, Vee Delmonico, has had it with living life on the sidelines. When pressured by friends to join the popular online game Nerve, Vee decides to sign up for just one dare in what seems like harmless fun. But, as she finds herself caught up in the thrill of the adrenaline-fueled competition partnered with a mysterious stranger, the game begins to take a sinister turn with increasingly dangerous acts, leading her into a high stakes finale that will determine her entire future.Rated PG-13 Jason Bourne – Opens Friday, July 29It's been 10 years since Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) walked away from the agency that trained him to become a deadly weapon. Hoping to draw him out of the shadows, CIA director Robert Dewey assigns hacker and counterinsurgency expert Heather Lee to find him. Lee suspects that former operative Nicky Parsons is also looking for him. As she begins tracking the duo, Bourne finds himself back in action battling a sinister network that utilizes terror and technology to maintain unchecked power.

  • It’s a ‘Dry Heat’: Foxworthy: Hosting benefit for Hope for the Warriors is serious business

    Jeff Foxworthy has a theory: Laughter is the relief valve that keeps the boiler from exploding.He wants to provide that release, so he became a comic in 1984.“Everybody has bad stuff in their lives,” Foxworthy said. “We just laugh and carry on. That’s the great part of my job. I meet people after my shows who tell me, ‘I can’t remember the last time that I laughed that much.’“That’s a pretty cool thing to be able to do for somebody.”Foxworthy is returning to Phoenix to play the Celebrity Theatre on Friday as part of the Dry Heat Comedy show that benefits Hope for the Warriors and the Arizona Spinal Cord Injury Association, a chapter of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Association.“I especially love doing things for the military,” he said. “If I’m on the road, and I’m playing in D.C. or Baltimore, I’ll spend the day at Walter Reed (Hospital). What those people do is above and beyond most of us. Anytime you can give back to them, it’s really cool.”

  • McBride works to evoke emotions in fans

    Country singer Martina McBride is known for tearjerkers like “Concrete Angel” and “In My Daughter’s Eyes.” The Grammy nominee said there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing the audience’s reaction.“Music is very powerful. It’s such a privilege for me to be onstage delivering that emotion and being able to touch people in that way,” McBride said.McBride is hoping to do that again with her latest album, “Reckless.” Her tour comes to the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix on Thursday.“We’ve done a few shows for ‘Reckless,’” she said. “The thing I love about these songs is you can hear them once and immediately you like them. With others, you have to listen to them a couple of times before you get them.”McBride relies heavily on songwriters, and so went through hundreds of songs before she decided what would make the cut for “Reckless.”“Usually, it’s an immediate reaction,” McBride said. “It’s an instinct. I might hear a song and instantly love it, or I might relate to a lyric or love the melody.”

  • Chris Isaak rolls everyday experiences into engaging live show

    Whether it’s on the phone with a journalist or on stage in front of thousands of fans, Chris Isaak lives to entertain. He finds the humor in almost every situation—like the time he created four tickets to see The Tubes.“I borrowed one of my friend’s tickets and copied it by hand,” Isaak said with a laugh. “I made four tickets for myself and my friends.“Twenty years later, I’m playing with Prairie Prince, the drummer from The Tubes. I told him I owed him $12 because I snuck into his show. I showed him the ticket and he said, ‘You drew it?’ That taught me never to forget what it’s like to not have money.”Isaak said he is by no means encouraging fans to make counterfeit concert tickets. Fans will have to buy them to see his show on Tuesday at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix.A consummate showman, the 59-year-old Isaak engages his fans by inviting them on stage or slipping into the seats with them. He says it’s important to him to give his best every night.“My No. 1 goal is to make sure the audience has fun,” he said. “I play what they want to hear. I wrote the songs. It’s always stuff I like.”

  • Ahwatukee line dancers find a welcoming home at Cactus Jack’s Bar

    If you think that line dancing is just for people who wear cowboy hats and boots, Gina Lombardi and Carrie McNeish urge you to drop by for happy hour Wednesdays at Cactus Jack’s in Ahwatukee.From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the nightclub-restaurant at 4747 E. Elliot Road, you’ll see some moves as sophisticated as those on “Dancing with the Stars,” said McNeish, of Ahwatukee.A certified fitness instructor as well as a line-dancing teacher at Pecos Community Center for years, McNeish had started the impromptu gathering of friends and neighbors in 2013 at a Tempe bar. It closed two years later, sending her distraught group in search of a new venue.Enter Lombardi, manager of Cactus Jacks, who gave the group a chance after reading about their plight.She hasn’t regretted the move.“It’s been great for us,” Lombardi said. “The energy is wonderful. Our oldest dancer is 91 years old and she’s a hoot.”

  • Movies on Screen

    Star Trek Beyond – Opens Friday, July 22The Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.Rated PG-13 Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie – Opens Friday, July 22Appropriate for their big screen debut, Edina and Patsy are still oozing glitz and glamour, living the high life they are accustomed to; shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London's trendiest hotspots. Blamed for a major incident at an uber fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more!

  • 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.

Is This The Most Boston Thing To Have Ever Happened?

One Reddit user’s trick on his “foodie” brother-in-law has Bostonians going crazy on social media.After years of performing his state-mandated…

Published: July 30, 2016 - 2:27 pm @ http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/29/i…

Cooling center opens in Buckeye as power outrages linger

BUCKEYE, AZ (KPHO/KTVK) - Various parts of Buckeye still remain without power following Friday night's storms.  Arizona Power Service reports …

Published: July 30, 2016 - 2:21 pm @ http://www.cbs5az.com/story/32579340/cooling-cente…

Dirty Laundry Alert: Kelly Townsend Drops E-mail Bomb on CD5 Hopeful Andy Biggs

Stephen Lemons A A Andy Biggs probably wishes he never stopped by a recent Legislative District 16 meeting in Mesa, where he reportedly picked…

Published: July 30, 2016 - 1:48 pm @ http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/dirty-laundry-…

Justice Department to review fatal Arizona police shooting

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department will investigate the fatal shooting of a woman by a Winslow police officer. Justice Department spok…

Published: July 30, 2016 - 12:48 pm @ http://bigstory.ap.org/article/e6616d002f73468e856…

This baby Harry Potter fan grew up to be like Hermione Granger

Taken in 2003, this adorable photograph of a six-month-old baby girl with her mum is a perfect example of early Harry Potter fandom.  The baby…

Published: July 30, 2016 - 12:48 pm @ http://mashable.com/2016/07/30/harry-potter-baby/

Buckeye AZ Police Department - Timeline

@BuckeyeAZPDPublicSee more of Buckeye AZ Police Department by logging into FacebookMessage this Page, learn about upcoming events and more. If…

Published: July 30, 2016 - 12:46 pm @ https://www.facebook.com/BuckeyeAZPD/posts/692718737560052

Reward offered after armed robbery at Taco Bell

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Know this man? Silent Witness is offering a reward after they believe he robbed a Taco Bell. The incident happened at a Scott…

Published: July 30, 2016 - 12:26 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-northeast-valley/…

The return of the Luddite president

Whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump wins the White House, one thing seems sure: The U.S. will get a president with scant first-hand unders…

Published: July 30, 2016 - 12:18 pm @ http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/luddite-pres…

Radio Phoenix Podcast with Man Hands

Local punk rockers Man Hands came down to the Phoenix Center for the Arts for another installment of Rise on Radio Phoenix. And of course they…

Published: July 30, 2016 - 11:55 am @ https://www.yabyumwest.com/2016/07/radio-phoenix-p…

The Noise Addicts of New York City: Best #Cityreads of the Week

“Noise is a Drug and New York is Full of Addicts,” Susie Neilson, Nautilus As soon as the door slams, I slide to the floor in a cross-legged p…

Published: July 30, 2016 - 10:19 am @ http://www.citylab.com/design/2016/07/the-noise-ad…

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