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The Phoenix Zoo announced the birth of a baby boy Bornean orangutan on Sept. 2 to mother, Bess, and father, Michael. The newborn is the second baby born to Bess and Michael, joining 8-year-old sister, Kasih.Mom and baby appear to be doing well and are spending time bonding in their night house. The pair will stay in this area while keepers and veterinary staff closely monitor them to determine Bess is recovering from the delivery and that the baby is healthy. Daniel, an 8-year-old male orangutan who came to the Phoenix Zoo from Cleveland also inhabits the orangutan exhibit.
Over the course of 10 days in August, all 16 Arizona Dutch Bros. Coffee locations banded together with the community to raise $23,907 for Ryan House. The funds will support their mission of providing respite and palliative care to children with life-threatening conditions and, as needed, end-of-life care.To raise funds Dutch Bros. donated $1 from the sale of every Dutch Frost sold between Aug. 21-31. In addition, the Dutch Bros. locations also accepted donations for Ryan House.Ryan House provides a welcoming environment where some of Arizona’s most special children can truly be themselves. Parents get a much-needed short break, while the kids receive care from an experienced professional nursing staff.
Vernard “Vern” Cottingham, 62, of Ahwatukee passed away on Aug. 21. A memorial will be held at South Mountain Community Center, 212 E. Alta Vista Road in Phoenix, this Saturday, Sept. 13 from 2 to 4 p.m.Born Dec. 30, 1951, in Greensboro, N.C., Vernard Cottingham was the younger son of the late Dr. and Mrs. Charles Cottingham. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Pharmacy.Vernard was a faithful, committed family man who firmly believed in family first and family always. He had a boisterous laugh and a love for gardening and travel. He was a founding member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Zeta Epsilon Chapter, and a member of the Phoenix Alumni Chapter. A registered pharmacist for 40 years, the past 20 years spent in Arizona, most recently for Fry’s Food and Drug.Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 42 years, Alvenia Wilson Cottingham; two sons: Delshawn Cottingham, and Alva (Annette) Cottingham; one daughter: Dr. Kyndra Cottingham (Nicholas) Stovall (Desert Vista High School Class of 2000); six grandchildren: Kiana, Alva Khai, Akhu, Xavier, Shelby, and Shaniah; and one brother: Winthrop (Delois) Cottingham.In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to St. Dominic Savio Academy, 1835 E. Guadalupe Road, Suite 103, Tempe, AZ 85283.