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For me, this Thanksgiving has more meaning than ever! Hopefully my son will be home for good after serving three years in the U.S. Army. I hope to have him at our table for the first time in four years. I want to help him feel welcomed and loved. The project for Thanksgiving Day Charms outlined below will help you do the same for the people you love and give thanks for having them in your life. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving from my family to yours!
Protesters will stage at Ahwatukee schools over the next couple days, protesting the proposed expansion of the South Mountain Freeway.
Be it walking to a restaurant on a poorly lit street, or to a car in a dark parking garage, every woman who has found herself out alone at night has had the dark question flash through her mind — what if I were attacked?
Each year the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce honors local business women through the Palo Verde Women in Business Award.
Leslie Patricelli didn’t keep junk food in the house when her three kids were toddlers, but the goofy, bald baby in her board book “Yummy Yucky” grins from ear to ear over chocolate sauce and cookies. The prolific picture book writer also included pepperoni pizza as a positive, acknowledging in a recent interview that some of her empty calorie imagery for kids too young to seek out sugary and fatty foods on their own have earned her a kvetch or two from parents. “If I were to do it again I would probably make a few different choices, but I don’t think I would leave everything out,” said Patricelli, in Hailey, Idaho. “All you have to do is watch a kid eat a piece of cake to know that they’re in heaven.” Heaven, indeed, especially when it comes to an abundance of frothy pink cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies and candy in books aimed squarely at babies, toddlers and preschoolers who may not be intimate with the meaning of moderation. But some authors and publishers are focused on creating alternatives to c-is-for-cupcake picture books for parents struggling to promote broccoli. Even Cookie Monster sometimes eats smarter, chowing down on celery and demonstrating smaller portions of his namesake treats in “Ding Dong, Elmo’s Here!” and other books from the folks on “Sesame Street.” “Food is everywhere kids turn,” said Betsy Loredo, executive editor for Sesame Workshop’s publishing group. “So it’s natural for us to want to think of ways we can integrate that and make choices that are healthier. We try to go for at least equity.” “Sesame Street,” with an appearance by obesity fighter and first lady Michelle Obama, took on nutrition and exercise as an initiative back in 2004. The effort expanded to other divisions and special projects that included distribution of kits to six million families and child care centers offering ways to eat healthy on a budget and educate parents on the difference between “sometime food” and “anytime food.” With the childhood obesity rate tripling in the past 30 years to 1 in 3 children in the United States overweight or obese, books with healthy eating pictures and messages may not be everything, but they’re something, advocates said. Sesame Workshop, for instance, concluded in a 2010 study that when children are shown fruits and vegetables linked with favorite characters from the show they choose those foods at a much higher rate and eat more of them, according to Sesame researcher Jennifer Kotler. Even broccoli, she laughed. “Something happens between 3 and 5 where there’s a growing awareness of what healthy means. Where 3-year-olds like the foods they like, 5-year-olds know things they might choose might not always be the healthiest,” Kotler said. David Goldbeck in Woodstock, N.Y., isn’t an absolutist, but he does care about what kids see in their books when it comes to food. He wants more of them to eat fruits and vegetables, so he co-wrote an alphabet book that puts broccoli and yams in equally healthy company. The Michigan Fitness Foundation, which is home to that state’s Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports, uses Goldbeck’s “The ABC’s of Fruits and Vegetables and Beyond” in take-home book bags that are part of a health literacy program in more than 400 public elementary schools, said Marci Kelly Scott, the organization’s vice president for health programs. The book includes an alphabet format with illustrations (E is for eggplant!) but also history, fun facts and recipes for older kids. Scott ordered 500 of the books in 2008 and routinely reorders to keep up her supplies. In this alphabet world, C is for carrots, D is for date, as in the “desert fruit found in Kuwait,” and O is for organic.
With a little bit of a lull during spring break, I had a chance to get some down time and poke around about several topics.
The assignment is to predict the next year in sports.
In what’s been an otherwise tremendous year for movies, 2012 still brought us quite a few stinkers nevertheless. One general question film critics are asked is how they feel when ripping a movie apart. It may sound mean-spirited and arrogant to criticize a movie that a lot of people invested their time and money into. Anybody that has endured the 10 movies listed below however can understand that such criticisms are justified.
Ahwatukee Foothills has long been a hotbed for youth baseball. Hundreds of young ball players hit the diamond every year for Ahwatukee Little League. Hundreds more play with the Ahwatukee Pony League during their seasons. And still, hundreds more play baseball year-round with what are called club or travel teams.
The ABC Project, a grassroots movement by local little league baseball advocate Ron Passmore, is still trying its best to find land in Ahwatukee Foothills for a new facility for baseball and other outdoor activities.
Prior to presenting the ABC Project (Ahwatukee Baseball Complex) to the city of Phoenix, project coordinators are looking for a local architect, who would be willing to provide a “Basic Drawing” of what the proposed baseball complex would look like.
More than 300 Valley Youth Theatre supporters helped raise nearly $120,000 to fund education and outreach programs and six mainstage productions at The Most VYTal Event of the Season, the company’s 14th annual fundraiser.
Maybe you don’t know Howard Stern as well as you thought.
Sam Huntington, who plays the cursed werewolf Josh Levison on “Being Human,” feels very blessed these days.
Ron Passmore has changed his focus and it just might be a bright idea.
Consider it “Mad Men” lite — or as lightweight as a show like this can get.
Pasadena, Calif. • When sizing up Sarah Palin for the HBO movie “Game Change,” in which she plays the former vice-presidential candidate, actress Julianne Moore knew what she had to master immediately.
When elementary school students voluntarily give up their lunch and recess period, you can bet it's for something important.
Pasadena, Calif. • Joan Rivers has had a bad day.
The Ahwatukee Baseball Complex Project still has life.
The Ahwatukee Baseball Complex Project still has life.
Ahwatukee Foothills author and screenplay writer, Teena Booth, was recently nominated as one of the finalists for the 37th annual HUMANITAS prize for a second time, honoring great television and film writing for her work with the Lifetime Movie Network film, "Reviving Ophelia," based on the book, "Reviving Ophelia," by Mary Pipher, about parenting through rocky periods of adolescence. The movie takes a look at the abuse of teenage dating relationships.
A few weeks back I wrote a story about Ron Passmore's grass roots project of trying to build a quality baseball complex in Ahwatukee Foothills for youth baseball.
Ahwatukee resident Ron Passmore walks across a vacant lot at the Desert Foothills Park where he thinks at least four new ballparks could be built adjacent to an exisiting ballfield already there. Passmore has started the ABC project a grass root project to get some quality ballfields built for 12 and under baseball and softball teams. April 8,2011(Darryl Webb/AFN)