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Littlejohn Engineering Associates (LEA) announced the addition of Thomas Lavalette, RLS, as Southwest survey manager in the Phoenix office. He has been surveying for more than 25 years, most recently as the vice president of surveying for Engineering Alliance, Inc. During the last 19 years, Lavalette provided civil surveying and construction staking services on more than 500 projects throughout the state of Arizona.
New York -- U.S. airlines collected more than $6 billion in baggage and reservation change fees from passengers last year — the highest amount since the fees became common five years ago.
It’s May. Memorial Day and the end of the school year are in sight. Suddenly, you’re thinking about a summer vacation. A little advance planning — and some insider tips — can save you a lot of money. Whether you’re booking airfare, a car rental or a hotel room, there are questions you should ask first.
I did it. Even though it might make me the last person in Ahwatukee over the age of 9 to do so, I have a smartphone. It was not a case of desire; the screen on my “vintage” phone was so scratched I couldn’t see it, and it turned out I could get the smartphone and pay $10 less per month. I suspect the kid that sold it to me was like a seedy, back alley pusher — “come on, its even cheaper” — and that a smartphone is gateway technology.
The pilot had just given the all-clear for electronic devices, which left me free to rummage under the seat in front of me for my laptop. I was taking a moment to consider the barbarism that allows airline passengers to push their seats back into my head when the kindly older woman next to me inquired if I was on a business trip. I think the PowerPoint deck and the calculator I pulled out of my briefcase tipped her off.
OK, the big question for most of us — employees excepted — is how will the merger between US Airways and American Airlines affect the price of a ticket?
When Bill Keller landed a store manager’s job with Dillard’s department store in the Valley 34 years ago, his wife, Dianne, said she wasn’t excited about moving to Arizona, much less Mesa — from Minneapolis.
When Bill Keller landed a manager’s job with Dillard’s department store in the Valley 34 years ago, his wife, Dianne, said she wasn’t excited about moving to Arizona, much less Mesa — from Minneapolis.
Editor’s note: The Ahwatukee Foothills News is proud to share with our readers this weekly consumer advocacy column from ABC15 Investigator Joe Ducey. Beginning today, you can find it regularly in print, online at Ahwatukee.com, or on our “AFNNews” mobile app (available for download now at Ahwatukee.com/onthego).
A new report by the state Department of Weights and Measures shows some Arizona travelers may have been cheated at the airport.
As the tree goes up, the holiday decorations come out and homes fill with family and friends, the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) is reminding pet owners to please keep their pets away from the following hazards this holiday season:
Travel for humans during holidays is tough enough: Long lines, crowds everywhere, extra bags full of presents. Throw a pet in the mix, and it’s a recipe for disaster.
There’s no place like home for the holidays, but many may assume they are out of luck when it comes to finding a holiday travel bargain. While it’s true that booking early usually secures the best holiday fares and schedules, there are still a few remaining deals to be found for the persistent bargain-hunter. I recently consulted AAA travel pros for a few tips for those seeking last-minute holiday travel deals:
Lanny Ropke, a retired captain for American Airlines who lives in Ahwatukee, dons a Vintage 9 uniform at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Sunday, moments before a group of businessmen from around the United States played against The Legends, a team consisting of former Major Leaguers using rules of the game and equipment from 1887. Ropke, 66, who has played in the Men�s Senior Baseball League for 25 years, was selected as Vintage 9�s Most Valuable Player after going 3-for-3 with two runs batted in. [Mike Sakal/Special to AFN]
A larger than normal ball (known back in the late 1800s as a “lemon-peel ball”); a leather, workman-like glove lacking in padding; rules conjured up — and put in play — some 125 years ago.
Lanny Ropke, a retired captain for American Airlines who lives in Ahwatukee, dons a Vintage 9 uniform at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Sunday, moments before a group of businessmen from around the United States played against The Legends, a team consisting of former Major Leaguers using rules of the game and equipment from 1887. Ropke, 66, who has played in the Men’s Senior Baseball League for 25 years, was selected as Vintage 9’s Most Valuable Player after going 3-for-3 with two runs batted in. [Mike Sakal/Tribune]
Lanny Ropke, 66,, of Ahwatukee, shows off his 1887-style equipment to his grandchildren before playing in the Vintage 9 Vintage Baseball Showdown in the Desert against The Legends at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Sunday. Pictured on the left is Ropke’s granddaughter, Hudson Kopke, 6, and on the right is Jett Kope, 9, holding a “Lemon-pell” baseball that was used for the game. Ropke, a retired captain from American Airlines, plays in three senior baseball leagues throughout the year, and was selected as the game’s Most Valuable Player on sunday after going 3-for-3 with two runs batted in. [Mike Sakal/Tribune]
Jack Skellington and many old favorites from “Halloween Town” have taken over “Ahwatukee Town” once again at the Powers home.
Q: I’m a college student. My mom uses coupons and keeps telling me I could save money. I’m on the meal plan, so I don’t really need groceries. Do you have any tips on saving money geared for college students?
It’s not quite the Christmas season yet, but pilots and volunteers at United Fantasy Flight are hosting a fundraiser in Ahwatukee Foothills at the end of the month.
Master Sgt. William Bridges Stevens, born Nov. 19, 1944 in Indianapolis, Ind. The oldest son of Col. William F. Stevens and Adna Bridges Stevens, he proudly served in the U.S. Air Force for more than 20 years including assignments from Oklahoma to Iceland.
One of the first New York Police Department officers on the scene the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Healing Field candle light vigil on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m.
Q: I seem to be getting more spam text messages on my phone these days; I reply with “stop” like they say, but it doesn’t always seem to work. — Andrea
The area’s growing reliever airport is no longer just the place Midwesterners fly into to escape frigid winters.
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