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On Jan. 9 we encouraged Arizonans to support National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.). In light of recent negativity directed toward police nationally, there is a need to show law enforcement officers that our citizens recognize the difficult and sometimes impossible career they have chosen, in public service to us all.
As you begin planning for the expenses of your child’s college education, it’s easy to overlook some of the extras that add up quickly. Trips home, activities, and sports can be a surprise if you haven’t planned for them.
Now through Jan. 3 it’s legal to use certain fireworks in Arizona, but Phoenix firefighters still warn residents to use caution if they feel a need to light off some fireworks.
A community-based gift drive organized by the Ahwatukee Foothills News and East Valley Tribune ended this week with more than 450 donations to Cardon Children’s Medical Center.
Ahwatukee Foothills residents are making the holidays a little more magical for kids in local foster group homes by providing a gift with lots of essentials for them to open on Christmas Day.
The Eucharistic Community of Francis of Assisi emphasizes “community” over going to church to pursue personal piety or to fulfill religious obligations. We consider the spread of Christianity in the early church due to how Christians loved and served one another. Therefore, we are devoted to one another through prayer and service.
Welcome to the holidays! The time of year where we often feel nostalgic, reawaken traditions and learn to create some new ones. Like many of us here I grew up somewhere else. I have a big family and every year we enjoyed the same celebrations, the same food, and had a wonderful time. When I came out here in my early 20s, my second Christmas I had my family come out to Arizona (much better weather than New York City). This was my first holiday away from home and I was really disappointed I wouldn’t have my same holiday food, same people, and same home. At the time I had three roommates, all from the Midwest. Their families were coming to our holiday dinner as well as some friends. Wow, what an experience I wasn’t expecting.
Every time I load updates on my computer, I seem to get a lot more than I want. It’s so slow now I’ll have to ask one of my tech-savvy friends to declutter it. The reason for my angst is the mysteriously enhanced prevalence of the aptly named spinning wheel of death. You know the little symbol that appears to let you know that your web page selection is supposed to be loading. That tiny whirling dervish that just keeps on going round and round, while you stare at the screen wondering what’s taking so long, take a brief timeout to water your plants, visit the washroom, get a cup of coffee, and still end up twiddling your thumbs. Strangely enough, I can watch dreamy-eyed at clothes whirling and flopping around the Laundromat dryer. But the moment that mini-me dryer equivalent appears whirling on my computer screen, I get restless and agitated. At least we know something purposeful is happening at the Laundromat, whereas the computer offers no guarantees.
Ninety-five Girl Scout troops across Arizona participated in a donation drive for Goodwill during the month of November. Their efforts almost doubled donations brought in during 2013.
Katie Ladewig, a sixth-grader at Desert Garden Montessori in Ahwatukee, took it upon herself to organize a donation drive throughout her school in efforts to assist Friendly House — a food bank in Phoenix that centers on assisting homeless families.
Phoenix kids can take a ride in a fire truck or police car this weekend for the cost of a toy.
There is truly an excitement in the air as the holiday season begins, but what about the families that need a little extra help?
My son is 17, so these days, he’s not likely to tag along with me as I go Christmas shopping at the mall.
HERE: Shopping fundraiser for Ahwatukee Children’s Theatre Nov. 22
Beginning Jan. 1, Ahwatukee Children’s Theatre will no longer have their own performance space, but the small community theater is happy to announce plans to continue into the future.
Lucky Duck Consignment, a seasonal children’s consignment sale in Ahwatukee, recently donated children items to benefit Tempe Union High School District’s Teenage Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting (TAPP) program, which assists teenage parents in the district.
Daniel Scott White will never get to meet his daughter, he never knew she existed, but he did still get to name her — Danielle Snow White.
A family of four entered a local shelter with tattered clothes and tired eyes, carrying three old garbage bags holding their only belongings. A wave of relief washed over the family as they cautiously walked into the shelter, greeted by barking dogs, a clean playground and an onslaught of accommodating volunteers.
The 2015 Golf Fest Phoenix Show will be Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6-7, at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa.
Our society loves labels of all kinds. Many of us now check out the label on packaged food products before we buy them. Perhaps because we’re watching our weight, avoiding allergens, or trying to reduce the salt in our diet. Or maybe because we’re trying to make healthier choices about what goes into our body. Some of us just like to know where our fresh food is grown. When it comes to clothing, we may prefer a certain designer label, or a brand that we know fits us well. With greater social awareness of injustices around the world, many of us also look at labels so we can shop wisely for fair trade products, or avoid buying from countries with unfair or abusive labor practices. Then there are other labels such as nicknames, or descriptors that we use to conveniently label and categorize people. These labels, which are largely subjective, quite often determine our attitudes and our treatment of others. I’m sure we’re all familiar with the cruel and hurtful labels that children of all ages use to dehumanize, taunt, or exclude others.
Ten years ago, Pastor Paul Lavino of New Life Church in Ahwatukee Foothills thought, “If we weren’t here as a church, would anybody miss us?”
The foundation of a bridge rests on strong and solid footings. A strong bridge from graduation to the job’s market needs to be built by the Arizona Legislature in order to have a successful Arizona economy. You can’t have one without the other.
Throughout the years, the Kyrene Foundation’s Family Resource Center has been on the forefront of assisting families in the Kyrene School District who are in need of assistance.
Going back to school is a hectic time for families; juggling supply lists and schedules is enough to make any parent frazzled. It’s easy to understand how safety may sometimes take a backseat during these preparations. As a leader in traffic safety, AAA suggests all families take this important quiz to brush up on their knowledge to ensure a safe start to the school year.
The residents of Hawthorn Court at Ahwatukee may not remember much, but when they get a visit from a local dog, it seems to unlock something in their brain.