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Stores are full of colorful ornaments and sparkly décor that set the holiday tone with glamour and panache. But there’s also decor for those who prefer to welcome the season with more homespun serenity.
National companies can't divide up their business in ways designed solely to minimize their Arizona corporate tax liability, the state Court of Appeals has ruled.
Martha and Dave are in their mid-50’s and they make up the middle section of the sandwich generation. Dave’s father lives with them and his mother is in a nearby assisted living facility. They have a daughter in high school and a 26-year-old son who recently moved back home when he got laid off from his first post-college job. Baby boomers like Martha and Dave are giving up to 40 hours a week of unpaid care for elderly parents while balancing child-rearing and full-time jobs. How can they make this work?
Denial’s worked pretty well for me so far. But as I type with trembling fingers, reality is seeping in. Just after Christmas, my family is moving. To Seattle. I know. From sunshine to rain. But then, change is as inevitable as the lights that twinkle along Chandler Boulevard during the holidays each year. And so, I have to embrace one more in a long lifetime of transitions.
So here we are, December, again. As I get older it certainly seems to get here faster every year. I feel like I was just chatting with folks about what may happen in real estate in 2013. It turned out we had some interesting things happen here in our market. The year started off strong with lots of appreciation and a great demand from buyers. The buying frenzy continued through June until it sort of fell off a cliff in the summer. When we usually see the October pick up, the government shut down for three weeks and that changed the typical cycle for that time of year. We had a nice increase in buyer interest towards the end of the year and from what we can see now the spring season will be typical for our area.
About 45 percent of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions, according to a survey from the University of Scranton. But the same survey shows that only 8 percent of us actually keep our resolutions. Perhaps this low success rate isn’t such a tragedy when our resolutions involve things like losing a little weight or learning a foreign language. But when we make financial resolutions — resolutions that, if achieved, could significantly help us in our pursuit of our important long-term goals — it’s clearly worthwhile to make every effort to follow through.
To better assist with student learning, Kyrene de la Estrella Elementary School has been seeking student volunteering from its neighboring middle school, Kyrene Akimel A-al, to help out during morning lessons.
HERE: DV soccer promotional night Dec. 20
The holiday season is here, which can result in additional stress and anxiety for many due to time crunches, obligations and demanding schedules. Stress and anxiety interfere with immune function so stress in check is important especially since this time of year also tends to also be cold and flu season. Three immune suppressors that we have direct control over include dehydration, stress and sugar intake.
If you’ve been around long-time investors, you’ll probably hear them say, ruefully, “If only I had gotten in on the ground floor of such-and-such computer or social media company, I’d be rich today.” That may be true — but is it really relevant to anyone? Do you have to be an early investor of a spectacular company to achieve investment success?
The annual Nike Tournament of Champions is upon us.
This time of year employees at Synergy HomeCare aren’t just following daily routines of the seniors in their care, they’re often going above and beyond to work as elves for the senior citizens they take care of daily.
The state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that political candidates can accept much larger sums of money from donors.
HERE: ‘The Nutcracker’ in Ahwatukee this weekend
When you live in this country you know that the three major sports are football, basketball and baseball. And while track and field is considered a minor sport in the U.S., I would argue that having a good foundation in track and field can truly help any athlete in his or her chosen athletic discipline.
Each year CK’s Tavern and Grill in Ahwatukee Foothills hosts a Holiday Wish Tree for kids at Crisis Nursery but this year the number of kids they’ve been asked to help has nearly doubled.
A classroom full of kids will have a merrier Christmas thanks to the generosity of clients at Body by Design in Ahwatukee Foothills.
Making a list and checking it twice, as you manage home, family, friends and business during the holiday season? Do you feel sometimes like you are not giving enough? Do you feel you need more time, energy or money? You are not alone! Think about what you can do that serves family, friends and business.
HERE: Mountain Park Community Church’s Yoga Ministry to host Night of Yoga and Worship
A federal appeals court may be poised to void a decision by Gov. Jan Brewer to deny driver's licenses to “dreamers” the Obama administration has allowed to stay and work in this country.
Looking up at the headshots on the wall, Wanda Manville carefully goes over almost each photo, explaining the dancer’s name, background and where they are now. I suddenly realize that Manville, the 74-year-old owner and director of Tempe Dance Academy, has a genuine personal connection to each of the faces displayed on the wall.
Mountain Pointe High School invited the Ahwatukee community for a chance to see the judicial system at work as it hosted two oral arguments presented by the Arizona Supreme Court in the school’s auditorium on Tuesday.
Every day of our lives, we make assumptions. We assume that the people we encounter regularly will behave in the manner to which we are accustomed. We assume that if we take care of our cars, they will get us to where we want to go. In fact, we need to make assumptions to bring order to our world. But in some parts of our life — such as investing — assumptions can prove dangerous.
HERE: Edible house building for teens Dec. 14
Everyone had reservations when it was announced Peter Jackson would be splitting up “The Hobbit” into a trilogy. Do we really need three separate movies? Can’t this 300-page book be done in one movie? Isn’t this just a ploy to milk a franchise and make an extra couple billion dollars? When “An Unexpected Journey” finally came out last December, we all found that these initial concerns were pretty much spot-on.