Drawing inspiration from “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” the talented animators at Laika have done a wonderful job at bringing the strange and grotesque back to animated features in an age of more welcoming digitally animated fair. Their last two films, “Coraline” and “Paranorman,” were some of the most charmingly creepy of this recent resonance of diverse animation. “The Boxtrolls” keeps in the tradition of those movies, being a weird, visually splendid escapade of stop-motion animation. It’s all good fun, although the familiar story often holds it back from ever being a masterpiece.
It was, by my reckoning, a perfect day to sail. The thunderstorms of the night before had given way to a half-blue sky populated by enormous, billowing clouds and a stiff, northerly breeze that would facilitate sailing close-hauled the full length of the “chute.” The chute was a straight line down the middle of the lake where the wind was usually steady, unencumbered by trees and houses along the shoreline.
Recently, I woke up at 4 a.m. and drove to Oracle to welcome the refugee children who fled their country to escape poverty, violence, terror and murder. My purpose was simple and clear — I was concerned about the welfare and treatment of these innocent children. When I arrived, I was joined by 150 like-minded persons who came together to peacefully show compassion and respect for the rights of these victims whose countries were in terrible conditions. These conditions were caused by bad decisions made by adults.
You won’t find many Dr. Seuss books in the hands of high school students. But the books’ messages can inspire for a lifetime, like this one: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Modern features, customizable options and reduced maintenance are among the many reasons most Americans — twice as many to be exact — would prefer purchasing a new home rather than an existing home, according to the latest online survey from Trulia, a leading online residential real estate site. Of the more than 2,000 survey respondents interviewed last spring, 41 percent said they’d prefer buying a new home, whereas only 21 percent would choose an existing home. The remaining 38 percent of respondents had no preference.
Efforts to bring a medical marijuana dispensary to Ahwatukee Foothills have been quiet for about a year, ever since a city zoning official denied one company’s request to put a dispensary at 48th Street and Warner Road, but the company may have found a new location on a county island in Ahwatukee.
Lighting has so many functions and personalities that developing a thoughtful plan to incorporate function, drama, ambience, mood, tricks and style is always worth the time and money to get it right. Pre-planning a well thought out lighting scheme should be at the top of any remodeling or redecorating venture. There are so many ways both natural and artificial lighting affect any room and the people in it all day and all evening.
Mayor Greg Stanton is one of nine mayors who recently signed a letter to congressional leaders urging them to craft legislation to safeguard against the Supreme Court’s ruling that exempts certain companies from paying for insurance coverage of some contraception methods.
Civil rights groups asked a federal appeals court Monday to let them try to block an Arizona law banning abortions based on race or gender because the statute was passed because of racial stereotypes of – and hostility to – blacks and Asian-Americans.
More than a decade ago, former Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court installed a massive granite monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments in the rotunda of the Alabama State Judicial Building. Two years later it was removed by court order as a violation of the separation of church and state. Shortly thereafter, Justice Moore was also removed by court order from the Alabama State Judicial Building.
Regarding the closure and Pulte Homes’ proposed development of The Lakes Golf Course, there is only one logical defense: Vote NO on any petition presented by Pulte Homes. If those of us living in the Ahwatukee Board of Management jurisdiction do not want an influx of new homes and the inevitable traffic, congestion, loss of open space and urban heat island effect that will ensue, we must not allow the protective CC&Rs to be changed, which is what Pulte needs to proceed. The company must have positive signatures from over half of the 5,100 homeowners in the ABM jurisdiction allowing these sensible Codes, Covenants and Restrictions to be changed.
Please allow me to address the opinion piece by Mike Brilz, vice president of land for PulteGroup Arizona Division (June 4, AFN, “Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course solution), voicing Pulte’s eagerness to develop The Lakes Golf Course.