Ahwatukee Republican Women (ARW) announced that a donation in the amount of $1,500 was presented to Operation Enduring Gratitude Foundation Director Charlie Ellis at the group’s Christmas party in December.
Sometimes God comes right out and tells us what to do. Matthew 7.12 says, “Treat others the way you would like them to treat you.” Now it doesn’t get much more black and white than that. At other times, He can be more subtle. Jesus often spoke in parables and afterwards his disciples had to say, “What in the heck were you talking about back there.”
According to a 2013 article from ESPN The Magazine, approximately 21.5 million kids between the ages of 6 and 17 will participate in a team sport each year. As a former youth football and baseball coach and current father of two girls between the ages of 2 and 7, this number couldn’t be high enough. The enormous benefits of competitive sports are too long to list, but suffice it to say that every child walks away from this experience armed with a set of skills that will serve them well, both in future sports and more importantly, in life.
In Gary Pierce’s commentary on “Arizona needs a balance energy approach,” (AFN, Dec. 14) he attempted to attack and degrade the idea that rooftop solar presents a threat to the electrical utility companies. This is about the only statement I would agree with, given that he is a part of the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) that will probably allow SRP to impose the charges against all solar owners come April 15, 2015. Last year the ACC voted down a similar proposal by APS that wanted to charge their solar customers between $50 and $100 dollars a month extra. My correspondence with SRP’s Corporate Secretary Terrill A. Lonon makes it sound like it is already a done deal for me and that it will equate to about an $85.92 monthly charge as a rooftop solar producer.
One of the most common questions that I get asked from a new student is: “What’s the quickest way I can improve my scores?” What people don’t realize is that 70 percent of the shots that are hit on the golf course are from inside 100 yards. Short game is the one area of golf that most golfers neglect to practice. If you were to focus more attention on your putting you’ll definitely see an improvement in your scores. But putting doesn’t have to be limited to just on the green. Have you ever thought about using a putter when you are off the green in a chipping situation? It is probably the only shot in golf that isn’t played enough. Many players reach for a lofted club anywhere near the green. But if you think putting from off the green is a shot only played by beginners, you’re making a big mistake.
Cheryl Strayed is one heck of a woman. Over the course of 93 days, Strayed solely hiked 1,100 miles through the Pacific Crest Trail. That’s from the Mojave Desert to the Oregon-Washington border if you’re not a geography expert. As hard core as that sounds, it’s actually 600 miles less than what Robyn Davidson walked in the recent biopic, “Tracks,” which depicted her trek from the West Australian Deserts to the Indian Ocean. While Davidson walked the greater distance in “Tracks,” Strayed’s story ventures to deeper places on filmmaking and performance levels in “Wild.”
For any real estate agent to get a few people to show up to an open house at a luxury property is a challenge, but local Realtor Brian Bair has found a unique way to pack the house with interested buyers and create a conversation about the property that lasts for weeks.
Sports drinks were first created in the 1960s. Gatorade, for example, was developed by researchers at the University of Florida to help athletes replace water lost as a result of exercise and exposure to heat and humidity. The product included water, small amounts of carbohydrates/sugars, and electrolytes. People who exercise, especially in the Arizona heat, need to replace water on a regular basis. However, experts indicate that, except for those who are vigorously active, special sports drinks are not necessary — water does the job.
Phoenix-based Box Play for Kids has found itself in the spotlight once again. This time it’s by Martha Stewart. Box Play for Kids was recently named a finalist in Stewart’s nationwide “American Made” contest, which recognizes local, handmade innovators who are dedicated to creating beautiful things.
Jews from across the Southwest will gather in the Valley on Oct. 11-12 for “Sacred Waters,” a program sponsored by the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), to explore the role of water in Jewish tradition and ritual, as well as the relationship Jews have to water in the Southwest and, geopolitically, in the Middle East.