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When the subject of retirement comes up, it often conjures up images of lazy afternoons on a hammock, leisurely walks in the morning sunshine, floating peacefully on a raft in the pool, and other such restful, relaxing ways to spend time. Or retirement often implies completing all of the things on a “bucket list” before becoming too old to do so. Although these can certainly be some of the well-deserved choices of retirement, they don’t necessarily have to define the entire experience. Creatively and conscientiously spending one’s time in retirement is worth a little thought and consideration. One of the ways to create a meaningful retirement is volunteering. It offers purposeful activity and a sense of giving back to loved ones and the community.
Tom Morrissey, who is running for the state Senate in Legislative District 18, will be providing the community with free child ID cards during the Red, White and Boom festival on Thursday, July 3. Retired and volunteer police officers will take fingerprints of each child onto a card that will be given to their parents. The cards can help police identify a child in an emergency situation. Morrissey’s team provided the same service to guests at the Spring Fling Carnival and fingerprinted about 70 children at that time.
Zeke Jones’ blueprint for restoring Arizona State wrestling also comes with red and white ones as well.
The future of pickleball may be coming from Pecos Community Center’s summer camp.
In celebration of those who serve our country, luxury apartment owner and manager Mark-Taylor is offering a $300 move-in discount to active duty and retired military personnel.
Phoenix police aren’t excited about the new precinct model that will take effect in October but all seem to agree it’s the only option until Phoenix hires more police officers.
John Augustyn, president of the Association of Retired Phoenix Officers, asks questions during the Phoenix Police Department's Proposed Patrol Reorganization Community Meeting at Pecos Community Center on Thursday, June 19, 2014.
While the average citizen struggles to save for retirement, some “public servants” will be making millions from “public service.” Fifty individuals walked away with a cash payout of hundreds of thousands of dollars, got a second retirement plan, and then started making over $100,000 in yearly pensions. What do you get?
Are you thinking of investing in municipal bonds? If so, you may have good reason, particularly if you are in one of the higher tax brackets. After all, municipal bond interest payments typically are exempt from federal income taxes, and possibly state and local income taxes, too — although some “munis” are subject to the alternative minimum tax. However, since not all municipal bonds are the same, you’ll want to know the differences — especially in terms of risk.
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Watching and reading the news lately has been even more distressing than usual. It isn’t just the content, although that has been particularly grim. As one who grew up with Walter Cronkite every night, the news increasingly resembles a school playground with pre-teens shouting at each other.
Ahwatukee residents have a dozen candidates to choose from for representation in Congress, the State Senate and State House of Representatives.
The U.S. Senate has turned fish into foul and left America’s disability community dangling on the hook.
“Officer Mendoza. Thank you for all you did in the neighborhood. Everyone I know that is on the ‘other side of the tracks’ will miss you so much! You truly were a good cop! See you in heaven.”
Dr. Linda Littell, executive director of community relations for Tempe Union High School District, recently announced that she will be retiring at the end of the school year.
At the dawn of civilization, when communities started to see their members specialize (think of farmers, tailors, herdsmen, blacksmiths, builder, merchants), that’s when the first businesses were born. Until we entered the 20th century, there were only two modes of marketing: word of mouth and the printed word. Then, with a rush of innovation came the new waves of marketing with each one farther reaching and more targeted: radio, television, Internet, and only recently mobile. Not only has the way we market businesses to the community changed, the entire mentality of business has transformed to reward businesses that give back to the community and society as a whole. By placing stress on increasing community value, not shareholder value, these companies transcend the common mission of corporate America and become a crusader for the communities they touch. That’s why I’d like to bring GEOPERKS by iPayMobile to our community’s attention and the different ways this mobile marketing company is bringing opportunities to local businesses and nonprofit organizations alike. As Americans we love our baseball and since we’re in baseball season, our local schools and club leagues are starting up, let’s delve into the services GEOPERKS by iPayMobile is bringing to our Ahwatukee baseball community.
Higley Unified School District Superintendent Denise Birdwell will officially step down from her position as head of the district following the 2014-15 school year.
The Phoenix Fire Department said Monday it can’t account for hundreds of keys for lock boxes that allow firefighters responding to fires or alarms to enter thousands of businesses and apartment complexes when they are closed.
A new senior housing community is in the works for the space at Chandler Boulevard and 50th Street, and is expected to open in 2016.
Ouch! After 22 years at the same golf resort I got my walking papers. I guess the new owners felt like new faces will bring in new sources of revenue. OK… since this is a spiritual column I won’t tell you what I really think of that idea.
House Republicans failed for a second day Tuesday to reach accord on a new budget even as state senators continued to find new ways to spend money.
The Senior Advocacy Group of Ahwatukee (SAGA) will be hosting its second SAGA Symposium on Saturday, allowing area seniors to gain knowledge about the different resources offered by community groups.
In 1986 my wife and I were attracted to Ahwatukee, partly because of the nearby mountain park and partly by the promise of recreational facilities and grassy open space.
I was pleasantly surprised and pleased to read the March 16 guest commentary by Speaker of the House Andrew Tobin and Arizona Department of Public Safety Sgt. Jimmy Chavez (president of the Arizona Highway Patrol Association) regarding HB 2691 “Support HB 2691: Help DPS plan for the future.”
When it comes time to apply for a mortgage in 2014, you might be surprised at how much documentation you’ll need when applying for a home loan. Especially if you are a first-time home buyer or someone who has not been through the process since before all the new rules and regulations implemented in the past few years.