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The Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School wind and percussion ensemble members became stars of their own Disney show on April 25, when they entertained visitors at the Disneyland Resort. They traveled from Phoenix to the Disneyland Resort in California to take part in a Disney Performing Arts Program.
Dr. Amy Puls and Dr. Peter Pinto of Ahwatukee Foothills announce the upcoming wedding of their son, Johnny Pinto, to Dr. Chelsea Dinner. Parents of the bride, Dr. Alan and Anne Dinner, reside in Indianapolis, Ind.
Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) honored their 10th annual Teal & Silver award recipients during a breakfast event at the college’s Williams Campus on May 7 at the Student Pavilion Center. Nine winners were recognized for their efforts and support of CGCC students, employees, programs, services and the college community.
Janet Liffiton passed away peacefully on May 18. She resided in Ahwatukee and is survived by her daughter, Nancy Breon, and husband, Mike, of Kailua, Hawaii; son, David Bartram, and wife, Tamie, of Poway, Calif.; niece, Kim Rolfe, and husband, Rick, also of Ahwatukee, as well as several nieces and nephews scattered across the East Coast.
Thanks to the Ahwatukee Chapter of the National Charity League (NCL) active seniors at Mountain Park Senior Living now have one more activity to get their heart rates pumping — a new ping-pong table. The Ahwatukee Foothills Chapter of the National Charity League (AFNCL) presented Michelle Major, director of fun for Mountain Park Senior Living Center, with a check for $500 on May 9. Traci Tartaglio, Lauri Branch, and Katie Branch of AFNCL were on hand to present the check to Major and a few residents. The AFNCL is a mother/daughter organization for girls from seventh grade through high school graduation. This 300-plus member organization participates in volunteer work across the metro Phoenix area. AFNCL’s mission is to strengthen the bonds between mother and daughter through the spirit of volunteerism, and has enjoyed a thriving partnership with Mountain Park Senior Living Center. Tartaglio participates in AFNCL along with her daughter Bailee. For more information, visit www.nationalcharityleague.org/nclahwatukee.
Katlyn Youngblood, a sophomore early childhood education major from Ahwatukee Foothills, was among approximately 1,500 Bob Jones University students who were named to the spring 2013 dean’s list. Bob Jones University is located in Greenville, S.C. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must earn a 3.0 GPA.
Ahwatukee residents Dan and Lisa Roger announce the engagement of their daughter, Kate Roger, to Graham Lerner, son of Paul Lerner of Chicago and Victoria Olson of Bradenton, Fla. The wedding will be on Sept. 14 in Chicago.
Gayle Dorothy Hadden (nee Buff), 67, of Ahwatukee and formerly of Wayne, N.J., passed away peacefully at home on May 27, surrounded by her family. Gayle worked for J.P. Morgan Chase for many years. She grew up in Lyndhurst, N.J., and had lived in Wayne since 1968 before moving to Phoenix 20 years ago. Gayle was a 4-H leader, a Remax Realtor, a member of the Pompton Falls Fire Co. 3 Women’s Auxiliary in Wayne, a nursery school assistant, and a member of the Junior Women’s Club and PTA. Gayle’s interests included sewing, knitting, golf, cruising in her convertible, great music, laughing much and having a great time. She loved traveling and loved life. Gayle is survived by her husband, John J., of Ahwatukee; her children, Kimberly Hadden Massie, Robin Hadden, Christopher Hadden, all of Arizona, John Hadden of Hardwick, N.J.; eight grandchildren; and two brothers, Harold and Alan Buff. Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, N.J., on Sunday, June 2 from 2 to 6 p.m.
Jocelyn Botero, a 2009 alum of Mountain Pointe High School, has graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. She is currently employed in the production department at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment.
Bethany Christian School’s board of directors announced a change in leadership after Barbara Hunsaker informed them that after 13 years, she’s ready to move on. The new administrator, Kary Sterkowitz, will be returning to Arizona after having spent the last nine years as a school administrator in El Cajon, Calif. Sterkowitz will be on campus starting June 10.
Army National Guard Spec. Ryan A. Kordys has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
Gov. Jan Brewer signed the bill allowing Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) to have a special license plate issued by the Arizona Department of Transportation. While it will be several months before there is an actual license plate that can be purchased, this is something that their membership and community of 35,000-plus girls and volunteers have been advocating for quite some time.
Taylor Guthrie, a student from Chandler, was recently honored as one of the brightest young students in the nation at a statewide awards ceremony for academically advanced children sponsored by The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY).
Armani Del Franco, a 2010 alumnus from Horizon Community Learning Center, graduated from the University of Arizona Honors College with a bachelor’s degree in finance and entrepreneurship within three years. Del Franco graduated summa cum laude. During his tenure, he was on the dean’s list with distinction, president of Eller Scholars and volunteered within the Tucson community serving others. He was also recognized as an Eller Centurion and Eller Excellence Fund member. In his spare time, he participated in the university’s intramural program, as a defender on the Inner Tube Water Polo Champion’s team, the Yuma Polar Bears.
Jocelyn Botero, a 2009 alum of Mountain Pointe High School, has graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. She was on the dean’s list all four years of college with an overall GPA of 3.8 (summa cum laude).
Dr. Steven R. Helfgot, Ed.D., president/CEO of the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, has been honored by the Victoria Foundation as a “Champion of Education.”
For the past two years, the Husband and Wife Law Team serious injury lawyers Mark and Alexis Breyer of Ahwatukee has been sponsoring their own Teacher Appreciation Program, awarding one lucky teacher each month $250 for use in their classroom or how they wish. Their latest winner is Mr. Vico Guerrero of Kyrene de la Sierra Elementary School.
Did you know that puppies or kittens can become pregnant as early as 4 months of age? Don’t get stuck with accidental litters. You can fix each puppy or kitten for $20 in June at Altered Tails, Barnhart Clinic, 950 W. Hatcher Road in Phoenix. Call (602) 942-SPAY (7729) for more information or visit www.alteredtails.org.
The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits (Alliance) and Arizona Grantmakers Forum (AGF) awarded $179,500 in prizes to 40 nonprofits who participated in Arizona Gives Day at a reception on May 2.
Memorial Day symbolizes the start of summer for you and your pet. Before you start planning trips to the beach and summer getaways, keep in mind that it’s important to plan ahead for pet travel and always keep the best interests of your furry, four-legged friends in mind.
Instead of asking for gifts, St. John Bosco sixth-graders Lauren A. and Shea S. combined their recent 12th birthday parties into a fundraiser for a family in need. The Perres are local residents facing heart wrenching medical issues and staggering medical costs. Within two months of one another, Mrs. Perre was diagnosed with a form of Lou Gehrig’s disease and her 16-year-old son was diagnosed with cancer. Lauren and Shea invited the entire sixth-grade population of St. John Bosco, as well as many other friends, to party at Desert Foothills Park on April 26. In lieu of birthday gifts, Shea, Lauren and their friends dug into their piggy banks and donated money to help the Perres. In the end, Lauren, She and their friends collected approximately $1,700. The Perres were overwhelmed at the compassion and generosity of both the girls and the community.
Salvador “Grandpa” Bernabe has been named volunteer of the year by Catholic Charities Community Services. He was presented with the 2013 Helen Shea Service Award at the agency’s Paths to Hope breakfast on May 15 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix.
Catholic Charities Community Services’ DIGNITY House was recently named Homeless Service Provider of the Year by Phoenix Neighborhood Services. DIGNITY House received the award for its outstanding efforts assisting women with intensive residential recovery to help them live an independent life. The award was presented last month during the city’s National Community Development Week celebration.
Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) welcomed two individuals to its administrative team: Matthew Graber, director of marketing, and Zacory Boatright, director of sales and business development.
Molly Barlow of Ahwatukee-Foothills recently graduated summa cum laude and alpha chi from High Point University in North Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in coaching. Barlow played four years of NCAA Division I volleyball and finished her career as the eighth player in HPU’s Div. I history to reach 1,000 career digs. She was named the 2012-2013 Big South Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year.