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PHOENIX – Before Marc Farina stepped on the mat against a two-time state champion Saturday, his coach told the Corona del Sol sophomore about a time he got a quick pin at the Olympic level.
As Santa stuffs his sleigh with popular or big ticket items this year, he may be in for a “Bah, humbug” unless he takes certain insurance precautions. Gift-givers may be “Scrooged” when they realize that some gifts may cost homeowners extra on their insurance premiums, or may not be covered at all.
Seeing Todd Ford at a basketball game was just an odd sight.
The embattled director of the Department of Economic Security said Tuesday that his agency has been telling the governor, lawmakers and everyone else for years that some complaints of child abuse were not being investigated.
Mike McClellan asks why we are so shocked that 6,500 reports of child abuse were not investigated (“Why won’t our government think of the children?” AFN, Dec. 6). I am not surprised. I came to Arizona over 20 years ago as a Child Protective Services (CPS) worker. I had been a part of a unit in California in which all of the workers had master’s degrees in social work or family therapy. Most of our cases were families who had come to the attention of the agency but were not severe enough to involve the Juvenile Court. Families voluntarily accepted prevention services. Not surprisingly, we had the lowest per capita foster care placement in the country. Even when our cases were in court, the system — from the judge to the attorneys representing the parents — held as a central principle the best interests of the children.
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.
I enjoyed the AP (Associated Press) article on how “A Christmas Story” has become a part of our deeply-rooted Christmas tradition (“‘A Christmas Story’ at 30: Now part of the family,” AFN, Dec. 4). However, I was surprised and disappointed at the writer’s failure to mention the story’s author, who narrated the film and who also appeared in it as the gruff gentleman who directs Ralphie and his brother to the end of the line to see Santa at Goldblatt’s.
I can’t imagine being a Child Protective Services (CPS) caseworker. But I can imagine why most of those men and women went into those jobs: an idealistic view that their work could make a difference in children’s lives, maybe save some kids from horrible fates, maybe find ways to change a dysfunctional family into a loving one.
Credit scores are made up of a complex algorithm that can, at times, seem inexplicable. Often things that seem financially responsible can in fact lower your credit score. Answer the few questions below to test your credit IQ — the answers may surprise you.
Are you a member of the “Sandwich Generation?” This designation — which applies to people caring for their aging parents while supporting their own children — may be applicable to you if you’re either a younger baby boomer, born in the late 1950s or early 1960s, or an older member of “Generation X,” born in the mid-1960s. But any way you slice it, being in the “Sandwich” group is probably going to present you with some challenges, particularly of the financial kind — so you’ll need to make the right moves.
It looks harder than it really is — everything starts with a first step. But when that thing you are trying to do is different or difficult, then that first step seems very hard to do.
In his Nov. 6 AFN guest commentary, “Culture is not a costume,” Dr. Neal Lester addresses the “controversy” of the refusal of the Washington Redskins owner to change the team name to something less “offensive.”
The Husband and Wife Law Team, Mark and Alexis Breyer, selected Jennifer Weber as Teacher Appreciation Award winner for November.
The play put the perfect stamp on what defensive ends Mitchell Fraboni and Charlie Trevino meant brought to the Mountain Pointe devastating defense.
Steve Belles and Norris Vaughan could take their tongue-in-cheek back-and-forth on the road.
Natrell Curtis has had an odd season.
Black Friday used to be the one day where you could find bargain-basement deals on computers, TVs, game consoles, home goods, clothes, toys, and the list goes on.
There are a lot of questions surrounding area boys basketball teams as the season begins and the answers will go a long way in determining just where it ends up.
For years we’ve known Andrew “Dice” Clay is “The Undisputed Heavyweight King of Comedy” and he’s ready to deliver a knockout punch to fans at Gila River Casino this Saturday, Nov. 30. The Diceman kindly gave the Ahwatukee Foothills News an exclusive interview because he knows we’re probably going to laugh at all of his jokes.
Well ... that was graceful.
Here’s another reason to be thankful this holiday season — the cost of putting Thanksgiving dinner on the table is down slightly from last year.
There were times last season when Isaiah Jones was sent in during mop up time and he’d over think or get out of position.
There was only one little blip on the start to C.J. Cron’s career.
A year after the news off the court was sometimes more prevalent than what happened on it, it will be refreshing to focus on the wins and losses this girls basketball season.
Two beautifully decorated designer Christmas trees will be making the holidays a little brighter for children at the Child Crisis Center and homeless veterans at the MANA (Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force) House this year thanks to the work of two Ahwatukee Foothills residents.