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As somebody who spends a whole lot of time thinking about grilling, I love that so many Americans celebrate the Fourth of July by busting out the grill.
Lyndsey Klein, a seventh-grader at Summit School of Ahwatukee, always had a passion when it came to reading.
Not only did students at Summit School of Ahwatukee donate more than 17,000 diapers to Diaper Bank of Central Arizona, the most diapers per student of all schools that participated in Arizona, but they did it all in a two-week span.
Mikaela Martin thought it best to put herself in the shoes of others less fortunate. Last year the 17-year-old Horizon Honors High School senior and cross-country track member started a program at her school to collect old pairs of tennis shoes, clean them, and then donate them to the Tempe Salvation Army. The honor student was able to collect 180 pairs of shoes, completing the project on Thanksgiving Day while passing out the shoes to homeless individuals.
When you were a kid, did you ever think, “I want to live to be 100 years old.” Yep, me too. Well, I am fortunate enough to know someone very special to me that is closing in on that giant milestone, my grandma. She is 99 1/2 years old, she will be turning 100 in December and I am hopeful that she makes it. I’ve been telling my boys how lucky they are to have a great grandmother and all the amazing changes she has seen in the world during her lifetime. Imagine growing up without electricity, indoor plumbing, a car, television, computers, iPhones, and more.
Happy 80th birthday to loving mom and nana, Marlene Myles! Your ever-present smile and generous heart are a blessing to your family and friends. The Myles, Crocchi, and Schoch families.
All too often, police officers are seen as revenue generators for the municipality. Writing tickets and making arrests, they are viewed by the public strictly as enforcers. However, some officers are really making a difference in the communities they patrol. Mesa Police Officer Brandon Mendoza, killed early Monday morning by a wrong-way driver, is a prime example.
If Thanksgiving is all about the sides, Easter is all about the main. While we agonize over styles of stuffings, whole or smooth cranberry sauces, sweet potatoes with or without marshmallows, and so many other Turkey Day dilemmas, we tend to just cobble together a what-have-you assortment of sides to accompany the beloved Easter ham or lamb.
Though carrots often make it into the Easter feast lineup, I’ve never understood why. Maybe it’s a nod to the Easter bunny.
NEW YORK — When people take an interest in cooking, broth sales apparently get a bump.
Allison is the owner of Allison’s Texas Barbecue, 6750 E. Main St., Mesa
Liz Holter, Guard, Seton Catholic: Actually, there are four freshmen who’ve made contributions at various points this season for Seton Catholic, with Holter and the Wirth twins (Jennifer and LeeAnne) seeing the most action for these perennial championship contenders. As is often the case with a 575-enrollment school, Seton coach Karen Self plays freshman, but four is abnormal. Older sister Anne Marie was a standout guard the previous four years, and Liz said her sister’s advice has helped on occasion. Still, Liz has been effective as the No. 1 Sentinels (Div. II) continue their march toward a championship. Self acknowledged plenty of “freshman moments” this season even during this 28-3 season, but playing in Highland’s Thanksgiving weekend tournament, along with the MLK Classic at Grand Canyon University, was designed to show the youngsters about playing in strange environments which are coming up toward the end of the tournament. So, too, was playing a schedule with Mesquite, Mountain Pointe, Highland, Marcos de Niza, and South Mountain. “It’s going to be more physical moving forward,” Liz said. “We push each other around during long practices to get better for this time.”
2013-2014 stats: 4.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.4 spg
When Ahwatukee Foothills resident Pat Carl set out four small nativities on an empty shelf in the mid ‘80s, she had no idea what she was starting.
On a Saturday morning in October, Gary Webb, president of OCJ Kids, drove an hour south to make a presentation to a tiny group in Ahwatukee about the charity’s efforts for foster children in Phoenix. Sheila Coonen, executive director of Connecting to Serve, which represents a collection of churches and organizations in Ahwatukee, reassured him that he wasn’t wasting his time with the very small group.
As you know, or if you don’t know, I’ll tell you this: “The Velveteen Rabbit” play is a Christmas story.
Small Business Saturday is gaining in popularity, according to a new survey by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).
‘Tis the season! Over the next few weeks, schedules are filled with shopping, holiday parties, relatives, financial pressures, obligations, and plenty of food and spirits. Socializing during the holidays can be stressful and challenging, especially if your friends and family are not as health-conscious as you. The abundance of holiday treats and homemade goodies can be hard to resist. Fortunately, there’s plenty you can do to avoid holiday weight gain, manage your blood sugars, stay healthy, happy and fit, and enjoy celebrating the holidays.
The Desert Vista girls basketball team isn’t shying away from anything.
I have always enjoyed this time of year. Even as a child growing up in Chicago, fall afternoons meant playing baseball with a sweatshirt on or running through piles of fallen leaves, some of which were raked quite neatly and I mischievously found joy in rummaging through those piles as well.
The clash of colors should have been disorienting.
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Local and family-owned Barro’s Pizza will be hosting its second Holiday Hunger Fight, which is aimed to assist fighting hunger in Arizona and benefits the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.
Have Americans lost hope? The trust-deficit between them and their policymakers is distressingly large, with only 19 percent, according to an October Pew poll, who say that they have faith that the government will do what is right just about always or most of the time.
The Thanksgiving potluck at Inspire Kids Montessori on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013.