It's that time of year again. While everyone is starting to think about their favorite turkey complimenting sides, or what their family members would most like to see under the tree next month, we are only a short time away from another of Ahwatukee's fall traditions. Are you thinking about the Festival of Lights? Personally, I can't wait to attend this year, but I have something else in mind.

Voting for Best of Ahwatukee 2011 will start Monday, Nov. 14 and will run through Friday, Dec. 9. Annually, our readers have voted to choose what they think are some of the people, places and businesses that make Ahwatukee so special.

The Best of Ahwatukee is published in January and is one of our most popular special sections. We take votes from our readers in 47 categories to determine the "Best of Ahwatukee." We tally the online voting results and publish a special section with the winners and runners-up. Your votes will bring recognition to the things you love about your community.

Our categories range from "best sandwich" to "best new business" and everything in between. This section is one that can be saved and referred to all year long. Whether you need a dentist, a handyman or a dry cleaner; Best of Ahwatukee has the "best" all wrapped up in one publication.

Voters will be required to enter their name, phone number and a valid email address in order to submit their vote. Limit one vote per person per day. IP addresses will not be tracked, so businesses will be able to set up a computer to allow their customers to vote for them, if they want.

We reserve the right to qualify all entries for eligibility. Any names we determine to be duplicated within a 24-hour period or any email addresses that are false will be disqualified.

You will be able to find the online ballot at www.ahwatukee.com/best_of on Nov. 14.

Last year we had 145,803 votes across all categories combined, so it's important to vote early and vote often for your favorites. Every vote counts!

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7901 or mmiller@ahwatukee.com

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