Headed to Atlanta

By Eric Newman Friends, family and Anthem Prep Academy classmates gathered around senior Olivia Friedman as she signed a ceremonial commitment letter recently to play soccer next academic year at Emory University in Atlanta. The event began with highlights of a past game before coaches, Anthem Prep staff and others sung her praises as a player and a person. They also presented her with a glass frame display ...

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500 Classroom Visits

By Dr. Curtis Finch, Deer Valley Unified School District Superintendent “Who are you?” is the first question I receive from students when I step into a classroom at Deer Valley Unified School District on one of my 500 classroom visits a year. Now that I have visited over 1,500 classrooms the last three years, I also hear, “You were in my classroom last year!” There are four main reasons why I visit at least ...

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Giving Gala

By Dena Roché Gala season is in full swing in the Valley of the Sun. While there are many philanthropic events slated, The Crozier Gala is one of themost anticipated of the year. The 32nd annual Crozier Gala, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 25, at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch, was moved to Saturday, October 24. It's the major annual fundraiser for the Catholic Community Foundation. ...

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Grandma’s Recipes

By Pastor David Bowen, Standing Stones Community Church Standing Stones Christian Academy Spring break has never been a time for our family to get out of town, but it is a wonderful time for grandma to visit. One of the things my girls enjoy doing and I enjoy watching is having grandma share some of her famous family recipes. Oftentimes they are recreating recipes that grandma knows by heart—recipes that ha ...

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Is Your Gut Healthy?

This ‘second brain’ can affect mood and overall wellness By Dr. Alexandra Prach and Tara Storjohann Ever wonder why you feel “off” after having to take antibiotics for a prolonged period of time? The term “gut health” is usually mentioned when talking about overall well-being, but what does it really mean?  The truth is, your gut is tied to all aspects of health including mental, physical, emotional and imm ...

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All in the Family

Gio’s Pizza brings traditional Italian flavors to Anthem By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Born in Sicily and raised in New York, Onofrio Modica knows great pizza. For five years, the Anthem resident has been sharing his family’s recipes through Gio’s Pizza, which boasts top-notch deep-dish, thin New York-style and Sicilian crust pies. “I’ve been in the business for 47 years,” he says. “The secret to my success ...

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Get Lucky!

These crafts are sure to make guests smile By Shannon Fisher March is a month to create lucky crafts. We made leprechaun binoculars with two toilet paper rolls. Take your paper rolls and paint them or cover them with paper. We used green and decorated with designs of choosing. You can draw, print photos out to glue on, or use stickers. Next, hot glue the rolls together at the sides. You can now use your luc ...

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Playing a Part

P.E.O. Chapter EV-Anthem gearing up to host a fundraiser By Jordan Houston Coming on the heels of its 150th anniversary, a women-centric nonprofit is as committed as ever to celebrating female advancements across borders. The Iowa-based Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) Sisterhood boasts an impressive membership of around 230,000 members throughout North America and is dedicated to creating ed ...

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Making Healthy Choices

Do you really need supplements? By Dr. Brian Hester If you do a simple Google search to find out if supplements are absolutely necessary for a healthy life, you’ll find hundreds of articles showing exactly why you need them. Flip the script and search for why supplements are a hoax and you’ll find just as many results. It’s a huge controversy in the health care industry. When you add in the fact supplements ...

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Family Friendly

Azool Grill thrives, thanks to its loyal neighbors By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski The Azool Grill just reached a landmark not many restaurants can claim: its 15-year anniversary. But owner Mary Hultman doesn’t take credit for the eatery’s success. “I attribute it to our customers,” Hultman says. “We have great customers. Our staff is really consistent, too. They’ve been here a long time. It’s just a really, ...

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