Body Talk

By Dr. Brian Hester A quick google search for “diets” will give you endless results. We talked about that in the blog on intermittent fasting. Everyone wants to tell you what foods you should eat, how much to eat and what foods you should avoid all together. But when you think about it, who knows best what your body needs? You! No other human is present in your body for a single moment. All the nutritional ...

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Sibling Sustenance

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Nick and Jim Alexopoulos—the siblings behind Two Brothers Kitchen in Anthem—haven’t seen a bleak spring like the one in 2020. However, the community showed such love to the breakfast/lunch joint that they were able to rise above the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s been phenomenal,” Nick says. “We didn’t know what to expect for takeout when it’s usually very little of our revenue. We n ...

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Traveling through Bismarck Lake and Flagstaff

Told by Kuma & Written by Lorraine Bossé-Smith If you haven’t guessed it yet, it’s going to be one long, hot summer. Thankfully, from Phoenix, we can easily head to higher elevation, where we can find cooler temperatures. This weekend we did just that and got on I-17 toward Flagstaff. I was ready for an adventure! Mom read about Bismarck Lake in a magazine, and she saw pictures before on her calendar. D ...

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In the Dumps

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Anthem-based North Valley Custom Hauling is about more than taking bulk items from customers’ homes. Dustin Holm and his staff are looking out for the beauty of the North Valley and its environment. “The illegal dumping problem is out of control,” the Sacramento-born Holm says. “It’s kind of sad, but my crew and I team up with local businesses to coordinate community events. We ...

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Strings Attached

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Brett Stewart has played guitar for 30 years. He hadn’t considered exploring the way they work until the pandemic hit and his events company was put on hold. The Anthem resident who runs Adventure Fitness has since built guitars for charities and celebrities. “I stumbled upon a guitar that was really, really cheap,” he says. “It needed a lot of work and I only had $50 invested ...

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Swimming Through Summer

By Emma Suttell Although trips to the Anthem Community Center pool might look different this year, the 2020 Anthem lifeguard team—led by Scott Newell, the ACC’s aquatics manager—is stronger and more ready to take on the summer than ever before. For dozens of students from Boulder Creek and surrounding schools, working as a lifeguard provides a summer job opportunity between school years. This year, 12 of th ...

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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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