Promising a Championship Season

Boulder Creek football looks forward to the fall season with renewed hope By Eric Newman Coach Anthony Casarella stood in front of the Boulder Creek football team in school auditorium early on a hot July 24 morning, as part of the group’s first day of preseason training camp. They discussed creating a positive change at the school; thanking parents and supporters for their help on and off the field; and eve ...

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A Decade of Classical Education

Anthem Prep is looking forward to the next 10 years By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Anthem Preparatory Academy headmaster Grant Goodrich has watched his school grow since he was hired as founding faculty in 2010 to teach Latin, Greek and chess. The two are celebrating their 10-year anniversaries this school year and using the opportunity to reflect on that decade. Students will boast a new crest on their unif ...

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Everything’s Coming Up Roses

Artist creates thousands of mixed-media roses before big studio tour By Sue Kern Fleischer It may be too hot outside for roses to bloom, but in Andrea Cook’s studio, dozens of roses are coming to life every day as the talented mixed media artist prepares for Arizona’s longest-running artist studio tour, Hidden in the Hills. A signature event of the nonprofit Sonoran Arts League, Hidden in the Hills features ...

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Youth for Troops

Six teens are helping the military one care package at a time By Ron Sanzone A group of teens is proving there isn’t an age restriction to show appreciation for those who are serving all of us. Youth for Troops is an Anthem-based nonprofit that works to improve the lives of veterans and active-duty servicemen and women. The organization was founded in 2017 by six local schoolchildren who comprise its curren ...

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Curtis’ Corner

It’s back-to-school time! By Superintendent Curtis Finch, Deer Valley Unified School District It is that exciting time of year again: new sneakers, backpacks and pencils. A fresh school year is all about “new beginnings.” Social media platforms and cell phone cameras will be sending pictures of smiling students throughout the cyber world to family members around the globe. There is only one first week of sc ...

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Welcome to the Jungle

Boulder Creek senior offers advice to future freshmen By Emma Suttell Last May, I walked into State Farm Stadium to sing with my choir for the Class of 2019’s graduation ceremony. I had done it before, as it is a tradition to sing the alma mater for graduation each year, however, this year felt different. Knowing that I would be walking across the stage wearing a cap and gown in less than 365 days was surre ...

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Water 4 Kids International

African villages gain access to clean water thanks to North Phoenix nonprofit By Laura Latzko In the Phoenix area, water is such an important resource as temperatures climb in the summer. In many places throughout the world, especially in East Africa, people don’t have access to clean water and have to walk miles to collect it. The North Phoenix faith-based nonprofit Water 4 Kids International helps village ...

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The Skinny on B12 Injections

The vitamin’s deficiency can cause myriad problems By Dr. Kelly Collins, Owner of Premier Wellness & Aglow Med Spa B12 deficiency isn’t a rare or mysterious disease. It’s written about in almost every medical textbook. B12 deficiency is far more common than most health care practitioners and the general public realize.  Data from a Tufts University study suggests that 40% of people between the ages of 2 ...

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Taste of Thai

Peter Song fills a niche in Anthem with traditional dishes By Ron Sanzone Twelve years ago, Peter Song saw an opportunity and seized it. While the North Valley did not suffer from a lack of dining options for popular Asian cuisines such as Chinese and Japanese, he was struck by something else. “At that time, the area from Deer Valley to Black Canyon City, didn’t have any Thai restaurants,” Song says.   He r ...

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New Friends of the Library

Volunteers keep North Valley Regional on its feet By Ron Sanzone An under-the-radar organization that works to enhance the lives of the local community hides in plain sight in Anthem. The New Friends of the Library is an all-volunteer organization that supports programming for the North Valley Regional Library at 40410 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway, Anthem. Commonly referred to as the Friends of the Library, it a ...

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