Homemade with Heart

Anthem residents “plarn” mats for homeless veterans By Eric Newman A group of residents at The Enclave at Anthem senior living community has made it a mission to support homeless veterans. The Arizona Department of Economic Security’s 2017 “Homelessness in Arizona Annual Report” identified 204 veterans as “unsheltered.” To help mitigate the problem, a group of residents meets weekly to make homemade mats in ...

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In the Absence of Violence

Remembering Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. By Judge Gerald A. Williams On January 15, some will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day off work or with a quick ski trip. Others may finally take the Christmas lights off their homes. But it is worth taking the time to remember a man who understood how meaningful change could occur in the absence of violence. Reverend King became the central figure in ...

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Finding a Bigger Purpose

Nicole Hoffmann cites service as her source of happiness during her senior year By Emma Suttell Senior Class Homecoming Queen. When most think of the title, they might think back to their own senior class. The Homecoming Queen title can carry a few assumptions and stereotypes along with it, but Boulder Creek student Nicole Hoffmann radiates all of the positive qualities the title represents. Nicole Hoffmann ...

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Cyberspace Case

Why you should not trust online reviews If you bought something online between Thanksgiving and Christmas, or if you’re looking to buy online now that the holiday rush is over, chances are you’ll get to a point where you’ll ask, “Should I trust online reviews?” (Answer: No, you should not trust online reviews. I’ll tell you why in a moment.) You know what I mean by “point,” don’t you? It’s the moment before ...

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Mama J’s Southwest Kitchen

Savory roasted turkey with vegetables By Leann Grunwald Ingredients: - 1.5 pound turkey breast, bone out - 1-1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt - Extra virgin high-quality olive oil as needed - 2 carrots, peeled and large diced - 1 bulb fennel, halved, cored and cut into  thick strips - 1 yellow onion, peeled and large diced - 10 Brussels sprouts, stem removed and  halved - 2 tablespoons thyme leaves ...

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Kuma’s Adventures

Camping at Tortilla Flat in Tonto National Forest Told by Kuma and written by Lorraine Bossé-Smith Hasn’t our weather been just divine? I love the cooler temps because it means we can go places that are too hot to visit in the summer – like Tortilla Flat in the Tonto National Forest. Me and my family loaded up the camper trailer, and off we went! We drove to South Phoenix on the 101 freeway and connected to ...

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Tiny Baubles

Make your own holiday ornaments with leftover items Story and photos by Shannon Fisher It is holiday time again! It is our tradition to make new ornaments every year. Here are three quick and easy ones you can make, too. Hot glue is a great way to make a melted snowman. Lay out parchment paper, wax paper or foil. Spread hot glue into a puddle shape. Now add pipe cleaner, paper or foam board for the nose. Yo ...

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Three Times the Fun!

Danielle and Nick Cicogna run a trio of businesses By Shelley Sakala Meet Danielle and Nick Cicogna, a pair of New York transplants who each settled in the desert, met, and are in the middle of their happily ever after. They’re also the owners of three businesses in North Phoenix: Diamond Dance Works, one of the largest dance studios in the NorthValley; Pearl Dancewear, home of high-quality dance apparel an ...

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The Kids Are All Right

Student-run nonprofit Youth for Troops aids veterans and active military By Eric Newman Six teens in the Anthem area frequently ran into each other at volunteer events and activities supporting veterans, active military members and their families, and figured they should maybe start working together. So in early 2017, they got together to create a nonprofit organization to consolidate their efforts, and “Yo ...

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On ‘Cue

The Tennessee Grill & Bar serves superb smoked meats and more By Niki D’Andrea The smell of slow-smoked meats and tangy barbecue sauce fills the large and bustling space that is The Tennessee Grill & Bar every night, creating a mouth-watering wait on especially busy nights, like Wednesdays, when tender, smoked chicken wings are on special, and Fridays, when the all-you-can-eat fish fry draws locals ...

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