Kwailan Barsotti offers a unique shopping experience at Desert Lotus Boutique & Gifts

Spreading Positivity  Kwailan Barsotti offers a unique shopping experience at Desert Lotus Boutique & Gifts. By Sondra Barr Photos by Shannon Fisher Photography Kwailan Barsotti wants to empower women and serve her community. She’s bringing this passion for serving others to her unique new Anthem store, Desert Lotus Boutique & Gifts. Since moving with her husband, Miles, and daughter, Maile, to Anth ...

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Annual Boulder Creek High School pageant showcases talented seniors while raising money for charity

Mr. BC  Annual Boulder Creek High School pageant showcases talented seniors while raising money for charity. By Marcella Baietto One of Boulder Creek High School’s most popular events is happening April 29: The Mr. BC Pageant. Twelve of the most academic, athletic, and well-known male seniors are in the running for the title, as they meet on the Boulder Creek stage to reveal who will be the next Mr. BC. Jus ...

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Turning your Santa believers into Santa helpers one magical moment at a time!

Keeping the Magic of Santa  Turning your Santa believers into Santa helpers one magical moment at a time! By Julie Atkinson Photos by Heidi Lea Photography As Thanksgiving rolls around this month, I can’t help thinking about the next big holiday ahead. From decorations to spending time with family and friends, Christmas is simply a wonderful time of year. As the mom of two little elves – I mean boys – Chris ...

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10th Annual Holiday Home Tour

Anthem Cares Through Service (ACTS) is pleased to announce the 10th Annual Holiday Home Tour event to be held on Dec. 8 and 10, 2015 in Anthem Arizona. Proceeds benefit families in need in Anthem. This year's event features six beautifully decorated homes and lots of holiday spirit. Homeowners have put their unique collections and individual personalities into their decorating and are welcoming you into the ...

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First Responders: The firefighters of the Daisy Mountain Fire Department are dedicated to helping the community

First Responders  The firefighters of the Daisy Mountain Fire Department are dedicated to helping the community. By Sondra Barr Photos by Shannon Fisher Photography   In the 28 years the Daisy Mountain Fire Department (DMFD) has serviced the area, countless lives have been saved. Originally formed as a volunteer fire district in 1989 to serve about 5,000 residents, DMFD hired its first employee in 1990 ...

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Local Fred Martinez wins gold medal in weightlifting

Master Level Local Fred Martinez wins gold medal in weightlifting. By Lauren Bukoskey Photos by Jennifer Fouche   Anthem’s Fred Martinez has been a weightlifter since 1998. He’s won gold medals, coached, and worked on the data analytics side of weightlifting, but one of the highlights of his career is his gold medal win at the International Weightlifting Federation Masters World Cup in Dallas this past ...

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Anthem resident Linda Kacmarsky passed after a battle with breast cancer in 2010. Her legacy lives on in the annual 5K walk/run Linda’s W.I.S.H.

The Big W.I.S.H.: A Cure for Breast Cancer Anthem resident Linda Kacmarsky passed after a battle with breast cancer in 2010. Her legacy lives on in the annual 5K walk/run Linda’s W.I.S.H. By Sara Goodwin In 2000, doctors told Linda Kacmarsky that she had breast cancer, but after undergoing surgery, doctors determined her to be cancer free later that same year. Linda may have survived her first bout with bre ...

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Tobias Auto Shop wins AAA award through hard work and friendly service

The Fast Track Tobias Auto Shop wins AAA award through hard work and friendly service. By Sara Goodwin It was always a dream for auto shop entrepreneur Andy Tobias to open his own repair shop. And in 1989, just over 10 years after marrying his high school sweetheart, Louise, his dream became a reality when he opened Tobias’ Automotive Specialists, Inc. in Cave Creek. Andy attended an automotive technical/vo ...

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A strong believer in giving back to his community, this mover and shaker is making waves

Justin R. Simons  A strong believer in giving back to his community, this mover and shaker is making waves.  By Lew Rees Photo by Mike Spinelli Justin R. Simons opened his State Farm Insurance Agency in June of 2002 offering auto, home, and life insurance as well as banking products and financial planning. Justin speaks highly of his customers and employees, “ I am blessed to have such wonderful customers t ...

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Meet five local educators who make students and learning a community priority

Educational Leaders Meet five local educators who make students and learning a community priority.  Compiled by Sondra Barr Rita Robinson School: Starting Blocks Academy, 42105 N. 41st Dr., Anthem Position title: director Number of years in position: Starting Blocks Academy is a new school. We’ve been open one year. Previously, for seven and a half years, I was the assistant director of Alhambra Preschool P ...

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