Anthem veteran helps the homeless by providing meals, clothing, and hope

Pay it Forward  Anthem veteran helps the homeless by providing meals, clothing, and hope. By Sondra Barr Photo by Shannon Fisher Photography Jeff Kistler is no stranger to the sight of homelessness and desperation. During his 22 years in the Air Force, he’s been in war zones filled with human misery. Since leaving the military, the Anthem resident has spent the last seven years trying to ease the suffering ...

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Dreams do come true thanks to Melissa Stevens

Wish GranterDreams do come true thanks to Melissa Stevens. By Becky Antioco Photo by Jim Hesterman For Anthem resident Melissa Stevens, the idea to volunteer with the Make-A-Wish Foundation started at, of all places, Walt Disney World. Melissa graduated from Arizona State University in 2012 and moved to Orlando to work for the theme park. There, she saw many Make-A-Wish families, and would think to herself, ...

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Number One: Anthem Youth Advisory Council poster winner named.

Number One: Anthem Youth Advisory Council poster winner named. Thirteen-year-old Laci Sass is the winner of the Anthem Youth Advisory Council’s recent design poster competition. Conducted to raise vandalism awareness in Anthem, to participate in the contest, submissions had to represent information about the problem in the community. According to Kristi Northcutt, the director of Communications and Public A ...

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Christy Lopez helps area children reach their developmental potential

Pediatric Pursuits  Christy Lopez helps area children reach their developmental potential. By Kristin Caliendo Photos by Shannon Fisher Photography “If you build it, they (he) will come,” inspired Kevin Costner’s character in Field of Dreams and the same can be said for one longtime resident of 85086. Just days before opening the doors to North Valley Pediatric Therapy, owner Christy Lopez’s clinic’s websit ...

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Locals are Carnegie Hall bound with ProMusica Arizona

Bravo! Locals are Carnegie Hall bound with ProMusica Arizona.   By Sondra Barr and Michelle Talsma Everson Photo by CMQ Photos LLC In 2003, a group of local musicians and singers met in an Anthem living room with the goal of forming a chorale and orchestra in the North Valley. Now, almost 14 years and more than 150 performances later, ProMusica Arizona (PMAZ) has grown to nearly 100 singers and instrum ...

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Big Time: Anthem’s Lennon Hammond enjoys national acting success in Broadway show

Big Time  Anthem’s Lennon Hammond enjoys national acting success in Broadway show. By Michelle Talsma Everson Photos by Michele Celentano While most kids might be excited to have a line or two in the school play, Anthem’s 9-year-old Lennon Hammond was recently cast in his first national tour of a Broadway show. Already a local star with Musical Theater of Anthem (MTA), which was founded in 2008 by his paren ...

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The body language pro gives tips to make that first impression memorable

First Impressions  The body language pro gives tips to make that first impression memorable.  By Paige Bailey If you watch body language pro Barbara Chatzkel in any group setting, the first thing you’ll notice is how intently she observes everything that is going on. As an expert in business body language, Barbara knows that more than 50 percent of a person’s message is delivered nonverbally. Everybody, eve ...

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Ken Slaton: Local resident finds success in the insurance industry

Ken Slaton Local resident finds success in the insurance industry. 85086 Magazine turns the spotlight on an Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce member who’s making a difference in the community. This month, meet Ken Slaton. We recently sat down with him to learn more about him and his business. What were the circumstances surrounding you opening your business? Our parent company, Global Benefits Group, wanted t ...

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Anthem singer/songwriter Jade Sandra strikes a chord with audiences

Viral Hit Anthem singer/songwriter Jade Sandra strikes a chord with audiences. By Sondra Barr Photos by Chadwick Fowler Anthem singer/songwriter Jade Sandra caused quite a stir online with the introduction of the music video for her song Yesterday. Released by ReThink Records, the song racked up over 100,000 views in the first few days of it being released on her Facebook page in June and has since generate ...

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Anthem’s Nicole Rowe is taking center stage as Miss Phoenix

Title Holder Anthem’s Nicole Rowe is taking center stage as Miss Phoenix. By Sondra Barr Photo by Morgan McLane Photography Growing up, Nicole Rowe dreamed of being center stage, but she never thought it’d be competing in a beauty pageant. Now, the 18-year-old Anthem resident is basking in the glow of her new title as Miss Phoenix, while gearing up to compete for the title of Miss Arizona in June. At the ag ...

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