Rest Your Head

Uniik Pillows bring seasonal décor to homes By Lauren Wise Photos courtesy Unik Pillows During the holiday season, home décor can always be counted upon to boost the seasonal cheer quotient. From minimal touches like wreaths and menorahs to giant Christmas trees and winter wonderland lights, everyone likes a splash of sparkle, color and texture. And local company Uniik Pillows offers a merry and bright plac ...

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Aspiring to Inspire

Former engineer Andres Orrego pens an unconventional self-help book By Eric Newman When most people think of life coaches, they imagine successful figures who have achieved the pinnacle in business and personal goals, someone who spouts poignant platitudes in TED Talks, someone to admire and aspire to be like, someone who knows exactly what they want and how to get it. North Phoenix resident Andres Orrego i ...

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Local Gift Guide

Neighborhood shopping centers make seasonal spending fun By Niki D’Andrea There’s no shortage of ways to spend your time and money over the Christmas holidays. All the stores have sales, Black Friday door busters remain a cultural camp-out crunch, and now there’s also “Cyber Monday” for those who’d rather shop online. But while sitting in front of one’s computer might be more relaxing for residents of 85085 ...

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Nostalgia and Growth

Deer Valley Airport is gearing up for an influx in corporate jet traffic By Jimmy Magahern Photos by Pablo Robles It’s shortly after sunrise on any given Sunday when the regulars start filing into the Deer Valley Airport Restaurant for its breakfast buffet. The oldest are first to arrive, grabbing the closest parking spaces in the airport’s single wide parking lot, itself a throwback to the golden age of ai ...

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Symbols and Celebrations

Could a local government display a nativity scene? By Judge Gerald A. Williams   Can a local government lawfully display a nativity scene on government property during the Christmas season? Does it matter if it is also part of an overall holiday display? What about the Constitutional requirement for separation between church and state? To find answers to these and many legal questions, a quick examinat ...

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Three Times the Fun!

Danielle and Nick Cicogna run a trio of businesses By Shelley Sakala   Question: What happens when two kids from New York who never knew each other finally meet in a bank in Anthem? Answer: They get married and start a dance company. And a dancewear store. And a coffee shop. Meet Danielle and Nick Cicogna, a pair of New York transplants who each settled in the desert, met, and are in the middle of thei ...

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What Rollout?

As 5G launches, consumers couldn’t care less. But they should. By Christopher Elliott   If you’re like most cell phone users, you probably aren’t paying attention to the slow rollout of 5G this year, including AT&T’s recent announcement that it would bring super fast mobile connection to 19 cities by early next year. But don’t worry, because your fellow wireless customers are ignoring the news, too ...

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Drama Welcome

Theater programs enrich the high school experience By Jadyn Fisher   In the depths of the 200 performing arts building is a classroom painted completely black, but it's home to a variety of bright students and big personalities. This room full of spontaneity and life is the “black box,” and it doubles as the theater classroom for hundreds of students at Sandra Day O’Connor High School (OC). For schools ...

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Starlight, Star Bright

Community theater group stages It’s a Wonderful Life By Kenneth LaFave   The full name is Starlight Community Theater, though to its thousands of participants over the years – from actors and stagehands to audience members – it’s simply Starlight. But it wouldn’t be inaccurate to call it “Starlight Family Theater.” “The family makeup of Starlight is one of our strengths,” says Raquel L. Jarvill, presid ...

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Getting in the Work Out

How to conquer your fear of group fitness classes For those who aren’t familiar with group fitness, breaking a sweat with a bunch of strangers might sound beyond daunting. Maybe you’ve always wanted to try that Zumba class at your gym, but you’re afraid of being laughed at for your two left feet. Perhaps you’re interested in Bikram yoga, but you’re terrified of toppling over during tree pose. Have no fear; ...

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