Locals open up the first indoor beach volleyball destination in Arizona

Serving Up Aces   Locals open up the first indoor beach volleyball destination in Arizona. By Shelley Sakala In the never-ending quest for indoor summer activities, there’s some exciting news coming our way. Four families are taking their passion for beach volleyball and moving it indoors. This month, Beach House Volleyball opens to the public, providing a safe and fun indoor option for summer activities. T ...

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Lowering Healthcare Costs

Lowering Healthcare Costs  By Paul Breslau, Breslau Insurance & Benefits Inc. What do medical treatments really cost? We know that health insurance premiums are sky-high with big deductibles and high out-of-pocket limits. We seldom know true costs of medical care and prescriptions, which have been hidden behind co-pays, deductibles, and government programs. There are tools that can help determine costs. ...

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Seven Steps to Get Your Mojo Back This Summer


Seven Steps to Get Your Mojo Back This Summer
  By Dr. Sherrie Campbell Mojo is that magical charisma you carry that makes you feel good and infectious to others. If you’ve lost your mojo and want to be a better you this summer, here are seven ways to get your mojo back and keep it flourishing:   Change your environment: Change the environments in your life that are grey and uninspiring. Do some of you ...

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David Anderson is perfecting the art of coffee roasting in the North Valley

Better Blend David Anderson is perfecting the art of coffee roasting in the North Valley. By Emma Suttell A mix of art, science, and an attempt to accentuate and balance these elements is how David Anderson, the owner of the Roastery of Cave Creek, describes roasting coffee. A native of Kansas, Anderson moved to Cave Creek in 1997, where he was drawn to the thrilling and bountiful beauty of the Tonto Nation ...

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How to Build the Perfect Playlist

 How to Build the Perfect Playlist Music can set the mood, no matter the occasion. Whether you’re playing jazz classics to give your dinner party a sophisticated ambience or blasting the latest dance-pop tracks for motivation on the treadmill, music is able to provide the soundtrack to different aspects of peoples’ lives. These days, playlists are one of the most convenient ways to organize music, and there ...

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The forecast for the Maggiore Group’s Sicilian Butcher looks bright

A Chance of Meatballs  The forecast for the Maggiore Group’s Sicilian Butcher looks bright. By Niki D’Andrea Photos by Debby Wolvos “This is sooo good! It’s sooo good!” The woman at the table across from us is talking to her male dining companion, pointing emphatically with her fork at the dish in front of her. I don’t know what she’s eating, but that doesn’t matter, because we are at The Sicilian Butcher, ...

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Ridgeline Academy charter school recognized for student achievement, community partnerships

School of Distinction  Ridgeline Academy charter school recognized for student achievement, community partnerships. By Kristine Burnett Ridgeline Academy, a North Phoenix K-8 tuition-free public charter school, recently became the second school in Phoenix to achieve the coveted Core Knowledge School of Distinction designation. The recognition distinguishes Ridgeline Academy as a school of excellence, commit ...

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Business-based clubs expand DVUSD high school students’ horizons

Enhancing Education  Business-based clubs expand DVUSD high school students’ horizons. By Jadyn Fisher Photo by Shannon Fisher Photography When enrolling for classes as a freshman just entering high school, I was overwhelmed with the amount of amazing clubs and programs that the Deer Valley Unified School District has to offer. With my mom being a former teacher, I had a little more insight as to the differ ...

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Three cool portable wine carafes for summer sipping on the move

Vino to Go  Three cool portable wine carafes for summer sipping on the move. Excursion Canteen, Rouge & Blanc set, $48 @ oenophilia.com These travel canteens allow you to celebrate a finish to an epic hike in style. Made from high quality, insulated, food grade stainless steel, they won’t affect the taste of your wine. Comes in a set of two. One Rouge and one Blanc. VinoGo, $7 @ corkpops.com Take your w ...

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Pastor David Bowen encourages families to consider what they value

Family Values  Pastor David Bowen encourages families to consider what they value. What a family values and how a family expresses those values is often passed down from generation to generation. Although every family's list of values may be different, there are some common values that are cross-cultural and have no age or gender restrictions such as social, work, and moral values. Teaching values, modeling ...

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