Experiment with these interesting projects designed to encourage curiosity and creativity

Science Crafts  Experiment with these interesting projects designed to encourage curiosity and creativity. By Shannon Fisher Photos by Shannon Fisher Photography Since most children are now back in school, September is a great month to combine science and crafts. Here are a few quick and easy projects to pique your kid’s interest. Milk Sculpture You can make a sculpture with milk and vinegar. Start with a c ...

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Nine Strategies for Negotiating Favorable Lease Terms

Nine Strategies for Negotiating Favorable Lease Terms  By Stephen A. Cross Commercial leases are complex, legally binding contracts. While most are quite lengthy and contain a good amount of seemingly boilerplate language, every term and condition is open to discussion. Here are the most common variables that have a direct impact on overall occupancy costs, and some of the strategies I use when negotiating ...

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Pastor David Bowen talks about the importance of father-daughter dances

May I Have This Dance  Pastor David Bowen talks about the importance of father-daughter dances. Recently both the Boston Globe and the New York Times ran an article about the modern family era and how events like the traditional father-daughter dance are slowly going away. Why? They surmised it was to “Get more in line with the times.” What does that mean? It means life––the way it was before technology, be ...

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Why you should never carry around your personal information

What’s In Your Wallet? Why you should never carry around your personal information. By Linda Vitale When was the last time you took a good look at what you actually carry around in your wallet? If it were lost or stolen, would you remember everything you had in it? I doubt it, because your stress level will be high and it’s hard to remember things when you’re feeling stressed. So, here is an assignment for ...

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Game Day Décor: Five tips from The Stylish Table’s party playbook

Game Day Décor  Five tips from The Stylish Table’s party playbook. By Joyce Laszloffy Photos by Stephanie Heymann Photography With football season upon us, there’s no better time to host a party. I’m going to go out on a limb here and be really honest, I’m not a football fan. Actually, I’m not a fan of any team sports, but that doesn’t stop me from throwing a party. Who doesn’t love a good party? Whether yo ...

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Salad and Go: Drive-through food gets healthy at thriving homegrown concept

Salad and Go  Drive-through food gets healthy at thriving homegrown concept. By Andrew Leach The convenience of a drive-through is hard to match. There’re a lot of times when you don’t have the time or energy to go and sit down in a restaurant. That being said, the typical fare served out of a drive-through window isn’t always the freshest or healthiest. Thankfully, there’s a healthy, fast food option avail ...

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Local meteorologist Shelley Sakala tackles a few of life’s weather and climate-related mysteries

Questionable Weather  Local meteorologist Shelley Sakala tackles a few of life’s weather and climate-related mysteries. The natural curiosity of a 5-year-old is a fascinating thing. There is perhaps no better inspiration for imagination than the ability to see the world without the filter of experiences. This leads to questions that not only shape our lives, but have shaped the course of history. Can a pers ...

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Area go-getter Latasha Causey instills spirit into local youth

G.I.R.L. Power  Area go-getter Latasha Causey instills spirit into local youth. By Alison Bailin Batz Photo by Shannon Fisher Photography One of the Girl Scouts’ biggest champions almost wasn’t––thanks to cats. “In second grade, my parents signed me up for my first taste of Girl Scouting––to be a Brownie,” says Latasha Causey, an 85085 resident. “I was already devising a strategy for selling cookies, when t ...

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Rental Scams: Avoid Being a Victim With These Tips

Rental Scams Avoid being a victim with these tips. By Linda Vitale Standard bio and photo for Linda Vitale For vacationers, parents, and millions of college students, May through September are the most likely months of the year you search for a place to rent. But be careful who you do business with, as scammers are itching for an opportunity to snag you with a fraudulent rental scam. Here’s how it works. Co ...

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North Valley Symphony Orchestra announces the addition of a third youth orchestra

Musical Training North Valley Symphony Orchestra announces the addition of a third youth orchestra. By Cindy Kozacek North Valley Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce the addition of a third orchestra in their youth programs, Youth Strings (NVYS). Orchestra placement is not based on age or grade, but rather by the skill level of each individual student. The beginner level group Symphonettes (NVS) does ...

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