Protecting the innocent

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Bikers Against Child Abuse volunteers aren’t members of a gang. They use road names for security, and they have a heart. The volunteers protect children from their abusers, whether it is at court or at home—where the young victims do not feel safe. An 85085 resident, “Chops” was asked to volunteer by the organization’s state vice president when they were coworkers. “He said I w ...

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Deer Valley Unified School District hopes to stay on award-winning path

By Dr. Curtis Finch This has been a busy year for the Deer Valley Unified School District. After multiple awards of excellence and outstanding academic performance on the 2019 AzMERIT state tests, the task now is staying on top. With these outstanding performances this year and last, we are fully expecting to move into the No. 1 position of KTAR’s “Best AZ School Districts” list from our current No. 2 posit ...

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Fitness Fiend

By Alexa Buechler Frank Carman spreads his familial feel to workouts in the park When Frank Carman founded Frankie’s Fitness about three years ago, he had only one personal training client. Now, his fitness classes burst with 35 adults and 40 to 45 children. He also serves as a personal trainer seven clients. “It’s a pretty solid little business right now—and we’re growing,” Carman says. The 85085 resident ...

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‘Italy Meets Arizona’

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski There will be nothing simple about Osteria Mia Mario Rana knows he has a good thing. Sitting in his State 48 Brewery in the Scottsdale Airpark, Rana shares his latest project—Osteria Mia, a modern Italian restaurant and wine bar coming in January to the Shops at Norterra. The menu will feature wood-fired pizzas, handmade pastas, build-your-own bruschetta and charcuterie boards, ...

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Showing Gratitude

By Shannon Fisher These fall crafts are perfect conversation starters November is a great month to share what we are thankful for. These crafts are an easy way to share what we love or are grateful for. Pumpkins left over from last month or on super sale can be used for a simple November decoration. You can paint the pumpkin white or leave the natural color. Tie a cute ribbon to the stem and leave in a spot ...

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Living the Clean Life

By Alexa Buechler Evolve Salon and Spa works with cruelty-free, vegan products Jenna Pechman lives a nontoxic, clean life. So, it was only natural for her to incorporate this lifestyle into Evolve Salon and Spa, which she opened in October 2018 in North Phoenix. The vegan, cruelty-free full-service spa offers hair, nail, skincare and body care services. “I’m a vegan, and I like to live a nontoxic, clean lif ...

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New Owners

By Emma Richburg The Shops at Norterra acquired by Bob Parsons, GoDaddy founder T he flourishing The Shops at Norterra is under new ownership, as the Bob Parsons-owned YAM Properties brought the center into its fold for $108 million in October. “It’s a very well-maintained, thriving center and is a good fit for our portfolio,” says Dan Dahl, Yam Properties’ director of real estate. “We’re just excited to br ...

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Curtis’ Corner

By Superintendent Curtis Finch, Deer Valley Unified School District Growth brings more opportunities I t’s an exciting time in the Deer Valley Unified School District—growth. With 38 schools covering northern Maricopa County from New River to Bell Road, our 367-square-mile school district boundaries encompass parts of Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria, Anthem, New River, Cave Creek and unincorporated sections of Ma ...

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America’s Golden Years

By Pastor David Bowen Standing Stones Community Church Standing Stones Christian Academy They say history is a great teacher. The 1950s is remembered as America’s Golden Years. It was the first full decade after World War II. America began to recover from the Great Depression of the 1930s and the war of the 1940s. What was known as the “American Dream” was becoming attainable, as the typical family had the ...

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Empowering Women

Amazing Lash Studio is about culture and comfort By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski When Angela Toth was returning to the workforce after staying at home with her children, she wanted to do something for herself. She was getting her lashes done at Amazing Lash Studio and picked up a franchising pamphlet. She was sold. “I needed to build my career for myself, rather than going to work for someone and working my w ...

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