Remembering the Blessings

Creative ways to be thankful with family this holiday season   By Pastor David and Kelley Bowen Standing Stones Community Church/Standing Stones Christian Academy Do people look at your family and think it should be the poster family for the next Hallmark movie? That’s nice that others think that, but you know the truth. As the calendar turns to November, hearts and nerves begin to focus on Thanksgivin ...

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Field Goals

5 ways to coach your sales staff like a winning sports team   Special to 85085 Sales is a highly competitive field. People who sell for a living often face many rejections before receiving a “yes.” Coaching can be helpful to struggling salespeople, as shown by a recent Forbes article that reported many salespeople who quit cited a lack of coaches and mentors as one of the top reasons they bolted. Some ...

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Smile Doctor

Dr. Lisa Bienstock opens Norterra Kids’ Dentistry and Orthodontics   By Eric Newman Take one step into the new Norterra Kids’ Dentistry and Orthodontics office in North Phoenix, and it will be clear the do-it-all shop for everything mouth-related for kids and young adults is something special. Rather than the drab, melancholy mood one might expect at the dentist or orthodontist, everybody on staff is e ...

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Upper Crust

Mellow Mushroom stands out among chain restaurants at Norterra   Story and photos by Madison Rutherford Mellow Mushroom must be doing something right. The pedigreed pizza joint has a long-standing history of serving up piping hot stone-baked pies with fresh ingredients. The Happy Valley location is almost always packed. Plus, it’s pretty hard to go wrong with a place that specializes in pizza and beer. ...

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Post-Turkey Plans

5 fab activities to stave off boredom and burn calories   The plates are cleared, the dishes are washed and the leftovers are loaded into the fridge. You’re sitting around with family and friends, with the top button of your jeans unsnapped (to ease digestion) as you fight off the effects of the tryptophan. Another Thanksgiving dinner is in the books. With the final few minutes of the football game tic ...

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Room for More

These clever travel jackets will help you avoid new airline baggage fees By Christopher Elliott   If you’re flying somewhere soon, there’s good news and bad news. The bad news: Several airlines have raised their luggage fees. The good news: You can avoid new airline baggage fees – by wearing the right jacket. That’s right, a jacket. Consider what will happen when Linh Tran boards a flight this fall. Tr ...

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Glow City

Illumination: Symphony of Light returns bigger and brighter   To date, 96 Guinness World Records have been set in Arizona. They include some odd but awesome accolades: largest cornhole shot (110 feet, set in Cottonwood in 2015); fastest speed barefoot water skiing (135.74 mph, set in Chandler in 1989); most Caesar salads made in one hour (108, set at Yuma Territorial Prison in 2010); and longest leg ha ...

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Lip Service

5 must-have fall lipsticks (and where to find them)   By Madison Rutherford If you’re used to rouging your lips with red, pink or neutral tones, you might feel a bit lost when it comes to finding a bold lip color to rock this fall. This season, it’s all about burnt oranges, brooding blue reds, deep purples and dark nudes. Here are five shades to add to your fall lip lineup for daring color that won’t w ...

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The Meaning of Veterans Day

Traditions and history of the holiday By Judge Gerald A. Williams   What we now know as Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed it as such in 1919 after World War I had ended the year before on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month (November 11, 1918 at 11:00 a.m.). Years later, a World War II veteran organized a parade to honor all ...

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Feel the Burn

Orangetheory Fitness gets hearts racing   Story and photos by Eric Newman 85085 residents looking to get in shape — or those who are just tired of a boring workout routine — have an innovative option for exercise classes at Orangetheory Fitness. There are numerous Orangetheory Fitness locations throughout the Valley, part of a national chain that boasts over 1,000 studios nationwide (the 85085 facility ...

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