Pounding Sand

Beach volleyball team is dedicated to creating a successful season By Jadyn Fisher Sports — whether you are playing them or watching them — are a huge part of the high school experience you dream of in middle school. Whether you are a sports fanatic or just a supporter, being involved is what makes all the difference between an amazing experience and a not-so-amazing one. Beach (or sand) volleyball is one o ...

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Pop Art

Try these crafty projects in honor of dad By Shannon Fisher Father’s Day is a great reason to make crafts to say I love you. We have created cute and easy ways to create gifts for those you love. I love you to the moon and back is a sweet saying you can give dad. Start with a painted paper or blue construction paper. We used craft sticks to make a ladder and glued them down. You could also paint it on. We u ...

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One More light

Photographer Jim Louvau honors his late friend, Chester Bennington By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Jim Louvau was driving along a Valley freeway when Linkin Park came on the radio. As the song ended, he flipped channels, only to hear the Grammy-winning band once again. Louvau can’t seem to escape the rock band and that is precisely the problem. He can’t get away from the music or memories of his friend, Chest ...

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Lexus GS-F Sedan This luxury car has an impressive list of goodies

By C.A. Haire Lexus has a reputation for building excellent luxury cars. Every now and then the factory slips in a performance package to compete with the potent high-horsepower European vehicles. This is the case with this GS-F four-door sedan. On the outside, it looks similar to the common Lexus sedans. But look closely, and you’ll see the quad exhaust pipes sticking out, suggesting there are more items o ...

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Kettle Chip Beef Tenderloin with Mango Avocado Salsa

By Jan D’Atri It’s a special occasion dinner, a fabulous Sunday supper, a Father’s Day feast or just a delicious weeknight meal. Beef tenderloin is always a favorite, and I often get requests for different ways to prepare it. Cooked correctly, this cut of beef can be so tender it will melt in your mouth. In fact, beef tenderloin is widely regarded as the tenderest of all cuts. (After all, you’re getting a f ...

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Here’s Your Winner! Riggs has a natural caregiving talent

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Raymond Solgonick’s dog, Riggs, is more than a family pet. Riggs—who is 50% mini poodle, and 50% Pomeranian, Cocker Spaniel, Pekingese and Terrier mix—takes care of the family, including Solgonick’s father, Mike, who has Alzheimer’s disease. “He’s amazing,” Solgonick says proudly about Riggs. “He really watches my dad, too. He’s really attentive with my dad and makes sure he’s ...

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Christian-Based Education Community embraces Standing Stones academy

By Ron Sanzone North Valley parents seeking a Christian-based day care and preschool for their young children now have a new facility. Standing Stones Christian Academy opened the doors to its new 16,000-square-foot preschool in April.  The school, located on North Valley Parkway in Phoenix, replaces a previous facility on the grounds of Standing Stones Church in Happy Valley. Parents are already enamo ...

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Ask the Pharmacist ‘Safer’ does not mean safe with e-cigarettes

By Pooja V. Patel, Pharm D. Q: It seems like everywhere I look, more and more kids are smoking e-cigarettes (a.k.a. vaping). What are these products? I am assuming they are dangerous, especially for kids and teens, but can you highlight some important facts for me to know? Vaping has become more and more popular with the rise of e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes were introduced to the market in the United States i ...

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Anthem Chamber Column Collective Concepts proud to be part of the community

By Heather Maxwell, Greater Anthem Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tracy van Ravensway was looking to make a change. Being in the real estate business for 18 years and practicing as a designated broker, she thought it was about time to start her own brokerage. Van Ravensway reached out to her title company representative and friend, Candis Creel, for advice. She suggested meeting her husband, Michael ...

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A New York State of Mind Rinaldi’s is back with East Coast Italian fare

By Shelley Sakala One of the great things about Arizona and, especially, Phoenix is the number of people who came here from someplace else. Whether from the South, the California coast, or the Midwest, our large “transplant” population has brought with them some of the coolest things from all four corners of our country. Case in point: Rinaldi’s Italian Deli, featuring awesome food with East Coast origins. ...

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