Lead Role

Student government is a huge part of the high school experience Story and photos by Jadyn Fisher   High school is said to be the best four years of your life. The dances, the spirit weeks, the pep rallies… but who are the people behind it all? Most schools have a student government (StuGo) that plans events, fundraisers and almost any other school function. DVUSD is no exception to this, with an elabor ...

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New Community

David Weekley Homes to host grand opening of Union Park at Norterra By Eric Newman   The nation’s largest private home builder has major plans to plant its flag in north Phoenix. David Weekley Homes – founded in 1976 and spanning 22 cities across the United States – has plans to open a new community of homes, called Union Park at Norterra. Comprised of 117 lots of varying sizes, with seven different on ...

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News Briefs

DVUSD Board renews superintendent contract through 2022 In August, the Deer Valley Unified School District Governing Board voted 5-0 to approve a new contract that extends Superintendent Dr. Curtis Finch’s service to DVUSD for nearly four more years. The original contract is effective through June 30, 2019. The new contract adds three additional years and is effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2022. “I ...

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Shades of Style

How to wear Pantone’s 2018 fall/winter color palette By Madison Rutherford   It’s officially fall – the leaves are changing and so are the styles. So what’s this season’s fashion forecast? According to the color connoisseurs at Pantone, it’s an eclectic palette of sophisticated neutrals, posh pastels, vibrant citrus hues and rich, resplendent primaries. Each season, the style-savvy team at the Pantone ...

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Real Advice

How to save money on your next lease By Stephen A. Cross, CCIM   Real estate is generally the second greatest operating expense of a business after employee salaries and benefits. It’s also the area where most business owners overspend, generally without being aware of how much they could have saved to lease the same space, in the same condition and in the same building. The following discussion focuse ...

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A Joyful Sound

Arizona Musicfest season stages four months of performances for a good cause By Kenneth LaFave   It was once known as “the little festival that could.” Now it’s the cultural flashpoint of the North Valley. What else would you call a performance series that has gone from 7,000 attendees in 2013 to more than 21,000 last year? Or one that grew from a few winter performances into a fall-to-spring season of ...

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Voter 411

How to find information about the judges on your ballot By Judge Gerald A. Williams   Some Arizona judges, like me, are elected and must collect signatures to get on the ballot. Others are appointed by the governor and then face a yes or no retention ballot. When it comes to the judicial retention, some people mark yes on each of them, others mark no on each of them, and many just leave that part of th ...

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Float On

The Daisy Mountain Veteran’s Parade and Charity Picnic honors heroes By Niki D’Andrea Every year at 11:11 a.m. on November 11, something magical happens in Anthem. That’s when the sun beams precisely through the five white pillars that comprise the Anthem Veteran’s Memorial and shines a spotlight on the Great Seal of the United States. It’s a monumental marvel engineered by James Martin that draws thousands ...

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Cool Beans

Amped Coffee Company goes to 11 By Shelley Sakala   The local community has a reputation for rushing to check out new businesses. So, when Amped Coffee Company opened their doors 90 days ago, they opted for a “soft” opening to help manage the initial rush. It didn’t work. Customers showed up from day one, and haven’t stopped coming since. Amped Coffee Company is the creation of owners Keith and Jeanine ...

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4 legal concepts you need to know

Attention consumers: You need to know these legal concepts. But you probably don’t. Consumers don’t always understand the law – and that can hurt them. “Legal literacy should not be a necessary proficiency to a traditional consumer,” says Braden Perry, a regulatory and government investigations attorney with Kansas City-based Kennyhertz Perry. Take contracts, for example, which should be written in plain En ...

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