Making the Community Safe

Fire Station 55 set to decrease response times By Eric Newman Phoenix Fire Station 55, which broke ground in September, is expected to be functional by the beginning of August. Public information officer Mark Vanacore says the 11,000-square-foot station, located at the northeast corner of I-17 and Jomax Road, had an “extremely fluid” opening date of July 29, depending on staff and equipment availability. Th ...

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Hidden in the Hills

North Phoenix couple preparing for artist studio tour By Sue Kern-Fleischer November may seem far away, especially when it’s brutally hot outside, but one North Phoenix couple, Kenneth and Diana Ferguson, are busy preparing for Arizona’s longest-running artist studio tour, Hidden in the Hills. A signature event of the nonprofit Sonoran Arts League, Hidden in the Hills features 198 artists in 47 studio locat ...

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Superhero September

Detective Sean Reavie discovers ways to help abused children By Ron Sanzone Sometimes, putting on a superhero costume can make you a real-life superhero. At least that is the case with Phoenix resident Sean Reavie and other members of Put on the Cape: A Foundation for Hope. Officially dubbed Put on the Cape in January, the organization hosts fundraisers, collects donations and stages superhero-themed events ...

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Back to School

Teenagers need to slow down or face the consequences By Judge Gerald Williams Every week, law enforcement agents issue at least four, but usually around six, tickets to high school students in Anthem for speeding. Almost none of the allegations claim the juvenile was going only a few miles per hour over the speed limit. Nearly all claim that the high school student was traveling at a rate of approximately 2 ...

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Curtis’ Corner

It’s back-to-school time! By Superintendent Curtis Finch Deer Valley Unified School District It is that exciting time of year again: new sneakers, backpacks and pencils. A fresh school year is all about “new beginnings.” Social media platforms and cellphone cameras will be sending pictures of smiling students throughout the cyber world to family members around the globe. There is only one first week of scho ...

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Just Roll With It!

Echo Sushi serves more than 40 kinds of sushi By Shelley Sakala Some communities wait years to get an authentic, locally owned sushi restaurant. North Phoenix/Anthem has one right now—and it’s fantastic! Say hello to Echo Sushi. Don’t let the strip mall location fool you. The food here is legit, and the sushi is just the beginning. Echo serves up top-rate poke bowls, hearty ramen dishes, noodle and fried ri ...

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World Traveler

Jennifer Hermanson brings an international flair to Norterra Canyon By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski New Norterra Canyon Assistant Principal Jennifer Hermanson has worked in the Deer Valley Unified School District for a year. Already she sees it as her perfect job. She formerly worked as a teacher on assignment/assistant principal at Bellair and Arrowhead elementary schools in Glendale. It was there she had a ...

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Navigating the Real World

West-MEC gives options to the ambitious By Jadyn Fisher High school is a time for rapid change and growth. Most students can agree on two things: it can be difficult to navigate everything offered in schools and it can be scary being thrown into the “real-world” after high school and college. Students are pushed toward a four-year degree that may have once been a dream. After graduation and the bills roll i ...

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Scouts Through The Generations

Local mom instills organization’s ethics in her daughter By Annelise Krafft; Photos courtesy Girls Scouts Leading a Girl Scout troop always felt daunting to 85085 mom Allison Buffington. A year ago, the native Arizonan left her comfort zone when she realized there were no troops available in her area for her 6-year-old daughter Brynlee. She became one of the leaders of her daughter’s Daily troop with Girl S ...

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Youth for Troops

Six teens are helping the military one care package at a time By Ron Sanzone A group of teens is proving there isn’t an age restriction to show appreciation for those who are serving all of us. Youth for Troops is an Anthem-based nonprofit that works to improve the lives of veterans and active-duty servicemen and women. The organization was founded in 2017 by six local schoolchildren who comprise its curren ...

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