Michael Mullan - The Moon Valley Tattler

March
March 2015
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VOL 35 No. 3
An Honored Shared
BY L E A H W E B E R W R I T T E N W I T H G R AC I O U S CO O PE R AT I O N O F T H E R E SA M U L L A N
“You knew if Michael was on shift, it would be a good
day.” These words were spoken by a fellow firefighter about
Captain Michael Mullan. Michael was a decorated New
York City firefighter, registered nurse, Army Reserve captain
and an amazing pianist who enjoyed playing the songs of
Jerry Lee Lewis and entertaining his firehouse family and
friends. He was a Yankees fan, a bit of a prankster and
always had a way of making others feel at ease in the most
difficult situations.
Michael’s mom, Theresa, shared a story about an
accident call that he responded to while on shift as a
firefighter. At the scene a car and a FedEx truck had
collided. The driver of the car was becoming agitated and
very upset as he waited on a stretcher for transport to the
hospital. Michael went over to him and tried to ease his
anxiety. Looking at Michael, the driver exclaimed, “How
long do you think they will keep me in the hospital? I have
a business to run! I can’t stay in the hospital!” Michael
answered, “Sir, let us assess the situation. You have just
been hit by a FedEx truck. YOU WILL ABSOLUTELY,
POSITIVELY BE THERE OVER NIGHT.”
This is just one example of Michael’s wit and good humor. Tragically, it is also one of the last. Michael had
been assigned to Ladder 12 on 19th Street in New York City on September 11, 2001 and died at 34 years old
while rescuing civilians and firefighters trapped inside the Marriott Hotel adjacent to the World Trade Center.
Instead of heeding an order to evacuate the hotel, Michael instead bravely chose to respond to a distress call from
two other firefighters located several floors up. As he made his way up the stairs, Tower Two fell, tearing away
most of the face of the hotel. Michael is listed as one of four firefighters inside the hotel who did not survive.
Although Michael passed away more than 15 years ago, a
firefighter who resides in Moon Valley is helping to keep Michael’s
memory alive. Brian Tobin is an original member of the Phoenix
Fire Department’s Cadet Program. He was hired as a Phoenix
firefighter in 1983, promoted to battalion chief in 2005 and then
to deputy chief in 2007. Brian is also the founding president of
the Phoenix chapter of the United Fire Fighters Emerald Society,
which is a national organization for fire fighters of Irish heritage
Additionally he serves as vice president of the Irish Cultural and
Learning Foundation Board of Trustees. He is also a very involved
and busy Moon Valley dad to Nolan, Ceilli and Eoin. You will
often run into Brian and his wife, Siobhan O’Conner Tobin,
attending numerous sporting events and theatrical performances
that his children are involved in each year.
Due to his dedication to public service and the Irish-American
community, Brian was approached by the local Irish Cultural
Center to be the Grand Marshal of the St Patrick’s Day parade
in Phoenix this year. Although he was honored to be asked to
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What Do You Want To
Be When You Grow Up?
Michael, what do you want to
be when you grow up?
“A motor man on the big train.”
Age 5
Michael, what do you want to
be when you grow up?
“ A catcher for the New York Yankees like
Thurman Munson.”
Age 10
Michael, what do you want to
be when you grow up?
“I want to play the piano like Gerry Lee
Lewis and get all the girls.
Age 15
Michael, what are you now that
you are all grown up?
“I am a New York Fire Fighter.”
“I am a Registered Nurse.”
“I am a Captain in the United States
Army Reserve.”
“I play the piano like Gerry Lee Lewis and
get all the girls.”
Age 34
Happy is the man who is rich in good deeds.
For he shall be honored and remembered
long afterwards for his goodness.
Michael Mullan
04-06-1967 to 09-11-2001
Written with
love by
Theresa Mullan,
Michael’s Mom
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be the parade’s Grand Marshal, Brian did not
believe that he deserved the recognition. In
fact, the first time that the parade committee
asked him, Brian politely declined. The
committee came back and asked again. This
time Brian said yes, but only if they would
allow him to share the honor with fallen
9-11 firefighter, Michael Mullan, who had
been a childhood friend of his wife Siobhan.
The Mullan and O’Connor families would
spend time together when the O’Connors
would travel to New York for summer trips
and weddings. They stayed connected
through the years as everyone grew up and
started their own families.
By accepting the Grand Marshal honor in Michael’s memory, Brian hopes to
emphasize Michael’s sacrifices as well as those made by the 343 other firefighter who
died on 9-11. Michael’s mom, Theresa, will be flying in from New York to ride in this
year’s parade with Brian. She expects that there will be many stories told this weekend
about Michael as a young boy and teen who was prone to a bit of mischief yet still
achieved and gave so much of himself as an adult. Brian looks forward to hearing
those tales of Michael
and proud to be adding
yet another recognition
to Michael’s long list of
accomplishments.
By
serving as the Grand
Marshal in Michael’s
honor, Brian welcomes
the
opportunity
to
help
make
certain
that Michael Dermot
Mullan will always be
remembered as a true
Irish-American hero.
Miss Colleen & Little
Miss Shamrock
Sinéad
Cunningham
recently
participated in the Phoenix Miss Colleen
Pageant.
Twenty year old Sinéad
Cunningham is a tutor at Tech2learn
LLC while attending W.P Carey School
of Business at ASU. She is working
towards dual bachelor degrees in Marking
and Science Management.
Sinéad
volunteers with organizations such as the
Arizona Firefighters Emerald Society and
has found a passion for helping children
learn and succeed. She performed the
traditional Irish song Red is the Rose for the talent portion of the program. This
song was featured on her parents wedding invitation and has very special meaning
to her family. Sinéad’s proud parents are Pat and Claire Cunningham, long time
Moon Valley residents. Sinéad enjoyed the process of participating in the Miss
Colleen pageant. She enjoyed getting
to know the other contestants and
supporting the Irish community that
is a very important part of her life.
Ceilli Tobin was recently
crowned Little Miss Shamrock.
Ceilli enjoys acting, dancing, writing
and reading. She was cast as the
narrator in Art and Sol’s production of
Beauty and the Beast. She serves as a
class representative for student council
at her school. She sang a beautiful
rendition of Beauty and the Beast at
the Ms. Colleen Pageant. Ceilli hails
from a long line of Irish ancestors on
both sides of her family. Her proud
parents are Brian and Siobhan Tobin
from Moon Valley.
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Trapped In Moon Valley
LET TER FROM THE EDITOR
It could not have been a nicer day. I
hope many of you got out and enjoyed
not only the great weather the opportunity to meet your neighbors, savor the
beautiful lawns, flowers and gardens but
also shop for that long sought after treasure you could not pass up during the
recent MOON VALLY COMMUNITY
GARAGE SALE . I am pleased to say
someone’s great eye, and a complete remodel, landed me the most amazing copper mirror that fits perfectly in my entry
way.
Fresh lemonade stands and Girl
Scout cookies seemed to be another huge hit
with the neighborhood children, many were
connected to some type of charity and donation mission. What a great way to teach
young ones about the joy of helping others.
I ran across a huge Autism Lighted Ribbon, I would surely love to learn more about this???
There are also a number of beautiful homes for sale in the neighborhood, so I encourage you
to let all your friends know who live back east, there is plenty of time get out now in-between the
storms. That was me… 29 years ago, leaving New York for the wild wild west, never really looking
back. I absolutely love Arizona and all it has to offer, especially this time of year.
I have circled about 20 things I wanted to do this weekend, I only wish there were 5 days in
the weekend instead of only 2. Get out enjoy this gorgeous desert we live in, because soon we
will be sweltering in the 100’s complaining to our east coast friends of the horrific high temperatures they can only dream about this winter.
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MVNA ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE- PLEASE JOIN US!
B Y B R E T T A L D I E R I , P R E S I D E N T O F M O O N VA L L E Y N E I G H B O R H O O D A S S O C I AT I O N
It is now our annual membership drive time and as a reminder to Moon Valley
residents, MVNA is a purely voluntary, non-profit organization (not a typical HOA)
that depends on neighbors deciding to join us every year. Our annual fee is but $25
with an option to also support our Community Security Service for an additional
$90. The more people that pay into our security fund, the more hours of security
coverage we contract. Our statistics indicate the security patrol is helping to reduce
crime in our neighborhood; however there is still more to
do. This year we are offering a new online payment option to
reduce our mail campaign costs for those comfortable with
this option. Here is an excerpt from our membership drive
email / letter:
“Our community is built upon strong traditions
and community spirit. The Moon Valley Neighborhood
Association is asking for your help in carrying on the spirit
and traditions by joining up. We also encourage everyone in the neighborhood to get
involved. How? Talk to your neighbors; attend our MVNA meetings or call / email
MVNA to volunteer.” MVNA provides the following:
Quarterly Newsletters / Weekly Web Updates – Each quarter, MVNA publishes
a newsletter and weekly utilizes a website to provide updates and information on our
Moon Valley community, including Safety and Security Topics, Special Events and
items of general interest. Annual Moon Valley Garage Sale – Organized and advertised for the first
Saturday in March.
Luminaries – Holidays are a special time in Moon Valley; MVNA purchases
and delivers luminaries to all 1600+ homes in December to be
displayed on Christmas Eve.
Holiday Decorating Contest – Beautifully decorated
homes are selected in December and placed on a tour map for
both residents and visitors to Moon Valley to enjoy.
Moon Valley Community Signs – Entry points to Moon
Valley are maintained.
We encourage all local residents to frequent our website:
http://moonvalleyna.org/ for updates on our community, notices of future activities
and events, to contact us about an issue or to volunteer your time to help out. You
can also sign up for a weekly email blast of our new stories.
Moon Valley - Neighbors helping Neighbors
GO TAKE A HIKE!
B Y S U S A N M E R C E R H I N R I C H S , R E P O R T E R , T H E M O O N VA L L E Y TAT T L E R
Go take a hike! - Words like these aren’t necessarily fighting words this time of
a Tuesday- or a Thursday-morning hike, starting from the NMVC, along the hilly
year, especially when Moon Valley residents take to the nearby hills to enjoy Mother
paths.
Nature’s beauty while hiking along picturesque paths with names like Christiansen,
“Each time I take them to a different area,” French says, adding he enjoys the
Penny Howe, Shaw Butte and North Mountain.
challenge of the three-to-six-mile outings.
These four hiking trails all are easily accessible from the
NMVC volunteer coordinators for some four years
vicinity of the North Mountain Visitor Center, 12950 N.
and nearly 30-year Moon Valley residents Cheryl and
Seventh St., in Moon Valley. With parking for nearly 200
Bob Toloskiewich, will direct center visitors to signvehicles and a range of amenities offered at the NMVC cenup sheets for French’s hikes, nature hikes, bird hikes,
ter, you can start with a 100.
dog hikes or hike-and-write hikes or to other activities
That’s Trail 100, whose formal name is the Charles M.
regularly offered on site. For four years, the husbandChristiansen Memorial Trail, or colloquially, the Christianand-wife team rank among those at the NMVC nexus.
sen Trail. Meandering both southward and eastward from
“My favorite (hike) from here (the NMVC) is
the NMVC, it stretches a total of nearly 11 miles one way
the Shaw Butte Trail,” Bob Toloskiewich says. “It’s a
and is considered an easy-to-moderate jaunt or jog. And
nice interval change; it’s a nice elevation change. It’s a
with spring flora dotting the landscape this time of year, too.
workout -- it’s steep, flat, steep flat, and . . . it’s pretty
Those wanting moderate-to-difficult exercise can opt for
up there.”
the Shaw Butte Trail, number 306, which is a connector
“We just feel like it’s in our back yard, “Cheryl
off of the Christiansen, about half a mile west of the visitor
Toloskiewich says of the couple’s home in very-close
center.
proximity to such natural amenities. “We do all the
Alternately, from the parking lot on North Central Avescheduling for the NMVC activities and workshops,”
nue, south of Thunderbird Road, with spaces for 31 vehicles,
she adds.
Trail 306 leads hikers and runners up the mountain’s north
One recent, balmy early-spring Saturday mornside, reaching a nearly 1250-foot summit with 360-degree
ing, many folks stretched their limbs, among them
views of the Valley of the Sun. Petroglyphs heralding people
Leslie Spencer-Snider, one of the catalysts making the
and explorers from generations ago dot this trail, too.
NMVC an ongoing, vibrant entity
Bob, left, and Cheryl, right, standing in front of the
The intrepid then can descend the difficult path on
“We try to do three to four a month,” SpencerNMVC
Volunteer
Hall
of
Fame
Shaw Butte’s south side and loop back to the North Central
Snider says of the various center-scheduled hikes.
parking lot on more level terra firma or opt to tie in with Trail 100 meandering toThat particular morning she and her four-footed companion, Candy Canine,
ward the visitor center.
already enjoyed a mountain-preserve outing.
Pull into one of just 13 spaces on the west side of North Seventh Street, just
Hiker Tatyana Kalechyts strides onto the area trails a couple of times a week,
south of the NMVC center, to scale the North Mountain area along Trail 44 or
with a group.
Trail 40.
“It’s a good exercise and we meet a lot of people, too,” she says. “It’s a social event.”
Perhaps an easy 0.3 mile round-trip loop is in the cards. If so, the Penny Howe
Moon Valley jogger and hiker Rob Winkle is a routine trail visitor.
Barrier-Free Nature Trail, Trail 40, offers pleasant scenery, lots of wildflowers this
“You can get out from the city without going very far,” Winkle says of his four
time of year and an outing that doesn’t deplete energies.
or more weekly outings on our neighborhood paths. He’ says he’s frequently logging
If rigor still in on the table, the moderate-to-difficult ascent up North Mountain
laps on #306.
Trail takes hikers and joggers to a 1420-foot summit, also with full-circle Valley
And two visitors enjoying warmer temperatures amidst one of the most severe
views. The 4.5-mile Trail 44 round-trip showcases many scenic vistas, along with
winters on record Back East say they like our area a lot.
abundant blossoms.
Boston resident Jane Kelly and Pittsburgh dweller Deborah Redmond thawed
And a bit farther north in Moon Valley, moderate-to-difficult Trails 25 and 25A
out a bit during their Valley stay and say they discovered the NMVC on the internet,
traverse Lookout Mountain, leading to more magnificent Valley views or mountain- then decided to visit its amenities.
side rappelling.
“We are going to do one of the easy ones,” they said of their planned hike that
That’s where Lookout Mountain-area resident Dave French has hiked.
day.
He’s a front-desk volunteer at the NMVC. And adding to his nature-oriented
More good hiking news comes from Alonso Avitia from City of Phoenix Parks
side, French leads a weekly hiking group that starts trekking from that site.
Department. Avitia’s the supervisor of the Parks Department’s Natural Resources di“I just love the outdoors; I love the scenery and the challenge,” French says of the
vision. He talks about the ongoing repairs to trails damaged during 2014 monsoons.
excursions along various Phoenix Mountains Preserve trails.
“We’re getting our crews out there to get it done,”
Continued on page 26
Since December, French has led groups of anywhere from eight to 29 people on
he says of the continuing efforts to rectify damage
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Time for Spring Cleaning
Spring BBQ
BY TOM SERTICH, KIRK DEVELOPMENT
Many people look forward to this time of year. The worst of the winter storms
are gone and the temperatures are starting to balance out. Take advantage of this
time before the temperatures get too hot by being outdoors as much as you can.
Weekends enjoyed in the back yard and dinners on the patio are an Arizona tradition.
It doesn’t take much planning to set up a nice BBQ area, whether it’s hamburgers
and hot dogs for the kids or steaks for you and the neighbors. Moving the cooking
to the outdoors gives you a more relaxing atmosphere and generally an easier clean
up.
There is a wide variety of outdoor BBQ accessories, including furniture, grills,
warmers, beverage chillers, refrigerators, sinks and electric smokers. Companies
offer endless choices at any price range. Even outdoor pizza ovens are in use now.
Some prefer the high Tec gas units with all side burners and temperature gauges.
There’s nothing more satisfying than cooking on an outdoor fire to give you peace
of mind.
If you are looking for ideas on how you can take advantage of space in your
own back yard, there are dozens of books and magazines to pick from. Let your
imagination go wild and create a hide-a-way all your own or a place for the whole
family to enjoy.
Start planning now and see how easy it is to enjoy the Arizona Lifestyle! Contact
Kirk Development 602 944-3658 for a free estimate.
BY CO U N C I M A N B I L L G AT E S , CO U N C I L D I S T R I C T 3
Spring is in the air and March is one of my favorite months here in the Valley.
Our weather is near perfect and provides a great opportunity to enjoy our Phoenix
Mountain Preserves. If you haven’t been for a hike lately, I encourage you to do so
and check out our new trail posts. They are easier to read, contain details on trail
location, distance, and elevation change, and also have a quick response (QR) code
for smart phones that pulls up a map of the trail, shows your location, and allows
you to provide feedback or trail problems.
March is also a great time for spring cleaning, both inside the house and out.
With the rains last fall, flooding, and rains this spring, it’s a great reminder to
clean out water retention basins and washes on and around your property. The
city’s Neighborhood Services Department (NSD) has a Tool Lending Program
offered to residents and community groups for cleanup events at no charge. Your
neighborhood group or Block Watch listed with the Neighborhood Services Department may receive paint, and borrow supplies and clean-up tools to improve
your neighborhood.
Neighborhood Services also holds several classes each month on topics from
how to use paint sprayers or pressure washers, to grant writing and social media.
For a calendar of upcoming training classes visit: phoenix.gov/nsd/neighborhoodcollege. For your next neighborhood clean-up, email [email protected] or call
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March – A Celebration of Reading
BY SU SA N J. CO O K , E D. D. SU PE R I N T E N D E N T
“You’re never too old, too wacky, to
wild, to open a book and read with a
child.”
– Dr. Seuss
Early March is one of our favorite
times of the year in the Washington
Elementary School District. Each
March we celebrate Read Across
America in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday.
It’s a time when community members, business partners, government officials and
WESD staff share the joy of reading with our students.
For 18 years the WESD has celebrated the love of reading during this nationwide
event sponsored by the National Education Association. This year’s theme, Oh the
Places You’ ll Go (a Dr. Seuss classic) reminds us of all the wonderful places that books
can take us. From one end of the District to the other on March 2, hundreds of
readers took thousands of students on exciting adventures through the pages of books.
At Lookout Mountain Elementary
School, students and staff dressed
as their favorite literary characters
and held a parade at the start of the
school day. Guest readers included
Legislative District 20 Representative
Anthony Kern, Andrew Morrill,
President of the Arizona Education
Association and more than 30
community members, local business
owners and parents.
Mountain Sky Junior High School cheerleaders and cast members from the
upcoming play, Alice in Wonderland, joined the Read Across America celebration at
John Jacobs Elementary School. Cheerleaders performed special cheers on reading
and cast members performed a scene from the play, which will be presented the end
of April.
These activities are representative of special events held throughout the WESD
for Read Across America. We’d like to thank all of our guest readers, who included
Legislative District 20 Representative Paul Boyer, Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers,
WESD Governing Board Members Tee Lambert, Bill Adams, Clorinda Graziano,
Larry Herrera and
Aaron Jahneke, and
hundreds of parents,
community members
and
business
representatives.
I
am
truly
inspired by how our
community comes
together to support
our students. There
are exciting things
happening
every
day in WESD
classrooms,
and
Read Across America serves as a joyful reminder that “The
more you read, the more things you’ll know. The more you learn, the more places
you’ll go!”
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Sliver of Sky
B Y T E R R Y R A T N E R , R N , M F A I knew ahead of time the exact route I’d take that evening. I needed no GPS or
verbal directions to the restaurant where a group of writers were meeting to critique
each other’s work. In fact, it was as if my vehicle knew exactly what road to take,
intersections to turn at, and which side of the street I’d find the eatery. When I
spotted it, my car kept going, as if programed for a certain destination I needed to
revisit—a place I hadn’t seen for twelve years. A part of my earlier life crowded with
memories obscured by choice.
Rush hour traffic gave me time to examine the landscape along
Thunderbird. I noted the Fry’s supermarket I used to shop at had become
a Super Fry’s. A group of condos, Valle Venato, still looked the same.
I remember going door-to-door on a Saturday morning with my son,
Sky, to pass out flyers advertising my new business: Cinderella Cleaning
Service, Clean in a Day, Queen for a Day. After we distributed the ads,
we stopped at a pond to catch frogs that had surfaced after a night’s rain.
Turning north on 31st avenue, I noticed rundown homes, dying
desert landscapes and dehydrated lawns that could be mistaken for dirt
lots. No children played outside, perhaps because it’s chilly, or maybe
they were eating dinner with their parents, talking about their day.
I pass Acacia grade school on my right. The grass field, swing-sets
and chain-link fence look the same. I remember taking Sky on his first
day of kindergarten, watching him dart into the classroom with a quick
wave goodbye and none of that crying that some kids do. I flashback
Halloween parades around the school parking lot where I’d try to identify children
under their costumes, waving to mine as they pass. I think about the custodian,
Marty, and how much the kids loved him. I wonder if he’s still alive.
Turning down Banff, I spot a basketball court housed inside a park. A teenager
climbs up an elaborate colorful slide and sits under the blue awning talking on his
cell hoping not to be seen. This is where my children and I played. It’s where I’d
roller skate when they were in school and play basketball with my son or daughters
on weekends. We often packed a picnic lunch and sunbathed while watching Sky
play soccer. His team nicknamed him ‘lead foot.’ The park appears empty except for
a mother and her young son playing catch and smiling at one another.
As I turn right on my street, Mauna Loa Lane, I think about the name. It
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largest volcano on earth. It’s a name I never thought about when we first bought the
house—a name that didn’t mean much until my life erupted years later. It wasn’t
until my son died at the age of 25 that I disconnected myself with our home and all
it represented.
This is the house my children and I grew up in. It’s where memories of youth and
young mothering are imbedded.
There’s the Eucalyptus in the
front yard that my son planted
when he was ten and the yellow
rusted awnings I installed
to shade the house from a
western exposure. A cactus sits
surrounded by desert landscape
with sprouting weeds that peek
through black plastic sheeting.
My eyes focus on the imprint
of children’s shoes leaving their
mark on the gravel surface. A
garbage bag blows into the yard
and sticks to the front stucco
wall. I don’t hear the sound of children anywhere.
I peer into what used to be my son’s window through the gap of the Eucalyptus
tree that was hit by lightning a year after we moved. I imagine his small face peeking
out the blue and red racecar print curtains.
No one comes to the window. No one notices me taking photographs. No one
sees my tears.
The visit is like coming back to an old friend, something familiar. Memories flash
by like clips of film from unrelated movies. Somewhere in the nooks and crannies of
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“Am I Being Tracked Online?”
ASK MR. MODEM Q. When I go to Google and search for items to buy, later on I see those
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like I'm being tracked and then being solicited soon thereafter. Is that what is
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part of life online today. Everything we do online leaves a trail, and in your situation,
Google (and other search engines) does indeed use search data to personalize
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loyalty program or “club card.” Everything you purchase is archived, your shopping
profile analyzed and coupons and other targeted ads provided, based on your
previous purchases.
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reaching even the most awkwardly placed motherboard connections.
Unless a ribbon cable has suffered physical damage, such as a cut or tear, you
should not have to replace any of these cables during the working life of your
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Mr. Modem’s DME (Don’t Miss ‘Em)
Sites of the Month
Dog Tricks
This site not only contains written instructions how to teach your poodle
to doodle, but it also has video instructions. Some of the tricks include turn
around, crawl, speak, twirl, high-five, take a bow, make a sandwich, wash the
car, groom the cat -- it’s amazing! I started to check out a similar site in order
to teach my cats tricks, but one of the cats jumped on my keyboard and hissed,
“Don’t even think about it.” Sigh.
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Forget the Film, Watch the Titles
When Mrs. Modem and I go to the movies, much to her chagrin, I remain
seated until the final closing credits scroll off and the screen goes dark. This site
celebrates the talented people who create the opening and closing credits that
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Makers
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SS. SIMON & JUDE CATHEDRAL SCHOOLS WINS
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Approximately 300 teams and 1,300 students participate in this contest, in
which they work in groups to achieve critical problem-solving, communication,
team-building and decision-making skills. As a result, they expand their knowledge
in subject areas such as math, science, social studies, language and fine arts.
The preliminary round of competition took place over a three-day period, with
the final competition being held on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Under the direction
of their Science teacher, Mrs. Hill, a group of 7th grades students from SS. Simon
& Jude were the winning team! The Aerospace Challenge winning team (pictured
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Moon Valley Magic Lies in
Boys Team Charity Senior Project
M O O N VA L L E Y M AG I C BY D E B B I E E R BS TO E SS E R
Every senior class has a ‘project’ before they
can consider themselves done with btc- Boys Team
Charity, and the 6 years they’ve put in volunteering
at Philanthropies
around the Valley.
The class of 2015
chose Home ‘Fur’
Good at 10220 N.
32nd St. It was an easy choice for them as every
time they volunteered at HFG, there was a dog or
cat someone wanted to take home.
The boys thought they’d build dog houses, but
Home Fur Good needed help with their outdoor
dog kennels so the little varmints couldn’t run
away. It was hard, back breaking, sweaty work, but
with help from their dads, the boys completed a
two day job in one! Under the guidance of senior
dad, Tim Russo, of Reef Builders Construction,
they were shown how to get the job done. All the
boys had to do was shovel, haul, dig, lift and follow
directions, which they did without complaint. The
dads were immensely grateful for Tim’s expertise
and knowledge of how to use a jackhammer and
attack the project with the best use of time.
Most of these boys have been together since
they were three years old at Shadow Rock Preschool
or Kindergartners at Lookout Mt. Elementary.
They’ve gone in many directions attending different High Schools, but btc kept
them connected and in touch. This has always been the smallest of the btc classes
and because of that, each
of these young men has
had the opportunity of
holding
a
leadership
position of President, Vice
Pres, Secretary or Treasurer,
including Historian/Media
Chair during their 6 years
with Boys Team Charity.
Home ‘Fur’ Good is
a 501(c)3 no-kill animal
rescue organization whose
mission is to eliminate the
euthanasia of adoptable
homeless cats and dogs
in Maricopa County
The boys are: (left to right)
by
providing
quality
Cole Malkoff, Boone Daust,
medical care and adoption
Tanner Nypen, Alec Henden,
placements, as well as
Nathan Tom, Tanner Smith,
promoting
spay/neuter
Jared Ameis, Noah Kirkendoll, Nick Vagnozzi, Frankie
procedures and providing
Russo and seated on the tire, outreach education for pet
Joel Erbstoesser.
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to work and filled with an abundance of love. His ancestors were once used to herd livestock, and
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ball. With so much energy to burn, the last place that Beethoven should be is in a kennel at the
shelter and he’s eager to find a new human friend who will take him hiking, camping, jogging and
provide him with a spacious backyard where he can play fetch. He’s extremely loyal, loving and
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Eating 101:
How Our Kids Learn
W E L L N E S S I N M O T I O N BY D R . N I C H O L A S WA R N E R
Parents exert
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over how their children
learn, of course, and it
applies to eating habits,
according to a recent study
that examined how the
introduction and frequency
of fruit and vegetable
intake during infancy was
associated with intake of
the same important foods
at age 6. Based on maternal
reports of food consumption,
“31.9% of 6-year-old children
consumed fruit less than once daily
and 19.0% consumed vegetables less
than once daily.” Bad news from a
nutritional perspective, particularly
since dietary recommendations call for
at least five servings of fruit and vegetables daily.
In terms of an association between patterns of eating during
infancy and at age 6, the researchers found that “children who
consumed fruits and vegetables less than once daily during late
infancy had increased odds (more than twice as likely) of eating
fruits and vegetables less than once daily at age 6 years.”
The take-home is simple here: If you’re the parent of an
infant and are ready to introduce solid foods (or know someone
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right away, so it becomes a pattern in later life. Otherwise, you
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Teaching Conversational
English in Querétaro, Mexico
A Traveling Tattler Story
by Shannon Perry
I was one of twelve
volunteers who spent two
weeks in Querétaro, Mexico,
teaching
conversational
English in UTEQ, the
Universitad Tecnológica de
Querétaro. Learning English
is very important to improve
job opportunities. There is
a large English department
and all students are required to take
English. French and German are also offered at the school.
The volunteers, three men and nine women, came from 10 states. For several
of the volunteers, this was their third, seventh, or more, time in Querétaro which
speaks well for the experience.
We stayed in Hotel Hidalgo, the first hotel in Querétaro, built in 1825, and
located in the center of the city, close to museums, churches and shopping streets.
General Santa Anna also stayed there. At
the end of his stay, The Treaty
of Guadalupe was signed
giving the U.S. a great deal
of Mexico’s territory. During
our stay, a family celebrated
the 90th birthday of their
patriarch. His wife, most of
his 15 children, and many of
his descendants from Mexico,
the U.S., and Canada, were
there. It was a noisy, festive
occasion.
We were assigned to
work with various teachers
who had requested our
services.
Classes lasted
one hour and we worked
with students only once. I
worked with 20 different
teachers, some more than
once, but always new groups
of students. I had concerns about how one hour of talking with us would do any
good until one of the teachers approached us. A few of us had a free hour and the
teacher explained that he hadn’t requested one of us to work with his students as
they were preparing for a test. However, he had seen other students approaching
us and talking with us and he wanted that experience for his students so we went
to his class. Apparently, talking with us, even for a short time, gave students the
courage to try to converse more readily in English.
We sampled a great variety of Mexican foods, much of it was very different
from the “Mexican” food I eat in Phoenix. We did have enchiladas, chile rellenos,
mole, posole, and once, tamales for breakfast. Surprisingly, we had white rice,
grilled beef, and grilled chicken with little seasoning. Some of us sampled the beer
and sangria.
On the weekend, some of us traveled 2 ½ hours by bus to Guanajuato where
we visited the Diego Rivera Museum and the Mummy Museum, both of which
were interesting. The Diego Rivera Museum had a replica of one of his murals and
paintings illustrating his changing style. The mummies had been mummified by
natural means because of soil conditions. We also rode a funicular to the top of a
hill for a wonderful view of the city. The city is hilly; the houses are colorful and
very picturesque.
It was a wonderful experience. The students were young, friendly and
enthusiastic; they paid attention; they tried their English skills; and were polite and
respectful of the teachers and us. Opportunities abound for similar experiences.
Contact globalvolunteers.org for information.
Traveling
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GRANDPARENTS ON THE GOCAVE CREEK TRAIL RIDES
G R A N D PA R E N T S O N T H E G O W I T H C AT H Y D R OZ & C AT H Y B U R F O R D
It’s that time of year when literally everyone
would love to live in Arizona to enjoy our
beautiful weather and scenery. So, what better
way to experience that than on the back of a
horse, exploring the myriad of trails that our
parks system offers? Our first experience with
Cave Creek Trail Rides was so much fun that
we are scheduled to take another ride at the
end of the month with all of the grandkids!
There are several choices, starting with a
gentle one-hour loop trail, all the way up to
3 hour rides. We chose the one-hour loop
trail as our granddaughter had never ridden
before (due to the fact that she had not
reached the minimum age requirement of
6.) I would highly recommend this ride
for your youngest kiddos. The trail horses
were extremely sure footed and gentle, and our guide was
laid-back and clearly loved his job! And the best part for us grandparents, due to
a special trough that the horses walk through for mounting and dismounting, you
won’t suffer the embarrassment of needing help from your wrangler to get up in the
saddle, whew!
Our one-hour ride offered a bit of change in elevation, where we had
commanding vistas of the north valley. After some basic instruction from the staff,
my 6 year old had no trouble
keeping her horse in line for the
entire trip. This is undoubtedly
one of the most peaceful ways to
take in the beauty of our desert.
Cave Creek Trail Rides
makes it easy for you to have
an excellent outing- just bring
your own water and snacks (and
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and videos) to fill up your
saddlebags that are provided
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in addition to the costs of the trial rides. For the one-hour ride the cost is $46.00
per adult and $41.00 for children. Worth every penny! One of the most fun
perks from CCTR is the Tack Room, where you can be outfitted with hats, boots,
and chaps for your ride. They have truly thought of everything when it comes
to making your ride memorable, so saddle up before it gets too warm and the
“snowbird” horses head on up to their summer home in beautiful Stanley, ID!
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Step 5: Building the FoundationPreparing for Emergencies
BY D E N N I S J. R O G E R S , C PA , C FP ®
“Stuff happens!” -Anonymous
One thing we know for sure about our financial lives; stuff does happen. The difference between the average person who becomes very stressed over these things and
the person with true financial peace is due to how they have prepared for the event.
Does it not make sense to plan for those things that we are quite sure are going to happen? Which situation would you rather find yourself in?
Situation 1: The air conditioning unit just quit on your home and it is July 10th.
Obviously, you are going to have it fixed. So, you frantically check your available
balances on your credit cards and find one you can use. You get that done and you
are cool again, at least physically. Now you have to figure out how to pay off the
balance. Most people will pay minimum payments or a little more. It will only take
you fifteen to eighteen years to pay it off. Do you think you might experience another
“emergency” or two before that time is up?
Situation 2: Same problem, except you just get on line and transfer the money
you need savings to checking and use a debit card to pay the bill. Over the next several
months you budget to replace the funds in your savings account. Sure, you are not
excited about the expense, but you are not really surprised. It was not a financial
setback, because you knew it was coming and had planned for it.
So, which situation would you prefer to be in? If you picked Situation 2, see next
month’s article. If you picked Situation 1, you can stop now. You are so far gone there
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Bicycle Riding Distractions
BY L E O N O F T RY M E B I C YC L E
Some of you enjoy your
favorites of music or even talk
shows while riding your bicycle
but they are distractions for your
safety. Long ago Huffy made a
bicycle with a radio in the tank of
the frame for your riding pleasure.
Here are some suggestions
for those of you who can’t do
without your “information
highway” while riding, Now you
can mount your smart phone
or other device to the handle
bars and add speakers for extra
volume. This way you can listen
to your favorites and even share them with those around you or “not?” You may
also use ear buds, but this prevents you from hearing any dogs, cars, or horns around
you putting your safety in question. Definitely not recommended!!!
There was a man who was hard of hearing riding in the city for about 25 years. He
had a large basket on the front of his bicycle with a car radio and motorcycle battery,
plus a wooden box with a large speaker. He cranked the volume up so he could hear
as well as everyone else. Guess he thought we were all hard of hearing! It was quite
dangerous and also not
recommended!!!
Bicycling is easy
and you can enjoy the
sights and sounds of
nature around you
while riding, but it
does require your
awareness and all your
senses.
So be very careful!!!
Thunderbird Grad Night
Thunderbird High School’s Chief Parent’s Association (CPA) announce their
plans for the Class of 2015 Grad Night.
Grad Night has been a tradition at Thunderbird for many years. This year’s Grad
Night Turnaround Trip is to Magic Mountain. Graduates board California bound
buses before midnight on May 26 and
return late on May 27.
Chairs of the event are CPA
members Barb Beaudoin and
Darcy Weekley. “The goal of our
committee is to provide a safe and
fun way for any senior to participate
in celebrating their graduation,” said
Barb Beaudoin, Grad Night co-chair.
Fundraising is done to ensure
the cost being one that all graduating
seniors can afford. The price is
estimated at $90 per senior (or $80
if paid by March 31).
Approximately
$10,000
is
needed. Money is being raised through various means including donations,
Super Bowl and March Madness squares.
Approximately 150 graduating seniors attended Thunderbird Grad Night last
year. For more information or to a make a donation, contact Barb Beaudoin at
(602) 499-3814 or Darcy Weekley at (602) 579-1075.
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Bad Posture
B Y D E B O R A H L A V I N S K Y, P M A - C P T
VALLEYWIDE
Does this look
familiar?
Not
everyone
who
comes
to
BellaBody Pilates is
this slumped over,
but it is the rare
person who doesn't
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exhibit a variation
of this posture.
Contributing
factors
include
sitting in front of a
computer, texting
or using a tablet. Car seats, office chairs and desks with poor ergonomics can also
affect your posture. What type of problems does this posture cause? Stiff necks,
low back pain, sciatica, tight muscles and weak abdominal muscles are among
the most common complaints associated with this posture. Pilates offers relief
to those symptoms by working the core and addressing strengthening weakened
muscle groups and stretching tight muscle groups. Pilates helps to increase one's
body awareness and frequent reinforcement can reverse these postural imbalances.
In "Return to Life Through Contrology", written in 1934, author Joseph Pilates
acknowledged that the stresses of "Modern Living" took a toll on the body. He
created a series of 34 exercises designed to improve circulation, breathing, spinal
flexibility, concentration, posture and overall ease of movement. His philosophy of
the integration of mind, body and spirit is just as relevant today as when he wrote
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BellaBody Pilates can create a customized plan to help you improve your
posture and alignment. Schedule a free 30 minute postural consultation today.
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BellaBody Pilates LLC wishes to announce a new instructor to their staff,
Kathy Lucia. Kathy is certified in GYROTONIC®, GYROKINESIS®, Pilates
Apparatus and Mat, Golf Conditioning, Restorative Exercise ™, and Yang Style
Tai Chi. With over 14 years of experience in all modalities, Kathy will offer private
sessions on her GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® at BellaBody Pilates
to help golfers, seniors, and people of all ages to gain flexibility, core strength,
improve coordination, balance, and neurological connections. She will also teach
private or duet Pilates Apparatus sessions. The group classes Kathy offers include
GYROKINESIS® Saturday mornings at 11am, Restorative Exercise ™, and Tai Chi
Saturday mornings at 10am. For more information, to make an appointment, or
call 623-225-8933 to speak with Kathy Lucia.
YOUR CORNER
ON TAXES
Edward M Osinski CPA, EA
ANOTHER High Profile Celeb OWES IRS!
High profile actor Robert De Niro has
been assessed with a $6.4 million tax
lien on his 2013 income tax return.
Aileen is an IRS tactic filed against
taxpayers’ property when neglect or
failure to pay a tax debt has occurred.
Liens protect the government interest
in all your property, including real estate, personal property and financial
assets.
Liens are very commonly filed and it
is not unusual to see such high-profile
headlines during the tax filing season.
This serves as a warning to other creditors that IRS has a legal right to your
property.
Note that the IRS does not selectively
pick just one well-known personality
to spotlight. Other well-known actors
that have run-ins with owing the IRS
include Nicholas Cage, Wesley Snipes,
Lindsay Lohan, Al Pacino and Martin
Scorsese.
As a rule, the IRS is not one to levy a
patch or garnish property. IRS is in the
money collecting business and prefers
cash over property. Liens and levies
and other forms of enforced collection
are merely tools used by the IRS to facilitate their money collection function.
An IRS lien of itself is not evidence of
fraud and is merely a notice the money
is owed.
There are other methods of the government uses to collect its money. Recently, the US Atty. Gen. said the government will use all this power to seek out
tax scammers and tax cheats, making
now a good time for such taxpayers to
come clean.
Do you have back or current tax returns to file?
Do you owe IRS more than you can pay? Do you
need help dealing with your tax issues?
Now is a good time to call me.
Edward Osinski CPA, EA is a
Certified Public Accountant and
an Enrolled Agent authorized to
practice before the IRS.
For a free 30 minute consultation, call him at 602-944-5458.
GET THE GOOD NIGHT’S
SLEEP YOUR DESERVE!
IRS PROBLEMS??
Additional Services: OWE BACK TAXES, UNFILED TAX RETURNS, AUDIT
LEVIES, LIENS, WAGE GARNISHMENTS, OFFERS IN COMPROMISE?
CALL: EDWARD OSINSKI, CPA, EA
Enrolled Agent admitted to practice before the IRS
717 WEST DUNLAP, SUITE 110
602-944-5458 | www.irsremedy.com
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Classified Ad Listings
ADULT CARE
Best Care of Moon Valley
State licensed. 24-hr care. Takes ambulatory &
non-ambulatory. RN owned. Call 602.548.1082
Moon Valley Assisted Living, LLC
Moon Valley’s finest adult-care home. Situated along
the 12th green of MVCC. State licensed. 24-hour care.
Managed & owned by RN. Accepts adult day care and
respite care. Please call for a tour. 602.790.5863.
Need a Caregiver?
We provide in-home care giving services with love and
compassion. Call Life’s Blessings for a free consultation
at 602.466.3005.
HIRING
Civitan Foundation is
looking for DEDICATED
and RELIABLE Job
Coaches.
This position directly
reports to the Employment
Services Coordinator and
is responsible for providing
supervision, training, and support to people receiving
employment services in various different job settings
in the community and within Civitan Foundation. This
position assists people receiving services in career
development and facilitates the achievement of
integrated employment outcomes. Acts as a liaison to
employers in supporting people hired to work in their
businesses; ensures quality of work at job site and
completes required program documentation. You will
Help assist with information gathering for Personal
Outcome Measures, assessments, and Individual
Support Plan documents. We are looking for some that
Supports Civitan Foundations, Vision, and Core Values,
ensuring that individuals are treated with the utmost
respect.
Supervisors & Caregivers
We are currently looking for responsible, energetic
Supervisors & Caregivers to work in home care
and group home environments. Paid training and
certification. Must pass background check and have
a valid Arizona Driver’s License for a minimum of
39 months and must have reliable transportation. Supervisor positions must have experience. Please
apply at www.valleylifeaz.org.
HOME IMPROVEMENT
Acoustic (popcorn) Ceilings Removed
All types of texturing and drywall repairs. Furnished
homes our specialty. Since 1979. Free Estimates.
ROC#192644. Call Mike 623-582-4325
Sun Valley Patio Door Services
Replace worn/damaged rollers-repair damaged tracksreplace locks-optimize door so it opens/closes like new.
Family owned/operated for 20+ years. Free estimate.
Call 602.482.0605
DMT Painting LLC
Quality workmanship. Interior, exterior residential and
commercial. Power washing prepping, reasonable rates.
Free estimates 602.350.1312. ROC #199655 Bonded
and Insured
Garage Doors
AYS, “At Your Service” Garage Door. ROC-272744,
BBB A+, Service, Repair or Install Save $20 w/ ad Call
602-375-3667
CLEANING SERVICES
House Cleaning, Residential & Commercial
Cleaning Services-Honest, Professional, hardworking
excellent references my payment is my work. Free
estimates.
Katty 602.574.9945.
Housecleaning Professional but personal.
Husband and wife, cleaning in the Moon Valley
area since 1983. 623.694.3747 or Cheryl
694.623.1695
Moon Valley Window Cleaning
Windows cleaned inside and out. Sunscreens
specially treated to look like new. Window wells
and sills dusted. Professional, experienced, affordable.
For free estimate, call Brian 602.561.5033.
Clear Advantage Window
Cleaning
Glass Cleaning Specialist
performing highest quality
detailed PERFECTIONIST
work every time. Screens/
Sunscreens treated.
Angie’s List member.
Google+/Google maps listed.
15+ years exp. Free Estimate. Owner Operated. Moon
Valley Resident. Joe Albert Cell.# 480 228-5453
LANDSCAPING & POOL
Easy Breezy Tree Service and Landscaping - All
trees, palms, shrubs-trimming removals hauling
landscaping services and much more. No job too small!
Free estimates.
Great Professional Service. Call Dustin 602.348.6316
Tree Trimming
Palms, hard-woods, shrubs Removal, hauling,
landscaping. Free estimates, reasonable rates. Call
Mike, MJA Tree Service. 602-493-0733
Seablu Pool & Spa Services
A full service Co. Weekly maintenance, repairs, system
inspection. Free estimates, phone 602.614.3418. A woman
owned business, bonded and Insured.
www. seablu.com. Moon Valley’s Preferred Pool Service.
Swimming Pool Service and Repair
FROM $42.95 Per Month. Offering all levels of pool
service and repairs since 1984 (623) 581-3111
www.splishsplashpools.com
LESSONS
LESSON GIFT
One Month Free-4 lesson gift. Adult / Child Lessons
Contact before April 15, 2015
Playing Piano Is In Your Reach. Take the first step. I can
guide you from there. Visit my welcoming home studio,
fully equipped for grand piano acoustic play.
Students can also
explore advanced
digital piano technology,
Gentle instruction: clear,
supportive, fun, strong
foundation. Learn songs
you love and songs to
grow on. Experienced
Educator/Pianist with
studio 28years. Moon
Valley business. 16th St/
Greenway Pkwy. Valerie Thomas 602-971-0089
PET CARE
A & B Petcare
MV resident, offering affordable, ethical and
professional petting pet sitting, dog walking, playtime
and feedings services. We are
licensed, bonded and insured.
Please call Auvrie & Brandon
at 602.942.4546 or
visit our website,
www.auvrie.com,
to learn more!
FOR SALE
Burial Plot for Sale
Phoenix Memorial Park in Garden of Rest
Up to 3 people
$3595.00 fair market value $4699.00
(602) 493 7417
1987 Honda GL1200 motorcycle in perfect condition to
give for a good rider due to sudden accident.
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Community Calendar
K EEPI N G M O O N VALLE Y I N FO R M ED
COFFEE HOUSE SATURDAYS
The Coffee House Saturdays
occur on the first and third
Saturday of each month.
Welcome to Coffee House
Saturdays at the North
Mountain Visitor Center (NMVC), 12950 North 7th
Street MAP held every first and third Saturday of the
month from October to the first Saturday in May. The
NMVC opens at 8:00 a.m. every day. At the Center’s
front desk area, we feature fresh Starbucks coffee
from 8:00 a.m. to noon generously donated from the
Starbucks just down the road! We also have wonderful
snack items to purchase at the gift shop and from our
volunteer home-baked goods available for a donation,
the proceeds of which all go to help with the operation
of the NMVC by the Save Our Mountains Foundation,
a non-profit organization. Admission to the Center
is always free. Look for different activities led by the
Center volunteers and upcoming events at the front
desk. Volunteer musicians who generously give of their
talents provide the music for the morning, usually from
9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
UNDERGROUND CRIT
6:30 p.m. every Tuesday, 7:15 p.m. every Tuesday,
North Valley Corporate Center, N. 7th St. Phoenix, AZ,
Price: Free http://www.undergroundcrit.com
SCRABBLE CLUB
1:00 p.m. - 4:00
p.m. every Sunday.
Mesquite Branch
Library. 4525 Paradise
Village Parkway N.
Phoenix, AZ
602-262-7298
CANCER SUPPORT GROUP
We meet once a month (the third Thursday) from 6-7:30
PM. At each meeting, an expert speaker presents
information on the latest cancer treatments and
related topics from nutrition, to healing touch, radiation
and chemo therapy, clinical trials, toxic ingredients
in our environments, researching techniques, and
naturopathic medicine. We are hosted by Bink’s
Midtown Restaurant, located at 2320 East Osborn
Road in Phoenix. Refreshments are provided along
with complimentary valet parking. March 19 speaker, Dr.
Colleen Huber, NMD, a Naturopathic Medical Doctor,
and President of the Naturopathic Cancer Society
presents: CHOOSE YOUR FOODS LIKE YOUR LIFE
DEPENDS ON THEM. Please RSVP (602.527.3776) to
confirm your attendance as seating is limited.
www.esophagealcancersupportphoenix.com
UPTOWN FARMERS MARKET
Uptown Farmers Market is a weekly Saturday morning
market on the southeast corner of Central Ave and
Bethany Home Road on the grounds of the North
Phoenix Baptist Church. Vendors vary by week but
may include Hayden Flour Mills, Jan’s Baked Goods,
McClendon’s Select and more. HUGE CHURCH-WIDE YARD SALE MARCH 28
Shoppers are invited to explore donations from the
entire congregation at Cross in the Desert United
Methodist Church during a yard sale Saturday, March
28, 7 a.m. to noon. Great prices will be available
for clothes, furniture, toys, books, tools and more.
There will be dynamite deals, friendly folks … even a
playground for the kids. The church youth will have
both a car wash and a dog wash, so you can leave with
some great deals AND a clean car AND a clean pooch! 16
32ND ANNUAL ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE
AND FAIRE- SATURDAY, MARCH 14TH 2015
This Year’s Theme is “Celebrating 32: 32
Counties and 32 Parades”. 32nd Annual
St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Faire
Saturday, March 14, 2015. Location
for the Parade 3rd Street from
Sheridan south to McDowell.
Starts at 10am.
The Faire starts at 10 am at
Hance Park West side of Central
at the Irish Cultural Center ,1106 N
Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
Admission $10.00 Adults 13 & older.
Kids 12 & under FREE. Senior (55 & over)
and Military $8.00.
3 Stages of Irish Music and Dancers, Kids Area, Food
and Beverages, Crafters and the Anam Cara (Soul
Friend) exhibition at the McClelland Library.
Free Shuttle from 1850 North Central Avenue (West
side of Central Ave & Palm Lane) to the Faire. TAKE
THE LIGHT RAIL TO THE ROOSEVELT STREET
STATION. Free parking at the garage at 1850 North
Central Ave.
The Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade began in 1984.
It’s purpose is to preserve and enhance the heritage
and traditions of the Irish Culture as well as share that
culture with the citizens of Arizona. The Parade has
marching bands, Irish step dancers, bagpipers, police
and fire vehicles, government dignitaries, floats, the
2015 Arizona Irish Colleen / Arizona Rose with her
Court and a whole lot more. For further information
call (602) 280-9221.
SUNNYSLOPE ART WALK GROWS!
The Sunnyslope Art Walk is taking to the streets!
Saturday, April 11th will find this loved and well
attended local event on north Central Avenue,
between Dunlap and Alice Avenues. This nearly
doubles the size of one of the premiere springtime
art walks in the Valley.
Spaces are going quickly for those looking
for a great venue to showcase their work. Each
confirmed artist will receive free access to
electricity and free nearby parking. Apply by March
9th to receive the Early Bird rate of only $40! Last
date for applications is March 20, 2015. For more
information or to register, please contact: www.
SunnyslopeArtWalk.com, call 602-344-3587 or
e-mail: [email protected]
PAINT THE SUNSET 1,800 FEET ABOVE THE
CITY DURING “SUNSET PALETTES” AT POINTE
HILTON TAPATIO CLIFFS RESORT IN PHOENIX
Socialize, Sip Wine and Learn To Paint This Spring
During Weekly Artist-Led Class
This spring, Pointe Hilton
Tapatio Cliffs Resort will
once again offer Valley
residents and resort
guests a memorable
way to enjoy Arizona’s
spring weather and
spectacular sunsets
during “Sunset Palettes,”
a weekly artist-led sunset
painting class held under the
stars, overlooking the city lights. Hosted on the patio of the resort’s Terrace Room
lounge nearly 1,800 feet above the city, during “Sunset
Palettes” local artist Dina Murphy will lead attendees
through a casual, fun and social painting class to
create a desert sunset masterpiece. Offered Thursdays
in March and April from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., during the
class guests can also enjoy half-off pricing on lounge
menu appetizers, wines, beers and cocktails offered
at The Terrace Room. The setting and social nature
of the class makes “Sunset Palettes” perfect for date
night or a girls night out. The class is available for $39
per person, which includes all supplies for painting and
access to exclusive discounted food and beverage at
The Terrace Room.
THE ANNUAL ARIZONA TOUCH OF
CLASS MINIATURE HORSE SHOW
Seeing these Miniature horses in action
is believing.The annual Arizona Touch of
Class Miniature Horse Show, sponsored by
the Miniature Horse Association of Arizona,
offers an opportunity for all to see these
beautiful equine creatures. They stand proudly for
judges to evaluate them, they leap over jumps half their
size, they walk in and out of special obstacles such
as logs and bales of hay, they pull carts with drivers
larger than they are, and they even let their owners
dress them up in costumes created from their owners’
imagination. On March 19th, the Kick Off Arizona will
be a one-day show before the 28th Annual Arizona
Touch of Class Miniature Horse Show on March 21 and
22, which will be held in the Equidome at Westworld
of Scottsdale, 16601 North Pima Rd. On March 21 a
special mini driving demonstration by the AZ Driving
and Carriage Society will be presented at the lunchtime
intermission, and on March 22 the Arizona Mini
Mystique, a precision driving team, will perform their
awesome routines driving in unison in circles, figure 8s
and crisscrossing lines. These shows are free to the
public along with free parking. For more information go
to www.azminis-mhaa.com or call 602-789-1229.
LIFE ENRINCHMENT FAIR
The Terraces of Phoenix, an area senior living
community, is hosting a Life Enrichment Fair on
Wednesday, April 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for older
adults. The fair will offer booths with experts talking
about fitness, beauty, juicing, downsizing, AARP, style
and much more. Area seniors also have the opportunity
to hear from residents in a Q&A panel discussion living
at The Terraces, and take a tour of the community,
gardens and new additions.
The event will feature a complimentary lunch by The
Terraces chef, and an exclusive table talk with Check,
Please! Arizona host Robert McGrath.
The Terraces of Phoenix is located at 7550 N. 16th
Street. Admission is free. Call (866) 473-9043 or visit
TheTerracesPhoenix.com to reserve your place for this
one-day-only event.
Worship
Se rvi c e s
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Lutheran
Church
of the
Master
Lookout Mnt. Elem. School
15 W Coral Gables Dr.
623.606.3639
5510 North Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012
(602) 263-5013
2340 W. Cactus Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85029
602.997.7439
citizenschurchphoenix.org
FirstChurchPHX.org
lcomaz.org
SUNDAY
9:00 am, 10:00 am,
11:00 am
SATURDAY
5:00 pm
SUNDAY
10:30 am
Shadow Rock
2534 E Greenway Rd.
UCC Education Bldg Chapel
Phoenix AZ 85032
12861 N 8th Ave
602.788.0234
Phoenix AZ 85029
StTeresaofAvilaCatholicCommunity.org pscchurch.org
SATURDAY
5:00 pm
15025 N. 19th Avenue
(just S of Greenway Pkwy)
Phoenix, AZ 85023
602.863.6040
Nhcog.com
WEDNESDAY
Bible Study 6pm
WEDNESDAY
MEAL AT 5:30
CLASSES AT 6:30
SUNDAY
10:15 am
SUNDAY SERVICE
10:30AM
SUNDAY
9:00 am
SPANISH SUNDAY
SERVICE
3:00 pm
We have several special
services to celebrate the
Easter season. Palm Sunday
service, March 29, at 9 am.
Holy Thursday, Apr 2, and
Good Friday, Apr 3, both
at 7 p.m. Easter Sunrise
service at Turf Paradise,
April 5, 6am and our Easter
celebration service at 9 am.
We have Bible Studies on
Sundays at 10:30 am and
Thursday mornings at 9:30
am. Come, see and hear
about God’s love for you!
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1 FREE Month
Cartridge and DE Filters
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Walk-Thru
Valued at
$7500
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after 5 months of service
Thorough inspection of
pool equipment to
ensure proper
working order.
Weekly Pool Maintenance Starting at $85/
Chemical Only Service Available | Acid Washes
Pool Drainings | Filter Cleanings
Tile Cleanings | Basic Repairs
Green Pool Water Turned Crystal Clear
month
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Call for Details and a FREE Quote
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14 Years Servicing Moon Valley & The Greater Phoenix Area
Nightly Dinner Specials!
monday BURGER DAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 A. M .- 4P. M .*
40 cent Wings* | $250 Hot Dogs* | $250 Brawtwursts*
.....
4 P. M .-10 P. M .*
* with beverage purchase
tuesday pasta night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 6 95
add Soup or Salad
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 7 95
wednesday chicken fried steak
6 95
7 95
thursday fried chicken . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 9 95
comes w/mashed potatoes & corn
add Soup or Salad
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10 95
friday fish fry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 8 95
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comes w/ choice of soup or salad and choice of potato
friday fish & chips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 4 95
saturday DRINKS FOR A PENNY & $1 TACOS
w/ purchase of breakfast 9am-12pm
$1 tacos w/ beverage purchase 11am -6pm
sunday breakfast 9:30am - 1pm
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striving together to Know,
Love and Honor Jesus
Christ.
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St. Teresa of Ávila Catholic
Community welcomes You
to a community steeped
in loving catholic tradition
with members who have
open hearts and minds.
We are 21st Century
Christians striving to live
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1,813
199,000
1217 E SANDRA TER
1,817
318,500
15031 N HANA MAUI
DR
2,135
362,500
1725 E Gelding DR
2,253
340,000
13610 N 17TH PL
3,045
500,000
15207 N 19th WAY
1,975
297,000
15044 N HANA MAUI
DR
2,236
245,000
16009 N 15TH ST
1,870
247,500
16234 N 1ST DR
2,350
320,000
1838 E REDFIELD RD
2,019
280,000
1736 E Gelding DR
2,789
352,500
14226 N 14TH PL
1,614
285,000
310 W MONTE CRISTO AVE
1,567
212,500
14838 N 15TH AVE
3,968
740,000
1015 W KELTON LN
1,816
272,000
502 E PIPING ROCK
RD
1,589
232,500
14421 N 20TH PL
2,019
255,000
15807 N 6TH DR
1,860
232,500
1022 E Paradise LN
1,734
280,000
16210 N 1ST DR
2,095
272,500
1120 W MARCONI
AVE
2,221
290,000
15838 N 16TH ST
2,612
325,000
14625 N 2ND DR
2,340
370,000
13825 N 22ND ST
2,019
239,535
THE POINTE TAPATIO
ACTIVE HOMES ON MARKET: 3
AVERAGE SQ FT: 1,754
LIST AVE= 329,966
PRICE PER SQ FT= 188.53
DAYS ON MARKET= 57
CURRENT CLOSED 1
AVERAGE SQ FT: 1,735
CLOSE AVE= 232,00
PRICE PER SQ FT= 133.72
DAYS ON MAKET= 48
PENDING: POINTE TAPATIO
Address……………………….…………………...…....SQ FT……...……………..…...….PRICE
10806 N 9TH PL
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DAYS ON MARKET= 108
1,735
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Which Remodel Will Have The Best Return?
B Y S H A R O N H E L L A N D, A S S O C I AT E B R O K E R
Reprint Arizona Republic by Rosie Ramero. | Casa Grande Valley Newspapers Inc.
If you’re a homeowner interested in remodeling, you should renovate because
you really want to do it — not because you think you’ll get back every dollar when
you sell your house. Right now, of course, housing prices seem to have softened a little throughout
the nation. As a result, according to the latest statistics from Remodeling Magazine,
the eventual payback for remodeling has dropped a bit, too. The magazine’s “2015
Cost vs. Value Report” says that the cost of remodeling rose moderately last year
while the value of the payback only rose by half as much as the cost of remodels did. 2014 to 2015 cost rose 4.22%
Has the cost of remodeling really gone up? Probably a little bit, according to
John Reuter of Assurance Builders in Tucson, for example. “Window manufacturers
that we work with have recently raised prices about 3.5 percent,” he says. “Cabinet
suppliers are making small increases as well. Insurance is up. But at the same time
other costs have dropped — like gas prices and workman’s compensation. So that
helps with controlling costs.”
Remodeling Magazine has developed an overall cost-value ratio, which is the
same as giving a percentage. When the cost of a remodel and its value are equal,
the ratio is 100 percent; when cost is more than value, the ratio is less than 100
percent. This year, the overall national ratio slipped to 62.2 percent after two years
of increases while the economy was picking up. The drop in the ratio from last year
was 3.9 percent nationwide. (The magazine computes these costs and returns based
on surveys it does of Realtors and remodelers from throughout the country.)
So which remodels will return the most money in the Phoenix area in terms of
cost recovered versus price, according to the magazine? Surprisingly, it’s estimated
that some renovations will actually return more than they cost. A mid-range cost
window replacement, using vinyl windows, will cost about $10,000 and will pay off
more at resale than it cost the homeowner, it was estimated. This type of renovation
could bring in about 110 percent of what it cost. Replacement with mid-range
($11,000) wooden windows also brought in more than it cost (106 percent).
A mid-range cost but major kitchen remodel, $55,269, in the Phoenix area
would bring in $35,697 at resale for a cost recouped value of 64.6 percent. An
upscale major kitchen remodel ($110,646) would bring in $62,520 for a cost
recouped value of 56.5 percent.
Other mid-range remodeling projects that can get high value at resale in
Phoenix, according to the magazine, are replacing your entry door (a return of 88.3
percent for a steel door) and replacing your roof (a return of 79 percent).
The magazine has been tracking the cost-value ratios since 2002, recouped values
from the past.. The data most comparable to the surveys the magazine is doing now
came out in 2005 just as the housing boom was heating up. What we found was
that in 2005 and every year since, the payback on remodeling nationwide seemed to
closely follow increase in the prices of houses. When housing prices went up, so did
the cost-value of remodeling; when housing prices dropped, the cost-value dropped,
too. A minor mid-range kitchen remodel cost used to be $14,913 and returned 98.5
percent. A major mid-range kitchen remodel cost $43,862 and returned 91 percent.
Once the boom collapsed, those values dropped dramatically. The days with those
returns are long gone.
Looking at all those facts and figures, you need to keep three very important
questions in mind: what will the project will cost, will the renovation improve the
appraisal of your house, and what impact will the remodel have on the quality of
your life? Most of us don’t really want to put tons of money into remodeling in order
to sell our homes, but minor renovations can help. “I advise homeowners to remove
the laminate countertops and put in granite. And, of course, they can paint the
house and replace the old carpeting,”
Isa’s Pizza is going to Vegas!
Flour dusted Pizza King Joey of Isa’s Pizza is taking the “Best Pizza in Phoenix” award to compete in the 2015 International Pizza Challenge. He is vying for the title
of “World Champ Pizza Maker of the Year”, and will be competing against 60 of the world’s best dough boys in both the non-traditional and deep dish divisions. The
transplanted New York Aiello’s team is heading to the strip to attend the International Pizza Expo om March 23rd, show their stuff and play with the big boys. What an
honor it would be to bring this award back home to Moon Valley. Let’s go Isa’s!
777 E Thunderbird Rd, Phoenix AZ 85022
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Food Assistance with Civitan Foundation
At the Civitan Foundation we are committed to providing excellence and assistance to the community
to be healthy, vibrant and successful. Civitan partners with USDA to provide assistance to individuals
and families that may be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Civitan
located at 12635 N. 42nd St. Phoenix, AZ 85032, as well as the Thunderbird Teen Center 1104 E Grovers
Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85022 are providing support to those
families who may be eligible to receive nutrition assistance. If you are suffering an economic hardship,
you may be eligible to receive benefits through programs such as WIC, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program) as well as AHCCCS. We will help you through the whole process, beginning with a
pre-screening, filling out the application, submitting supporting documents and ensure your application
is processed in a timely matter. For more information or to set up an appointment contact Carley Barry
at 602-953-2944 or by email at [email protected]
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Redefining Your
Powder Room
DESIGN SOLUTIONS BY ROBERT ALAN MINOR
The powder room is one area of the home that can be the most adventurous
and dramatic. Because it is usually a small space, it’s the perfect environment for
a striking theme that would be over the top in a larger room. Let’s look at some
trends in powder room design.
The classic pedestal sink has been redefined and improved with larger counter
space, designer finishes and textures, vibrant colors, matching coordinated suites,
integrated towel bars, and new materials like metal, stone, and glass. This is the new
generation of pedestals, and a perfect solution where storage is not an issue.
Another trend that has grown in traditional settings is the freestanding vanity.
This can be a new piece of furniture, or an antique. When selecting this type of
vanity always make sure it will fit through the bath door, accommodate a sink and
have room for required plumbing parts.
Vessel sinks continue in popularity. They can be particularly imaginative by
utilizing ceramic, stone, glass, metal, wood - or combinations of more than one
material for a distinctive custom look. Vessel sinks look like large bowls. They can
either rest on the counter or be slightly recessed. Simple, or highly decorative, these
vessels become an artistic focal point of the powder room.
For vanity tops, natural stone continues to be the high end choice. New quarries
have given us beautiful exotic granites at competitive prices. While polished granite
is still popular, there has been a strong trend toward honed, satin and tumbled
finishes. Technology now makes it possible to offer a wide variety of edging options:
bullnose; beveled; square; chiseled. On one recent project, I used a tempered glass
counter- top paired with a glass vessel sink - practical no, but definitely eye catching!
Undermount sinks are still very popular especially when paired with granite
or quartz surfacing. With an undermount sink the vanity top becomes the focal
point instead of the sink. If you choose a vessel sink, consider a simpler design
so that it doesn’t overpower the counter top. For an adventurous look, and
contemporary feel, stainless steel has made it’s presence in the bathroom.
Bath hardware and accessories now have many new sophisticated finishes.
Remember, this is JEWELRY for your bathroom. While nickel finishes remains
popular, more consumers are choosing pewter, gun metal, wrought iron, copper,
and oil-rubbed bronze. Increasing in demand is the classic favorite polished
chrome. This can either have a contemporary or vintage look. Polished brass
seems to be less in vogue than in previous years. One exception to this is a twotone finish with just a bit of satin brass. Wall mount faucets are being chosen for
many upscale bathrooms. This makes the faucet more individual, interesting and
less traditional.
Even the toilet has been refined and improved. New designs promote energy
and water conservation with improved efficiency. The “comfort height” toilets are
comparable to the average seat height of a chair. Once you try this you will be
amazed at the difference it makes. This is especially true for older or the physically
challenged consumer.
Traditional design will always be with us, but its popularity has given way to
more transitional styles. Minimalist and industrial contemporary design is gaining
in the market as younger homeowner’s desire a more streamlined look. As for future
trends, there is an ever-growing demand for European products in the United States
due to their design, style, simplicity and ergonomic technology. These products can
be easily mixed and matched for an eclectic look. New offerings from Europe include
richer wood tones, natural and even rustic shabby chic finishes. Contemporary
styling does not always generate a cold feeling!
The powder room may be the smallest area in your home, but bathrooms don’t
need to be predictable. Accessorize
with art, mirrors, and personal
objects. Install sconces for dramatic
subtle lighting. Don’t forget to add
a dimmer on all lights. Consider
designer wallcovering or a dramatic
paint color.
If you are replacing your flooring,
look at installing a wonderful new
natural stone, porcelain, ceramic or
wood product. To complement the
flooring, look at using a wainscoting
on the walls. Make sure you check
out glass tiles and mosaics for decorative accents and backsplashes.
Have fun with this space!
Interior designer Robert Alan Minor of Interior Resources has been
designing and remodeling homes, offices and restaurants since 1978. He
lives and works in Moon Valley, where he can be reached by email at
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Mountain Sky Junior High
Upcoming Events
Join the fabulous musicians at the Mountain Sky Junior High. This is a great
opportunity in the neighborhood to hear some up and coming musicians. The
concerts are creative and fun. The energy from these young musicians is contagious.
You will leave humming a happy tune.
WESD 5th 6th 7th and 8th grade Honor Choir Performance
At Mountain Sky
March 24th, 7pm
MS Student-Choreography Choir Concert
At Mountain Sky
March 26th, 7pm
Music from Grease, Newsies, 50s, Sister Act, Little Shop of Horrors, and
Phantom of the Opera
Maria’s
El Conqulstador
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Why Using an Expert for Your Estate Planning
(and Taxes!) is the Best Idea
BY LIBBY BANK S, THE L AW OFFICE OF LIBBY BANK S
As an estate planning attorney, I often get calls from people who’ve used
online trust or will planning software, or gone to a cheap
trust mill to put their plan together. Sometimes, they go
to their brother-in-law, the corporate lawyer, who uses a
form he found in a book to put the plan together. When
I’m asked about whether these are good ideas, I like to tell
a story about my dear husband.
My husband Andy is a great handyman. It’s wonderful
to be able to ask him to fix things around the house and
know he will do it right. When we first moved to our home
in Phoenix, he replaced many of the appliances himself,
including a cool new stove top. It was great! Well, it was
great until he put in the new vent hood. I stood across the
kitchen watching him do his usual good job, then walked
over to the door for a better vantage point. Suddenly, the
light bulbs on the hood burst and the fan spun across the
room to hit the cabinet – right where I had been standing not
30 seconds before. “Honey,” I said, trying to keep my voice
calm. “Do you think it’s time to call an electrician?”
We were lucky. No one got electrocuted due to the error, and I didn’t get my
head shaved by the fan. But we definitely came to the conclusion that there are times
when it is best to call in the experts.
The same is true when you are putting together an estate plan. If you don’t
do the job right and you don’t know you’ve made a mistake, it may well be too
late before you – or more likely, your family – finds out. Without proper estate
planning, your family may end up in court. If you are alive and incapacitated, they
may be required to take you to court to declare you unable to handle your affairs and
appoint a guardian and conservator. That is a public proceeding. If you are deceased,
they may have to file a probate to transfer your property to your heirs. If you left
your assets to minor children, the court will be involved in the expenditures until
the children turn 18 – at which point the children get all the money turned over to
them to handle. All of these things can cause major headaches and great expense for
your loved ones.
Experts know things we don’t. As
an estate planning attorney, I know
what to recommend for you based
on your situation, your beneficiaries,
your assets and your goals and
dreams. You may not know all the
ways you can benefit your heirs, or
all the ways you can cause problems
for them with a poorly drafted will
or trust.
For instance, did you know that
with the right estate plan, you can:
Rest assured that your family or
friends can step in if an emergency
happens to take care of your health
and of your finances.
Avoid probate and quickly transfer your property.
Minimize taxes, including capital gains taxes.
Provide a guardian for your minor children.
Designate that a Trustee governs the money spent on your minor children, and
that person can be separate from the guardian.
Protect your inheritance from your beneficiaries’ creditors and from their
divorcing spouses.
Assure that your IRA continues to grow tax deferred to provide for your
beneficiaries in their retirement.
The cost for a guardian or conservatorship if you are incapacitated (or for your
minor children) and the cost of a probate on your death usually far exceeds the price
of an estate plan put in place while you are alive and well. Putting the right plan in
place, using an expert, will save your family heartache and expense. Knowing they
will thank you for making it easier on them – that’s priceless!
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Herbs For a Gentle
Body Cleansing
BY OLIVIA WINGERT
Spring is the time of renewal and even here in the desert, nature’s awakening
does not go unnoticed. The aroma of orange blossoms fills the air and a sea of
wildflowers paints the desert in beautiful colors.
On the other hand, spring is also the time, when we clean house – thoroughly,
get our backyards looking nice and are getting rid of the old to make room for the
new!
After the holiday feasts and the comfort foods of winter, our bodies deserve
a gentle cleansing too. The accumulation of toxins often leaves us feeling sluggish
and tired. Digestive disorders, headaches, joint pain, allergies and unwanted weight
are often the result of toxic overload as well.
While our body is designed to rid itself from waste, this process can break
down because liver and gallbladder can’t keep up any longer. When this happens,
the excess toxins are stored as fat deposits and add to unwanted weight or enter the
blood stream.
Cleansing, however, does not mean you have to go on
a fast, or very restricted diet. It can be accomplished
much gentler and easier by incorporating specific
herbs into a well-balanced diet. My favorites are
Nettle , Milk Thistle and Burdock Root.
Nettle – (Urtica dioica) has been used for
centuries as a cleansing herb. Its diuretic action
flushes the urinary tract of accumulated waste. It is rich
in vitamins and minerals especially iron, calcium,
potassium, magnesium, zinc and chromium. It
strengthens the kidneys and is excellent for allergies
and hay fever!
Milk Thistle - (Silybum marianum) is a powerful
antioxidant,
stimulates liver function and even heals damaged liver cells. The seeds are rich
in a compound that stimulates the liver regeneration of liver cells. In fact it is so
powerful that it is the only known substance to provide relief from poisoning by
death cap mushroom. Milk Thistle also assists gallbladder and kidney function.
Burdock Root – (Arctium lappa) is one of the superior tonic herbs. It alkalinizes
and eliminates toxins in the blood stream and promotes kidney function. Its ability
to expels uric acid from the body makes it perfect for treating gout and rheumatism.
Like Nettle, Burdock Root is also rich in minerals and one of the best herbs for
skin. It can be used internally and externally for exzema, psoriasis, acne and other
skin imbalances that are the result of too many toxins in the body.
Whether it is to counteract a little overindulgence or to support your body’s
cleansing functions on a regular basis, herbs can be a wonderful aid in this process.
In order to reap the most benefits, make sure to steep the herbs in boiling water
for at least 20 minutes.
If you want to know more about how to use these and other herbs for health
and wellbeing, visit us or better yet – sign up for our “Cleansing with Herbs” class
on March 26th !
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Headaches
BY DR . JAMEY REICHOW D.C.
We all have had them. Most continue to get them. Research has shown that
ninety percent of Americans suffer from headaches. Headache sufferers tend to
have a widespread presentation of their symptoms: they can be occasional, frequent,
constant, daily, weekly, or monthly and are described as dull, achy, sharp, shooting,
throbbing, debilitating and cause nausea. Despite the array of symptoms, the vast
majority are of headaches are categorized as primary headaches. Primary headaches
include tension headaches, cervicogenic headaches, and migraines. Primary
headaches are not caused by disease and the headache itself is the chief concern.
The greatest majority of primary headaches are associated with muscle tension in
the neck. Today, we engage in more sedentary activities than ever before and more
hours are spent in one fixed position or posture. This can increase joint irritation and
muscle tension in the neck, upper back, and scalp-causing your head to ache. The many suffering from headaches deal with their symptom in various
ways. Most common treatments include taking over the counter pills, prescriptions,
finding a dark quiet room, and pushing through it to name a few. What
many sufferers don’t know is that there is a better approach to
managing their headaches. The chiropractic adjustment! The chiropractic adjustment has been found to be effective
and less invasive than these other treatments. A report
out of the Duke University Evidence Based Practice
Center in Durham, NC, found that chiropractic spinal
manipulations resulted in almost immediate improvement
for those headaches that originate in the neck. In addition,
there were significantly fewer side effects and longer lasting
relief than commonly prescribed medications. Another
study from the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological
Therapeutics found that spinal manipulative therapy is an
effective treatment for tension headaches and that those that ceased treatments
after four weeks experienced sustained benefit in contrast to those that received
medication. So why take pills that have side effects or push through another night of solace
to alleviate your headache? There is a better alternative. Stop suffering!
To Health!
DECOMPRESSION
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Moon Valley NCL Class of 2017
Learn Interviewing Etiquette
B Y G A B R I E L L E G A S P A R D , P R E S I D E N T. C L A S S O F 2 0 17
On Sunday, February 22, 2014, The Moon Valley
explaining to us about how and why coffee is a serious business.
Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. (NCL), Class
She was gracious in that we each received our very own recyclable
of 2017, was treated to a special lecture and presentation
Starbucks coffee cups for future visits to any of their stores. She
by a well-versed Starbucks’ Partner Resources Manager,
taught us some valuable tools and tips as we continue to find our own
Lisa Lutich. During the NCL six- year journey, our class
paths in life. She shared with us the dangers involved with social
is required to be exposed to information as it relates to
media. She shed light on how to be better versions of ourselves.
interviewing etiquette. Mrs. Lutich was the perfect person
She spoke from her heart in lending us advice that will serve us
to help us fulfill that requirement this year and she did so
well as we all begin to prepare for our first “real” job opportunities.
in such an interesting, fun, and highly effective manner.
She coached us on what could make us stand out as front-runner
Mrs. Lutich has been with Starbucks for several years
candidates in a selection process as we face college applications in
and her main job focus is human relations. She deals
due time.
directly with their employees. She sits on the front line as
The Class of 2017 was blessed to be on the receiving end of such
a main contact to conduct interviews, provide counseling
a powerful presentation filled with vital information. We learned
opportunities to employees-in-need, and to also investigate
a great deal about how we can control and shape our futures as we
Lisa Lutich, Pictured Above
any situations that are work-related that affect the company,
all yearn to be leaders in our academic worlds, our communities, and
the brand, and the involved employees.
even greater, our own lives. Mrs. Lutich was an exceptional speaker and found
Mrs. Lutich opened her presentation with a delicious coffee tasting while
a way to connect with each of us as she eloquently delivered sound advice and
encouragement. It’s so wonderful to see female leaders in our community lift the
younger generation of hungry, anxious-to-strive, young women.
NCL is an organization that not only provides opportunities for Mothers
and Daughters to serve their community; it also offers leadership and education
programs geared toward the mother-daughter relationship.
For more information about NCL, visit our website at www.nclmoonvalley.org
“Mothers and Daughters Serving Communities Together”
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Our Block is Really
Connected- Is Yours?
B LO C K WAT C H E R B Y B L A N C H E LU K E S
We had what we thought was a scary situation; Peeping Tom?, someone
staking out the houses that backed up to the golf course, a bicycle stolen out
of one’s driveway, mystery objects left by a mail box, and at the same time a
woman ringing doorbells at all hours of the day or night.
Because we have a communication network for our block, we interacted
very quickly and resolved a lot of the concerns. I think one part is an off
shoot of our GAIN Day event we had in October.
People knowing each other were quick to respond
to the concerns. No, that was not a Peeping
Tom, it was a Moon Valley Country
Club photographer taking pictures in
preparation for new landscaping.
We are still working on who stole the
bike and we are grateful to hear that that
the doorbell woman has been arrested.
Our community action officer said that
information furnished them by block
watch really helped catch her.
Don’t underestimate the power block
watch has.
As I drive through our neighborhood, I can’t help
but notice garage doors open and lots of kids bikes and toys sitting on
driveways with no one around. It used to be that would not be a concern,
unfortunately in this day and age, nefarious people cruise our area for a
“Crime of Opportunity”.
I haven’t bought a bike in a longtime, but I doubt you can get one for
under a hundred dollars. Hummm, let’s drive Moon Valley, a couple of
bikes and voila a pretty good fetch and a quick profit. Bummer. So let’s
encourage our neighbors not to participate in making it easy and profitable
for the bad guys.
Can we help you set up a communication network like ours. You will be
glad you did. Contact Blanche Lukes at [email protected]
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Go Take a Hike!
Continued from page 5
Department. Avitia’s the supervisor of the
Parks Department’s Natural Resources division. He talks about the ongoing repairs to
trails damaged during 2014 monsoons.
“We’re getting our crews out there to get
it done,” he says of the continuing efforts to
rectify damage caused by soil and surfaceelement erosion. “Each one (trail damage) is
a little bit different,” he adds, saying “We just
want to do it correctly.”
The city entered into a one-year contract
with Okanogan Trail Construction in October that can be extended an additional three years to rehabilitate affected trails.
An avid outdoor enthusiast, Avitia says he tours park areas as often as he can in
the course of his job to provide personal input into any repairs and site-maintenance
processes. And that’s in addition to the personal time he’s able to enjoy hiking.
And while the city doesn’t have ready numbers about the numbers of people
hiking trails in our neighborhood, which is “a very hard number” to determine,
Avitia says, the city hopes to gain better insight into that arena with the future installation of what are called trail counters that will record hiker visits.
City of Phoenix park rangers also periodically rotate throughout our neighborhood trails and roadways, providing parks assistance and information. You’ll recognize them wearing their two-tone brown
city-authorized uniforms, with city badges,
and carrying the municipality’s identification
cards, too.
“It’s such a great asset we provide to the
public,” Avitia says of the threads of intertwining mountainous paths and the people
who help protect and preserve this natural
treasure.
More information about the Moon
Valley-area, and other nearby trails, can be
found at www.northmountainvisitorcenter.
org/maps.
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Moon Valley Country Club- Our Hidden Gem
THE WRITE STUFF BY GERRY JOHNSON
If you are reading this piece, there
is a pretty good chance that you live
or work in Moon Valley. There are
some literalists who give Moon Valley
pretty well restricted boundaries, but
I submit that Moon Valley extends
from the mountain on the west, to
the mountain on the south, to the
mountain on the east, to just about
everything south of Greenway.
Everyone that lives within these
confines enjoys the economic, social
and educational benefits of having
Moon Valley
Country Club lying smack dab in the middle.
Just reflect for a minute. Would you even be living here
if it weren’t for the Club? You may not be a member, but
your property is worth appreciably more. The whole area is
more upscale because of MVCC.
I have lived here since the early ‘70s. My kids grew
up in their pool where Hal Easton made swimmers out of
more kids than King Neptune. Karsten Solheim poured
millions into the facilities, which in turn became a first
class venue. The golf course is of championship caliber.
For years they hosted the LPGA Standard Register Ping.
Annika Sorenstam shot a 59 there in competition.
I had an opportunity to chat with Meg Phillips-Arnold, the Director of
Operations at MVCC. Meg has been there forever, and we reminisced about the
“good old days,” but then Meg told me about “good new days” and all the neat things
that are in the offing. The new owners, C-BONS International Golf Group, Inc, are
dedicated to keeping this as a premier community hub.
Meg stressed that you don’t have to be a golfer to belong to Moon Valley. There
are 7 classes of membership ranging from Full Golf to Clubhouse/Social.
If you are a golfer, you won’t believe the dues, they are incredibly competitive,
and the Junior Golf Membership
extends to age 45 – at most clubs it
is 30. The workout center has all new
equipment, with classes scheduled
for max convenience. A new pool
heater has been purchased and they
are again gearing up for a strong yearround swim program.
I met Scott Jacques, the new
General Manager at Moon Valley.
He is also the Regional Manager for
the three other C-BONS properties in
the area. He is very cordial and well suited to his position. I had heard about Scott
from several others before I met him. I was not disappointed.
If you want to tour the facility, please contact Tim Maguire,
Membership Director at [email protected] or (602)
375-4413. If you want to bring a group for a special golf outing,
call Jim Meyers, the Head Golf Professional at (602) 942-1278.
He will accommodate you. If you want to have a catered affair,
a club meeting, or a business meeting, call Karen Krinsky, the
Catering Manager. You don’t have to be a member to do these
things, but I’m betting you will be tempted if you do.
Three or four generations of Moon Valleyites know how
great it is to have Moon Valley Country Club in our backyard.
If you have forgotten or are new to the area - check it out!
“Phoenix’s Fastest Playing &
Friendliest Private Club”
MORE TIME FOR PLAY | LESS GREEN TO PAY
Junior* Executive
Family Golf
Membership
$328
(Per Month)
*up to age 45
18-Hole Championship Golf Course
18-Hole Par 3 Golf Course
Full Practice Facility
Full Clubhouse Amenities
Play Golf in under 4 Hours
Other Membership Opportunities Available
Full Family
Golf Membership
$495
(Per Month)
For more details or to schedule your private tour,
please contact Tim Maguire at (602) 375-4413 or [email protected]
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6 Things You Didn’t Know
About Assisted Living
BY J E R R Y PAT E , A D M I N I S T R AT O R O F L I F E’ S B L E S S I N G S
1. One Size Does Not Fit All –
Varying Levels of Care
Assisted Living has no nationally recognized
definition—although it is regulated in all 50 states. Senior
communities, facilities or homes that call themselves
assisted living facilities can offer differing levels of care.
They offer a less-expensive, residential approach to
delivering many of the same services available in skilled
nursing, either by employing personal care staff or contracting
with home health agencies and other outside professionals. In Arizona, assisted living
options range from homes or facilities that provide lighter care to those individuals
who are bedridden or who need help eating and total care while remaining in assisted
living as opposed to a nursing home. Many options offer a true home environment
where residents can reside for up to many years while nursing homes take on a more
hospital-like feel and stays are much shorter due to discharge into a lighter-care
environment (usually assisted living) or to a patient’s passing.
2. Each Community has a different personality – unique character
Care aside, the look and feel of communities varies as well. Some communities
have a more formal, traditional design sensibility, while others may have a more homelike, down to earth ambiance. Some communities may have art deco décor while others
are firmly grounded in mid-century modern design. Assisted living communities
come in all shapes and sizes. They can be towering apartment buildings in urban
centers, sprawling complexes in the suburbs, cottages or more intimate communities
catering to a relatively small number of residents. Smaller communities usually offer a
homelike atmosphere (and are usually actual homes with 4 to 10 residents) while the
larger communities offer an abundance of interest clubs, recreational opportunities,
and acreage for recreation. Arizona provides for many home choices.
3. Costs
The national average for assisted living costs are between $3,200 and $3,500 per
month. Homes and Facilities that offer a lower rate are generally not as nice and care
can also vary. More seniors are purchasing long-term care insurance to help plan
for and finance their long-term care needs. Wartime veterans and their spouses may
eligible for VA benefits that can offset the cost of care. There are options for people
with low income and assets. In Arizona, the state has a program to assist with part of
the costs. Also, Medicare has programs. To explore these options, contact your local
Area Agency on Aging Office, which can be located at Eldercare.gov.
4. Pets are Usually Welcome
Senior living communities have different pet policies with specific weight limits
and breed restrictions, so it’s important to do your research. For example, some
communities have “pet interviews” to determine whether the pet is right for their
community, while others allow dogs and cats under 20 lbs. Pets and “pet therapy” are
a huge benefit to many seniors who struggle with loneliness or depression. Having a
fury companion is often a significant contributor to a senior’s happiness.
5. Assisted Living is Not Synonymous with Nursing Homes
Often many families believe they need nursing homes for their ailing older loved
one when in fact assisted living is the most appropriate option. An assessment by an
Advisor or medical professional is the best way to determine the care type needed, but
some general distinctions can be drawn between assisted living and nursing homes.
6. Assisted Living Dementia Care
In 2012 there were more than 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease
and dementia who required specialized dementia care treatment. Many assisted living
facilities offer dedicated memory care programs for residents which are designed to
decrease wandering, agitation and improve their quality of life. Generally residents
with early stage Alzheimer’s or dementia can live among the regular population of
assisted living residents, but when the condition becomes advanced, residents are then
transitioned from the regular assisted living to a more involved memory care program.
In extreme cases, a memory care facility might be needed. Memory care facilities in
Arizona are specialized assisted living that’s secure to protect residents, that has staff
specially trained to
care for those
with Alzheimer’s
and
dementia,
and that have
other
design
and caregiving
adaptations for
the comfort and
safety of memoryi m p a i r e d
residents.
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Life’s Blessings
Smile Again!
Getting older
is just another
phase in the
many transitions
of life.
At Life’s
Blessings you can live these years
to your fullest and surrender the
frustrations of not being able to do
everything you were once able to do.
In addition to our assisted living homes, we
provide In-Home Care services for people
who want to continue living in, and receive
assistance, in their home, If you need help
with cooking, changing, laundry, bathing,
cleaning, house chores and other life issues,
a caregiver can assist you in your home.
Our Services:
Assisted Living • Adult Day Care
Respite Care • In-Home Care
Let us take care of your living needs
so you can relax and enjoy this new
transition.
Smile again… and become a member
of The Life’s Blessings family.
Our residents enjoy theater, worship,
movies, and other events.
We eat great food, drink the best coffee, and
we have espresso whenever we want.
Life’s Blessings is living with
excellence and dignity. Just let go and
come live with us!
Moon Valley
16009 North 6th Place
Phoenix, AZ 85022
602.466.3005 Care Home
602.575.6800 Business Office
Central Corridor
707 West Drey Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85021
[email protected]
LifesBlessingsHome.com
LifesBlessingsHome
You have a choice.
For hospice and palliative care, tell your healthcare
provider you choose Hospice of the Valley.
602.530.6900 or HOV.ORG
Comfort and dignity as life nears its end
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HOME SUPPORT OFFERED
FOR DEMENTIA PATIENTS
AND CAREGIVERS
Bob and Mabel Sawyer participated in the Palliative Care for Dementia program.
Palliative Care for Dementia is for people at any stage of dementia who are not on
hospice care. The incidence of dementia is rising dramatically as Baby Boomers age;
it is expected to rise 67 percent in Arizona over the next decade.
Most of these people are cared for by a family member. Caregivers experience
high rates of psychological, physical and financial strain. They want to keep their
loved one at home for as long as possible, but wonder how to make it all work.
Hospice of the Valley, a not-for-profit agency, funds this program through patient/family fees, donations and grants. It is not covered by Medicare or insurance
plans. The monthly fee for the patient or family is $275. Services include:
24/7 phone support. Call anytime and talk directly to a nurse or social worker.
Home visits. Home visits from a dementia educator who provides information
about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, behavior management strategies,
placement options and living wills.
Ask the doc. A nationally recognized geriatrician is available for phone consultations regarding medications.
Take time for yourself. If desired and available, volunteers provide caregiver
respite for four hours a week.
For more information, call 602.636.6363 or email [email protected]
By Beverly Medlyn, Comm. Director, Hospice of the Valley. She is a Moon Valley resident.
LIQUID TECHNICIANS
POOLS
SERVICE, REPAIRS, REMODELS
The Challenge
of Education
SENIOR MOMENTS BY DAN SEAGREN
A teacher tried to illustrate some of the peculiarities of the English language.
Here are a few of the complex pronunciations: The bandage was wound around
the wound. The farm was used to produce produce. The dump was so full that it
had to refuse more refuse. We must polish the Polish furniture. The soldier decided
to desert his dessert in the desert.
Need more? They were too close to the door to close it. The buck does funny
things when the does are present . . . Now, this may not work for a young child or
an outsider but it does show some of the idiosyncrasies of language, yet so essential
for learning.
Right now there is some serious concern, not only for the US, but worldwide
about the art or science of education. The desire to discover how much is learned,
how best to teach, more or fewer tests, measuring the skills of both those who
learn and those who teach, how to improve both learning and teaching, should
computers and the internet be used more or not as much. And on it goes with no
consensus in sight. Is it an art or science?
Geographical location of the school, its status, crossing boundaries, busing or
walking all enter the problem. I drive past the high school now where our son
graduated and the huge student parking lot is full of vehicles. Guards at intersections
and the very noticeable yellow buses on the move. I can only remember one student
who occasionally drove to high school while we walked as I recollect seventy years
ago. And no parking lot.
Not only preschool, elementary, junior and senior high schools are affected.
Higher education is also buffeted by techniques and incompetence, purchasing or
renting textbooks, the use and abuse of computers and the internet, the ease of
plagiarism and hotshot fraternities, athletic misconduct, salary inequities, outdated
and changing majors and minors, debts and yes, mistaken majors for the existing
job market. Schooling is so much more than classes and homework, isn’t it?
Kind of makes us wonder if today’s education really makes the Readin’, Ritin’
and ‘Rithmetic era passe. Such a pity if we end up knowing a lot of stuff (good
and not so good) but can’t read, write, add or subtract, or know right from wrong.
Computers and the like are great inventions
but hardly a worthy substitution if basic
fundamentals are ignored.
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Holocaust Survivor Inspires NCL
BY M O O N VALLE Y N CL
On February 8, 2015, the
Moon Valley chapter of National
Charity League, Inc. (NCL)
hosted an all chapter event
featuring Holocaust survivor
Magda Herzberger who recounted
her personal experiences at three
Nazi death camps. At the age of
18, Herzberger and her family
were forced out of their home
in Cluj, Romania and into a
concentration camp. Over the course of a year, Herzberger spent
time in Auschwitz, Bremen and Bergen-Belson concentration camps.
Herzberger captivated the mothers and daughters of NCL as she
told of her horrific experience at the hands of the Nazis. While she
did speak about the horrors she faced in the camps and the loss of
some of her family members to the Nazis, her message to the group
was one of faith, hope and love.
Herzberger’s own daughter was
in attendance, as well.
Kristi Miller, President
of the Moon Valley Chapter
of NCL, was instrumental in
bringing Herzberger to speak
to the organization.
She
had read Herzberger’s book,
“Survival” and read on the last page that Magda
Herzberger and her husband are retired and
live in Fountain Hills. Miller was so touched
by Herzberger’s experience, she decided to
email her. She told Herzberger that she was
the bravest woman she had ever known and
she would never forget her or the atrocities she
experienced as an 18 year old girl. Later that
30
day, Miller’s phone rang and it was Herzberger. Miller invited Herzberger to speak
at one of the NCL meetings.
Knowing how special this opportunity was for our chapter, Miller decided to
open up this event to other Phoenix area NCL chapters. A total of 5 other NCL
chapters attended the speech. This is the first time there has been a multi-NCL
chapter gathering in Phoenix.
Every member in attendance was touched by Herzberger’s story. Sally LassenKrzykos, Moon Valley chapter member said, “I think Magda is an inspiration, not
only for her strength during the Holocaust, but now at almost age 89! Clear mind,
beautiful strong physique, she’s an example for the mothers and daughters who were
fortunate enough to experience Magda in person.”
“Not only is Magda a survivor, but she is also an inspiration! I was
absolutely horrified with the details she shared and the video of actual
photos was nearly more than I could stand. Yet, I left her presentation
with a feeling of hope… because in spite of all she endured during
the Holocaust, she chose to live
a life of happiness and success.
Thank you Kristi for bringing
her to speak to us. I will think
of her and her story for years
to come,” commented Michele
Baker, Moon Valley chapter
member.
NCL is an organization that
not only provides opportunities
for mothers and daughters to
serve their community, offering leadership
and education programs geared toward the
mother-daughter relationship.
For more information about NCL, visit
our website at www.nclmoonvalley.org
“Mothers and Daughters Serving
Communities Together”
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