February is a big month. We’ve got Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day and even some fun “holidays” like National Pizza Day on the 9th and International Polar Bear Day on the 28th.

Is it just me, or does 2021 almost feel like a dice game? We’re all collectively holding the die in our hands, whispering, “Come on, give us a good one, give us a good one.” With 2020 (or what I like to call “the train wreck”) finally in the past, we can focus our energy on rebuilding what w…

Over the weekend, I happened to be out holiday shopping, as many are wont to do as soon as Halloween ends. And I noticed that although we are required to wear masks, keep safe distances and continuously wash our hands, people were HAPPY. For a small moment, they weren’t focused on all the “b…

Here are a few things you might not know about me: First, I celebrated my 32nd birthday in late-October. Second, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, with deviled eggs at the top of my “favorite food” list. And third, one of my strangest obsessions is mini horses.

Okay, everyone! You have the October edition of Arcadia News in your hands. Take a breath and pat yourself on the back – we’ve made it to month 10! Kids are officially back in school, most restaurants are open, and life is (almost) getting back to normal. Well, as normal as it can be right now.

We’ve all heard the saying – in fact, it’s been driven into our minds as of late: “These are unprecedented times.” But one thing that has held strong is the positivity of the Arcadia community, no matter how uncertain things may be. 

It’s been one whole year since I wrote my very first editor’s note, and what a whirlwind it’s been! I’ve met so many great people and have been able to explore all that the Arcadia area has to offer. 

One of the things I always find in Arcadia is an overwhelming sense of community and togetherness.

This is a month of anniversaries, starting with the 100-year anniversary of the Arcadia Water Company, which played an integral part in the building and growth of our neighborhood. 

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Our neighborhood will welcome the new year with a long list of accomplishments, from the Arcadia High School Marching Band winning two state championship titles in December to the Phoenix Suns/Mercury training facility breaking ground on Camelback Road.

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Okay, Arcadia. Time to put down the shopping lists, cookie sheets and twinkle lights. The December issue of Arcadia News is in your hands! Take a moment to relax and catch up on what’s going on in the neighborhood. 

Aside from Turkey Day, November has a multitude of other events and important dates, one of those being Veterans Day. This month, our “On the Lowe Road” column focuses on the Code Talkers of WWII. During the war, Navajo and other Native Americans transmitted battle messages in their tribal l…

Sugahbeat. It’s probably a name that sounds familiar to Arcadians who have lived in the area for awhile, but I didn’t become familiar with them until we started the October edition and I saw them rockin’ out at OHSO a couple weeks ago.

Last month, I witnessed the true meaning of the word community when our neighborhood rallied around a young man named Michael Andaloro. Some of you might know that name, some of you might know him personally. What Arcadia did for him and his family is something they will not soon forget. 

I remember when I was younger, I couldn’t wait for school to start. The thought of being able to buy a new batch of school supplies, getting to meet new teachers and writing and rewriting my Spanish notes so that they looked perfect…man, those were the days! 

July 12 marks the official start of the dog days of summer, but for us Arizonans, these “dog days” always seem to start at the end of May. We always say we’re used to the heat…but we also seem to be the first ones in the pool.

I never thought I would say the words “I am an editor.” At least not out loud or to anyone in particular. But as I sit here today, those words ring true. I am the editor of Arcadia News. And I couldn’t be more excited.

With Arizona celebrating its 107th birthday this month, we present to you a bit of a western theme for our February issue. As a student in the Scottsdale Unified School District in the 1980s, I remember a time when we were released early from school to attend the rodeo during the western wee…

I think the tendency to make changes when the calendar flips over is an unavoidable human trait. This seems to increase as we age, when we peel the wrapper off a new calendar and wonder where the last year went. While we don’t have any huge changes planned with your neighborhood newspaper, t…

The holiday season is upon us, and there’s no better time to get out and experience the winter events happening all around our neighborhood. 

Veterans Day means a lot in Arcadia. Our community is home to both active and former members from every branch of the military, and the rest of us neighbors know how much we have to be grateful for because of their service. 

 You may have noticed that we aren’t focusing on just one image for our October cover of the Arcadia News. That’s because we had too many good ones to choose from, and that sums up how we feel about our Legend City story (page 42). 

I always look forward to the September edition of the Arcadia News. Everyone is finally back from their summer trips, and this is the issue where we get to see where all our neighbors have been over the last few months. From fishing boats in Alaska and beaches in California, to the Eiffel To…

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The Fourth of July was one of my favorite holidays when I was growing up. Our family home had a big backyard, with an open field of grass and a pool, perfect for hosting the party my parents would throw every year on the 4th. Those evenings were everything you could want Independence Day to …

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Summer has officially arrived and school is out! This means the main focus of parent and child alike over the next few months will be trying to find a way to deal with the heat. 

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Mother’s Day is one of the biggest highlights during the month of May, and I personally have come to see the holiday in a whole new way than I did in 2017. 

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April is an outdoor month for our area. It’s the time of the year where we all begin to feel the mortality of the season, when we realize that there’s only a finite amount of time before the heat arrives. In this issue of the Arcadia News, we’re taking a look at one of the best local destina…

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Arcadia is full of thoughtful people. In the years I have worked for the Arcadia News, I’ve heard countless stories of individuals doing kind and generous acts of service for those who are in need. But what is truly impressive is when you see that caring spirit coming from even the youngest …

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One of the interesting parts of this job is seeing what kinds of stories the Arcadia community responds to. Always near the top of the list are historical stories with old pictures. Whether it is because of how foreign and fascinating an older world looks, or simply a kind of nostalgia for a…

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With the new year off and running, it seemed like a good opportunity to introduce myself. Back in 2013, I walked into the Arcadia News and asked if they were looking for any writers. As luck would have it, they were looking for someone to help cover sports. I spent three years going to games…