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 Tower and Leaning Tower of Pisa, our readers went all over the place this summer. Lucky for us, they took pictures every step of the way (page 26).

September also means the start of high school football, and there is a definite buzz around the Arcadia High School program. New coach Kerry Taylor is well-known around the Valley, and is bringing big changes to Titans football. And the team is already seeing results (page 48).

There are a wide variety of stories in the September issue. With school starting, parents want to make sure their kids are washing their hands, and we have some chemical-free options that will do the trick (page 6). Grandparents Day is this month, and we’ve got several ways that the grandkids can make them feel special (page 36). The annual Arcadia High School homecoming parade is just around the corner too (page 5). 

We’ve also got an update on the major renovations taking place at Margaret T. Hance park in downtown Phoenix (page 44), and the story of a local couple who are helping kids all over the country and the world (page 28).

As always, I encourage you to reach out to me with any story ideas, suggestions or feedback. Many of our best neighborhood stories are made possible by readers who contact us. We hope you enjoy the September 2018 edition – and thank you for reading the Arcadia News!

— Nick Smith