2020 has been a big year for Kate Flores. Not only did she graduate from Arcadia High School, but she was also named the winner of the Valley Metro Design a Transit Wrap Contest.

Arcadia Pediatric Dental has welcomed Dr. Allison Pederson to their practice. Dr. Pederson hails from Tucson. After completing her training, Allison was honored with the prestigious Ralph E. McDonald Scholar Award for outstanding performance in pediatric dentistry. Dr. Pederson is also a Dip…

After learning about the high infection rate of COVID-19 in the Navajo Nation, Xavier Prep sophomore Caroline Purtill, Phoenix Country Day School juniors Max Goldstein and Ben Richardson and PCDS sophomore and freshman Alex and Sierra Goldstein decided to help in the fight.

Given the restrictions that were placed on schools during the last few months of the academic year, graduation ceremonies seemed unlikely. That didn’t stop Arcadia area schools from celebrating the students who are taking their next steps in life – 5th graders who are moving to junior high, …

If canceled firework celebrations have you down this year, now is the perfect time to let your creativity loose. There are myriad ways to celebrate the spirit of our great nation, indoors and out. Here are a few ideas.

Once upon a time, a young lad named Park, along with five brothers, a sister and their parents, grew up in the “Happy H” in Woodinville, Washington. Over time, Park grew tired of the gloom and rain of the Pacific Northwest and decided to move to Phoenix in 1985. 

One of the hardest parts of the job interview process is answering the question: “How much do you make?” The question typically comes up in the first screening call with a human resources recruiter. It is also asked on online job applications. 

Collecting can add zip and zest to your life. Many collectors collect for the pleasure that each item brings to them. However, there are some who think each treasure found will become an investment. As appraisers, there are many times when we are forced to give clients unpopular news.

With this year’s high school seniors’ in-school classes ending unexpectedly, many of the students were left without guidance for their upcoming adventure into college. 

At the end of May, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health released their pandemic guidance for summer camps. But for many facilities, the recommendations came too late and 2020 dates had to be canceled. Despite closures and restrictions, many organizations within and just beyond the…

Making vacation plans in 2020 requires some unconventional thinking. Maybe this is a good time to break out the camping gear and travel north to cooler temps. These campsites are currently following CDC guidelines. They may have limited activities available, so make sure to check their websi…

Surviving the heat in the Valley can be tough, but where there’s water – there’s a way! These five swimming areas in Arizona are a great way to escape the clutches of 100-plus degree temperatures. Pack up the family and some snacks and head to the water.

With temperatures in the Valley reaching triple digits, it’s understandable that many of us will stay inside to escape the blazing sun. However, many of our four-legged friends still need to go outside to get some exercise. With streets and sidewalks scorching hot during the day, it might be…

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Tee Pee Mexican Food has been an Arcadia staple since 1958. It’s a family-owned restaurant that owner Kathy Killeen holds near and dear to her heart. She learned how to cook in the restaurant’s kitchen with her parents Tony and Anna, who passed it along to her in the 70s. Arcadia News caught…

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Scottsdale resident and Citizen Adviser Bruce Wall has ample knowledge of Scottsdale’s notorious crimes. His interest in this part of the city’s history led him to create a presentation called “Scoundrels, Rascals and Cutthroats and the Scottsdale Lawmen Who Caught Them.” It was presented at…

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From the minds of the owners of Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles comes Brunch & Sip, a new neighborhood eatery at 40th St. and Indian School. For those who are fans of breakfast, this upscale joint has dishes for every appetite. 

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Northeastern Arizona is separated from the Hawaiian Islands by more than 3,000 miles, a vast body of water, climate, humidity, and many geologic, geographic and cultural differences. But they have one thing in common: The Curse of the Rocks. Whether the curse is real or not is the stuff that…

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The Arcadia Camelback Mountain Neighborhood Association has decided to cancel the annual Arcadia 4th of July parade due to concerns surrounding the pandemic and the gathering of large groups. Arcadia News has provided a few other Independence Day festivities going on around the Valley and Ar…

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Hotel occupancy rates improved by two percent in June 2020 after five weeks of steady increases since the state reopened. To get tourism back on its feet, the Arizona Office of Tourism initiated a Rediscover Arizona campaign, aimed at residents who are ready to return to Arizona’s open space…

This month, we are carrying on with our “good news” theme and sharing all the positive things that continue to happen in our neighborhood. If you have “good news” stories that you’d like to share, please feel free to send them to editor@arcadianews.com.

After working in the food industry since the age of 13, Chef Wade Simpson decided to take his culinary skills on the road and opened a food truck and catering business, which many may know as Chef Wade’s Mac-n-Cheese. From food truck nights at the Shemer to packing to-go meals for the commun…

The question doesn’t faze Bull Earnhardt because he has answered it so many times.

It isn’t uncommon to see the everyday items of our past make it back into the mainstream again. Generation Xers and Millennials are picking up a once forgotten music format: vinyl records. Almost at the point of extinction about 15 years ago, full-length LPs that helped define the golden era…

With imaginative flair, some fabric and the aid of her sewing machine, Phoenix resident Wendy Farrell designs award-winning historical, whimsical and humorous costumes. Her talent was rewarded this past January at the Arisia Masquerade held in Boston.

Living through a disaster is challenging. I grew up in a place where natural disasters are the norm: An Oklahoma City suburb called Moore. It has been in the news a couple times when F5 tornadoes destroyed the city in 1999 and 2013. It was devastating. Homes and businesses were damaged. And,…

Lately, I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the negativity – whether it’s the news, social media, or conversations with friends and family. Sometimes, I find myself falling in that dark rabbit hole or a funk because the light at the end of our country’s divisive tunnel seems so far away. 

Most everyone has witnessed a child have a “meltdown” in public, with family members scrambling to dissolve cries and screeches by trying to divert the child’s attention. But for families with children or adults with hidden disabilities, like autism, a typical meltdown is anything but ordinary. 

Each year, the Arizona Department of Child Safety receives 50,000 reports of child abuse and neglect. As a result, 8,000 children in Maricopa County alone are sent to foster homes. As these children move through the foster care system, they often arrive with just black plastic garbage bags c…

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All of us at Arcadia News would like to give a shout out to the amazing fathers in our neighborhood and let our own dads know just how much we love them.

 Arcadia High School seniors had a lot to look forward to in the last two months of school, and then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Arcadia News asked a few students how they’re coping with online classes and how they plan to spend their final weeks as seniors. 

It seems like Justin Beckett was born to be in a kitchen. From cooking with his family, to working in kitchens from an early age and helping to open various restaurants around the Valley, it was only a matter of time before Beckett opened his own eatery. His dream came true in 2010, and Beck…

Arcadia’s schools are closed for the rest of the year, with a month still left on the schedule. This means that students will be missing out on spending time with their friends, unable to participate in events, sports and all the things that kids love about school. Teachers in the area have …

The current stay-at-home orders might lead to a resurgence in board games, but the days of families and friends sitting down to play Monopoly or Trivial Pursuit mostly seem to be behind us. 

“Would you like a hug?” Five words my teenage daughter has been asking me multiple times a day since all our lives changed due to the world’s recent health crisis.

Whenever my journeys led me to a state capital, my first destination was usually the state capitol. 

In this time of upheaval, with concerns about the health and well-being of our families, it is most appropriate to introduce an Arcadian that provides care for the immediate neighborhood, not just now but year-round. 

In light of the closures of museums, stadiums and generally all the places we know and love, Arcadia News has curated a list of sites that are offering virtual tours. Families can explore all over Arizona and even the world – right from their living rooms. Here is a list of places people can…

As a physician-scientist and your neighbor, I wanted to share some critical messages regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and what we can all do to minimize the risk of contracting the virus and keeping ourselves, our families and our neighborhood healthy. There is so much information out there c…

As the shelter-in-place orders subside, places like Camelback Mountain, Piestewa Peak and Havasupai Falls will start enticing those whose outdoor activities include hiking, mountain climbing and canyoneering.

On March 14, 2020, Phoenix firefighters rescued a man trapped under a 300-pound boulder that fell while he was hiking on Camelback Mountain’s Cholla Trail. After he was airlifted to a hospital and treated for extreme injuries to the lower half of his body, the trail was deemed unsafe and tem…