Growing up, Tom McGeorge still remembers his dad saying, “All I ever want is for my kids to be close friends.”

Young Arcadians are heading back to school this month and families will shift into higher gears after the lazy days of summer. New schedules don’t have to be stressful. With a little planning, back-to-school time can be a smooth transition for the whole family. 

Growing up, I was definitely not your “outdoor” kind of gal. I never went camping or fishing and my idea of hiking was climbing the stairs to the fifth floor of our apartment building. We were city dwellers, watching movies about adventure seekers and living vicariously through them from the…

Mezcal Carreño is a start-up led by two best friends who brought a 100-year-old family recipe for handcrafting the smoky, agave-based liquor mezcal from Oaxaca, Mexico to Arizona. Today, Abel Arriaga and Ivan Carreño are on a mission to create a new generation of artisanal mezcal fans in the…

You don’t have to travel 2,000 miles to enjoy an authentic New York deli sandwich. You can indulge your cravings right here in Phoenix at the Miracle Mile Deli, which is celebrating its 70th birthday this year.

The average observer probably wouldn’t realize how uncommon it is to view Paradise Valley resident Valerie Thompson at her home office, getting ready to wade through paperwork and do other mundane office tasks.

Cases of mosquito-borne diseases have taken a dramatic increase this year. The Arizona Department of Health Services reports 57 human cases of West Nile virus infection in Maricopa County so far in 2019 (as of July 19), compared to 24 in all of 2018. The Maricopa County Environmental Service…

You don’t need to leave Arcadia to feel like you’re on the other side of the world. Authentic, international eateries act as portals, “teleporting” those who enter into alternate cultural dimensions that stimulate all the senses, not just the taste buds.

When you’re looking for a new job, the time it takes can feel brutal. Every day, you hope the right job will fall into your lap. Not only are you anxious about this, so are your friends and family. They’ve never seen a job search take so long. Something must be wrong. Right? 

If you ever need to escape your car, a AAA study on vehicle escape tools reveals which way works best – and you may be surprised to learn that the specific type of glass in your vehicle plays a large role in your ability to exit safely.  

Lauren White, the woman behind local company Intentional Edit, shares how her professional organizing service takes the tiresome act of cleaning up and organizing the house and changes it into something that families can look forward to establishing in their homes, while sharing some tips on…

Kristi Nolde-Morrissey’s love for training began with her childhood dog Dutch, who she taught to fetch slippers, newspapers and to how to “play dead.”

Ana Houg says a little sweet tooth never hurt anyone. With three girls at home, this Arcadia mom already has her hands full, but she’s taken on a new venture that’s been very rewarding for her and her family: My Three Girls Bakery. Named in honor of her nearest and dearest, Ana opened the vi…

Rowing is a sport at least as old as ancient Egypt, whose funerary inscriptions date as far back as 1430 B.C. that hail a certain warrior’s prowess with an oar. The legendary poet Virgil wrote of rowing competitions in ancient Greece around 50 B.C.

The Greater Phoenix area has nearly 20 auction houses to choose from when you’re looking to sell an estate. With many choices comes varying levels of service and professionalism. I urge all my clients to do their research ahead of selecting a broker, because neglecting due diligence can have…

At the end of the school year in May, Arcadia News held a luncheon at Postino Winecafé to honor the 2018-19 winners from the Teachers We Love program. 

Modern air conditioning has been a widespread feature in homes and vehicles for less than 50 years, but humans have lived in the Valley of the Sun for millennia. As we lament the heat of the summertime, we may gain some perspective by looking back to a time before there were 70-degree refuge…

Upon arriving in Colombia, I quickly realized that referring to myself as “American” wasn’t going to work. To the locals, the term doesn’t refer to any specific country, as they consider themselves Americans just as well. Like many hailing from the United States, I had given little thought t…

Recently, more than 100 community newspapers from around the country gathered together in Las Vegas for the annual Association of Free Community Publications (AFCP) industry conference and “Best of the Best” Awards Show.

As one of the most recognizable across the country and the world, the American flag provides hope and boosts morale for many. With the Fourth of July approaching, here are some facts about flags and the proper etiquette surrounding them.

After spending the past few years designing and deploying tiny homes for Veterans and others in need, Phoenix-based nonprofit Build Us H.O.P.E. recently got to show off its hard work during the Innovative Housing Showcase in Washington D.C.

Recently, A Cappella Syndicate, an a cappella chorus, earned top honors as the Arizona Champion in the Barbershop Harmony Society’s Chorus Competition. The competition took place at the Mesa High School Performing Arts Center.

Nobody really knows exactly what to expect when they go to The Lavatory’s museum and ball pit. No Instagram post or Yelp review can prepare one for the reality of the place. The Lavatory, which opened November 2018 with the ‘cleanest ball pit on the planet’, has recently expanded to include …

Sara Silver is one of those people that might have you believing that starting a business from scratch is as easy as getting your business cards printed.

When I think of July, what immediately pops into my head is fireworks, the smell of burgers on the grill and wiping the sand from my feet after dipping my toes in the ocean. I have spent the better part of 20 years searching for the Arizona connection to every big celebration and even though…

Marshall Shore, otherwise known as “The Hip Historian,” has made it his life’s work to bring the history of Arizona to people in a way that keeps them engaged, interested and coming back for more.

Walking outside in July, it feels like the sun is trying to smite you out of existence. You turn three shades redder if you haven’t already put on sunscreen. You want to leave the confines of your house, but you need an affordable option to stay cool. 

When you step through the door of Oh One Eight Coffee, you’ll notice the origami butterflies, the brightly colored walls and the comfy seating arrangement at the front. This is the vision of Lane and Jorah Visage, who opened the shop as a place for people to drink coffee, relax and let their…

The world is growing at a rapid pace. According to the U.N.’s most recent estimate, 50 percent of the world’s 7.7 billion residents live in cities today, with that number expected to increase to 75 percent by the time the population reaches 9.5 billion in 2050. 

St. Vincent de Paul was known for his countless charitable works, but the spiritual hallmarks of this Catholic priest were his attention to the poor and unwavering humility. 

When thinking of long-standing competitive sports, fencing probably isn’t the first one to come to mind. However, the sport of fencing has been around since the 18th century. The sabre-only variant has existed in Arizona since at least 2002, when Jim Barbour started training Arizonans to fen…

From Pre-K to junior year, Scott Ledyard’s educators watched him grow into the talented, hardworking person he is today. And every one of them came together to congratulate him for his latest accomplishment: a perfect score of 36 on the ACT. 

After witnessing how impassioned her students were about global issues such as climate change, deforestation and endangered species, Hopi Elementary teacher Whitney Keeler decided to take a more proactive approach to educating kids about the many environmental problems facing the world.

During the past few decades, libraries across the nation have greatly expanded their collections beyond books, now offering just about everything in printed form, plus DVDs, CDs and even free internet access. 

Local residents Elijah Judiscak and Alan Adams are the latest Eagle Scouts to emerge from Arcadia’s Boy Scout Troop 6.

The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among teens than any other age group. The summer, when kids are driving more because school is out, is an especially dangerous time.