Three AHS junior football and basketball players made sure to stay busy during the quarantine summer. Brad Gooch, Jack Spiekerman and Brandon Austin started Valley Window Cleaners, a window washing company that serves the Arcadia neighborhood and surrounding areas. The business has allowed t…

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Tortilla Flat is a historic unincorporated community in a mountain passage near the Salt River in the Superstition Mountains. It’s entangled in the history of Phoenix and many legends of the Old West.

In August, Arcadia Girl Scout Troop 312, composed primarily of Veritas Prep students, worked on their Bronze Award. Their mission was to collect 1,000 K-8 books to donate to the United Methodist Outreach Ministries, which focuses on preventing and ending homelessness. The girls reached their…

While most of us are accustomed to using the internet to purchase things, the pandemic has made shopping, ordering food and discovering new places online much more prevalent. 

In times of crisis, the need for medical care and supplies can skyrocket, and for many, that’s where the real challenge lies. This is where organizations like Flights for Life and Angel Flight come in. 

Internships are an essential part of a college education. They allow students to test out their skills and to dip their toes into a future career. They can also help confirm interest in one field. Or they can help redirect attention to a new field.

Back-to-school traditions didn’t feel very traditional this year, and parents are trying to figure out how to roll with all of the unpredictability. One issue that many parents are trying to navigate is their involvement in remote learning. 

Inspired by music, Leland Cline moved to Phoenix with dreams of starting a band. When he realized that wasn’t in the cards, he went back to his roots in the restaurant industry and opened the Ranch House Grille, one of the Valley’s hidden gems on Thomas Road and 56th St. Leland sat down to s…

They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and in the case of Justin Bayless, that couldn’t be truer.

It might be hard to believe, but COVID-19 can have an upside. The pandemic has ushered in a new paradigm for learning. There are now countless ways for people, and specifically seniors, to keep their neurons firing with just the click of a button. Here are some ideas to help stretch the mind…

Families across the country spent a night without a bed in June to raise money to protect children from homelessness. This inaugural event was held virtually by Family Promise of Greater Phoenix, an organization that “rescues first-time homeless families from the streets and provides emergen…

As collectors, we require a valid certificate of authenticity to prove that art, signed posters or autographs are authentic. A COA is similar to maker’s marks, branded furniture and stamped or molded designs or symbols that not only identify the item but add a possible “guarantee” to the val…

Grandparents can play a huge role in many people’s lives, and Arcadia area resident Edgar Rider acknowledges these strong family ties in his new book 5990: Tribute Story about Grandparents. 

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If you know anything about Jim Fox, it’s probably that he was once a professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns. What you might not know, however, is that he’s also an accomplished watercolorist and that he’s helped his daughter-in-law, Phoebe Fox (sometimes lovingly known by her fa…

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Randy Williams and his company cultivated a special relationship with the Arcadia neighborhood. Located at 48th St. and Indian School Road, W.R. Williams came to be known as a trusted name in jewelry. Countless marriage proposals had their sparkling beginnings forged at their glass countertops. 

New non-medical fabric masks are in stock at Art One Gallery in Old Town Scottsdale. Created by local Arizona artist Deborah McMillion-Nering, the masks are 5x4 inches and are $20 each. For more: artonegalleryinc.com. 

Over the last five years, Kidz 4 Causes has become a fairly well-known name in the community, due to their focus on fundraising for the Phoenix-based TGen Center for Rare Childhood Disorders. Since the start of the program, Kidz 4 Causes has raised over $141,000 for TGen.

There are times, due to a lack of foresight and clear thinking, when a seemingly good plan becomes a bad idea. As an example, I cite my recent endeavor for visiting all five of Utah’s national parks. Utah is close by, so it seemed like a logical adventure. Then, while checking my map, I obse…

Eight years ago, Eva Hofstedt decided to open her own business and become part of Arcadia’s well-known restaurant industry. Through trials and tribulations, The Stand has become a staple in the neighborhood and shows no signs of slowing down. Arcadia News caught up with Eva to see where this…

Arcadia couple Bernard and Vicki Levi will celebrate their 20th anniversary this year. Although they have a celebratory weekend getaway planned, Vicki was able to gift Bernard with something even bigger and more important: her kidney.

Combining the exhilaration of running with the satisfaction of giving back to the community proved to be a winning combination for three Phoenix teens. Brophy Prep students Jackson Moran and Charlie Fallon, along with Jamie Stelnik of Xavier Prep, brainstormed a creative way to do both durin…

Known for its deep-fried food, Pete’s has satisfied the cravings of locals and visitors across the Valley for 73 years. It was founded by Indianapolis native Peter Grant Jr., a World War II PT boat skipper, NBA basketball player and international golf champion, not to mention a big fan of En…

With many people stuck at home during this pandemic, it has become more and more common for employees to find alternative working locations. For some, it has been their vacation home or staying with out-of-state family. Now, a third option is emerging. 

Usually, a long, hot Arizona summer starts to feel even longer come August when we are still in triple digits and it feels like there’s no relief in sight. Given the pandemic we are facing, options for out-of-state escapes with cooler temperatures are few and far between. By now, you may be …

Imagine being eight years old, and no one remembers your birthday. You feel alone and forgotten. This is the reality for the roughly 14,000 Arizona children who are currently in foster care. Arizona Helping Hands is working to change this through their Birthday Dreams Program.

Everything bought for the home, like furniture, rugs, lighting and artwork can be placed on some form of a timeline and affixed with labels like contemporary, antique, vintage or retro. An item’s age is not a key determinant of its value because other variables must be taken into considerati…

Their mission: To laugh at life’s most routine moments. Their vision: As memorable as mom jeans. Transplants Leanne Schmidt and Marlene Strang make up the Ladies in the Headlights, a physical comedy show that combines theater, improvisation, movement and, most importantly, fun.

In a span of just 30 days, David Schleeper graduated from Arcadia High School, earned his Eagle Rank from Troop 6, entered the Army, and celebrated his 18th birthday.

An insidious weed called stinknet has been spreading throughout Arizona and Southern California for the past few decades. Hailing from South Africa, this weed seems harmless with its small round yellow blooms, but the problems it causes can be devastating. It has been in Arizona since the ea…

These days, kids’ fears about COVID-19 have become palpable as they hear adults talking in hushed tones about daily deaths, case numbers, hospital beds and other sobering observations. Parents might feel helpless and confused when explaining the disease to their children. But now there is a …

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If ever there was a question about what Graham Rossini was destined to do in his professional life, it didn’t come from anyone who knew him.

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The Verde Canyon Railroad, known as “Arizona’s longest-running nature show,” has carried thousands of visitors a year through the breathtaking red rock country near Sedona. This year it is celebrating 30 years as one of Arizona’s top attractions.

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The racquet sport of pickleball has become so popular in the Valley that residents Andrew Seidenberg and Grant Peterson recently co-founded the Arcadia Pickleball Association to allow participants to expand their network of players within the neighborhood.

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.