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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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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. 

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…