Although summer is winding down, the desert heat remains strong. Our unique environment in Phoenix gives us sunshine and warm weather year-round, and many species of flora and fauna thrive in these conditions. With the most intense heat out of the way as summer fades into fall, many locals a…

Fire erupted in a storage room at Navajo Elementary School on 4525 N. Granite Reef Road, during the early morning hours of Wednesday, August 22, on what should have been the 12th day of school. 

The weather might be a little warm for the fall season, but that won’t stop Arcadia residents from heading to the Shemer Art Center for 2018’s GAIN picnic event. This year marks the 20th anniversary for the GAIN picnic and promises to be as entertaining and educational as ever. 

If you’ve ever enjoyed the timeless feel of Arcadia High School, or the massive, near-century old eucalyptus trees on Arcadia Drive or the fact that Camelback Road is not a six-lane highway bisecting the neighborhood, you have Arcadia Camelback Mountain Neighborhood Association (ACMNA) to thank. 

I don’t know how significant the month of October is in other parts of the country, but here in Arizona, we are celebrating. Pumpkin spiced lattes are back on the menu, there’s a chance we may need a sweatshirt for that early morning hike and it’s the perfect time of year for a road trip to …

Talking about safe driving concerns with a senior citizen can be challenging, but it’s an important conversation to have. Unfortunately, not enough older Americans are having these discussions.  

Although it’s likely that the vases, novelties and dinnerware items occupying your shelves are every day household brands, such as Fiesta, Hull, McCoy, Roseville and Bauer, there may be a piece hidden among these well-known names that is obscure and has value. 

Arcadia is a family-centric neighborhood known as a great place to raise kids. But eventually, these kids actually grow up and leave home. That’s when parents eventually reach what is known as the “empty-nester stage.”  

What’s better than owning one of the most successful restaurants in Arcadia? Owning and operating 13 of them all around the state! And that makes Jim Riley one of the busiest guys around. 

Your four-legged friends are always there for you. They’re your faithful companions along this journey we call life. You want the best for your pets, so imagine a place and event that’s designed especially for them. Thanks to the Shemer Art Center and its Furry Friends Fine Arts Festival, th…

The title of my column  may sound a bit confusing. It comes from one of my own mentors. Years ago, when I was finishing graduate school in California, I spent a significant amount of time searching for the right job. I would go to job fairs and networking events as if it were my full-time jo…

Arcadia resident Stephen Beals always wanted to be a doctor. During his studies, he developed an affinity for surgery, specifically plastic surgery. From there, he developed a passion for the specialist field of craniofacial surgery, especially cleft lip and cleft palate repair. 

September 30, 2016. Almost 24 months ago. Barack Obama was still the President. The Chicago Cubs hadn’t won a World Series in over a century and Eleven was still surving on Eggos in that cabin in the woods. 

Dizziness? Can’t sleep? Memory fog? These and flu-like symptoms just might be caused by your new laminated furnishings, flooring, upholstered chairs, and other décor that have been chemically treated. 

Back to school, here we go! Most parents, including myself, are busy getting binders, pencils and erasers, when one important thing that needs to get on the list is hand sanitizer. Chemical-free, of course! 

If you find your mind wandering while going about your daily routine, you aren’t alone. According to Harvard research, we spend almost half of our waking hours thinking about something other than what we’re doing. That’s a significant amount of time we’re missing things, from an item on the …

Even in this day and age, some people might be surprised to find a woman working smack dab in the middle of the construction industry. But they clearly don’t know Angie Schmidt, CEO of one of the fastest growing construction companies in the Southwest. She is as smart as she is hard-working,…

Whether your parents or in-laws live around the block, or around the world, September 9 is the perfect day to show them how much you appreciate having them in your children’s lives.

Big changes are coming to a local landmark. It’s hard to imagine central Phoenix without Margaret T. Hance Park. For decades, the beloved park has been a popular destination for residents and visitors alike who want to enjoy fresh air and soak up the sunshine. 

The aisles of the grocery store may soon be stocked with Halloween costumes and candy, but no one will be busting out sweaters any time soon. So, stop pining for pumpkins, and escape the heat with a little Arizona getaway.

One of the best feelings in the world is coming home after a long day and being greeted by your pet. Whether it be a cat, dog, even a bird or a fish, pets come in all shapes and sizes.

As soon as school lets out and the temperature gauge starts moving to where 100 actually starts feeling cool, there’s a mad dash to the I-8 and I-10 west in search of cool ocean breezes and double digit weather. I, like my fellow “zonies” as San Diegans affectionately refer to us, spent a nu…

The transition from high school graduate to new college student is an exciting milestone. Purchasing new electronics and moving away from home are typically part of the preparations for back-to-school.

Publisher’s Note: “Postcards from the Past” is a three-part series of unique postcards I’ve collected over the years. See our June and July editions ( for the first two parts.

Looking for a fun adventure with the kids? Arizona Science Center has a summer exhibition called Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature that will be here through September 4. Kids of all ages will love getting lost in an elaborate mirror maze, part of the immersive new exhibition that showcases the …

Dizziness? Can’t sleep? Memory fog? These and flu-like symptoms just might be caused by your new laminated furnishings, flooring, upholstered chairs, and other décor that have been chemically treated. 

A good vacation can be one of the most relaxing things you can do for yourself. Whether you prefer the beach, camping, or grilling out in your backyard, down-time is something we all need. Unfortunately, we’re not all getting this much needed time to relax. Can you relate? 

Frank Gilbert was like any other Valley resident. Whenever he ran errands, he enjoyed taking his pets along for the ride. There was just one difference – instead of a dog or cat riding in the backseat, Frank brought along his pet cheetah.

Do they like you or don’t they? Usually a question like that would tempt you to answer “Yes! Of course they like me!”  However, in the case of bugs and the dreaded mosquito, we sing a different tune.

Every now and then, a person is fortunate enough to realize one of their lifelong aspirations.  Such is the case for me as I relaunch a journalistic tradition that my father — Ray Sr. — started back in 1949. 


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The sound of firecrackers and the feeling of American freedom can only mean one thing—Independence Day is upon us. These six local Fourth of July festivities will be sure to add more sparkle to your celebration of our nation’s birthday.  

Our unique climate in the heart of the Sonoran Desert is home to a variety of animal species, most of which leave humans and pets alone. At the same time, it’s important to remember that the native species were here long before the houses, schools and shops. We’re in their territory and it’s…

Cities in the Valley are painting themselves red, white and blue in honor of the Fourth of July. There are endless choices of where to celebrate Independence Day, and if you don’t feel like traveling, have no fear, for the Arcadia Fourth of July parade is here.