If you were to ask me what the best month of the year in Arizona is, you would receive an overdramatic yell of the word October. And October it is, dear readers!

One of the most important parts of this month comes in the form of breast cancer awareness, and we’re highlighting one woman’s mission to bring the healing journey to light.

After finding that there were no rehab or exercise programs available in the Valley for breast cancer survivors, Teri Friedland took it upon herself to create one. Pink Ribbon 360 opened two years ago and helps not only with exercise and mobility, but creates a new support system for survivors as well.  

Chef Christopher Collins of Common Ground Culinary has exciting news as the group plans to open their eighth and ninth eateries in The Colony shopping center on 7th St. and Missouri this fall.

Neighbors will recognize the names of two former Hopi teachers who have started a specialized tutoring business. It’s an after-school and weekend program that focuses on homework help, but it’s not all about assignments. The hub also offers a gaming center where students can scratch their itch for gaming and technology.

Teachers We Love is back and our first recipient for the 2021-22 school year is next to this column. 

The TWL program was born out of a missed opportunity. Our publisher never found a chance to thank a college professor that he says changed his life. This program is our way to make sure readers can say thank you to those who are in a profession that is vastly under-appreciated. Don’t forget, you can nominate your favorite teachers on the Arcadia News website.

Have a fabulous October, and thank you for reading the Arcadia News

— Mallory Gleich