At just four years old, Oleg Bortman traveled with his family to the United States, seeking freedoms that they had never known. Born in Kyiv, the Jewish immigrants left Ukraine before the Russians closed the border in 1980.
Chris Hayward calls himself a ‘late bloomer,’ but it’s hard to blossom when you’ve been uprooted year after year. Growing up, Hayward attended nine different schools before graduating from high school.
It’s easy to understand why where Keith Woods grew up, and the early life lessons taught by his grandfather, have shaped who he is today – and even, for that matter, where he lives.
Growing up, Jason Boyer spent his playtime building things out of Lego blocks. As he got older, he moved on to model kits, constructing all sorts of things. When he wasn’t caught up in his creations, he helped his dad build or fix things, so it’s of little wonder that he would eventually bec…
If you are ever looking for longtime Arcadia resident John Heckenlaible, an excellent place to start would be the neighboring mountain ranges, as there are few things he loves more than hiking and climbing.
Good thing that Martha Fogler took four years of Spanish in high school, as it would come in handy years down the road when she became a tireless volunteer and advocate for Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (Our Little Brothers and Sisters) – a charity that provides homes to orphaned and abandoned …
Shannon Keller grew up in a large, lively family that she credits as shaping who she is today. One of six children and fourth in line, she learned early on to roll with the punches. Literally!
Occasionally you hear someone being described as “larger than life.” Such was the case for Mike Kennedy, as eulogy after eulogy painted the picture of a man whose life was too large to fit on any one canvas.
For someone who claims she got a “late start in life,” this accomplished woman has made up her fair share of ground. Though her budding career was put on hold to raise a family, Susan Junker reengaged the workplace in a way that is making a real difference.
What started as Matthew Richardson’s wife’s infatuation with Chick-fil-A’s lemonade has turned into an entire love affair between the Richardson family and the popular fast-food restaurant chain.
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.
In this time of upheaval, with concerns about the health and well-being of our families, it is most appropriate to introduce an Arcadian that provides care for the immediate neighborhood, not just now but year-round.
Who doesn’t love pets? Many people have one or two in their families. Ames McGarey, however, might consider that number a mere “experiment” in pet ownership as she tends to shepherd a pack of dogs at any given time.
One of the newer residents of Arcadia, and one of the most enthusiastic, has traveled a long road to find himself among the citrus trees and bike paths that help define this iconic neighborhood.
The youngest of seven kids in a blue-collar family, Joe Pizzimenti learned early that hard work was the formula for success. Growing up in an Italian borough of Detroit, he and his siblings witnessed just how hard their parents worked and they simply followed their example.
Though she’s quite intelligent, Carol Nalevanko appears to think there are only 25 letters in the alphabet because she always leaves out the “I.” No matter how many times she is asked about herself and her many accomplishments as president of DMB Sports Clubs, she deflects credit or praise a…
If ever there was a “family-style” dental practice, it belongs to Dick Mason, a dentist who has cared for the Arcadia neighborhood for 40 years. And while proud of the care he has provided his patients, his greatest satisfaction has been in the relationships he’s formed.
Stephen Danford learned the ABCs of life from his parents, both school teachers with 60 years of combined teaching experience. And his father was quite clear in instructing Stephen, “Do what you were meant to do.”
This February marks the 30th anniversary of Dan and Roseanne Collins’ marriage, and it all began at someone else’s nuptials. Roseanne came into town for a friend’s wedding and the bride-to-be set her up with her soon-to-be husband’s friend – Dan – and the rest is history.
If you look up the word “haberdasher” in the dictionary, not only would you surely find that the word means “a dealer in men’s clothing and accessories” you also might actually find a picture of Mike Carter. After all, he has been in the clothing business for nearly 50 years.
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.
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,…
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.