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Friday, July 20, 2018

Elliott Homes Among Builders Seeing Promise in Area (Again)

Not so long ago, the South Phoenix and Laveen areas were considered an “undesirable” place to locate a development or build a house. What it was, however, was the Valley’s best-kept secret, which many people discovered during the last decade–many of them moving into newly built houses. And while the recent economic downturn stopped much >> Read More…

Neighborhood Ministries Changing Lives

Phoenix resident Juan Vasquez won the Gates Millennium Scholarship last year. About 50,000 apply and only 1,000 are chosen for this honor from Bill and Melinda Gates. Vasquez is currently at Lewis and Clark College in Oregon and can stay in college on this full-ride scholarship as long as he needs even through his doctorate >> Read More…

Light Rail Could Provide Big Boost

At first glance, the proposed $30 billion light rail plan that will be put before voters this summer is all about extending the light rail service in the city, but it’s much more. It is intended to improve transportation in the city on all levels. It would triple the length of the light rail line, >> Read More…

Newly Opened Dairy Queen Seeing Huge Success

When Raman Kalra wanted to open a Dairy Queen on East Baseline Road, he had a hard time convincing corporate that the location was a good one.   “They had written off South Phoenix. I had to fight to get this location approved,” he said. “They told me the location would not work, that the >> Read More…

Auto Action Helping Drivers Get Cars

Local resident grows high school business into seven Valley dealerships While his high school friends were mowing lawns and working as box boys to earn spending money, Brian Jackson, was already selling pre-owned cars. By his senior year he was making real money. In fact, his parents received a letter from the City of Phoenix >> Read More…

Laveen’s Iron Spoon Readies Working Dogs, Owners for Competition

At the Iron Spoon Ranch Training Center in Laveen, dogs are taught how to shed. Shed you say? My dog already knows how to shed. Just look at the couch. But shedding, in dog training language, means something else entirely. Shedding is when a working dog approaches a herd, separates and moves away one animal >> Read More…

New Plans for Secret Garden

Weddings at the Secret Garden are something special. In fact there is an unforgettable moment just before the vows that can evoke a collective gasp from wedding guests. “The processional begins and here is the bride standing at the top of the grand staircase and everyone sees her at the exact same moment. It is >> Read More…

New General Plan Aiming for Concerns of Neighborhoods

When Phoenix officials asked residents what they want the city to look like in 10 years, they decided on a different way to reach out to them. Instead of holding meetings at stuffy city buildings, they scheduled meetings at such places as barbershops and ice cream parlors within the community, said District 8 Councilwoman Kate >> Read More…

Women’s Care and Technology Keys for New Clinic

Remembering the first baby he delivered still brings tears to the eyes of Dr. Miles Howard. “I was a third year medical student. It was a feeling I couldn’t explain,” he said. “The first time you experience that, it is an overwhelming feeling of emotions.” “That was in 1985. That child would be about 30 >> Read More…

New City Park & Ride Being Constructed at 24th St. and Baseline

The activity people are seeing at 24th Street and Baseline when finished will be the East Baseline Road Park & Ride. It is being constructed on a 7.15-acre site on the northeast corner of the intersection at a cost of $2,667,000, said Matthew Heil, public information officer for the Phoenix Transit Department. “Construction on the >> Read More…

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