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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Torres 'Paving' Path in Construction Field

Education, Business Driving Hispanic Chamber Leader

Harry Garewal’s short bio says his mother “insisted” that he finish high school. She had two mandates: One, never mark your body with tattoos, and two, get a high school diploma. When Garewal was 13 his mother contracted tuberculosis and was away from the family for several years. If Garewal and his brother and sisters >> Read More…

Young a Tireless Community Advocate

George Young is not your typical retiree. For example, at age 63, he has a paper route.   On a recent Tuesday afternoon, Young drove around South Mountain delivering the latest issue of the South Mountain Villager, a local newsletter with an abiding motto to print only positive news about the communities of SoMo and >> Read More…

Music Lifelong Love for SMCC’s Garrison

When Jerome Garrison was a fifth grader, in the small Oklahoma town of Spencer, the band teacher came into his classroom and asked who would like to join.   Jerome decided to pursue the clarinet, despite that staying after school for band practice meant he would have to walk the six miles home every evening >> Read More…

Laveen Car Lover Finds Success–and Shorter Hair–with Barrett-Jackson

If you go to YouTube and search for “Barrett Jackson,” you can find video clips—amateur and professional alike—that take long, lusting looks at the 2008 auction’s crown jewel, the shiny blue 2009 Chevy Corvette ZR1-Coupe.   Situated in the center of hundreds of people, protected by a velvet rope, the ZR1 was as popular as >> Read More…

Growing Chamber, Local Business Passion for Glueck

Stephen Glueck is one of the foremost experts on business development in the South Mountain and Laveen communities. He’s expected to be—as Director of Membership Development for the South Mountain-Laveen Chamber of Commerce, he atolls the virtues of joining the Chamber to business owners and vice versa: to businesses looking to expand or move, he >> Read More…

Local Boxer, Student Counting on Title Fight

Robert “Rico” Hoye didn’t see Laila Ali nearly capture the first place trophy on the most recent season of Dancing With the Stars, but he used to train as a boxer at the same gym she did in Los Angeles—which is a much more impressive accomplishment.   Hoye, 33, is a third-generation professional boxer who >> Read More…

Moving Forward, Preserving Tradition Keys for Corona Ranch Director

Alex Corona got his first job at age eight, making popcorn in the lobby of the downtown Orpheum Theatre, at the time called Palace West. The Corona family operated the theater, showing Spanish language films and other entertainment in the 1970s.   Born into a family of entrepreneurs, Corona learned at a young age how >> Read More…

Munoz Taking Helm at Fairfax High

Zachary Muñoz believes that if he can earn a Ph.D. in education and become a high school principal, then any one of the 500 freshman attending Fairfax High School have at least as good a shot at success.   Muñoz was named the first principal of Fairfax High, the Phoenix Union High School District’s newest >> Read More…

Area Loses Friend, Advocate in Passing of Guitierrez

South Mountain lost a friend, a neighbor, an advocate and an inspiration in Justice of the Peace Pamela Gutierrez, who lost her battle with cancer in August.   Gutierrez served on the bench since 1994 and is remembered for bringing much-needed stability and credibility to a court system then mired in controversy. Two years ago >> Read More…

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