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Friday, June 23, 2017

Treating Children’s Bodies and Minds

Treating Children’s Bodies and Minds

A framed picture of a young boy hangs over Dr. Anne Young’s desk at Valle del Sol’s Mi Salud clinic in Phoenix. While many professionals reserve that space for family photos or degrees, Young, D.O., includes patients who have made a significant impact during her time as a physician. Since starting consultations in July 2012, >> Read More…


Teacher Uplifting Students

Teacher Uplifting Students

Phoenix teacher winning Arizona Teacher of the Year. Tara Smith earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Arizona State University West, and her Master’s Degree in Education-Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University.  Mrs. Smith has been teaching for 13 years at Holiday Park Elementary School in Phoenix, Arizona.  She has taught English >> Read More…


Principal Finds Right Spot

Principal Finds Right Spot

Every time Rob Rogers drove by St. Catherine’s of Siena on South Central Avenue, he would have a little conversation with himself.   “I live in South Phoenix and I would pass almost daily and always in the back of my mind I thought if the job of principal ever opened up. I would be >> Read More…


Football Coach Building Confidence in Youth

Football Coach Building Confidence in Youth

In his day, kids used to play outside until the streetlights came on, said Damion Dedmon, 34. Now kids want to sit around inside and play video games.   “That is the common thing parents talk to me about. We don’t understand it,” said Dedmon. “I ended up doing something that is all-year around to >> Read More…


Driven to Help Others

Driven to Help Others

Armando Banda said his shift in faith can be traced to when he and his wife Olga were having marriage difficulties. Banda said he remembers sitting in a pew at St. Catherine’s, seeking inspiration, looking up at the crucifix at the altar and asking: “Help me understand you better.”   At the time, it seemed >> Read More…


Local Girl Giving Back

Local Girl Giving Back

A local 8-year-old recently got a lesson about philanthropy that will probably last a lifetime.   South Mountain resident AnnaSofia Gross recently held a fundraising pancake breakfast in the driveway of her family’s home and earned $1,000 for Hospice of the Valley. She wanted the fundraiser to benefit the hospice because they took care of >> Read More…


Teacher Wins Esperanza Award

Teacher Wins Esperanza Award

Esperanza means hope, and no one demonstrates that more than Julio Rubio, who gave hope and a kidney to his ailing daughter, and gives hope to students and staff every day as a Spanish teacher at South Mountain High School. Rubio was recently selected as a 2012 Chicanos Por La Causa and SRP Esperanza Award >> Read More…


South Mountain Endodontics Opens

South Mountain Endodontics Opens

The South Mountain area is growing again and can now add South Mountain Endodontics to its list of professional services. The new practice is located on the northwest corner of 19th Avenue and Baseline Road and owned by local resident Dr. Percy B. Twine. An endodontist is a dental specialist like an orthodontist or an >> Read More…


Local Salon Owner Living Her Dream

Local Salon Owner Living Her Dream

When Catalina Fitzgerald was a little girl growing up in Mexico, she dreamed of being a top international hair stylist and traveling the world.
 She did travel the world and she did become a hair stylist. Another of her dreams was opening her own salon, a dream that came true about eight months ago when >> Read More…


Community-Minded Vera Eyeing Council Seat

Community-Minded Vera Eyeing Council Seat

David Vera spent 33 years with the Phoenix Fire Department first as a fire fighter, retiring as a deputy chief.
 “We don’t get invited to weddings and christenings, we do get invited to the knife and gun club on weekends,” he said joking about the life of a firefighter, paramedic.“We really do meet people at >> Read More…


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