Jeanine and Anthony Ferrara have always had a lot in common. Growing up, they lived on opposite ends of the street in a New York suburb, where they both played in the high school band. Anthony played various woodwinds; Jeanine played clarinet.
One day, Jeanine got the courage to ask Anthony for a ride to band rehearsal.
“I didn’t really need one, but I asked him anyway,” she says. He agreed, and soon they ended up going out on a few dates.
“We were married three years later.”
There was a turn of events around the time of 9/11. Anthony worked at Prudential in Valhalla, New York. The company was closing down certain divisions along the East Coast and opening a main location in Scottsdale.
At the time, the Ferraras had two young children, Kristen and Robert. At first, they weren’t sure what to do, but the pair eventually decided to uproot their family and move to Arizona, where they settled in Anthem.
“It was hard to leave New York,” says Jeanine. “We...