Rebuilding Lives at Brix

2014-09-02 | ImagesAZ | Community

Photo Credit: Bryan Black
Writer: Amanda Christmann Larson   One million. It’s a big number.    If you were to take the teeniest marks on a ruler – sixteenths of an inch – and put them back-to-back, it would take a mile of rulers to reach a million little lines. If you made a pile of dollar bills until you reached one million greenbacks, your pile would weigh a hefty 2,204 pounds.    One million seems like an unfathomable number, but when we are talking about more than one million service men and women who have returned home from war with injuries, many of them severe and life-altering, it seems as if we often turn a blind eye.   It’s one of the ugliest facts of war: When we send our heroes off to fight, they don’t always come back. Of those who do, many return with missing limbs, brain injuries, psychological trauma and other disabling conditions. The Department of Veterans Affairs quietly announced last November that the number of wounded soldiers who have served primarily in Iraq and... More

Fiery Passion for Humanity: Lessons of The Yarnell Fire

2014-09-01 | ImagesAZ | Community

Writer Lauren Strait   “Firefighters missing. Presumed dead.” Those were the words posted on Twitter on June 30, 2014, in regards to the wildfire that broke out in Yarnell, Arizona.    “I have a very clear recollection of where I was when the fire started,” says Fernanda Santos, Phoenix bureau chief of the New York Times. “We were enjoying pizza and wine with neighbors at our Phoenix home.”   Perusing Twitter is part of a reporter’s job, on or off duty, Santos explains. When she read those words, she packed her bag, grabbed her laptop and told her husband and daughter, “Mommy will be back.”   While the news uncovered the smoldering questions about the tragic loss of 19 hotshots, Santos felt the burning desire to share one part of the story she thought was lost.   “It wasn’t just about what went wrong,” she says. “Not that the answer as to the cause of their deaths was not important. But the real lesson was this crew, the culture they built and their last... More

Sept. 27 - Linda’s W.I.S.H. for a Cure

2014-08-29 | ImagesAZ | Community

The 13th annual Linda’s W.I.S.H. (Walking in Spirit and Hope) 5K Walk/Run for breast cancer research will take place on the Ironwood golf course at Anthem Golf & Country Club. Funds raised will be donated directly to the John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Resource Center. Sponsor and wellness booths open at 7 a.m. and the race begins at 8 a.m. Entry fees are $30 for adults, $10 for children ages 12 and under. Anthem Golf & Country Club (Ironwood golf course), 41551 Anthem Hills Dr., Anthem, More

Preserving a slice of history: Oregano’s moves into a seasoned Cave Creek landmark

2014-08-26 | ImagesAZ | Community

Anyone who spends time in Cave Creek knows it’s a place rooted in and rightfully proud of its Western heritage. Tourists and townspeople alike appreciate the eclectic, unrepeatable style of local businesses as surely as they note the deliberate lack of big-box stores and restaurant chains.   Which is why for some residents, it came as a surprise to see Oregano’s Pizza Bistro open its doors along the historic main drag this spring – marking its 14th dining location in Arizona.   “A lot of people already loved us and didn’t think twice about us coming in, but others thought hey, you can’t be here, you’re a chain,” says Mark S. Russell, Oregano’s founder and CEO. “But what it came down to is that we’re not just a chain, we’re a homegrown Arizona chain with an appreciation for history, and you can see that represented in the buildings we choose.”   The North Scottsdale location, for example, was once a bar called the Crystal Pistol. According to Russell,... More

MTA Proves to be Outstanding

2014-08-23 | ImagesAZ | Community

Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) has received 12 National Youth Arts Awards, with an additional 50 nominations, for the 2013-2014 season, including Outstanding Production for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and Outstanding Ensemble for “42nd Street.” National Youth Arts honors outstanding work by youth in the arts across the nation. Award winners will be honored at the Arizona West Valley ceremony at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts July 20 at 7:30 p.m. Julia Davis, Taylor Ellsworth, Ann Emilie Tjorhom, Alexis Rosenbaum, Maxx Carlisle-King, Lily Castle, Samantha Lewter, Tamara Treat, Adam Vargas, Shawna Weitekamp and Evon Kishbaugh are among the award winners. Congratulations to these outstanding performers and supporters, and to everyone who has worked so hard to make local community theater a success.  ... More