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  • Sponsored: Solutions for your sprinkler/drip system

    A well-working sprinkler/drip system is important anywhere, but in Arizona’s desert climate, it’s almost a necessity. D&L Sprinkler Service offers some tips that can save water and money.Q: Why does my yard drip system run even when it isn’t scheduled to come on?A: This a common problem. If your drip system runs ​even when the timer is turned off, it usually means the valve that controls your drip system has worn out and is stuck open. Valves can stick open, stick shut or leak.Q: Does this require a major repair? Will it cost a lot to fix?A: A worn out valve can usually be fixed within an hour and without a lot of expense. Parts and labor for a simple valve repair should run only about $100.Plus, your sprinkler/drip system repair company should be able to do the repair without having to shut off the water to your entire house. The repair company can locate the supply line to the irrigation valves and shut off only that supply line.

  • Eat to win at Blue Wasabi anniversary party

    One of Gilbert’s most popular restaurants is throwing a party.Blue Wasabi Sushi and Martini Bar will celebrate its seventh anniversary in Gilbert and 11 years in the Valley with a swanky Las Vegas-themed party on Thursday, Feb. 26.In a nod to its age, the restaurant will offer food and drink priced at $7 and $11. For every $11 special ordered, the diner will receive two raffle tickets. Seven-dollar dishes will earn the diner one raffle ticket. Tickets enter the diner in a raffle for $50 and $100 Blue Wasabi gift cards or the grand prize: a private, in-home sushi dinner for seven with Blue Wasabi’s sushi chef.Among the specials on the party menu are Spicy Rockin’ Shrimp Tempura ($11), Korean-style beef short ribs ($7), salmon carpaccio ($7), the Double Stuff Martini ($7) and the Bellinitini ($7).The anniversary party will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Blue Wasabi at SanTan Village. For information, call (480) 722-9250 or visit BlueWasabiSushi.com.

  • Four East Valley teens arrested after crime spree

    TEMPE, AZ - Police have arrested four teenagers accused of going on an early-morning crime spree that spread throughout the Valley and involved everything from drive-by shootings to theft and DUI.Tempe police said the series of crimes started just after midnight on Wednesday when the teens stole two thirty packs of Bud Light from a gas station.From there police said the teens tried to rob people at three different locations in Tempe, Phoenix, and Chandler.Armed with a rifle, police said the teens would drive up to people and threaten to hurt them if they didn't hand over their belongings.None of the robberies were successful but police said that didn't deter the teens.Police said the four also tried to rob a McDonald's and a Jack in the Box.

  • Suchstyles: Using graffiti for good

    If you’re familiar with the history and chronology of Arizona street art, you need no introduction to Suchstyles – the godfather of Arizona graffiti.Such, whose given name is Noe Baez, is an Arizona native and a graduate of Marcos de Niza High School. His journey from vandalism to gallery artist began in the early ’80s when he read “Getting Up” by Craig Castleman about subway street artists in New York City.“It threw a fire underneath me and I started studying their fonts and different styles that they were creating on their subway cars,” said Such. “It was so alluring for a teenager.”After experimenting in the alley with spray paint from his dad’s garage, Such was ready to branch out.“Me and my buddies formed this little crew called the PCP Bombers and went down to my local high school and did this seasonal — a burner we call it. It said ‘Merry Christmas.’ The next morning the students rallied. The administration came out and looked at it and they didn’t know what to make of it,” he said.At that point, graffiti was still so new to Arizona that the penalties were minimal. “You had to get caught three times to do community service, because it wasn’t really done, especially in Tempe back then,” said Such.

  • Local kids swim to raise money for charity

    On March 7, local kids will participate in a swim-a-thon at SWIMkids USA in Mesa to raise money for Blake’s Miracle, an organization that raises funds for pain management therapy at Cardon Children’s Hospital.The kids have received pledges or been sponsored to swim laps (or just float, in the case of smaller children) in order to raise funds, which will go to help pay for musical as well as other forms of therapy for the patients.One of the children taking part is 7-year-old Aria Anderson, a Chandler resident and former Cardon patient who benefitted from the organization’s efforts in the past.Anderson described how the music therapy benefitted her during her time in the hospital. She is excited to be able to help other kids who are experiencing what she went through.“I like to make children happy,” she said. “I like to cheer them up.”Her mother, Tina Anderson, said that music therapy was the best, and sometimes only, distraction Aria had in between her multiple surgeries.

  • Andy Grammer to visit Tempe and perform latest album

    "Magazines or Novels,” you ask? We couldn’t tell you, but Andy Grammer might have some answers for you in his newly released album of the same name. He’ll be in Tempe on March 1, performing songs from the album, along with hits like “Keep Your Head Up.” He recently chatted with GetOut over the phone about his album, what fans will experience at the concert and his tourmates — the 2013 winners of “The X Factor” Alex and Sierra,  as well as Paradise Fears and Rachel Platten.Q: What was the process like working on your second album, “Magazines or Novels”?A: I worked on it for a really long time. I wrote so many freaking songs for this album. I wrote over a 100 songs and captured the 11 that I really wanted. I think the second album is a tough nut to crack. You want to do something different, but you don’t want to go so different. If you do exactly what you did on the first one, everyone gets bored. So (it was about) finding that balance of where I was actually happy.Q: What’s different about this album from the first?A: I think the overarching theme was just more honest than the first album. If you think of one of your friends, in the beginning, when you first meet...it’s light and happy, and then the deeper that you get in the friendship, the more flaws you share with each other. It’s like a deeper relationship. This (album) is like a closer-friend conversation than the first.Q: How did you get the idea to put home videos of couples’ anniversaries in your “Honey, I’m Good” music video?

  • Check, Please! Arizona presents food festival

    While the Emmy Award-winning television hit, Eight’s, Check, Please! Arizona, continues unabated, its culinary cousin, Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona Festival continues on its own glorious path for a third straight year of pleasing fans of local, independent eateries.This year’s event will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 22 at CityScape in downtown Phoenix.Check, Please! Arizona is one of the most popular locally produced programs on Eight, Arizona PBS.Eight will again transform CityScape into a haven for food adventurists, a one-stop exploration of Arizona’s independent restaurant collective that ranges from every-day hamburger haunts to five-star gourmet establishments.In its third year, the event is crowned with a gathering of Arizona’s James Beard Foundation award winners, among them, Emmy Award-winning host of Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona, Robert McGrath, plus Christopher Gross, Chris Bianco, and Nobuo Fukuda.In addition, as Arizona’s culinary scene continues to advance in global sophistication, the 2015 version of the event will also showcase overlays by Arizona’s chef talent, including a second panel of top Valley chefs, in addition to a lineup of cooking demonstrations by local chefs on two stages, provided by SubZero/Wolf, and a tour of favorite wines by Chef Christopher Gross, including tastings and tips for food pairings.

  • Suchstyles: Using graffiti for good

    If you’re familiar with the history and chronology of Arizona street art, you need no introduction to Suchstyles – the godfather of Arizona graffiti.Such, whose given name is Noe Baez, is an Arizona native and a graduate of Marcos de Niza High School. His journey from vandalism to gallery artist began in the early ’80s when he read “Getting Up” by Craig Castleman about subway street artists in New York City.“It threw a fire underneath me and I started studying their fonts and different styles that they were creating on their subway cars,” said Such. “It was so alluring for a teenager.”After experimenting in the alley with spray paint from his dad’s garage, Such was ready to branch out.“Me and my buddies formed this little crew called the PCP Bombers and went down to my local high school and did this seasonal — a burner we call it. It said ‘Merry Christmas.’ The next morning the students rallied. The administration came out and looked at it and they didn’t know what to make of it,” he said.At that point, graffiti was still so new to Arizona that the penalties were minimal. “You had to get caught three times to do community service, because it wasn’t really done, especially in Tempe back then,” said Such.

  • Quick look: New this week at the movies

    New this weekA La MalaWhen aspiring actress Maria Laura’s best friend begs her to flirt with her boyfriend to test his fidelity, Maria finds a lucrative new career. After being hired by women across the city, Maria is given a gig that should be business as usual until she ends up falling head over heels for her latest mark. Starring: Mauricio Ochmann, Aislinn Derbez. PG-13Deli ManJewish culture reflects the heart of a vital ethnic history. As that culture continues to shift and adapt alongside mainstream America, delicatessen food - as its name suggests - remains a beloved communal delicacy. In Houston, Texas, third-generation deli man Ziggy Gruber has arguably built the finest delicatessen restaurant in the U.S. His story - augmented by the stories of iconic delis such as Katz’s, 2nd Avenue Deli, Nate ‘n Al, Carnegie, and the Stage - embodies a tradition indelibly linked to its savory, nostalgic foods.  Starring: Jerry Stiller, Larry King, Ziggy Gruber.  PG-13Focus

  • Up your game with mixology class at Second Story

    Is your Sunday afternoon routine feeling a bit old fashioned? Mix it up with a visit to the Mixology School at Second Story Liquor bar and take a class from the connoisseur of all things cocktail — Robert Porter.Step upstairs from Gelato Spot on Scottsdale Road and 3rd Avenue to find yourself in the “Madmen” inspired interior of Second Story Liquor Bar, where you’ll find yourself surrounded by posh black leather booths and glittering light fixtures. Owner Tommy Plato opened the doors to this one-of-a-kind establishment just under a year ago and has since been providing patrons with more than just food and drinks ever since. Plato aims to deliver a memorable and enriching experience that will keep people coming back for more.Every member of the small staff has a specific expertise which they are encouraged to share with patrons. From the chef creating unique top quality cuisine, to the bartender explaining the origins of classic cocktail favorites, Second Story is more than your average restaurant and bar.“Every part of our program is super sophisticated,” Plato says. “Even though we like to have our fun we take our food and drink very seriously. It’s a fine dining type of food delivered in a more upbeat atmosphere.”The newest addition to this program is Robert Porter’s Mixology School. Students will learn all of the ingredients, methods and history that go into a classic cocktail. Porter, who has been honing his mastery of mixology for nearly a decade working at various resort bars, is just the man for the job.“My classes are meant to give an understanding on how to craft cocktails,” he says. “I’m going to teach the basics for making a broad variety of drinks by using just a few basic formulas.”

  • Peoria hosts Arizona Chinese Lantern Festival

    The 2015 Arizona Chinese Lantern Festival and Health and Wellness Pavilion is coming to Peoria and Feb. 26 to March 1.The event will be at Rio Vista Park, located near Loop 101 and Thunderbird Road.The public is invited to witness the beauty of hand-crafted silk lanterns that are more than 60-feet wide and one- to two-stories tall. Each lantern represents a traditional story from China since the Han Dynasty.Adult tickets are $15. Seniors are $10. Kids ages 6 to 12 are $5 and children under 5 are free. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.azlanternfestival.com.

  • Car show rolls into Chandler

    Make your way to Chandler for the Classic Car & Hot Rod Show. Founded in 2003 as a fundraiser for local Chandler non-profits, the show has raised over $100,000 since its inception. Be a part of that tradition of giving and see some beautiful cars while you are at it.DETAILS>> 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28. Historic Downtown Chandler, Arizona Avenue and Ray Road. Free. ChandlerCarShow.com.

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  • Mesa Merchant Police closes doors after nearly 90 years

    Since 1928, Mesa Merchant Police has offered security and patrol services to the city of Mesa, but recently, the long-standing business decided to close its doors.Mesa Merchant Police was opened by I.E. White with the hope of being able to provide a sense of security to the people and businesses of Mesa and ran it with the help of his son, Wilford.Wilford, who earned the nickname “Whizzer,” would go on to become a football legend at Arizona State University. He took a shot at playing professional football, but that fizzled out after having surgery on both of his knees.Wilford picked up selling insurance after his playing days had ended but it just never suited him so, instead, he bought Mesa Merchant Police from his father in 1955 for $1,000.“His father wanted to retire and Wilford didn’t care for the insurance business so he decided he was going to buy his dad out,” said Shirley White, Wilford’s late wife. “He took the business from being a little check-the-doors downtown (kind of business) … and he built it up to be a booming business for us.”For many years business was great and the Whites were able to raise a family and provide for them, thanks to the business. But the success wouldn’t last forever.

  • Fuel prices up by 12 cents

    Drivers in Arizona are paying upwards of a dime more than they did last week to fill up their tanks.According to AAA Arizona, the state average is up by almost 12 cents to $2.312 per gallon. Tucson has the lowest average at $2.174 while Scottsdale beat out Flagstaff for the top average at $2.410.The national average followed suit and has increased by 7 cents to $2.343.

  • U.S. automakers improve in magazine’s annual brand rankings

    Detroit (AP) • Buick is the first U.S.-based automotive brand to crack the top 10 in Consumer Reports magazine’s annual brand report cards.U.S. automakers also placed three vehicles on the magazine’s list of “top picks” for vehicles, the first time that’s happened in 17 years. The rankings were unveiled Tuesday in the magazine’s annual auto issue.Buick, made by General Motors, placed seventh in the brand rankings. But the brand rankings and top picks still were dominated by Japanese and German manufacturers, with Lexus, Mazda, Toyota, Audi and Subaru taking the top five brand spots.The magazine calculates each brand’s overall score with a composite of its vehicles’ road-test scores and reliability scores for each model in its annual survey of subscribers. It’s the third year for the brand rankings.Porsche placed just ahead of Buick at No. 6, while Honda, Kia and BMW rounded out the top 10 brands. Mercedes-Benz, Acura and Infiniti all suffered precipitous declines in their rankings due to unreliable new models or poor road test scores.Mercedes fell out of the top 10 to 21st, while Acura dropped from No. 2 to 11 with an unimpressive test of the new RLX sedan, the magazine said.

  • Premium tax credit brings changes to tax return

    When filing your 2014 federal income tax return, you will see some changes related to the Affordable Care Act.Millions of people who purchased their coverage through a health insurance marketplace are eligible for premium assistance through the new premium tax credit.The premium tax credit offers individuals a choice to either have part of their premiums paid upfront to their insurers to lower their monthly premiums, or receive the credit when they file their taxes.When you bought your insurance, if you chose to have advance payments of the premium tax credit, the marketplace estimated the amount based on information you provided about your expected household income and family size for the year.If you received the benefit of advance credit payments, you must file a federal tax return and reconcile the advance credit payments with the actual premium tax credit you are eligible to claim on your return.You will use IRS Form 8962, Premium Tax Credit to make this comparison and to claim the credit. If your advance credit payments are in excess of the amount of the premium tax credit you are eligible for, based on your actual income, you must repay some or all of the excess when you file your return, subject to certain caps.

  • New Tempe restaurant focuses on authentic Mexican feel

    New Tempe restaurant La Casa de Juana aims to present Valley residents with the experience of dining in an authentic Mexican home.La Casa de Juana opened in November 2014 at the corner of Elliot and McClintock roads featuring bright colors, original Mexican paintings, and live music. Owner Eduardo Chavez said he wants to offer locals the atmosphere of sitting at a Mexican dinner table.“The intention, more than anything, is people feel at home,” Chavez said. “I don’t want people coming here because they say, ‘I’m hungry and there’s a place to eat.’ I want them to come and enjoy the feeling that I’m in Mexico.”Martina Martinez, of Chandler, ate at the new Tempe establishment and confirmed its grasp of the Mexican culture.“My family is from Mexico and I’ve been down there a lot,” Martinez said. “The art and colors is very much like what you see in Mexico.”While the atmosphere is what La Casa de Juana prides itself on, it still hopes to satisfy customers with its menu of fresh food. The restaurant does not use pre-packaged items, sacrificing lower costs in order to offer all-fresh options.

  • Highway projects expected to boost economies of Tempe, Mesa

    Among the series of highway projects the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has started is one that is expected to have a positive economic effect for at least two East Valley communities.The project is the widening of the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway that starts at the Loop 101 intersection in Tempe and extends to Broadway Road in Mesa. The $109 million project encompasses new general lanes between the 101 and Gilbert Road and additional HOV lanes from Gilbert Road to Broadway Road, according to information released by ADOT.ADOT spokesperson Doug Nintzel said in an email the project will add new lanes to approximately 20 miles of highway that serve approximately 156,000 vehicles per day.“These projects are a key part of the state and region’s economic development plans. Providing the additional traffic capacity will help keep commerce, as well as commuters, moving in future years. The transportation system plays a vital role in economic growth,” he said.Nintzel said the project, along with a similar $73 million project along the Loop 101 in Scottsdale, are part of the voter-approved Maricopa Association of Governments’ Regional Transportation Plan. The vote, which occurred as part of the 2004 election, also included a 20-year extension of a half-cent sales tax in Maricopa County that provides the bulk of the funding, Nintzel said.Most of the construction for the project, which began in October 2015, was scheduled for nights and weekends to cut down on traffic problems, and ADOT anticipates construction will end by spring 2016.

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  • Take me Home: Handsome Porter loves toys

    Porter was originally found as a stray turned in to the Yuma Humane Society. No one claimed him, so he made his way to Gilbert to Friends for Life Animal Rescue to hopefully find a home. As you can see he’s super handsome … wavy chocolate-colored hair with beautiful golden eyes. He is a Spaniel mix estimated to be about 3 years old.He is a sweet little guy who will do best in a home with no young children (12-plus only) because he loves toys that squeak.Therefore, we do not think this quirk of his would best suit a home with young children. Also, because other dogs might also like squeaky toys, we think he’ll do best in a home with no other dogs.Porter does respond beautifully to verbal corrections. His ideal home won’t have any toys that squeak so he won’t get too excited. He’s living at the Friends for Life adoption center in downtown Gilbert, 143 W. Vaughn Ave. He is neutered, up to date on all vaccinations, and microchipped. His adoption fee is $150.To learn more about Porter, visit www.azfriends.org or call (480) 497-8296.

  • Marz: It is a taboo subject

    We see it on television and in the movies. It is on the news channels 24 hours a day. It is recorded in our history books down through every generation. It is modeled in some of the most popular video games. It surrounds us, yet we do not like to speak about it.Most people do not like to even think about it.She was driving home from work and it was the same street she had taken day after day. It was a bright, sunny, Arizona day. The affairs of the day ran circles in her mind. It seemed like a normal day. Then, with no warning, a car slammed into hers. When the first responders appeared, she was coming out of unconsciousness and was talking to someone, yet nobody was around. Angels entertained her. Facing a near death experience, her life took on new meaning. Live each day to the fullest.He was in his 20s and had wanted to be a Marine since he was a kid. He served his country for several tours of duty in Iraq. While in Iraq during the war, he witnessed his brothers who on one day ate together and then the next took their last breath. To this day he questions why he was able to come home and so many of his brothers did not. In death, he realized the value of life. He seeks to live a life of great meaning. Each day is a gift.She was very wise, soft spoken, but firm in all her ways. When she spoke, people listened. While she appeared weak in health, her strength was apparent in her seldom-told stories of childhood. She was a survivor of World War II concentration camps. As a child, she witnessed death. Was hers going to be next? Each day she prayed and lived. Though she was imprisoned, the hope of a child’s faith sustained her. Given freedom from the camp, she never lived another day without giving thanks. Each day is a joy-filled occasion.These stories reveal a truth about death. Maybe it should not be such a taboo subject in our real conversations as a people. When we shelter our true selves from facing the reality of death, maybe we shelter ourselves from reflecting on the great value of life. As parents or adults, it might be beneficial for us to talk to our children about mortality. When people of different ages gather and have open dialog, growth occurs. Real conversations about real life issues are important.

  • Keeping the faith: Good all the time

    A.W. Tozer once wrote, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” I can hardly disagree. For people of faith, those who believe in God as the pervading force and presence of the universe, and who base their moral and spiritual lives on this belief, Tozer must be correct. And if Tozer is correct, our perception of God shapes our character and actions like little else.So it’s no wonder that some faithful people are the way they are: Loving, helpful, sacrificial, kind, and giving. They think of God this way. But on the other hand, some religious people are angry, suspicious, unforgiving, and even murderous. These folks, in turn, think of God in these terms as well, and it shows.Personally, this is why Christ is so important to my faith. He offered a revolutionary vision of God, a new way to think about who God is, and how God relates to creation. Jesus showed us a God best described as an affectionate parent. This God really does love, accept, treasure, and cherish us - as a “Father has compassion on his children.” This was the driving force behind all Jesus said and did.It becomes clear, when diving into the words of Christ, that he came not to change God’s thinking about us - that is absolutely preposterous - he came to change our thinking about God. In light of Jesus, we must let go of all understandings of God that are less than loving or less than gracious. This will reorient our entire lives and correct so many of the misguided and misrepresented divine images that have been put before us.By way of example, I have a friend whose theology - that is, her understanding of God - is a bit, frankly, sadistic. God, for her, is Father, but he wins no “Parent of the Year” awards, for he is always lurking as an unpredictable bogeyman who must be continually appeased. He is enraged, vicious, and eager to rub out a groveling sinner (or an entire city) if it befits him.Thus, she lives in abject terror of God and inflicts this terror on others; her theological angst splatters on all who get close to her. Recently, however, I connected the dots between her thinking about God and the relationship she had with her own father, when in an unguarded moment she told a forbidding story from her childhood.

  • Boessling: Joining Jesus on His mission

    At my church we are already preparing for a season in the church year called “Lent,” a 40-day journey (excluding Sundays) between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. It’s a time of preparing your heart and mind for Easter Sunday. It’s a time of contemplation on the prophecies in the Old Testament that mention the promised Suffering Servant (Isaiah 42, 49, 50, and 52). It’s a time to journey with Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, to the upper room on Maundy Thursday, to the cross on Good Friday and to the empty tomb on Easter morning. It’s a time to remember that death does not win but through the resurrection of Jesus, the victory of life after death is ours in Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:57). This Lenten season we as a whole church will be looking at answering that question: WHAT is Jesus’ mission and HOW can I join Him?Maybe you would be interested in answering that question way before Lent begins. Let’s start now then!A few months ago I read an incredible book, titled “Joining Jesus On His Mission,” by Greg Finke, about “How to be an everyday missionary.” It was extremely practical to me in my faith walk. Here is a brief synopsis of the book from the author: Joining Jesus on His Mission will alter the way you see your life as a follower of Jesus and take you beyond living your life for Jesus to living life with Jesus. Simple, powerful and applicable insights show you how to be on mission and recognize where Jesus is already at work in your neighborhoods, workplaces and schools. You will feel both relief and hope. You may even hear yourself say, “I can do this!” as you start responding to the everyday opportunities Jesus is placing in your path.One of the most practical things I gleaned from this book that I would love to share with this community of readers is what the author calls the “5 Missional Practices.” These are nuggets that you can put into the faith frying pan of life way before Lent begins. With the rest of my time in this article, I would like to list them out with a brief summary and point of application for each.Missional Practice No. 1Seeking the Kingdom (Chapter 12): Are you ever irritated by the people who interrupt your day? Seeking the Kingdom of Jesus (Matthew 6:33) is seeing these moments, not as interruptions but more like appointments set up by God. Seeking the Kingdom needs to be done in community with God, and others helping you discern His will based on God’s Word. Seeking the Kingdom of Jesus is watching for what God is showing you every day in the midst of your daily routines. So my question for you is this: How have you seen God at work in your life this week? Share your answer to this question with the next person you see!

  • Take me Home: Rue is a certified lap dog

    Rue is a friendly and affectionate 6-year-old Chihuahua/Dachshund mix. Nothing makes this sweet gal happier than cuddling with her people. Rue is a certified lap dog — she is always looking for an available lap and once she finds one, she settles in comfortably, enjoys the petting that is sure to come, and drifts off to sleep. Rue likes being held and carried around. She enjoys walking and is in constant motion.After the walk is over, she activates her post-walk routine where she hits the first doggie bed she encounters, plops down, rolls over, and looks up while her little tail wags, waiting for you to give her a good belly rub. Rue also enjoys treats. She is happy to participate in whatever you might have planned: relaxing at Starbucks, walking around the neighborhood, cuddling on the couch, or playing with a squeaky toy, you can count Rue in. She seems more comfortable with a fellow canine by her side so a family that has another dog would be high on her list.If interested in learning more about Rue, fill out an application for her today at www.azrescue.org.

  • Mesa dog to be presented HERO Award

    A local dog will soon be recognized for her work with hospital patients and receive a HERO Award, the 2015 Service to the Community award, from The Friends of Animal Care and Control.Hope, a golden doodle, (golden retriever and poodle mix) is a Mesa resident and, with her owner Pamela Reinke, travels around to local hospitals and disaster sites to provide comfort to those in need. Hope and her owner first started to work in therapy back in 2011, but in 2013 they went through training to become a “certified working dog team” for HOPE Animal Assisted Crisis Response. This positioned the two to work with victims of all kinds of situations. They even responded to the Yarnell/Prescott fire memorials.But that’s not all Hope does. She also acts on the stage.“Hope started to really shine as a therapy dog after her experience on the stage in ‘Annie’ in 2012,” Reinke said. “It was here that she became ‘bomb proof,’ I think. She seemed to begin to differentiate between what was important and what was not important in human body language.”Reinke said Hope has an amazing understanding of both human emotion and her purpose in interacting with people. Staff at a hospice they visit remark that Hope is the only therapy animal they have witnessed who truly seems to understand their job.Hope has had her own experience with tragedy, in early 2014 she was hit by a car and, as part of a long recovery process, lost a hind leg. She still exercises, walking one to two miles per day as well as swimming, and keeps up with her four-legged friends just fine, according to Reinke.

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