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  • Reloaded Aztecs ready for another run at Div. I title

    The saying goes that good teams don’t rebuild, they simply reload. That seems to be the case with the East Valley’s boys basketball teams as several of them are set to make deep playoff runs again.Corona del Sol returns as the favorite in Division I after winning a third straight state title last year. Meanwhile, Perry has young talent that could propel it far come February.In Division II, Tempe looks to improve from a semifinal ouster in last year’s tournament while Division III Valley Christian prepares to defend its state title.Here is how the divisions pan out.Division ICorona del Sol enters the year as the clear-cut favorite in Division I. The Aztecs are led by sophomore point guard Alex Barcello, senior forward Dane Kuiper and freshman center/power forward Marvin Bagley III.

  • Girls & Boys Clubs of the East Valley hosting Thanksgiving dinner in Gilbert

    Thanksgiving is a day of warmth amid a cold season that serves as a sharp contrast to the start of a desolate stretch of months. It’s the start of a stretch that can be quite difficult for families who cannot afford several of the components that fuel the warmth, whether it’s the turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing or the camaraderie that comes from spending an afternoon among the people who care.Family isn’t limited to blood relations though, and people can find a scintilla of that concept through their community. That’s one of the goals for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley, which has and will continue to host a series of Thanksgiving meals at its 12 locations, including a Gilbert meal on Nov. 25.The idea combines a little of the axiom “it takes a village” with a dash of “no man is an island” to offer residents in need a free meal, or who want to spend time in their community, as a means of celebrating Thanksgiving.“Our goal and our idea is to get our Gilbert family together for a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner,” said Lauren Seematter, the branch executive at the Gilbert location.Attendees of the Gilbert banquet will receive a rather large feast offered by the Boys & Girls Clubs and the rest of the Gilbert community. The meal, which is accompanied by a little song and dance, will feature mashed potatoes offered by Red Lobster, 25 turkeys courtesy of the Gilbert Elks Lodge and cooked by Gilbert Public Schools, and a smattering of accoutrements to provide a complete meal.“It’s literally run by the community,” she said.

  • Hamilton defense fends off Brophy, vaults Huskies to 7th-straight championship game

    Some things don't change.Not only is Hamilton back in the state championship game, but the Huskies on Friday used a familiar recipe to get there.Top-seeded Hamilton dominated the second half behind its stingy defense and hard-nosed run game to beat Brophy 24-7 in the Division I semifinals at Chandler High.The Huskies will face rival Chandler in next week's championship game at University of Phoenix Stadium. It will be Hamilton's seventh straight title game appearance and its 11th in 12 years. The only time since 2003 Hamilton didn't make the championship game was in 2007, when Brophy knocked off the Huskies in the semifinals.The fourth-seeded Broncos appeared ready to do so again on Friday but missed multiple scoring opportunities in the first half. That was all Hamilton needed.After it veered from its tried-and-true formula a bit too much in the first half — which resulted in two interceptions and a mere 69 yards — the Huskies came out of halftime and marched down the field in nine plays to, for all intents and purposes based on their defense, put the game away on a 19-yard pass from James Sosinski to Ian Anderson.

  • Girls & Boys Clubs of the East Valley hosting Thanksgiving dinner in Gilbert

    Thanksgiving is a day of warmth amid a cold season that serves as a sharp contrast to the start of a desolate stretch of months. It’s the start of a stretch that can be quite difficult for families who cannot afford several of the components that fuel the warmth, whether it’s the turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing or the camaraderie that comes from spending an afternoon among the people who care.Family isn’t limited to blood relations though, and people can find a scintilla of that concept through their community. That’s one of the goals for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley, which has and will continue to host a series of Thanksgiving meals at its 12 locations, including a Gilbert meal on Nov. 25.The idea combines a little of the axiom “it takes a village” with a dash of “no man is an island” to offer residents in need a free meal, or who want to spend time in their community, as a means of celebrating Thanksgiving.“Our goal and our idea is to get our Gilbert family together for a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner,” said Lauren Seematter, the branch executive at the Gilbert location.Attendees of the Gilbert banquet will receive a rather large feast offered by the Boys & Girls Clubs and the rest of the Gilbert community. The meal, which is accompanied by a little song and dance, will feature mashed potatoes offered by Red Lobster, 25 turkeys courtesy of the Gilbert Elks Lodge and cooked by Gilbert Public Schools, and a smattering of accoutrements to provide a complete meal.“It’s literally run by the community,” she said.

  • Mesa Marine receives custom-built house from wounded veterans group

    On Nov. 15, Marine Sgt. Robert Bruce, a Mesa resident, received a rather large, early Christmas present: a newly built, custom-designed house donated by Homes for Our Troops.Bruce lost both legs to an improvised explosive device while attempting to rescue a fellow Marine. He walks with the aid of prosthetic limbs, but uses a wheelchair as well. The new home is equipped especially for his convenience, with accessible features including a remote-controlled front door.“We at Homes for Our Troops do not believe giving a home to a severely injured veteran is charity,” said Tim McHale, president of Homes for Our Troops, in a statement. “We believe it is a moral obligation of our society. They fought to protect our freedom and independence, and we are now giving them back some freedom and independence by building them a specially adapted home.”The house was built by Arizona-based Taylor Morrison Home Builders, with the help of many other local companies who donated time, effort and supplies toward construction of the home in northeast Mesa.Sen. Jeff Flake spoke, thanking Bruce for his service and congratulating him on his new home. Flake recounted a recent diplomatic mission to Cuba and related his experiences there to his appreciation for the sergeant and others like him.“Every time you touch down in Miami … you have a little more gratitude, a lot more gratitude and a better sense of what it means to be in a free country,” Flake said. “And we owe that freedom to people like Sgt. Bruce.”

  • Chandler dentist offering veterans discounted work

    San Diego resident and Navy veteran Jim Jengeleski walked into a Chandler dental office with a request.“I said, ‘I’m a veteran. I don’t have dental insurance. What can you guys do for me?’ ” he said.The J. Philipp Centers for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry office set him up with a 10 percent discount, a perk available to all veterans this November. The Department of Veterans Affairs projected between 350,001 and 650,000 veterans live in Arizona, and Dr. Justin Philipp said they comprise 10-15 percent of his clientele.“I think the community around me is really supportive of veterans, but it always seems like there’s something else that could be done,” he said. “So we thought we’d give it a try to help out this year.”In addition to the discount, his office will donate to the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit founded for awareness and support of post-9/11 injured veterans. Every crown procedure will result in a $50 donation.“It seemed like a good activity to be involved in,” he said. “They do a lot to help get people back on their feet, help injured veterans try to get back into the normal life here and get back up to speed.”

  • 'Mockingjay – Part 1” serves as a solid prelude to war

    Three films into the four-movie franchise and “The Hunger Games” series remains one of cinema’s biggest teases. For two years the series has offered an underlying promise of some grand battle between good and evil loaded with flaming arrows and bodies being tossed about with little regard for the lives of the stunt people.It didn't happen in films one and two — scenes of violence in those films are pretty well contained to the arena — and the third, “Mockingjay – Part 1,” has even fewer action sequences than either of the first films. Yet that doesn't prove problematic for the entertainment level on screen; rather, the first half of the final chapter does a very good job showing the machinations of revolution and continuing the unraveling of torture of poor Katniss Everdeen's mind and soul.“Mockingjay” picks up right after from the end “Catching Fire,” with Katniss, once again portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence, and fellow tribute Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin) undergoing medical treatment in District 13 as a result of the last games. Lawrence's healing is interrupted by a request from district president Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) and former game designer cum Capitol traitor Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) to serve as the face of the rebellion, aka the titular mockingjay. It’s an obligation she prefers to avoid, but her mind changes after visiting the remains of her home in District 12 and watching love interest Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) shill on behalf of the villainous Snow (Donald Sutherland).The goal is to brew a revolution through a series of propaganda pieces sent out to the outlying districts featuring Lawrence, Claflin, and the series’ second love interest, Gale Hawthorne (handsome Liam Hemsworth). Also on board to help are a film crew, mentor Haymitch Abernathy (Wood Harrelson), daffy Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks), genius tribute Beetee (Jeffrey Wright), her sister and mother (Willow Shields and Paula Malcomson, among others), and a collection of new faces.There's not much more to add to the outline aside from a few funky character names and some hyper-specific plot points due to the aforementioned dearth of on-screen action. There are glimpses from rebellious districts, executions, and one scene with Lawrence, an explosive arrow and a pair of bombers that ends as one would expect from that scenario; the rest is talk about war and overturning Sutherland's oppressive regime.Everything is, in essence, a promise to what will come in 2015, when the final film and the back half of the finale comes out. It's a promise to what should be an epic spectacle, a showdown between Sutherland's troops and the angry district denizens led by Lawrence and Moore, as well as the fulfillment of the dreams many fans have had since the series started.

  • Score affordable art at ASU Student Art Market

    It’s hard to be an art collector on a budget, but this weekend, you can purchase original works of art, crafted by local student artists, for as little as $30, at a student art market in downtown Tempe.The market (nicknamed SAM) is the creation of five Arizona State University School of Film, Dance and Theatre graduate students in an Arts Entrepreneurship seminar. The market will take place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Casey Moore’s, a restaurant and bar at the corner of Ninth Street and Ash Avenue in Tempe.The five ASU grad student entrepreneurs — Kara Chesser, Mollie Flanagan, Shelby Maticic, Ashley Laverty and Emily May — are working together to help student artists support themselves through their art.“It wasn’t until we did our research that I realized how enthusiastic people would be about a student art market”, said May. “It really helped us to understand what appeals to the people we hope to draw to the market.”Linda Essig, professor of the Arts Entrepreneurship seminar at ASU, wrote the following in her blog, CreativeInfrastructure.org: “How can young artists learn not just about ‘marketing,’ the skill, but about ‘market’ as a social system? Without realizing they were doing so, the students in my graduate seminar have created an opportunity to do just that.”SAM (Student Art Market) was created to connect the local community to student artists. Offering student art to the community allows the local public to interact with artists while enjoying their work.

  • Shuttered Monti’s in Tempe to auction off decor, other items

    Monti’s La Casa Vieja on Mill Avenue in Tempe closed on Nov. 17 after nearly 60 years in business — and now dozens of items and memorabilia from within the historic home-turned-restaurant will be sold in a live auction on Thursday, Dec. 4. The auction will be held at Monti’s starting at 7 p.m. A preview of the memorabilia begins at 5 p.m.“This is bittersweet. Monti’s has been Tempe’s most historic home for decades, and all of these items are personal and very special to my family,” said Michael Monti, the restaurant’s owner, in a press release. “We never imagined we would have so many people reaching out and wanting the same special keepsake from the restaurant. So we decided it is only fitting we open this up to a community auction and allow all of our friends and customers, who have supported us over the years, to take part in the auction and take a piece of Monti’s home with them.”Surplus Asset Management will conduct the auction. Auctioneer Daren Shumway will give bidders the chance to score dozens of historic framed pictures, like a large carved frame by renowned artist Dee Flagg, as well as maps, vintage menus and sports memorabilia.Additionally, a second auction of furniture, fixtures and equipment will held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 8, at Monti’s. The preview for that event begins at 8 a.m.A full catalog of the auction items is available online at SAMAuctions.com. Bids may be made in person or online. To register to bid, call (602) 442-4554.

  • Reel deals: Stretch your dollars at the theater

    AMC offers unlimited ‘Interstellar’ ticket to loyalty membersIf you’re an AMC Stubs member and a fan of Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar,” you can purchase an unlimited ticket to the space thriller starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine. The ticket, which ranges in price from $19.99 to $34.99 depending on location, allows AMC Stubs members to see the film as many times as they’d like, as often as they’d like. Stubs members who have purchased a ticket to the film can upgrade to an unlimited ticket for $14.99. There are a limited number of tickets available. Contact your local AMC Theatre for details.Harkins 2015 Loyalty Cups now on saleLooking for a gift for that difficult-to-buy-for friend or family member? Why not pick up a Harkins Theatre loyalty cup and T-shirt, which reward the owner with $1.50 soft drink refills (loyalty cup) and a free medium popcorn (T-shirt). The cups and shirts are $5.25 and $25, respectively, and can be purchased at any Harkins Theatre or online at HarkinsTheatres.com/store. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the 2015 Harkins Loyalty T-shirt will be donated to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

  • Copperstar Repertory Co. closing its doors

    After over six years of producing and teaching theater skills to local youth, Copperstar Repertory Co. in Chandler has one show left before it permanently drops the curtain.The nonprofit theater company has staged numerous shows over the years that were showcased at the Mesa Arts Center, but Copperstar closed suddenly at the end of October due to limited funding.“They just couldn’t keep going, as their expenses far outweighed their income,” said Katy Henthorne, a parent volunteer at Copperstar Repertory Co.The theater is selling its props and costumes as well as looking for another company to take over the Chandler location’s two-year lease.The sudden closing of Copperstar Repertory Co. was a shock to those involved with the theater.“They had such a great season of shows lined up too that my daughter Leah was looking forward to being a part of. In fact, she had already rehearsed and performed in two numbers from two of the shows during a season opener at the Mesa Arts Center back in September,” said Henthorne.

  • Ageless Don Rickles dishes on seven-decade showbiz career

    Don’t let the act fool you; Don Rickles is actually a very nice man.The world’s most famous insult comedian is engaging, studied and surprisingly low-key. His humor, however, is still bombastic as ever.Rickles took his first step toward national fame in 1957 when he spotted crooner Frank Sinatra in the audience at a Miami Beach nightclub. Sinatra enjoyed Rickles’ act so much that he encouraged all of his celebrity friends to see him. Sinatra’s continued support helped Rickles become a popular performer in Las Vegas in 1959; he has been a headliner ever since.The 88-year-old Rickles spoke to GetOut from his Beverly Hills home to promote his Nov. 21 show at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino. Rickles was forthcoming about his seven-decade career, his friendship with Sinatra, and why he’s still on the stage.Q: Was there a lot of laughter and joking around in your household growing up?DR: Oh, yes. My mother was fun and my father, who was from Russia, was what we called a ‘kibitzer.’ He told a lot of great stories and was easy to talk to. Ours was a happy home.

  • Reloaded Aztecs ready for another run at Div. I title

    The saying goes that good teams don’t rebuild, they simply reload. That seems to be the case with the East Valley’s boys basketball teams as several of them are set to make deep playoff runs again.Corona del Sol returns as the favorite in Division I after winning a third straight state title last year. Meanwhile, Perry has young talent that could propel it far come February.In Division II, Tempe looks to improve from a semifinal ouster in last year’s tournament while Division III Valley Christian prepares to defend its state title.Here is how the divisions pan out.Division ICorona del Sol enters the year as the clear-cut favorite in Division I. The Aztecs are led by sophomore point guard Alex Barcello, senior forward Dane Kuiper and freshman center/power forward Marvin Bagley III.

  • Local players trying to boost badminton's popularity in state, country

    Badminton is commonly known as the world’s fastest racket sport, as it requires players to think fast and act fast due to great velocity a shuttlecock can reach.Yet despite its popularity in many Asian and European countries, badminton has a slow growing popularity in the U.S.In the U.S., people often see badminton as a weaker sport because players don’t have to be strong physically to excel, said Arizona Badminton Center manager Warren Mee. It comes as a contrast to traditional American sports Mee said require elite players to possess that strength, like football or baseball.“Americans, they see it (badminton) as a sissy sport,” he said.Badminton may not require a lot of brawn, but players still need to have agility to react to the aforementioned velocity of the birdie. The fastest smash speed that was recorded in 2005 is 322 kilometers per hour, which equates to 206 miles per hour. A Malaysian badminton player unofficially broke that record with a hit that went y broken the world smash speed record at 306 mph.“It is a lot more than just sheer strength to be good in the game,” said Mee, who was introduced to the sport by his parents.

  • Photos: Seton Catholic vs Snowflake football

    The semifinal playoff game between Seton Catholic and Snowflake HS at Paradise Valley High School in Phoenix on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. [Greg Herriman / Special to Tribune]

  • Photos: Hamilton vs Brophy football

    The Division I semi-final playoff football game between Hamilton High School and Brophy College Prep at Chandler High School on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. [Greg Herriman / Special to Tribune]

  • Photos: Williams Field vs Tempe football

  • Photos: Chandler vs Mtn. Pointe

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  • Brewer loses bid to get ruling reconsidered

    A court has rejected Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's request to reconsider a ruling that blocked her policy of denying driver's licenses to young immigrants who have avoided deportation under an Obama administration policy.The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday turned down Brewer's request to get a 15-judge panel to reconsider the ruling.In July, a three-judge panel of the court concluded there was no legitimate state interest in treating young immigrants who were granted deferred action on deportation differently from other noncitizens who could apply for driver's licenses.Instead, the panel suggested the policy was intended to express hostility toward the young immigrants, in part because of the federal government's policy toward them.The Obama administration took steps in 2012 to shield thousands of young immigrants from deportation.

  • Arizonans rank high on national debt list

    So as you pull out that credit card for that holiday purchase, you might ask yourself if you're already overextended.One out of five Arizonans already is, according to the financial advice web site WalletHub. That's how many are spending more than they make.And that's the ninth highest figure in the entire country.So how do we manage to do that?Well, there's credit cards, and auto loans.WalletHub figures the average credit card and auto debt for Arizonans at more than 17 percent of what we make. That figure computes out to the sixth highest in the country. Topping the list are New Mexico and Utah.

  • Katy Perry to perform at Super Bowl halftime show

    Will Katy Perry be a firework at the Super Bowl? Will she show them what she's worth? Will she let her colors burst?NFL announced late Sunday — after rumors swirled for weeks — that the pop star will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 1 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. It will air on NBC.Perry, 30, has dominated the Billboard charts since releasing her debut in 2008, including nine No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Her sophomore effort, 2010's multiplatinum "Teenage Dream," matched the record Michael Jackson set with "Bad" for most songs from a single album to hit No. 1 with five.Perry released "Prism," another platinum effort, last year. It includes the No. 1 smashes "Roar" and "Dark Horse."The Grammy-nominated star's upcoming performance is the fourth consecutive halftime show to display the NFL's push to include younger acts on its large stage: Bruno Mars had a show-stopping set at this year's Super Bowl at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey; Beyoncé electrified in 2013 in New Orleans; and there was Madonna, with Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., and the Black Eyed Peas in 2012 and 2011, respectively.Other halftime performers in the last decade have included the Rolling Stones, Prince, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and the Who.

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  • Engineering for Kids Summer Camp

    Engineering for Kids offering STEM Based Summer Camps at Primavera in Chandler. Announces Summer Camp Open House on May 17thWhat is East Valley Engineering for Kids?Engineering for Kids is an enrichment program that teaches concepts on a variety of engineering fields in classes and camps for kids’ ages 4-14. We want to spark an interest in the kids for science, technology and engineering. The camps are all themes based and require the kids to work in teams to address engineering challenges and problems. All programs meet national education standards for STEM and align with Common Core for math and science. Engineering for Kids has operated since 2009, is in 26 states and 4 countries. When and what is the open house for?The open house on May 17th is an opportunity for parents to come and see the facility, meet the staff from Engineering for Kids, and get their questions answered. The summer camps will be offered at Primavera Blended Learning Center at 2451 N. Arizona Avenue in Chandler. The open house is from 11 am to 3 pm.  From 1-2 pm we’re having our popular robotics workshop where the kids will build, program, test and improve the robots. At the end of the workshop, the kids will compete against each other in a Sumo Bot tournament. An RSVP is highly recommended as seating is limited. Please email your RSVP to eastvalley@engineeringforkids.net. What is Primavera Blended Learning Center?

  • Take me Home: Charlie is a friendly, loving gal

    Two things about this 3-year-old Maine Coon Mix: She is a girl, despite being named Charlie and she only has eight of her nine lives left. A Good Samaritan rescued Charlie as a stray and left her at the Humane Society in a box that didn’t provide enough ventilation on a hot Phoenix day. Happily, Charlie made a full recovery.She is a friendly, loving gal who enjoys attention from her people. She appreciates the companionship of her people, happy and content to simply lie near you. Charlie is glad to accept some petting before she decides it is time to move on to enjoy some “me” time. When it is time to call it a day, don’t be surprised to find Charlie making herself comfortable in bed with you.Charlie is always looking for food. She loves mealtime and will do the cutest “hungry” dance that consists of her standing on her hind legs and doing a little jig as you carry her food dish over to her. Charlie loves to sit on the windowsill where she can watch all of the sights, listen to all of the sounds, and sniff all of the scents that the great outdoors has to offer. Charlie is an energetic kitty — when she’s not directing her energy toward daydreaming near an open window, talking with you, or trying to score a meal from you, she’ll focus her energy on a vigorous play session. Charlie loves playtime and in particular loves wand toys. She engages the wand toy with such enthusiasm that it is almost as fun for you to watch as it is for her to play. Charlie also loves playing with paper balls or anything that makes a crinkling sound.If interested in learning more about Charlie, please fill out an application for her today at www.azrescue.org.

  • Shapiro: Justice is a Jewish tradition

    The Jewish tradition requires justice — in Hebrew, “tzedek.” This goes beyond criminal justice. Indeed, we seek justice in all cases, between all creatures. A just world is a world in balance, a world without want. We seek to bring balance to the world through the performance of mitzvot, religious and ethical actions that nudge the world just a bit further from pain and a bit closer to bounty.In daily usage, we create tzedek/justice by giving tzedak-ah/monetary aid to those in need. While the action may look a lot like charity, the philosophical underpinnings are profoundly different.The word “charity” derives from the Latin caritas — love of all. Charitable giving is goodwill giving, a choice the giver makes from the heart. Tzedakah, on the other hand, is not a choice but rather an obligation. How can this be? Jewish thought holds that the cash in my wallet, the dollars in my bank account aren’t really my money. I worked for it, but I didn’t create it. It belongs to God. (Here, you are welcome to substitute the words Life or The Universe, if you prefer). Through me, the money has identified a problem in the world — a hungry person, a worthwhile cause, rent that needs to be paid. When I give tzedakah, I am doing my small part to set a world out of balance to right. I am merely the money’s conduit to where it needs to be. Giving is not my choice, but rather my privilege.Indeed, this pursuit of justice is so obligatory that even the recipient of tzedakah must give tzedakah. No one is exempt; we all do our part. Indeed, the Talmud (classical rabbinic legal codes) teaches that “tzedakah is equal to all other commandments combined.”The task that confronts us is, of course, enormous. It may even be impossible. But we cannot afford the luxury of being overwhelmed; the need is too great. Nor are we solely responsible to bring the world into balance. For this the ancient rabbis taught, “It is not your responsibility to complete the task, but neither are you free to desist from it” (Pirkei Avot 2:21). Bringing balance to the world is a team effort, and you are on the team. It’s no coincidence that Jews have been in the front lines of the movements for civil rights, feminism, and LGBT equality, among others.The Torah commands us “tzedek tzedek tirdof/Justice justice you shall pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20). Why does the Torah, usually so skimpy with words, double down on “justice?” It cannot be a simple waste of ink — there must be a message in the repetition.

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