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In remembrance: Sixth annual food drive honors father lost in 9/11
ANTHEM – Deborah’s father William Steckman died in Tower One on Sept. 11, 2001, leaving his shocked grieving his loss. Since then, Deborah, an Anthem resident, has channeled her grief into honoring her father through acts of kindness.

Proposal under discussion to annex planned Lennar development into Anthem
ANTHEM – The development of Anthem may be growing.

Searching for a cure, one step at a time
ANTHEM – Linda’s W.I.S.H. is making strides – literally – towards curing breast cancer once and for all.

Monsoon storm causes power outages around Valley
NORTH VALLEY – A severe monsoon storm swept through the Valley on Monday night, causing storm damage and power outages all over town.

I Know No Fear, Camera In Hand
Local landscape photographer Thomas Baker’s art reflects the journey of his life.

Business Spotlight: Arizona Diesel
Arizona Diesel is a family-owned truck sales business that specializes in diesel pickups, 4x4s, box trucks, and work vans.

North Valley Dining: Heart and Soul Café & Saloon
Owner Josh Horton noted that he has owned Heart and Soul Café & Saloon since he took the restaurant over in November 2012.

Around The Bluhmin’ Townn
I wear lipstick. And I dye my hair. There, I have said it – all secrets are out – I am admitting to you, Dear Readers, that some of my “beauty” comes from a tube and a bottle. Guess I am not alone.

Paper applications for 2016 spring hunts now being accepted
NORTH VALLEY – The Arizona Game and Fish Department has posted the ‘2016 Spring Turkey, Javelina, Bison and Bear Hunt Draw Information’ online at

Desert Foothills Theater kicks off season with Shakespeare parody
SCOTTSDALE – Get ready for some Shakespearean wit! Desert Foothills Theater, a division of the Foothills Community Foundation, is kicking off its 41st season with an entertaining parody, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (Revised), set for Sept. 10-Sept. 20 at the Foothills Community Foundation Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th Street, in North Scottsdale.

Justice Courts Change Focus
The traditional paradigm for judges is that we politely listen to both sides, serve as a referee when necessary, but don’t really attempt to provide much guidance.

Movie Review — “Tom at the Farm
Writer/director Xavier Dolan has made quite a splash in the world of film. “Tom at the Farm” is Dolan’s fourth film, a film that he wrote, directed, and performed in, and is about a young man who arrives at a quiet farm for the funeral of his boyfriend only to find out that the grieving family was unaware that their son was gay.

Movie Review — “Ricki and The Flash
You know that cover band at the dive bar you used to go to back in the day? The better-than-average band that played all the classic rock hits just well enough to tell friends that the bar played good music.

Movie Review — “Straight Outta Compton
In 1988, the rap group N.W.A. released one of the groundbreaking hip-hop albums of all time. “Straight Outta Compton” was an album peaked with hostility, desperation, frustration, and profanity laced defiance, a calling card to a Los Angeles community dealing with poverty, violence, and racial profiling.

Movie Review — “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
The “Mission Impossible” television series started in 1966 and ran until 1973. In 1996, the film version of the series dropped into the summer box office melee under the guidance of film auteur Brian De Palma and spotlighted by the already established movie star Tom Cruise. The film was excellent.

Movie Review — “Southpaw
Everyone wants to see a knockout. Unfortunately as professional boxing provided earlier this year with the much-maligned Floyd Mayweather Jr./Manny Pacquiao match, billed as the “fight of the century,” boxing can be a tedious experience.

Movie Review — “Ant-Man
Ants can be highly determined insects with the right motivation, and they can move an exceptional amount of weight in relation to their tiny size.

Movie Review — “Minions
A minion needs a master but does the master really need a minion? In the case of the giggling, goofy product of the “Despicable Me” franchise, the master may want to steer clear of this disaster inducing group of faithful minions.