A computer-based math program in use in seventh and eighth grade at Anthem’s Caurus Academy drew the attention of Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal, (below, left).
The superintendent paid a recent visit to Caurus to see the pilot of the Apangea math curriculum in person.
“The students enjoyed talking with Superintendent Huppenthal about math and engineering as they explained how they use the software,” said Debra Slagle, Superintendent of Westwind Community Schools.
This flag was spontaneously erected, Monday, Jan. 9 in the parking area of the Anthem Medical Plaza at the site of Deputy Coleman’s death. The idea for the memorial arose from a phone conversation between two friends mourning the loss of Deputy Coleman.
When Home Depot in Tramonto got wind of the idea, it donated all the materials. “The sole purpose,” the pair, who wish to remain anonymous, told In&Out, “was to provide a memorial in remembrance of the service Deputy William Coleman provided this community, and for residents and others to have a place to grieve the loss of this man and dedicated deputy.”
As the memorial was erected without permission from Anthem’s Council or the property management company, the two friends “hope the community and family welcome the memorial with open arms, and assist with maintaining the flag throughout the years.”
Photo by Brad Wood
The shooting death of Deputy William Coleman in the early morning hours Sunday, Jan. 8 left his community of neighbors and law enforcement personnel stunned and saddened. Some who knew him share their feelings here.
Riley Lewis, a third grader from Anthem, places flowers at an impromptu memorial on Anthem Way as her family looks on.
Photo by Brad Wood
The Starbucks in the Fry’s plaza in Anthem has undergone a bit of redecorating. The walls and windows are covered in well wishes for 15-year-old Katie Wagner who is battling cancer. Store Manager Maggie Bixler said the team at Starbucks wanted to raise awareness for Katie and find a way to support her family as they fight the disease. The result is dozens of notes and artwork telling the Wagners this community is behind them.
“We will eventually give them to her to decorate her room. We want her to be encouraged,” Bixler said.
For more about the Wagner’s story go to welovekatie.com .
“I just turned 18 on May 19th so I am super young.”
Yes, she is. In fact, Haily Galor is likely the youngest entrepreneur in Anthem. The teen opened White Elephant Apparel in the Anthem Commerce Park in August, in an effort to fill the niche she saw for lightly used and vintage clothing. The teen admits the undertaking is “kind of a big deal,” but this kid did her homework. According to Galor, White Elephant is the only clothing exchange in the North Valley.
At a parent meeting of Anthem Soccer Club’s boys U-10 and U-12, a parent broached the idea to support Breast Cancer Awareness month by lacing the players’ cleats in pink. By chance, another parent had brought a bag of pink laces to the meeting and simply opened the bag.
One by one, in silence, parents grabbed a pair until the bag was empty. No vote. No discussion. Just powerful silence and support.
Progress on the Anthem Veterans Memorial continues despite an estimated delay of the arrival of the marble. The placement of prefabricated columns on Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 23 and 24 brings the community closer to meeting the Nov. 11 deadline. Five columns representing each branch of the U.S. Military were installed on the already poured concrete bases at the site in the Community Park. Marble facings will be added to each of the columns which range in height from 5'3" to 17'3". Precision placement will ensure that on every November 11, at exactly 11:11 a.m., the sun’s rays will pass through the perfectly engineered ellipses in the pillars to illuminate a glass mosaic medallion of The Great Seal of the United States.
Ron Tucker, memorial project manager, described the significance of the days’ progress. “You’ll be able to see how tall the columns are and to get a sense of what it’s going to look like. It’s very gratifying to get to this point.”
Dedication Ceremony, Friday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m.
If life lands you at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, be sure to check out Narciso Piu’s collection of Native Americans on display in the lobby. Piu’s work is spotlighted at the same facility where he was once treated for cancer.
The oil-on-canvas works will be on display until mid-September.
Everybody likes to think their backyard is inviting. But Country Club resident Vicki Sullivan’s backyard is so delightful, guests are dropping in unannounced. Sullivan snapped the picture of these two pool hoppers, Sunday, April 17.
Word spread quickly, because later that afternoon, she had another visitor…
Arizona was not spared by the massive winter storm—Anthem’s Community Park was a rare vision Thursday morning, as benches, sidewalks and grass were glazed with ice from nearby sprinklers.
Photos by Brad Wood
Wednesday’s high of 44 degrees marked the coldest Feb. 2 on record for Phoenix. Sub-freezing temps, wind and very low dewpoint figured prominently in the week’s weather reports.
’Twas three days before Christmas when Heather Turner and her son Carson walked into their newly built New River home for the first time. Heather built the house alongside volunteers from Habitat for Humanity Desert Foothills. What made the already special day into a memory of a lifetime was a surprise housewarming gift from football hero Kurt Warner and his wife Brenda. Their First Things First Foundation outfitted the new home with furniture, kitchen supplies, a washer and dryer... even a Christmas tree.
It was a long hot summer, but for the folks at Arizona’s Pioneer Living History Village, it was a nail-biter too. Survival was touch and go for the village. A land grab by a developer temporarily shuttered the Old West town. It was saved when the threat of Eminent Domain brought the new owner to the negotiating table. The City of Phoenix now owns the land and “living history” will live on.