Friday, December 19, 2014



Just the Vax

A new law freeing foster parents from vaccination duties collides with conventional wisdom on preventable diseases.

Sedona is asking for it,
according to Will Humble, director of Arizona’s Department of Health Services. One area school has a child vaccination rate of only 50 percent. “One of these days, a measles outbreak is going to rifle through that community, and I hope nobody dies,” Humble says.


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Hit the Road, Jack

An emerging microdistilling industry gives Valley imbibers a homegrown alternative to major spirit brands.

Two years ago, Jason Grossmiller was dealing blackjack at a Valley casino. Today, he’s gambling in a different way, betting there’s a future in locally produced artisanal whiskey. “I guess you could say I wanted to move on from one vice to another,” quips the longtime homebrewer.


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Badge Company

Former undercover homicide cop Jack Ballentine sparks up a second career as a fire marshal – and a TV hero?

Jack Ballentine. It already sounds like the title of a cop show. Can’t you hear it? “This fall on CBS, action has a new name: Jack Ballentine.”


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Jazz & Blues

For more than eight decades, Valley virtuosos have struck a chord with two classic American music forms. From the blues bars of the '50s to the jazz jams of today, this is the story of a Phoenix that swings.


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ASID 2013 Design Excellence Awards

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) North Chapter is the premier organization for local interior designers. Each year, ASID salutes its members’ design achievements in multiple categories for residential, commercial, hospitality, health care and sustainability. The winners were honored at the 2013 ASID Design Excellence Awards Gala, held in August at the Montelucia Resort & Spa in Scottsdale. Below are the winners and Best in Show winner for the Commercial category of interior design. The winners in the Residential category are presented in this month’s issue of our sister magazine, Phoenix Home & Garden. For more information about the ASID North Chapter, visit


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Corner Kick

Arizona’s hopes of landing a Major League Soccer franchise may ride on the fortunes of the newly-minted Phoenix FC Wolves.

Like many die-hard Valley soccer fans, Tim Thomas wants a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise in Phoenix. Since debuting in 1993, MLS – conceived as North America’s answer to the European premier leagues – has grown by leaps and bounds, outdrawing the NHL and NBA in some markets and expanding from 10 to 19 teams.


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Parking Problem

The recession and diminished public funds have left many Valley cities park poor. Remember when you were a kid and spent countless hours scaling the jungle gym and smacking a tetherball at your local park? Or, maybe you have fond memories of your parents pushing you on the swings or catching you at the bottom of the slide. Neighborhood parks play a multifaceted role in the lives of Valley residents, according to Dale Larsen, a professor at Arizona State University’s College of Public Programs and former Parks and Recreation director for the City of Phoenix. Parks provide nature in an urban environment, a place for children to play, a property-value boost for residents and a gathering place for the surrounding neighborhood, he says. “What we need are safe, citizen-driven neighborhood parks that reflect the needs of that community.”


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