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A winning formula for BCHS Swim and Dive team
Thanks to a foundation of success and hard work, the Boulder Creek Swim and Dive team continues to make strides in Division I.

Merrill Gardens retirement facility to begin construction in 2015
Retirement facility Merrill Gardens at Anthem will be breaking ground next spring. The facility will be equipped to house over 100 residents and will offer several levels of care.

Veterans Day parade salutes military
The annual Daisy Mountain Veterans parade was held on Saturday, Nov. 8. The parade honored all those who have served their country.

Sandi Ciaramitaro: “Cook with Love & Paint with Passion”
Much like the master painters of the American West, Thomas Moran, Edgar Payne and Charles M. Russell, local artist Sandi Ciaramitaro exquisitely captures the mystery and magic of today’s whispering natural landscapes in true en plein air, alla prima style (in the fresh air, in one go).

Food pantry for needy families planned for Anthem
St. Rose Catholic church will be constructing a food pantry on the grounds to help provide food for families in need.

Election highlighted by several close races
The midterm election on Nov. 4 yielded some changes in government, with several close races taking the spotlight.

Exercise your brain at the Foothills Community Foundation
Are you looking to learn a new craft or skill, like card making, digital photography, or acting? Do you want to expand your mind by hearing a fascinating lecture or viewing a colorful art show? Or maybe you’re up for a good game of Bingo or Bridge?

Walmart hiring vets through Welcome Home Commitment
Many veterans have difficulty finding jobs on the home front. Walmart is making a special effort to hire veterans. As part of the Welcome Home Commitment initiative, Walmart is hiring 100,000 vets nationwide.

Chamber of Commerce launching new Web site
The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce, 748 Easy St., in Carefree, has launched a newly designed Web site with more accessible event content and information. Visit the site at www.carefreecavecreek.org.  

Prop 487 fails in Phoenix and beyond
Proposition 487, the ballot measure over City of Phoenix employee pension benefits, failed to pass in this year’s mid-term election cycle – though according to some it remains clear that the battle for pension reform is far from over.

North valley offers gluten-free dining options
Dietary restrictions limit options for picking up a quick meal or enjoying a night out. Eating gluten-free eliminates some frequent foods like bread and pasta, which can be difficult in itself.

Like all skills, gratitude is best learned young
As Thanksgiving approaches, it is the perfect time to teach young children a very important life lesson: gratitude.

 




Movie Review — “Fury
David Ayer understands how to make procedural films. Look no further than the “day-in-the-life” cop drama “End of Watch” for evidence. “Fury” examines a worn-out and broken group of soldiers, following them at the end of one battle right into another mission, just another day of work for these men.

Movie Review — “Gone Girl
David Fincher has made a career taking audiences to dark places with bad people. In the beginning moments of Gillian Flynn’s scripted adaptation of her popular novel “Gone Girl,” a man is gently caressing the head of a beautiful woman, the way two people in love would – however, the voice-over narration concerning the situation is a violent soliloquy of hatred. 

Movie Review — “The Maze Runner
“Never go beyond the walls.”  A rule inherently made to be broken by the young men confined behind massive, mechanical walls in director Wes Ball’s adaptation of James Dashner’s young adult novel “The Maze Runner.”

Movie Review — “The Drop
The moment the familiar voice-over narration introduces “The Drop,” it’s obvious what kind of film will follow.

Movie Review — “As Above, So Below
In 2005, director Robert Rodriquez transformed author Frank Miller’s neo-noir graphic novel “Sin City” into a stunning, cutting-edge film. Rodriguez, making a living comic book, utilized a groundbreaking mix of digital style and animated renderings.

Movie Review — “A Dame To Kill For
In 2005, director Robert Rodriquez transformed author Frank Miller’s neo-noir graphic novel “Sin City” into a stunning, cutting-edge film. Rodriguez, making a living comic book, utilized a groundbreaking mix of digital style and animated renderings.

Movie Review — “The Giver
The beloved Lois Lowry novel “The Giver” was a self-interpretive experience for readers. Discovery of individualized emotional conditions and thought provoking open-ended questions were two major components in bringing the reader into the dystopian world.

Movie Review — “ Box: Transformers: Age of Extinction
It was clear that there were plenty of different explosions Michael Bay could generate in 165 minutes. The fourth incarnation, which forwent the cast from the past three films, introduced a world where the Transformers were hunted as fugitives and were forced into hiding.

Movie Review — “22 Jumpe Street
Sequels, especially to great first films, are difficult to accomplish effectively. Creating new conflicts, coming up with fresh comedy, or allowing the characters to change are all reasons for failed second films.

Movie Review — “Edge of Tomorrow
“Edge of Tomorrow” is a smartly designed and skillfully constructed science fiction thriller, with good performances from the two leads.

Movie Review — “Maleficent
The 1959 Disney animated classic “Sleeping Beauty” is given a makeover with a new leading lady, the villainous Maleficent.

Movie Review — “The Amazing Spider-Man 2
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” ushered in the beginning of the summer movie season where big budget popcorn flicks saturate the box office.

Movie Review — “Transcendence
Maybe it’s nostalgia, but Arnold Schwarzenegger is still the icon of the action film for me. Whether it’s the image of Arnold carrying a tree down a mountainside on his shoulder in “Commando” or uttering his signature catchphrase before the onset of violence in “The Terminator,” his character still captures my interest.

Movie Review — “Sabotage
Maybe it’s nostalgia, but Arnold Schwarzenegger is still the icon of the action film for me. Whether it’s the image of Arnold carrying a tree down a mountainside on his shoulder in “Commando” or uttering his signature catchphrase before the onset of violence in “The Terminator,” his character still captures my interest.

Movie Review — “Veronica Mars
It started with a video that appeared on a crowd funding website just under a year ago: A proposal to produce an official “Veronica Mars” movie—with all the major cast and show creator involved—if enough money could be raised.

‘Aristocats’ auditions open
Musical Theatre of Anthem will hold auditions for its upcoming musical production, “Disney’s Aristocats KIDS” on April 5. All children ages 6-9 who audition will be cast.

Upscale Singers bring Cave Creek ‘Back to Broadway’
The Upscale Singers’ 10th annual spring musical review, “Back to Broadway,” will be coming to the Cave Creek area for 3 days in April.