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Council Board votes to advance plans for EPCOR station on ACC land
ANTHEM – The Anthem Community Council Board of Directors voted 5-0 at an Oct. 12 special meeting in favor of moving forward with plans for an EPCOR water hauling station on ACC-held land in the Meridian Rd./Desert Hills Dr. area.

Outlets at Anthem Christmas Tree to arrive next week
PHOENIX – The Outlets at Anthem will once again be home to the tallest Christmas tree in the state this year, and the tree is scheduled to be delivered on the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 24.

Record attendance at this year's Safety Expos
NORTH VALLEY – This year’s Public Safety Expos were the most successful yet. Two expos were held, one on Oct. 7 in Black Canyon City and another on Oct. 14 in Anthem. More than 4,000 attendees came to the expos, according to participating organizations.

Casting About in Nature
French writer Edmund de Goncourt once wrote, “A poet is a man that puts up a ladder to a star and climbs it while playing a violin.”

Desert Foothills Family YMCA hosting Family Carving Nights with Ray Villafane
SCOTTSDALE – Families are invited to carve their own special pumpkin creations at the Desert Foothills Family YMCA’s Family Carving Nights on Thursday, Oct. 25 and Friday, Oct. 26.

Community mourns the death of Carefree Councilmember Jim Van Allenfont
CAREFREE – On Oct. 9, the Town of Carefree announced in an email newsletter that Carefree Councilmember Jim Van Allen passed away on Oct. 7.

Concert to benefit Jubilate Music Program
CAREFREE – Christ Church Composers Guild is presenting ‘Composers in Concert’, benefitting the Jubilate Music Program, on Saturday, Oct.21, from 3-5:30 p.m., at the Christ Anglican Church in Carefree.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town
Never give up. Because just when you think the game is over, all is lost, things will never be the same, a small miracle might occur. And it gives us hope. A few weeks ago, I wrote about my friend, Diane Wilson, and her visiting tarantula, Manuel.

Business Spotlight: Desert Dream Realty
If you’re in the market for your dream home, Desert Dream Realty can help. This real estate office is based in Cave Creek and offers services for those looking to buy, sell, or lease. Desert Dream’s listings include homes throughout the Valley and beyond.

Arizona forestry department sends 150 firefighters to California to battle wildfires
DEER VALLEY – Arizona firefighters are helping to battle northern California wildfires that have burned more than 222,000 acres, killed more than 30 people and left hundreds missing, state officials said.

Volunteers sought to help assemble care packages for deployed troops
ANTHEM – Daisy Mountain Veterans and Youth for Troops have joined forces with the Military Family Support Group to support America’s deployed service members.

Giving a voice to a child: What it means to be a CASA
NORTH VALLEY – An estimated 11,000 children are in foster care in Maricopa County, according to Voices for CASA. These children’s lives are often marked by traumatic events, and they have to work through what brought them to foster care and how their lives have changed.

Peoria’s annual Monster Bash set for Oct. 28
PEORIA – The Peoria Sports Complex will get spooky on Saturday, Oct. 28, during the annual Halloween Monster Bash, 5-9 p.m. The Monster Bash features a variety of fun family activities, including trick or treating, entertainment, and contests.

Student reporters share info on local animal hospital
Hello. We are Rayane and Christa and we would like to talk to you about the Animal Hospital at Anthem and Grooming. They are a “full service veterinary hospital providing exceptional medical care.” They primarily treat cats and dogs but they will treat an exotic pet such as a rabbit on occasion. .


 

Boulder Creek volleyball team continues to aim high
ANTHEM – Boulder Creek High School’s varsity women’s volleyball team was beat by Mountain Pointe High School on Sept. 13 after a defeating 3-0 loss.

 

Movie Review — “Happy Death Day
Remember that movie “Groundhog Day” starring Bill Murray? It’s the film where Murray relives the same day over and over again. It’s a simplistic, often goofy, premise that conveniently allowed the comedian the opportunity to do what he does best.

Movie Review — “Stronger
Jeff Bauman may not be a name that you recognize, but his story is one that you’ll remember. The Chelmsford, Massachusetts native was waiting at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 when two homemade bombs detonated, which resulted in the loss of both of Bauman’s legs.

Movie Review — “It
“Everything down here floats…” If you were a fan of Stephen King and watched television in the fall of 1990, there’s a good chance that you didn’t look at clowns the same way ever again.

Movie Review — “Good Times
If you are going to make bad choices, it's important to stay a step ahead of them. Directors Benny and Josh Safdie make the most of this method in the new film "Good Time".

Movie Review — “Detroit
In the summer of 1967 in Detroit, race issues between Black Americans and authority figures divided the city, turning it into a war zone of military patrolled streets filled with angry and frustrated protestors.

Movie Review — “Atomic Blonde
Actress Charlize Theron commands your attention whenever she is on the screen. It’s more than just her stunning beauty however; Theron has always had a unique, mysterious quality about her. It would seem that by this time in her career, considering her extensive filmography, that she should have tackled, punched, kicked her way through a cool, hard-hitting, spy film.

Movie Review — “Dunkirk
In the chaos and confusion during an evacuation of more than 300,000 British and Allied Forces from the shores of France in director Christopher Nolan's World War II film "Dunkirk", one soldier tells another, "Survival is not fair". Indeed, with the shores of England so close, safety for the Allied Forces was still far from being achieved.