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  • Kim Zolciak Biermann Admits Her Hair Is 'About 75 Percent Gray' - PEOPLE.comKim Zolciak Biermann Admits Her Hair Is 'About 75 Percent Gray' - PEOPLE.com

    PEOPLE.comKim Zolciak Biermann Admits Her Hair Is 'About 75 Percent Gray'PEOPLE.comThe Kim Zolciak Biermann we see on TV always has her hair styled to perfection, and she's become known for her platinum Barbie blonde hue. But the 39-year-old former Real Housewife isn't afraid to share the secrets hiding in her voluminous hair ...and more »

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  • Purdy Makes a Purdy Good ChoicePurdy Makes a Purdy Good Choice

    Brock Purdy, according to his Twitter account today, committed to Boise State. This comes after he was offered scholarships by Colorado State, Iowa State, and UCF just this week.

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  • 'False alarm' ballistic missile threat causes panic in Hawaii, worry in Arizona'False alarm' ballistic missile threat causes panic in Hawaii, worry in Arizona

    An employee who "pushed the wrong button" was blamed for a false alert warning of an inbound missile being sent to Hawaii residents on Jan. 13, 2018. Hawaiians were startled when they got an emergency alert saying a ballistic missile threat was 'inbound.'

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  • Police: Woman seriously hurt in Gilbert hit-and-run collision, suspect arrested - ABC15 ArizonaPolice: Woman seriously hurt in Gilbert hit-and-run collision, suspect arrested - ABC15 Arizona

    ABC15 ArizonaPolice: Woman seriously hurt in Gilbert hit-and-run collision, suspect arrestedABC15 ArizonaGILBERT, AZ - Police are investigating after a woman was seriously hurt in a hit-and-run collision in Gilbert Saturday morning. According to police, a 43-year-old woman was struck by a vehicle while she was walking with her daughter. The victim is ...Woman in serious condition, suspect arrested after Gilbert hit-and-runAZFamilyall 2 news articles »

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  • Baby-sitter accused of assault of 4-year-old girl in GilbertBaby-sitter accused of assault of 4-year-old girl in Gilbert

    Maricopa County Superior Court Commissioner Jane McLaughlin sets a $150,000 bond for child molestation suspect Major Aaron Murry. Murry is accused in the horrific abuse of a 4-year-old girl he was babysitting on Jan. 8, 2018.

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  • PD: Gilbert 4-year-old child abused after spilling milk near Xbox - ABC15 ArizonaPD: Gilbert 4-year-old child abused after spilling milk near Xbox - ABC15 Arizona

    ABC15 ArizonaPD: Gilbert 4-year-old child abused after spilling milk near XboxABC15 ArizonaGILBERT, AZ - A Gilbert child is clinging to life after she was abused by a caregiver after spilling milk near a gaming system. Gilbert Police responded to a 911 call about 1:30 p.m. Thursday regarding a 4-year-old girl who was unresponsive. Court ...Arizona man accused of assaulting 4-year-old he was babysittingAZCentral.comall 7 news articles »

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  • Surprise Squad: Gilbert mother gets help for son's hearing loss due to MRSA - AZFamilySurprise Squad: Gilbert mother gets help for son's hearing loss due to MRSA - AZFamily

    AZFamilySurprise Squad: Gilbert mother gets help for son's hearing loss due to MRSAAZFamilyThe Gilbert mom recently returned to work after taking time off for a difficult pregnancy. She is also attending school and is studying to be a nurse. 3TV anchor Nicole Crites with Arizona's Family Surprise Squad surprised Shealynn at her home with ...and more »

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  • PD: Gilbert child wakes to get a drink, alerts family to stranger in home - ABC15 ArizonaPD: Gilbert child wakes to get a drink, alerts family to stranger in home - ABC15 Arizona

    ABC15 ArizonaPD: Gilbert child wakes to get a drink, alerts family to stranger in homeABC15 ArizonaGILBERT, AZ - A Gilbert boy is credited with alerting his family of an intruder in their home. Gilbert Police report that about 5 a.m. on Jan. 7 a preteen boy woke to a get a drink of water and saw a stranger in an empty bedroom. The stranger, later ...

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  • Co-founder of Richmond-based trade association sentenced in $833,000 mail fraud caseCo-founder of Richmond-based trade association sentenced in $833,000 mail fraud case

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  • Mesa Arts Center to offer classes to military and veteransMesa Arts Center to offer classes to military and veterans

    By Catherine Shappell Arts in Service, a new engagement program from Mesa Arts Center, will offer free arts classes to veterans and military personnel, thanks to support from The Boeing Company. Through studio arts experiences, service members can accomplish personal goals like finding a supportive community, relieving stress, improving health or pursuing an arts career. The eight-week sessions begin in January, and intensive weekend workshops may also available. An Arts in Service open house is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, January 13, for veterans, service members and their families to explore the studios, try various art forms and meet studio instructors. For those who are accustomed to structure and discipline, adjusting to a civilian lifestyle can be challenging. Arts in Service classes offer a space to interact with other service members while providing an outlet, offering support and creating friendships in a relaxed environment. Available classes may include ceramics, welding and sculpture, printmaking and watercolor. There are few rules; participants are open to creating art, regardless of form. This is a good way of clearing minds and focusing on being creative. In the end, artwork is personal and expressive in its own way. There are more than 625,000 service members, veterans and family members living in Arizona. To enroll in a class or to find out more information about the open house or classes, contact billy.jones@mesaartscenter.com or call 480-644-6541.

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  • Michelle Gordon and Christin Luckman Earn Cover Stories in Featured...Michelle Gordon and Christin Luckman Earn Cover Stories in Featured...

    Those featured in our January issues embody the characteristics that all homebuyers, sellers, and borrowers look for in real estate and lending professionals." PHOENIX, ARIZONA, USA, January 10, 2018 / EINPresswire.com / -- Featured Agent Magazine's first issues of the year have been released, profiling real estate and mortgage professionals Michelle Gordon, Christin Luckman, David Arustamian, Caroline Collins, and Hunter Potter.

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  • The Hasselback Potato is back…and still deliciousThe Hasselback Potato is back…and still delicious

    By Jan D’Atri The Hasselback Potato is, in my opinion, the most fabulous way to prepare, serve and eat a baked potato. It’s been years since the Hasselback Potato was the biggest trend in steakhouses across the country. But now, we’re seeing a bit of a comeback of this gorgeous side. Why? Well, why not! It’s super easy to prepare and the presentation is a real wow. You can enjoy the Hasselback Potato as an accompaniment to the main entrée or as a fully loaded meal on its own. For instance, the Hasselback Potato is perfect with a ladle of hot chili, cheddar cheese, sour cream and green onion slices! Or, with melted cheese and bacon bits. All you do is pour your favorite fixings over the pre-sliced spud.  Hasselbackspotatis. That’s the Swedish name for the Hasselback Potato. I say Hassel Free! Be careful when cutting the slices into the potato. You’ll make many slices, but only three quarters of the way down through the potato. It takes a tiny bit of practice, but if you take your time and do it slowly, you should have a perfect Hasselback that will fan out slightly during cooking. This is one hot potato! Hasselback Potatoes Ingredients (for 4 servings): – 4 russet or large red potatoes – 1/2 cup olive oil or 1 cube (8 tablespoons) melted butter, your choice – Salt and pepper – Coarse salt, optional For toppings: – Shredded cheddar – Chili – Green onion, chopped fine – Sour cream – Bacon, cooked crisp and chopped – Parmesan cheese – Pasta sauce – Fresh basil, chopped fine – French’s French-fried onions Directions: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Carefully make thin slices through three-quarters of the potatoes, leaving the bottom part unsliced. (Go slowly with this part. It’s very easy to cut through the entire potato by accident) Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and brush with either olive oil or melted butter, making sure to coat inside the slices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake until tender and crisp on the outside, about 1 hour. Once the potato is cooked, add your toppings. For the cheese and chili potato, heat chili and set aside. Place thin slices of cheese into the slits. Return to oven to melt, about 5 minutes. Then, top with chili and fixings.

    Nearby News / 6 d. 13 h. 42 min. ago more
  • Mesa Fire and Medical leads way in the use of dronesMesa Fire and Medical leads way in the use of drones

    By Wayne Schutsky Mesa Fire and Medical Department is a pioneer in the use of drones to respond to emergency situations, and its pilots have become a valuable resource for first responders and municipalities across Arizona. While many of the department’s pilots had little to no experience with drones – also called unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs – prior to the program’s inception, they have developed into experts and now use the technology to respond to structural fires, large commercial fires, search and rescue operations and other emergencies in Mesa and surrounding areas. “These guys were excellent students and they became excellent pilots,” instructor John Nunes said. “I would put them up against any drone pilot in the United States.” Nunes is a drone pilot and industry expert who provided training for Mesa Fire and Medical Department’s drone program. The department’s foray into drone use began when then-Fire Chief Harry Beck and Assistant Chief Mike Dunn tapped Deputy Shift Commander Brian Kotsur to look into the technology. Kotsur, who had no experience with UAVs at the time, began researching the technology and was connected with Nunes by Capt. Dean Morales, who is now one of Mesa Fire’s drone pilots. “We (met) John, who was putting together a pilot program for the FAA (with Scottsdale Police Department), and that is really how we got started,” Kotsur said. The program did not develop overnight. The department’s pilots needed rigorous training from Nunes to master both the skills needed to fly drones and understand the complicated set of rules and regulations that govern the technology. “It’s a slow progress to do things the right way,” Kotsur said. “You don’t want to just jump into this thing and get it out of the box and start flying it.” He added, “You are an unmanned pilot and you need to treat the airspace that you are working in in the same way (as a traditional pilot).” The department now uses drones in a variety of capacities, including gaining a 360-degree perspective on damaged structures. Capt. Vance Friend has also used the department’s drones to survey buildings in Mesa and provide hazard assessments for property owners. The program’s impact extends well beyond Mesa’s boundaries, too. Kotsur and Nunes responded during a flood in Mayer and assisted local authorities in water rescue operations and flood damage assessment. The department’s drone unit also assisted with the search for missing kindergarten teacher Cathryn Gorospe in Williams earlier this year. Additionally, Mesa Fire and Medical Department has participated in joint specialized training exercises with other members of the automatic aid system – including fire departments from Phoenix, Tempe, Chandler and Gilbert – to demonstrate how UAVs can be used to respond to emergency situations such as a hazardous materials spill. The automatic aid system is a coalition of emergency response departments in the Phoenix Metro area that allows firefighters in the Valley to cross jurisdictional boundaries. In a recent demonstration, the department showed how public safety organizations can keep first responders safe by using drones outfitted with special meters and cameras to identify potentially lethal chemicals in a hazmat situation. “You are quickly assessing what is going on in the hazard, making a determination, and identifying possibly what the chemicals are,” Kotsur said. While effective, this technology is not cheap. The department has four drones, which can cost several thousand dollars apiece. Meanwhile, Nunes – who owned a company that was acquired by Gresco – loaned the department a thermal camera used during the box truck demonstration. That camera costs upwards of $13,000. “The partnership (with Nunes and Gresco) is important,” Kotsur said. “Without that, the program would be limited.” The department predominantly uses drones in a survey capacity after actual fires take place. “Right now, most of the response is after the fact, so it is not a part of the initial response,” Friend said. However, Kotsur and Friend see that changing in the future as more fire and medical departments across the country make use of the technology “We are just hitting the tip of the iceberg with what is going to take place with automation as well as with pilots that operate (drones for public safety),” Kotsur said. He envisions drones taking off from preset locations throughout the city after the department receives a 9-1-1 call and sending real-time video feeds to responding trucks. This would allow engine, ladder and battalion chiefs to assess fires before responders arrive on scene instead of relying solely on information from 9-1-1 callers, who may exaggerate or underestimate the situation. Developing procedures to use drones for initial response to fires “will be huge down the road for public safety,” Friend said. In the meantime, Mesa Fire and Medical’s drone pilots are focused on using the technology at their disposal in a safe and effective way. “What I tell (our pilots) is that it’s not about showing off,” Kotsur said. “It’s about being comfortable and very good at what you do in safety and repetition.” That means communicating with other users in the airspace to avoid potential accidents. “Before they even got to fly, we hammered in the importance of safety and learning all about airspace, because we are sharing airspace that is occupied by passenger jets,” Nunes said. He added, “Here in the Valley you can’t sneeze without having it land on somebody’s airspace. It’s that complicated.” So far, that focus on safety has paid off and reflected well on the Nunes’ pilot program for the FAA. “(The FAA) is pleased,” Nunes said. “These fine pilots (in Mesa) have been able to operate at a 100 percent safety level. There have been absolutely no issues. We have had nothing but positive feedback.”

    Nearby News / 7 d. 13 h. 42 min. ago more
  • It’s full steam ahead for Red Mountain High weldersIt’s full steam ahead for Red Mountain High welders

    Photos and story by Laurie Struna Red Mountain High welding students joined forces with Mesa’s Save Our Train committee and community volunteers for a once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity — to restore Pioneer Park’s Engine #2355. Teacher Dan Hurst seized the opportunity to make Mesa’s history come alive for his students, bridging lessons in history, welding and service learning. “Having grown up in Mesa, the old steam engine is reminiscent of a time when orange blossoms scented the entire state, temperatures weren’t as hot, and the clear blue sky was endless,” Hurst said. “The engine is an iconic piece of history.” A blast from the past The treasured, Baldwin-built 1912 locomotive was donated to the city by the Southern Pacific Railroad 60 years ago. Battling age and harsh Arizona summers, the train deteriorated, leaving its future uncertain. It was placed behind wrought-iron fencing in 1993 and nearly sold for scrap metal in 2008. Nearly a decade ago, the committee rallied to raise the funds needed to save the train, coinciding with the 2012 voter-approved revitalization of Pioneer Park. The Mesa exhibit is one of two T-31 engines that survived destruction. Senior welding student Nicodemus Phaklides shares that the locomotive project provided a first-class hands-on environment to showcase his talents and skills in a meaningful way. “Rehabilitating a piece of history, and giving new life to the historic engine, was no small undertaking,” he said. “The train holds important memories for Mr. Hurst, and he’s shared a lot of fun stories about it in class, including a possible first kiss by the train.” Students collaborate with community volunteers After a specialty crew completed the abatement work, removing asbestos and lead paint, Red Mountain’s welders joined forces with volunteers for the nearly yearlong project. Students researched, problem solved and manufactured parts so another generation will have the opportunity to enjoy #2355. Caleb Berkshire grew up watching his dad weld, and the freshman says his family is proud of his and his peers’ work on the train. “During the week in the Red Mountain shop, we cut metal like butter to produce replacement parts for the train,” Berkshire said. “On Saturdays, welding teams load the rig and head to the train to work on site.” The revitalized train features an elevated platform, new lighting, stairs leading to the cab and a raised walkway ideal for “selfies,” along with a restored bell, whistle and front and rear headlamps. “It’s not every day students get the opportunity to go out and weld on crazy heavy metal,” said junior Hayden Atwater. “It’s been a really cool project.” The Pioneer Park train’s grand unveiling is set for spring 2018. Welding is one of several programs of study offered through the Mesa Public Schools Career and Technical Education department. Learn more at mpsaz.org/cte.

    Nearby News / 8 d. 13 h. 42 min. ago more
  • JOBS: 8 places looking for workers in the ValleyJOBS: 8 places looking for workers in the Valley

    Are you looking for a new job in 2018? There are several places in the Valley now hiring and looking to add quality workers! More than 1400 jobs will be up for grabs at the Tempe Career Fair on January 10 at the Tempe Center for the Arts. This event is open to all job seekers and will go from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Job seekers are asked to bring plenty of resumes and dress ready to interview.

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  • 6 teachers fired from Gilbert charter school for violating alcohol abuse policy - ABC15 Arizona6 teachers fired from Gilbert charter school for violating alcohol abuse policy - ABC15 Arizona

    ABC15 Arizona6 teachers fired from Gilbert charter school for violating alcohol abuse policyABC15 ArizonaGILBERT, AZ - Six teachers have been fired from Imagine West Gilbert after they violated the school's drug and alcohol abuse policy, specifically regarding alcohol, according to school officials. A letter sent to parents from Imagine West Gilbert ...Imagine West Gilbert Charter School Fires Six TeachersPatch.comall 5 news articles »

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  • Got Sushi offers traditional Korean barbecue experienceGot Sushi offers traditional Korean barbecue experience

    By Laura Stoddard Going out to eat generally means just that. You arrive at a restaurant, order food, and eat it. But at Got Sushi, a sushi and Korean barbecue restaurant, going out to eat is so much more. Owners Ki and Suki Lee provide a fun, engaging and delicious dining experience. The Lees have been in the restaurant business for several decades, both as owners and chefs. Prior to the opening of Got Sushi, they ran a Japanese restaurant in Chandler with their in-laws, and established a very dedicated following of satisfied customers – which is proving beneficial to them in this new business venture. Suki Lee says that some of their customers have been loyal to them for close to 25 years, and are already supporting them with their new venture. “We have so many of the customers follow us all the way here (Northeast Mesa), because they love our food so much.” But those regulars have been in for a bit of a surprise, as Got Sushi no longer serves teppanyaki, a technique it was known for in the previous incarnation. Instead, Suki is realizing her dream of serving traditional Korean barbecue, presented and prepared the same way in her native Korea. “Now we have all these regular people,” she said. “They all come in for the teppanyaki, but I explain to them, it’s the same thing. We are still cooking right in front of you. The only different thing is that chef’s not coming to the table, but servers instead. They assist you from beginning to end.” That beginning to end starts with the presentation of a vast and stunning array of seafood and side dishes, all expertly prepared and beautifully garnished. First is a heaping sashimi plate, comprised of delicate selections such as ahi tuna, yellowtail and octopus. Next come nearly a dozen side dishes, including things like sweet potato noodles, jalapenos, eggplant and kimchi. While noshing on all this, your dedicated server/cook starts the table grill heating and places slices of onion, zucchini and mushrooms atop it, creating an enticing aroma and sizzle. A light salad and various sushi rolls come next. The last dish served, before the meat finally hits the grill, is a small tin of creamy, flavorful corn cheese – a recipe that Lee smilingly says will never be shared. After polishing off the aforementioned fare – and good luck with that, as the portions are huge – it’s time for the star of the show: the Korean barbecue. Lee explains exactly what that means. “Mainly, Korean barbecue is short ribs marinated with a sweet paste and then grilled. Here we do beef brisket, boneless short ribs, a very good, thick-cut pork belly, prime ribeye, pork and chicken bulgogi, which is thinly sliced, lean meat marinated in sweet paste, shrimp and baby octopus.” Got Sushi also offers a regular kitchen menu and individual entrees, if you don’t have the time or appetite for the engrossing barbecue experience. Even though they only changed their menu a short time ago, Lee said they’ve been well-received in the area and are already attracting “new regulars.” And it’s not just the food that has people coming back. It’s the warm reception and treatment you receive while there. Lee said she loves the restaurant business because of the people, and truly wants them to feel welcome and loved. “You treat your customers like your friends,” she said. “Your family.”

    Nearby News / 9 d. 13 h. 42 min. ago more
  • 6 Gilbert charter school teachers fired over campus incident6 Gilbert charter school teachers fired over campus incident

    Phoenix TV station KTVK reports that Imagine West Gilbert sent out letters to parents during the Christmas break informing them of the decision. School officials say they became aware of a Dec. 21 incident involving six of their staff members that took place on school property during school hours.

    Gilbert News / 10 d. 10 h. 36 min. ago
  • Kids That Rip is more than just skateboardingKids That Rip is more than just skateboarding

    Story & Photos by Crystal Lewis Brown My kids have been begging for skateboards, even though they have bicycles and scooters gathering dust in the garage. So, when we recently had the opportunity to visit Kids That Rip Family Action Sports Center, I knew it would be a hit. I was warned ahead of time that the center was undergoing construction, but it’s hard to imagine my kids could have had any more fun than they did during our visit. KTR is the perfect antidote for the winter doldrums or whatever seasonal ailments your kids may have. It’s also the only thing that got them off the couch and away from the video game without complaint. Of course, there’s a lot more to KTR than just skateboarding—a lot more. The 40,000-square-foot center hosts a bevy of classes, including gymnastics, tumbling, parkour, Ninja Warrior, skateboarding and scooters. “No matter what age kid you bring, they’ll be able to experience what works best for them,” said Jane Bower, KTR’s general manager. Bower also coaches some of the center’s classes. “We wanted to be so that everybody can do something.” My kids started in the regular area, which includes six Olympic trampolines, an air floor and climbing walls. We stayed in the area aimed at children 5 and older, but a smaller section is geared toward those younger than 6. In addition to the classes, they also offer open gym times so kids can check out a little bit of everything. After climbing, running, jumping and swinging, my small crew headed in the back to the skate park to finally get the kids on those skateboards they covet so much. Of course, I hadn’t thought to bring any safety gear, so we stopped by the retail shop to grab a rental helmet and skateboard. Visitors can bring their own skateboards, scooters and safety gear and can even buy kid-sized and regular skateboards and scooters. After being fitted for helmets, we were in the skate park. I was supremely blown away by the kids of all ages doing tricks on skateboards and scooters up and down the ramps. My kids were led to one of the center’s instructors who gave them beginner skateboarding messages. They weren’t quite doing tricks, but I could tell they were a lot steadier than when they began. Lessons are a great way to make sure kids know how to properly ride, Bower said. “We teach them how to do it correctly and safely,” she said. And learning how to skate or do any of the other sports offered at KTR is more than just looking cool. It also is a great way to help kids build their strength, coordination, flexibility and confidence. KTR also offers a preschool program that teaches kids education while also keeping them active. There are also three birthday party suites and a snack shack if you get hungry. To save time on your visit, Bower suggested going online to fill out waivers ahead of time. Also, be sure to check out class schedules, special events and drop-in times on the website. Plus, if you’re not quite sure about what your child may like, call ahead and you can get a free trial. The center also hosts BMXers, skateboard/scooter competitions, teen programs, camps and more.

    Nearby News / 10 d. 13 h. 42 min. ago more
  • A Robin’s Nest: Expect unexpected antiquesA Robin’s Nest: Expect unexpected antiques

    By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Owning a Northeast Mesa resale and consignment shop gives Robin Grimaldi a different surprise each day. Consignors bring to A Robin’s Nest Resale and Consignment Shop the expected and the unexpected. The 6-year-old store is filled with DeGrazia Southwestern figurines, Lladro statues from Spain, and Italian-based Anri pieces. She has a blue glass Shirley Temple teacup and saucer set, a pewter water pitcher and various framed pictures, too. “I carry items from different religions, too,” Grimaldi said. “Those sell well. I just love working with antiques because I have things you don’t normally find.” Grimaldi, a former human resources professional from Illinois, began her resale career out of her home. Her first proper store was on Signal Butte Road and Apache Trail. Three years ago she moved to Northeast Mesa. “I love it,” she said. “I have great consigners. I also have my own things that I get from auctions. It’s neat. I never know what’s coming in. I look for unique items. I don’t take anything that’s scratched, damaged or worn. “Everything in here is something I would buy myself.” She also obtains antiques and collectibles from estate sales or folks who want to downsize. “Antiques are fascinating to me,” she said. One customer brought a pie vent to her. A man who was hosting a garage sale asked Grimaldi for a price on his Budweiser clock. He was going to sell it for $20 at his home. She said it was worth $400 and she sold it for him at that price. “People don’t know the value of things,” Grimaldi said. “They should have somebody look at it before throwing it out.” Grimaldi does not accept fine china, as it doesn’t sell. Crystal, on the other hand, goes quickly. “It’s a learning experience,” said Grimaldi, who is joined in the store by her son, Joshua, 24. “I’ve seen a lot of things, but some elderly people have things I’ve never seen before.

    Nearby News / 11 d. 13 h. 42 min. ago more
  • 'On-campus incident' leads to firing of 6 Gilbert charter school teachers - AZFamily'On-campus incident' leads to firing of 6 Gilbert charter school teachers - AZFamily

    AZFamily'On-campus incident' leads to firing of 6 Gilbert charter school teachersAZFamily... statement sent to Arizona's Family. "It was, however, the best decision possible in order for our school to live out the culture of positive character and high expectations our staff members should model for our students." The school said they have ...and more »

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  • Commemorative Air Force keeps history alive and flyingCommemorative Air Force keeps history alive and flying

    By Tim Sealy World War II is something very few people remember. For most of us, it’s an abstraction that we only know from reading history books or watching newsreels. Perhaps we had a grandparent or great-grandparent alive during the war. Maybe they were there. Their stories become our perception of their reality – an ethereal connection to that world. The Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force offers a chance to turn abstraction into a real experience. At Mesa’s Falcon Field, the CAF houses history that comes alive.  In addition to a museum full of warbirds, seven operational aircraft are available for rides throughout the year. They range from an open-air two- seat biplane, the PT-17 Stearman to the massive B-17 Flying Fortress. The most famous and recognizable planes in the fleet are the B-25 Mitchell, the B-17 Flying Fortress and the C-47 Skytrain. These planes were on the cutting edge in their time and shaped the way America fought WWII. Each is not only operational, but regularly take passengers on a journey back in time. The bombers are restored to combat configurations allowing passengers to sit behind machine guns and walk through bomb bays that once carried the munitions that won the war. On the B-17, you can ride in the coveted bombardier’s position in the clear Plexiglas nose of the plane. The C-47 Skytrain is a military version of the DC-3, an aircraft that revolutionized civilian aviation and gave birth to modern-air travel.  In the late ’30s and throughout the ’40s, the DC-3 was the passenger plane relied on by fledgling airlines like American Airlines, United and TWA to set a standard of comfort for a population not yet accustomed to regular air travel. On the military side, these aircraft were workhorses carrying troops and equipment into and out of harm’s way. Paratroopers jumped into battle from the C-47 and much needed supplies made their way across enemy lines. Old No. 30, the C-47 based at Falcon Field is a mixture of civilian and military worlds. She saw a lot of combat action in Italy and Japan before retiring to civilian use as a corporate plane for the Hoover Vacuum company. Its exterior has been restored to its military specs while the inside is still a picture of 1950s luxury complete with comfortable seats and even traditional lamps on end tables. On December 7, two of the CAF’s warbirds, the B-17 Sentimental Journey and the C-47 Old No. 30 participated in Gov. Doug Ducey’s Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony by conducting a fly-over of the memorial downtown. On board both aircraft, passengers experienced a taste of what WWII heroes went through.  The cool, clear morning air was perfect for a flight across the Valley aboard these heroic machines.  Flying at low altitude (approximately 1,000 feet) passengers watched the Valley pass below them as they headed toward downtown. Loud propeller engines announced their arrival over the ceremony. After one pass headed west, the planes turned around and flew back over downtown Phoenix on their way home to Mesa. Volunteer pilot Dale Churchill was at the helm of the C-47. He’s flown sporadically for the CAF for over 30 years, having piloted another B-17 with his father when he was 21 years old. “You gotta know where history is and without history, you have nothing. You just gotta remember where we all came from or where we all could have ended up if we didn’t have history.” This is why he finds honor in keeping these airplanes flying and why he will continue to volunteer his time to take people up. Aboard the C-47 were two special passengers. Jeanne Cox from Prescott has a personal connection to this aircraft. During WWII, her father flew C-47 transports across the Pacific Theater from the Philippines to Korea to Japan. Long after his death, she discovered his log books detailing his missions and, for the first time, was able to ride on the type of aircraft her father spent his military career piloting. The CAF’s efforts to keep this aircraft in the sky allowed Cox a tangible connection to her history and a glimpse into ours. “I think they should all come and see. The history is an important thing to learn about and know.” Also traveling on the C-47 was Oliver Babbitts, a WWII veteran who spent 11 months on Iwo Jima where “every night was a nightmare,” making him one of the rare survivors of that island’s notorious wartime battles.  The unit next door to his, the third division started with 300 men, of which only 30 made it out alive. As for how he survived, he says, “I have no idea.” Pointing skyward, “He was good to me.” To get your own tangible taste of the experience of flying in WWII-era warbirds, visit the Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force at Falcon Field in Mesa. Book a trip through https://www.azcaf.org/fly-with-us/

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  • World champion competitive eater out to prove he can do more than down a lot of hot dogsWorld champion competitive eater out to prove he can do more than down a lot of hot dogs

    The competitors on the 30th season of 'The Amazing Race.' Joey 'Jaws' Chestnut and Tim 'Eater X' Janus, Cody Nickson and Jessica Graf, Lucas Bocanegra and Brittany Austin, Alexander Rossi and Conor Daly.

    Gilbert News / 13 d. 4 h. 6 min. ago
  • 4 of 5 best U.S. cities to find a job in Arizona, according to recent report4 of 5 best U.S. cities to find a job in Arizona, according to recent report

    PHOENIX - Four of the five best cities to find a job in 2018 are right here in Arizona, according to a recent report from WalletHub. Chandler, Scottsdale, Peoria and Gilbert finished first, second, fourth and fifth respectively.

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