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Wednesday 10/01/2014
Things are happening this year at A.L.L.
Posted: October 01, 2014 - 4:00 am

The desert is home to many hidden habitats which allow local life to flourish.  While many Tucsonans are aware of habitats of the animal variety, many have yet to encounter one which is nestled away on the northwest side of town: Accelerated Learning Laboratory, a small charter school that offers preschool, elementary, and secondary school.

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Tricks and treats to stay on budget
Posted: October 01, 2014 - 4:00 am

Halloween comes but once a year. So make it extra spooky with ghosts, goblins and ghouls galore -- and don’t forget all the great treats. While all this fall fun does come at a price, you don’t have to spend a pirate’s booty if you plan carefully.

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Wednesday 09/03/2014
Things are happening this year at A.L.L
Posted: September 03, 2014 - 4:00 am

As August comes to an end, Accelerated Learning Laboratory, a small charter school tucked away in the hilly northwest side of Tucson, is moving into its second month of school.  

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Three ways to save on monthly expenses
Posted: September 03, 2014 - 4:00 am

Regardless of income, everyone is looking for ways to save money. From improving your home’s energy efficiency to savvy shopping, you can cut back on your day-to-day expenses and monthly bills, alike.

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Wednesday 08/06/2014
Challenging students to excel at A.L.L.
Posted: August 06, 2014 - 4:00 am

While schools all over Tucson are starting up the new academic year, many families are still searching for the right school for their children. If you’re looking for a small, tight-knit community that will allow your child to learn at his or her own pace, then you should schedule a visit at Accelerated Learning Laboratory, on the northwest side of Tucson.

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What every small business needs to know about marketing
Posted: August 06, 2014 - 4:00 am

For small businesses, smart marketing is crucial for success. But what does that mean in today’s fast-paced, highly wired world?

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Wednesday 07/02/2014
Not your traditional school
Posted: July 02, 2014 - 4:00 am

If you’re looking for a “traditional” school for your child this fall, Accelerated Learning Laboratory is probably not the charter school for you. However, if you want a school that will free your child from the restrictions that go along with a “traditional” education, and if you want a school that will teach them how to learn (and how to love it at the same time), then you need to schedule a tour of A.L.L.

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Wednesday 05/07/2014
Consider A.L.L. for your children
Posted: May 07, 2014 - 4:00 am

When considering where your child will attend school next year, consider sending them to Accelerated Learning Laboratory. While Accelerated Learning Laboratory may not be the perfect fit for every student, it welcomes every student that wants to enroll and take advantage of the opportunities it provides. Upon entering, many students discover that this relatively tiny and “unknown” school provides them with just the opportunities they need to learn, excel, and gain acceptance into the country’s top universities.

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Wednesday 03/05/2014
Construction to begin on Costco Drive
Posted: March 05, 2014 - 4:00 am

Road improvements to the half-mile strip on Costco Place and Costco Drive will begin on March 17 and are expected to take 50 days to complete.

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A.L.L. gaining national attention
Posted: March 05, 2014 - 4:00 am

Accelerated Learning Laboratory is a name that has been gaining national attention for its academic performance. Due to its small size, however, many Tucsonans might be surprised to hear that this nationally recognized school is a local charter school with open, tuition free admission.

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Marana Premium Outlets development going forward
Updated: April 01, 2014 - 3:51 pm

Starting this summer, Simon Property Group will begin development on a premium outlet mall in Marana at the Twin Peaks/I-10 interchange.

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Wednesday 01/01/2014
Two outlet malls eyeing Marana, Pima County
Updated: April 01, 2014 - 3:51 pm

Two competing developers are in a race to build premier outlet malls on Tucson’s northwest side.

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College jitters
Posted: January 01, 2014 - 4:00 am

“It’s that time of year again.” chortles Serei in a maniacal tone, “Seniors are frantically applying to colleges, writing essays and fretting over which colleges they should consider. This is probably the second, really important decision they will ever make.” Although it’s clear that I’m being setup by this strikingly attractive, diabolical lady, I obligingly say, “OK I’ll take your bait! What was the first?  With her deviously impish smile she mocks, “Selecting Accelerated Learning Laboratory of course, you silly guy. But really, a student’s entire future is balanced on this one point in time. Students at this age are at a funny point in life, they are neither adult nor child. Most are only slightly aware of the long-term impact of their pending decisions. Most of their parents either don’t know how to help, or don’t have time. Most high schools don’t have the resources or expertise to give students direction.”

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Wednesday 12/04/2013
AES student takes 3rd in the world
Posted: December 04, 2013 - 4:00 am

Accelerated Elementary and Secondary Schools (AES) student, Jose Antonio Gonzalez Mendoza, a senior this year, took third place in the “Annual World Chinese Bridge Proficiency Competition Finals” held in Yunnan Province, China. Jose became The Southwest United States Regional Representative after winning first place in the “Regional Chinese Bridge Proficiency Competition” held at San Diego State University, May, 2013. Since the competition’s inception in 2002, more than 600 contestants representing over 50 countries have participated. Jose said, “I have to give my brilliant teacher, Claire Wang and her incredible teaching techniques, credit for my success. Without her nurturing support, I would never have dared take on such a challenge.”

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Black belt testing at AKKA Karate
Posted: December 04, 2013 - 4:00 am

December is a special month. Not only is it special due to all the holidays, goodies, and fun, but for our organization it is time for our semi-annual black belt test. Every six months we travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico to join all of our sister schools in this three day event. Master Bruce Davis, and Master Phil Gilbert, our organizational leaders, put their all into making each test unique and memorable every time. Each portion of the black belt test is designed to challenge the candidates to their limits, mentally, physically, and spiritually. This go around we have four of our junior students testing, and they have all worked so hard to get to where they are. Three junior first degrees, and a junior second degree.

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Wednesday 11/06/2013
An unexpected encounter
Posted: November 06, 2013 - 4:00 am

As I walk into the main office at Accelerated Learning Laboratory (ALL), I am dwarfed by two walls covered with framed acceptance letters to colleges like MIT, Princeton and Duke, along with financial award letters for $50,000 to $60,000 per year for four years. I’m dumbfounded, that’s about a quarter of million dollars to each student. Distracted by a voice calling my name I pivot around and fall into Asian eyes belonging to a gorgeous ALL administrator, Serei Kay, who has come to fetch me for our interview. Trying not to stare, I sheepishly follow. I ask about the letters. In a matter-of-fact voice Serei says, “Yup, most of them get into highly selective schools with loads of financial aid. But! I thought you wanted to talk about the wisdom of academically accelerating students?”

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Finding success together at Anytime Fitness
Posted: November 06, 2013 - 4:00 am

Often times the difference, in fitness, between success and failure is a motivating factor. That motivating factor is the power source that gives a person the necessary emotional tools to achieve goals that were previously unachievable. Sometimes the motivating factor is when a person steps on a scale for the first time in months and sees a number they never EVER wanted to see. Sometimes that factor is a doctor’s warning about health concerns. Sometimes it is caused by bumping into an old flame or the heartbreaking moment when you tear out the butt of your favorite pair of jeans.

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Carbon monoxide protection from Progressive Plumbing
Posted: November 06, 2013 - 4:00 am

Temperatures are dropping, colors are changing and all around the Old Pueblo folks are firing up their furnaces to chase the chill from their homes.

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Jump on the train
Posted: November 06, 2013 - 4:00 am

When asked how I came to open a math-only learning center, my first response is simply that there are quite a number of reasons, not the least of which is that I just happen to enjoy both math and kids. But that’s just the simple, conversational answer. The deeper issue for me is the child’s self-esteem, and I wanted to be able to positively affect that.  So for me, math is just the vehicle.

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Karate as a way of life
Posted: November 06, 2013 - 4:00 am

Karate is more than just kicking and punching, it can be a way of life. Our family has been training together for 11 years, and we have all grown so much. We like to think that karate is the reason we all are so close today. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we have been thinking about things we are thankful for. Our family is thankful for the common ground that karate has given us. We are thankful for the part we play in all our students' lives in teaching them something that has touched us so much. Martial artists come from all walks of life. We have police officers, nurses, firemen, engineers, military, teachers, and the list could go on! We love that karate can be a hobby, lifestyle, or activity that can bring everyone together.

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Wednesday 10/02/2013
Pet mosquitoes, abstract thinking in 3rd grade physics
Posted: October 02, 2013 - 4:00 am

Serei Kay, an administrator at Accelerated Learning Laboratory (ALL), smiles as she explains, “Not long ago, many educators claimed that exposing children to abstract concepts at too young an age would damage intellectual development and rigorous expectations would damage self esteem. We now know that exposure to abstract concepts in early childhood actually enhances intellectual development and a rigorous curriculum builds confidence. Unfortunately, there is a long delay between research and application in the normal classroom. This is why most schools are operating on false assumptions.”

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Anytime Fitness provides something for everyone
Posted: October 02, 2013 - 4:00 am

Get In A Workout. Get On With Your Life. It is that simple. Residents of Marana agree, Anytime Fitness Twin Peaks is the most convenient, cost efficient, and friendly gym in Northwest Tucson. What they have managed to do is create a facility that specifically caters to each individual member. The gym is growing and members are getting results. Here is why.

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Reach your fitness goals with Jenna’s Pilates and Dance Co.
Posted: October 02, 2013 - 4:00 am

Hi, I am Jenna Morris, owner of Jenna’s Pilates and Dance Company. I am a fully certified master Pilates instructor on the Pilates equipment and mat work. I provide Pilates exercise movements in a motivational and fun manner in my relaxing spa- like private studio to enhance posture, balance, energy level, muscle toning and flexibility. I work with women of all ages and fitness levels, as well as clients who are post-surgery, post-physical therapy, who still need continued strengthening and flexibility in their recovering bodies.

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Motivation is key for students
Posted: October 02, 2013 - 4:00 am

Do you believe you're not good at math? Various studies suggest that with motivation and good teaching strategies, anyone can succeed in math. In fact, studies have shown that students who are motivated to do well actually learn faster than students with higher IQs who are less motivated. It doesn't matter if you are at grade level, ahead, or a grade level behind. The right motivation and tools will help you succeed. Just accept your starting point and move forward with the right attitude.

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Anyone can do karate
Posted: October 02, 2013 - 4:00 am

One thing we like to stress in our school is that anyone can do karate. Over our years of teaching we have seen remarkable things happen from the people you would least expect. We’ve taught children and adults of all abilities. Not only have we worked with students with learning disabilities, we have also been able to work through several language barriers. We’ve worked with children who speak Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, German, and even sign language! We don’t care what the challenge or the concern; we enjoy working with people and helping them to understand that they are capable of greatness, no matter what.

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Wednesday 09/04/2013
ALL student wins spot in international competition
Posted: September 04, 2013 - 4:00 am

Accelerated Elementary and Secondary Schools (AES) student, Jose Gonzalez will compete in the worldwide Chinese Bridge Semifinals Proficiency Competition for Secondary School Students October 20. Jose will be the guest of the Hanban and Confucius Institute for two weeks as he travels through Yunnan Province in China.  Jose reached this intensely competitive level by first distinguishing himself in an array of preliminary competitions including the Chinese Bridge Proficiency Competition for High School Students held at San Diego State University Confucius Institute, where he placed first.  

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New Anytime Fitness location opens on Twin Peaks
Posted: September 04, 2013 - 4:00 am

Get In A Workout. Get On With Your Life. Residents of Marana are now being given the perfect facility for busy people to get some much-needed exercise. One of the nation’s largest franchises, with over 2,000 gyms worldwide, has opened a brand new 6,500-square-foot facility on Twin Peaks and Coachline. The gym has all the amenities of a large box gym with a home gym feel – minus the ringing house phone, doorbell, hungry sons and daughters, and other commonplace distractions. Get In A Workout. Get On With Your Life.

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Filter out chemicals with a system from Progressive Plumbing
Posted: September 04, 2013 - 4:00 am

Among other things, there’s LEAD in your tap water. Nobody should be drinking tap water, especially young people. The human body recognizes LEAD as calcium and immediately absorbs  and stores it in the bones and brain.

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Mathnasium - Math tip and more
Posted: September 04, 2013 - 4:00 am

Math Tip: Why do parents read to their children, but not do "math" with their children?  Many parents feel uncomfortable with speaking "math" and lack confidence in their own math aptitude. Simple number counting goes a long way, especially at a very impressionable young age. You can start at any age, even as early as one year old.  Count from 1 to 10 by ones and twos. Also, count up to 20, 30, etc. and count by threes, fours, etc.

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Tips for shopping for this year’s tailgate parties on a budget
Posted: September 04, 2013 - 4:00 am

Throw on your favorite team’s jersey and break out the grill because tailgating season is here. Whether the party is in your backyard or outside the stadium, you can show your team spirit this season without breaking the bank.

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Jenna's Pilates and Dance Company serving Marana/Dove Mountain
Posted: September 04, 2013 - 4:00 am

Hi, I am Jenna Morris, owner of Jenna’s Pilates and Dance Company, and I am living the dream!! After dancing and performing in ballet and jazz dance for 17 years in Yuma, Ariz., I moved to Marana to study Pilates under master teacher, John White, who is 3rd generation pure Joseph Pilates style right out of New York City. My apprenticeship training was for 2 ½ years under John White and on July 21, 2010, I became a fully certified master Pilates instructor on the Pilates equipment and mat work. Opening my Pilates studio in June of 2010 as a 4th generation Joseph Pilates master teacher satisfied my childhood dream!

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Wednesday 08/07/2013
Tucson school brings distinction to Arizona
Posted: August 07, 2013 - 4:00 am

Accelerated Elementary and Secondary Schools (AESS) was recently identified by the Washington Post as having the 6th most rigorous secondary school in America.  AESS is K-12 and includes a preschool. It is located on Camino De Oeste, west of Silverbell Road, just south of Sunset Road.

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AKKA Karate works to help students gain black-belt status
Posted: August 07, 2013 - 4:00 am

Need help with those spontaneous math tests that require sudden concentration? Having trouble talking to that cute boy or girl across the room? Maybe even finding it hard to listen to your parents when they ask you to clean your room? Let our family help you.

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Thursday 07/18/2013
AKKA Karate USA
Posted: July 18, 2013 - 12:15 pm

The start of school is right around the corner, and while karate is a great summer activity, it can be a great after school program as well. Our schedule is the same year-round for your convenience, so you never have to stress about what time your class is. We offer classes Monday through Thursday all afternoon, and have a class for just about everyone! Unlike other sports, karate never has an off season. We are always available for you! Also unlike other sports, karate is a lifetime sport with lifetime benefits. No matter your age, and no matter your ability, karate has something to offer everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re in karate for discipline, focus, self confidence, or just for fun, everyone can gain something from studying.

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Wednesday 07/03/2013
Let us transform your smile!
Posted: July 03, 2013 - 4:00 am

Brace yourself Marana, there is a new orthodontist in town. Dr. Grant D. Walton has been creating beautiful smiles in Casa Grande, Arizona for over 20 years, and is now in your neighborhood.

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Progressive Plumbing
Updated: July 03, 2013 - 4:25 pm

There's lead in your tap water. Nobody should be drinking tap water, especially young people. The body recognizes lead and thinks it's calcium. The human body immediately absorbs lead ans stores it in the bones and brain, because it looks like calcium.

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Wednesday 06/05/2013
Progressive Plumbing
Posted: June 05, 2013 - 4:00 am

Progressive Plumbing wants to share some important health information with our neighbors. It’s about the water we bathe and cook in. It’s the water our children drink. The U.S. government has issued the President’s Cancer Panel report. It finally admitted the chlorine, contaminants, disinfectants, carcinogens, and pollutants in our water supply are causing cancer. And most importantly, they are telling all Americans to install a water filtration system in their homes to reduce their risk of cancer.

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Walton Orthodontics
Posted: June 05, 2013 - 4:00 am

Brace yourself Marana, there is a new orthodontist in town! Dr. Grant D. Walton has been creating beautiful smiles in Casa Grande, Ariz. for over 20 years, and is now in your neighborhood. We offer free initial consultations, low monthly payments, and take most insurances. Call (855) 925-8668 to schedule your complimentary consultation today.

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Wednesday 05/01/2013
Grand Opening - Walton Orthodontics
Updated: May 29, 2013 - 9:49 am

Brace yourself Marana, there is a new orthodontist in town!

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Thursday 04/04/2013
Get ahead with Mathnasium
Posted: April 04, 2013 - 5:00 pm

The math standards are changing! Is your child ready? The Common Core Standards are a way to prepare all the students in America for life. Arizona has been way behind the rest of the U.S. when it comes to math and now we are pushing to catch up.

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Wednesday 04/03/2013
AKKA Karate USA
Posted: April 03, 2013 - 4:00 am

It’s that time of year where everyone is starting their spring cleaning. We invite you to join us on Saturday, April 13 at AKKA Karate School in the Twin Peaks Plaza (next to Hungry Howie’s Pizza) from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. We are having a garage sale where uniforms, shirts and miscellaneous gear will be available for sale. Proceeds from this event will help raise funds for our candidates getting ready for their Black Belt Test in June.

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Wednesday 02/06/2013
Marana Physical Therapy
Updated: February 06, 2013 - 8:57 am

Marana Physical Therapy is proud to serve Marana and the surrounding communities with their original location on Ina at Oldfather, and their newest clinic on Coachline at Twin Peaks! Owners, Connie and Jerry McCollow are physical therapists each with more than twenty five years of experience.

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AKKA Karate U.S.A. Twin Peaks
Updated: February 06, 2013 - 8:56 am

Looking for an activity the whole family can enjoy? Then karate might be the thing for you. We have amazingly affordable family packages; your whole family can train for less than $200 a month! Our schedule offers you some flexibility and freedom to choose classes that can fit your family’s daily routine (ages 4+). In addition to karate, we offer a cardio kickboxing class for those looking to just get into shape (ages 15+). Call (520) 572-8669 today for more information!

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Monday 12/31/2012
Progressive Plumbing
Updated: January 16, 2013 - 10:28 am

Progressive Plumbing is a family owned business providing quality plumbing services to scores of happy customers in the Tucson area since 1986. We are famous for our friendly, drug-screened, background verified and continually trained plumbing staff who are attentive to you, the homeowner as we meet all your plumbing needs. Progressive Plumbing is licensed and experienced to perform both residential and commercial plumbing work from the smallest repair to any sized project our clients might want to undertake.

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