(BPT) - It’s hard to believe, but the 2013-14 polar vortex wasn’t all bad. Sure, it brought North America record cold and snow, in one of the worst winters ever. But the weather phenomenon’s silver lining was in persuading many homeowners it was time to forever abandon their conventional roofs for something better. That "something" is the increasingly popular metal roof.
(BPT) - Getting children to brush their teeth can be challenging. No parent wants to struggle with a child every morning and night to ensure he or she develops good dental habits and a healthy smile. As a father of two young children, NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon understands the challenges that parents and caregivers have in getting kids to routinely practice good dental health habits.
(BPT) - Does the cost of higher education scare you? If so, you’re not alone. College tuition prices have skyrocketed. Over the past 30 years average tuition and fees at public four-year institutions rose by 225 percent, according to The College Board. Factor in room and board, books and living expenses, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to afford the hefty price tag of higher education.
(NewsUSA) - For almost a decade, there has been a dramatic shift by educators to increase kids' interest in careers in science, technology, engineering and math fields (STEM).
Programs are in place that are dedicated to increasing kids' interest in STEM subjects.
(NAPSI)—The population of the U.S. is aging in a way that may present some challenges for public education in the near future.
Many people believe that water aerobics or other types of aquatic exercise are for those with bad knees or brand new hips—a last resort for staying fit. But in fact, working out in water is great for everyone. People of all ages, abilities, and fitness levels can use aquatic exercise to improve muscle endurance as well as core strength and endurance, while burning an enormous amount of calories. Plus, it keeps the body cool during exercise, and is just plain fun. Research has shown that it’s a natural mood-booster, enhancing self-esteem while lowering anxiety and depression.
The biggest political news in Arizona recent weeks was the smackdown between Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas and Governor Doug Ducey. Douglas fired two employees from the state Board of Education. Ducey said, “Oh no you don’t!” and reinstated them. Douglas went along, at least temporarily, but not until she fired off a statement attacking Ducey with the most in-your-face language I’ve read in an official press release, maybe, ever.
The Marana Town Council held a special study session in addition to their normally scheduled meeting on Feb. 17 and a few major decisions were made.
(BPT) - Four-month old Lily Campos sits on her father’s lap, one chubby hand in her mouth, the other patting the farm animals in the book in front of her. As the pages turn, she reaches for the pictures, squealing and gurgling with excitement as her father reads.
A Ben’s Bells award was presented to Norma Meyers at her retirement party from Sun City Oro Valley on Jan. 20.
The Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona and Tucson Electric Power (TEP) have teamed up during the 2015 cookie season to distribute 125,000 compact florescent light bulbs (CFL) that can help customers to use less energy and reduce their monthly electric bills.
(StatePoint) In today’s age of technology, it’s easy for teens to reject books in favor of gadgets. As these emerging technologies become increasingly important in society, parents should reinforce the educational and entertainment benefits of reading.
Arizona Civil War Council at Old Tucson
Al Jazeera: The debt forgiveness movement born out of Occupy Wall Street has entered a new stage in its activism around student loans. On Monday, a wing of the campaign known as Debt Collective announced a “debt strike” by 15 former students of the for-profit college chain Corinthian Colleges Inc.
(StatePoint) Have your healthy New Year’s habits already begun to fade? Recharge your resolutions this March during National Nutrition Month. While a healthy lifestyle can certainly help you get the body you always wanted, the benefits extend well beyond your appearance, say experts.
(NAPSI)—Years of helping other blinded veterans paid off recently for one dedicated volunteer, in the form of the Department of Veterans Affairs’s (VA) National Male Volunteer of the Year award.
(NAPSI)—If you’re like most new parents, you’re concentrating on immediate expenses such as clothes and diapers. Since you’re a smart parent, you’re also thinking about longer-term financial responsibilities such as providing for the financial needs of your family and building a fund for your child’s education.
(NAPSI)—Wendy, of Fort Worth, Texas, had daily migraines for a decade. Numerous visits to medical doctors and specialists brought no relief. But one day, while waiting for her daughter at her orthodontist’s office, Wendy read about TruDenta (www.TruDenta.com). “Who would have thought a dentist could fix your headaches? But what could it hurt? I had tried everything else!”
For their support of employees in the National Guard and Reserve, the Golder Ranch Fire Department was presented with Patriot Awards by the Arizona Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) at their board meeting on Feb. 10.
The Children’s Museum Oro Valley satellite location just got the boost it needed to fund its Literacy Corner thanks to a $31,225 check from the Friends of the Oro Valley Public Library (FOVPL), a volunteer and nonprofit organization that supports literacy missions.
Over the last six months, there’s a lot of talk about Tucson’s economy improving. There’s a lot about downtown taking that turn from being a punchline to being a source of discussion for bringing in new business, new housing and new energy that could kick-start an economy that has been struggling to just crawl upward from the recession.
If it were me, I’d be ashamed. If a judge told me I had cheated children out of money I owed them, that I had violated the law by giving them less money than I was legally bound to give, I would hang my head in shame, and I’d ask the judge, “How much do I owe?”
(BPT) - First-time buyers account for more than a quarter of all-terrain vehicle sales each year. As with any major purchase, a little education can go a long way toward helping you get the best possible deal for your money.
The Marana Town Council had a busy day on Feb. 10, conducting both special study session and a special meeting.