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(StatePoint) While formal education may not begin until age five, those years preceding classroom learning are crucial to brain development. You can get your child started on the right path early on by encouraging learning whenever possible.
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What better way to learn what it’s like to live at a CCRC than to hear about it direct from Splendido staff and residents? Splendido is hosting a complimentary “myth-busting” event, where we correct misperceptions about living in an all-inclusive community like ours.
“It was so easy to get these signatures,” “disrespect of the voices of the residents” and “lost confidence and trust” were just a few of the things said in Oro Valley last Wednesday.
Two rezonings passed at the Jan. 20 Marana Town Council meeting, one with no opposition and another that was more controversial.
On Jan. 20 the Arizona Interscholastic Association unveiled the initial division placement for schools and team sports for the next three school years, but those new placements are hardly set in stone. In addition to the normal appeals process, the AIA informed schools on Friday that they would be looking over the data one more time to make sure the placements were correct and some changes were made Monday morning.
(BPT) - A popular social media meme holds that “growing old isn’t for sissies.” Plenty of older women would probably agree with that sentiment as they cope with age-related issues specific to their gender, such as osteoporosis and increased risk of breast cancer. Yet the greatest health risk women face as they age is one society most often thinks of as predominantly affecting men: heart disease.
Senior citizens 55 and older will get an insider’s view of the Drexel Heights Fire District through their Senior Citizen’s Fire Academy. This free educational program provides citizens with safety classes plus an exclusive look at Drexel’s emergency operations. Participants will learn more about the organization while refreshing their fire and life safety skills.
As Marana continues to grow, the town has the challenge of keeping things working as smoothly as possible, to avoid the bureaucratic gridlock that hampers so many larger communities. They have looked at ways of making the experience of working with the town as easy as possible, streamlining things wherever they can. Some of these plans have been integrated into the latest edition of the strategic plan, where improved communication is a major theme. The town’s website is another key aspect to these goals.
Although the 2015-16 fiscal year doesn’t begin until July 1, 2015, Town of Oro Valley staff has already begun the budget process. Many months of preparation go into this document, which serves not only as a guideline for spending, but also as: a policy document, the budget indicates what services the Town will provide during the next year and spells out the level of services and reasons for their provision.
While Marana and Oro Valley officials say they like the energy and the basics of Gov. Doug Ducey’s message, they worry the budget lacks new taxes and takes from education and local municipalities.
The Marana Town Council meeting set for Tuesday, Jan. 20 will have two public hearings on rezoning as well as a presentation to recommend amending the Town Code relating to utilities.
(BPT) - When you hear the phrase “pairing tips,” do you instinctively grab your wine opener and pull out stemmed glasses? Wine is divine, but over the past few years there’s no denying that craft beers are trending and getting foodies everywhere excited to re-think pairing possibilities. Artisan and handcrafted beers are no longer just an afterthought on the drink menu - they’re standing tall next to your favorite red and white wine varietals, proving to be just as food-friendly.
CPR stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, which is commonly performed when someone goes into cardiopulmonary arrest. CPR does not have to be performed by a medical professional. Anyone can learn CPR so that they can use it in a situation where a medical professional has not yet arrived on the scene.
In December, Arizona’s State Transportation Board (STB) approved $15 million to initiate the environmental impact studies (EIS) needed to build the proposed Interstate 11 highway from Wickenberg to Nogales. The unanimous action followed a two-year study by the Arizona and Nevada Departments of Transportation urging construction of the new highway. Funding came from putting a number of just-approved construction and repair projects on indefinite hold.
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This week’s Marana Town Council meeting will have two main items, one controversial and one that, while very important, should be pass with little drama.
Upset with the rushed deadlines and lack of transparency in the proposed country club purchase, I had an email exchange with Councilman Joe Hornat just prior to the Dec. 17 meeting. When asked why on earth the town would want to get into a declining industry like the golf course business, Mr. Hornat replied “we don’t want to be in the golf business and that is why we will be hiring Troon to do that.” Really? If the town owns a golf club, it is in the golf course business. Period. And by extension, so are all Oro Valley residents, like it or not.
The Tucson Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor Keitaro Harada will perform a Mozart overture, a gypsy balletand a romantic Brahms serenade on Friday, January 9 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 7575 N. Paseo del Norte in Tucson. The program will open with Mozart's Symphony No. 32, "Overture" and feature Manuel de Falla's El amor brujo Ballet Suite and Brahms' Serenade No. 1. Concert Comments, one hour prior to performances, are complimentary with tickets.
Just before 4:30am on Sunday, crews from Northwest Fire District were dispatched to the 7100 block of North Via Venezia, near Ina and Oracle Roads, after reports were received that a car had crashed into a home and a large gas leak was present.
(BPT) - When you hear the term “spring break” what comes to mind? Likely images of partying college students or theme parks packed to the brim with families. If you’re looking to enjoy a spring break vacation that’s a little more off the beaten path, consider a destination that proves to be a hidden gem for more mature crowds, whether it be young couples looking for romance to empty-nesters desiring a quick getaway.
(Family Features) For seniors, keeping in touch with friends, family and caregivers is important to maintain an active social life and remain independent. The number of seniors — and the need to find creative ways to be mindful of their care — is on the rise. With nearly seven million Americans providing support as long-distance caregivers, according to the National Institute on Aging, staying in touch is especially important.
(BPT) - Whether committing to losing weight, improving your health or furthering your career, New Year’s resolutions create stress and require time and hard work. This year, along with those admirable but difficult-to-keep resolutions, why not set a goal that’s easy to achieve and will leave you with long-lasting satisfaction? Start the new year with a new bathroom, and you’ll reap the rewards for years to come.
On Dec. 16, prior to Marana’s Town Council Meeting, the council held a special study session to discuss the adoption of the Marana Strategic Plan III. For nearly an hour, Town Manager Gilbert Davidson went over the plan.