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(NAPSI)—Ideally, all students would have access to one-on-one tutoring when they need it. In most cases, this ideal is neither feasible nor affordable, but advanced technology can give students a one-on-one experience through software- and Web-based learning tools.
(BPT) - You might be a fairytale-style bride or a more professional bride who doesn’t tolerate frilly. You might even be the girl next door with a laid-back attitude. Whatever your personal style, your tastes will set the look and feel of the wedding you’re planning.
Start the New Year on the right foot by participating in the Town of Marana’s Eighth Annual Egg Nog Jog on Jan. 1. The sanctioned 5K route begins at Continental Reserve Park and loops through the beautiful Reserve neighborhood.
Every year around this time, my wife and I make a $400 donation to public schools and I write a column about it. It may sound like I’m bragging about my generosity, but I’m not. See, I get the entire $400 back at income tax time. And you can do the same thing: give $200 as an individual or $400 as a couple to a public school – or spread it out over a few schools if you want – and get all your money back when you pay your state taxes. I highly recommend it. It’s a great deal, everybody wins. You get to do something good for school children, you get to feel good about yourself, and it doesn’t cost you a dime.
With the election results a distant memory, the Mayor and re-elected members of the City Council have secretly made the decision to purchase for $1,000,000, the money losing entities of El Conquistador. Under the secret negotiations, the Town would purchase 45 holes of golf, two swimming pools, 31 tennis courts, a restaurant, and a building it will convert to a community center. The community center will house, among other things, exercise equipment that will help to decrease the revenue and taxes of such businesses as L.A. Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness and other fitness companies in favor of a non-taxpaying entity. Will Oro Valley also get into the restaurant management business? The Mayor indicates the golf course will lose money at first—$1,000,000 to $1,300,000 in the first year but he expects it will become a money maker in a few years. Of course that is pure speculation. The Mayor’s finance people indicate all of the repairs and upgrades will cost no more than $1,500,000 even though members of the existing club’s Grounds Committee provide information that the upgrades will cost between $6,000,000 and $10,000,000 with an additional $400,000 needed to restore the cart paths. We should also remember that the way to finance this boondoggle is an increase in the sales tax for Oro Valley businesses. Wasn’t it Mayor Hiremath who indicated in his re-election campaign rhetoric he was going to put effort into increasing the number of retail businesses in Oro Valley? These are the same businesses that could lose market share because it would cost less to make a major purchase in Tucson, Oracle, etc. to the detriment of Oro Valley businesses. Why shop in Oro Valley if a short distance away, we can save our hard earned money by paying less sales tax?
(NAPSI)—Whether it's "Elf," "Miracle on 34th Street" or "Christmas Vacation," it seems that everyone has a favorite holiday movie or TV special they've made a part of their holiday traditions. According to a recent omnibus survey conducted by Research Now for Roku, Inc., maker of the popular streaming platform for Roku players and Roku TV, 75 percent of Americans plan to watch holiday movies and TV specials this season. But gone are the days when holiday movies and specials aired once or twice during the season and families had to plan their schedules to watch them on broadcast TV.
PIMA COUNTY – Public officials and trade representatives from Jinju City, South Korea, met with Pima County officials Friday as part of a four-day economic tour of Phoenix and Tucson.
(Family Features) When the cold of winter settles in, it can bring a wide range of problems – especially for individuals who wear glasses.
(BPT) - The holidays will be here in the blink of an eye – have you finished shopping for gifts? If your answer is no, you’re not alone. Fortunately, you can save time, money and cut down on stress thanks to a handy gift-guide guaranteed to inspire perfect presents for everyone on your list.
(Family Features) ‘Tis the season for holiday parties, and many pet lovers jump at the opportunity to include their four-legged friends in the festivities. Pet holiday parties may range from the simply elegant to the simply silly, but they all have one thing in common – a doggone good time.
(NAPSI)—Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), a malfunction of the electrical rhythm of the heart, can strike anyone, at any time—but you can lead the way to save a life.
(NAPSI)—For those looking to take an upscale road trip, but who want to get the most for their money, there are several tips and tricks to keep in mind when planning a getaway.
University of Arizona sophomore linebacker Scooby Wright III was given the Rotary Lombardi Award in Houston on Wednesday, presented annually to the nation’s most outstanding defensive lineman or linebacker. The selection committee is made up of Division I head coaches, media personnel and former winners and finalists of the Rotary Lombardi Award. He also won the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy in Charlotte, N.C. on Monday.
(NewsUSA) - Wow.
The holiday season is upon us, and for Tucsonans, that means slower traffic, delicious tamales, and wearing thermal socks underneath your sandals. For Oro Valley, however, it also means that the Great American Playhouse is bringing an instant holiday classic to the stage. “We’re No Angels” is an original story written by GAP staple Nick Seivert. Seivert’s writing style is noticeably different from frequent GAP penman Sean MacArthur. While MacArthur enjoys paying homage to cult Hollywood films, Seivert prefers completely homegrown allegories with little to no references to the silver screen. Being an unapologetic film-buff, I tend to prefer MacArthur’s witty movie-reference filled scripts, but there is still something respectable to be said about an entirely new product brought forth from the mind of a comedian such as Seivert.
Fiscal hawks on the Oro Valley Town Council gave another presentation about the police department’s spending, but without visual aids to show the audience.
It has been a slow start to year two of the Mark Felix era at Ironwood Ridge. The Nighthawks’ first six losses all came by 10 points or less.
The Board of Coronado Little League unanimously approved a new name for the league. The league is now known as Oro Valley Little League or OVLL.
(NewsUSA) - Millennials want to see the world. According to a study by Boston Consulting Group, Americans ages 18-34 reported a greater desire to travel abroad by a 23 percent margin. While the economy rebounds, travel spending by this group is up.
University of Arizona football has accepted an invitation to play Boise State at the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl in Phoenix, Ariz., it was announced by the College Football Playoff committee and Arizona Athletics on Sunday. The Wildcats’ game with the Broncos will be played Wed., Dec. 31, at 2 p.m. MT and will air on ESPN.
Arizona back-up quarterback Jerrard Randall saw extended action in the second half against Oregon.
(NewsUSA) - It's one of the unfortunate truths of our obsession with sports: Coaches don't normally get much credit unless they take their teams all the way to a title. And yet, there actually still are some coaches -- let's call them the good guys -- who view at least a part of their jobs as helping to build character in their players while easing the mental and physical irritations that come with competition.
(NAPSI)—Whether it’s the holidays or any occasion you want to be special, a gift that features a friend’s or family member’s favorite automotive item can be a great way to show you care—and know—about the person. For example, you can put car fanciers on the road to happiness with items such as these from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Mopar brand: