a blow-by-blow before & after slideshow of the Manning's 1950 house moving into the 21st century w tile from Floor & Decor
My friend Chet Provorse (Imagyst Photography) took this heartfelt series of photos Chet: 9/7/13 "I made a photo documentary trip to Prescott, AZ this morning when I learned that the temporary community memorial there honoring the Granite Mountain Hotshots would be disassembled Tuesday to safely store the honor tributes left for display in a future permanent memorial setting. To say the least I, it was another overwhelmingly powerful and humbling experience.
I will be posting some of the items and honors that moved me the most as my way to honor these quiet Heroes and help us all remember them and their loved ones left behind."
With Chet's permission I am posting these photos, copyright 2013 Imagyst Photography
Marty Manning & his wife Wendy headed to the Bahamas on board the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line, the Disney Dream!
I was broadcasting live from Disney's California Adventure Friday morning Nov 22.
in addition to what you heard on the air, we also have Disney interviews posted right here (Thanks Dave Appleford!)
I also took a bunch of photos of some of the holiday fun at Disneyland.
Once again this year The TruWest Credit Union Cheermobile will be headed
to offices and businesses around the Valley to collect new toys for the kids
at Banner Children's! You can also donate at any of the 9 TruWest locations!
CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE!
Congratulations from KEZ and Taylor Morrison to Mr. Chris Whitehead
at Fremont Jr. High School in Mesa. Mr. Whitehead teaches US history
and the kids love him!
Wendy and I are ready to root for the Red Sox! You can make you own beard photo on the Boston.com website! http://www.boston.com/marketing/beardme/
Cindy Cordts is a delightful lady who has been teaching at Oakwood Elementary School in
the Peoria Unified School District since the school opened 29 years ago! We visited her 3rd grade class during math class to present her with the Taylor MOrrison KEZ Excellence in
With help from our friends at Floor & Decor, we changed our old tile for a
beautiful new look, and a completely new bathroom! Here's the before and
after video! Great job by tile and bathroom makeover guru Rick Town, and
a nice paint job by Frank Baca really move our 1950 bungalow into the 21st
century! (Especially the Jacuzzi and the space-age toilet!)
(Quick update .. the Queen of Clean sent me a note .. use a microfiber mop
and water to clean the tile... Thanks Linda!)
If you think hunger doesn’t happen in our community, think again. The idea that hunger is a foreign problem is just one of several existing myths about hunger in our community. Here are 3 common myths about hunger, along with the truth:
Truth: Hunger exists locally, and it exists to a greater degree than you might expect. In fact, 82,000 households in Maricopa County alone struggle to put food on the table every day. The most severely impacted by chronic hunger are people who need nutritious meals the most: children, pregnant women and seniors. You can read more facts, along with specific stories of everyday people impacted by hunger, in the UNITE to End Hunger plan.
Truth: Nearly half of the 82,000 food-insecure households in Maricopa County include children, with 1 in 4 children living in poverty. Families stretching their resources to cover housing, transportation, child care, food and medical needs, may find themselves looking at what is the lowest cost food available, versus the most nutritious. The healthiest, freshest food is rarely the cheapest or most accessible. The lowest price tags are usually on high-carb, processed, ready-to-eat foods. Because of this, hunger and obesity too often go hand-in-hand.
Truth: SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, provides millions of homes around the nation with monthly food assistance. Most households that utilize supplemental programs like SNAP include senior citizens and people with disabilities –people who are often not able to work. The average length of time a person stays on the program is nine months, debunking the myth that individuals “permanently live off” food stamps. SNAP also serves as a responsive federal program to assist families and communities during economic downturns. With the extended duration of unemployment, it’s a valuable support mechanism to keep families from experiencing chronic hunger. It also contributes to economic recovery: every $1.00 increase in SNAP benefits generates about $1.70 in economic activity.
Now that you know the truth behind these common myths, what can you do to help?
Get involved! Volunteer at local schools, senior centers and community centers. Familiarize yourself with your neighbors and community members who struggle with chronic hunger. You can check on a neighbor and offer a ride to the grocery store, or host a potluck dinner -- there are so many simple ways to extend a hand up. Sign up to volunteer.
Be heard! In October, all SNAP participants will be affected by a reduction. Add your voice to the cause and let your Congressional Representatives know where you stand on the issue. Contact your Representative here. Like any big problem, the solution starts one caring person at a time. Get involved, be educated, spread the word and change a life.
Amy Schwabenlender is Vice President of Community Impact for Valley of the Sun United Way. She leads United Way’s Community Objective to End Hunger and Homelessness in Maricopa County and serves on a variety of community boards including the Maricopa County Continuum of Care.
Arizona Diamondbacks 2nd baseman Aaron Hill and his wife are joining in the United Way Fight to End Hunger in the Valley.
Hill said he is excited to jump in the fight to end hunger in Phoenix.
Both he and his wife, Elizabeth, are set on being active participants in the cause and not just voices behind it. “We plan to teach our children about hunger and other community needs with volunteer projects. We both grew up learning the values of hard work and giving back.
We want our kids to grow up the same way.”
CLICK ON THE CALENDAR to find out how you can join the Team to Fight Hunger!