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The Curve
November 21, 2014 2 10

Running along Seventh Avenue between Indian School and Camelback, Melrose is a business district filled with unique thrift and antique spots, coffee shops, nightlife, and eateries. The focus on re-branding and beautification holds a new precedent for the Melrose District. SAMA, the Seventh Avenue Merchants Association, has played a vital role in the process. “It’s been a transition over the years from what the purpose has been,” said Teresa Stickler, president of SAMA. “We are coming around a turn and are starting to re-energize. We are in the process of updating our vision for the street, and redoing our strategic plan.” Originally, “the area had been blighted, there was a lot of prostitution and a lot of vacancies,” Stickler said. melrose7 The main reason SAMA was originally founded was to help rid the area of these things in order to promote more business growth, Stickler said. Melrose...

Running along Seventh Avenue between Indian School and Camelback, Melrose is a business district filled with unique thrift and antique spots, coffee shops, nightlife, and eateries. The focus on re-branding and beautification holds a new precedent for the Melrose District. SAMA, the Seventh Avenue Merchants Association, has played a vital role...

Running along Seventh Avenue between Indian School and Camelback, Melrose is a business district filled with unique thrift and antique spots, coffee shops, nightlife, and eateries. The focus on re-branding and beautification holds a new precedent for the Melrose District. SAMA,...

Running along Seventh Avenue between Indian School and Camelback, Melrose is a business district filled with unique thrift and antique spots, coffee shops, nightlife, and...

Running along Seventh Avenue between Indian School and Camelback, Melrose is a business district filled with unique thrift and antique spots, coffee shops, nightlife, and eateries. The focus on re-branding and beautification holds a new...

Running along Seventh Avenue between Indian School and Camelback, Melrose is a business district filled with unique thrift and antique spots, coffee shops, nightlife, and eateries. The focus on re-branding and beautification holds a new...

Running along Seventh Avenue between Indian School and Camelback, Melrose is a business district filled with unique thrift and antique spots, coffee shops, nightlife, and eateries. The focus on re-branding and beautification holds a new precedent for the Melrose District. SAMA, the Seventh Avenue Merchants Association, has played a vital role in the process. “It’s been a transition over the years from what the purpose has been,” said Teresa Stickler, president of SAMA. “We are coming around a turn and are starting to re-energize. We are in the process of updating our vision for the street, and redoing our strategic plan.” Originally,...

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Restoring Hope
November 18, 2014 0 7

It’s 7pm on a warm school night in Phoenix. Teenagers, some with backpacks full of homework, others with hands full of snacks, stream into a nondescript building in the central corridor. Their conversations and laughter carry. It’s common teenage stuff: boy bands, high school gossip, crushes, the stress of school work. Yet they are gathering, as teens have for decades, not to eat pizza or go bowling but to be the ear for others who may be in trouble. Teen Lifeline, created in 1986 by a local behavioral health provider, took more than 12,600 calls last year—with most coming from Arizona kids. The calls are answered by peers—teen volunteers who have completed extensive training before taking their first call. “Our goal is to help inform the caller,” says Nikki Kontz, clinical director for the organization. “If they are considering running away and living on the streets, we discuss the legal consequences so they make...

It’s 7pm on a warm school night in Phoenix. Teenagers, some with backpacks full of homework, others with hands full of snacks, stream into a nondescript building in the central corridor. Their conversations and laughter carry. It’s common teenage stuff: boy bands, high school gossip, crushes, the stress of school work. Yet...

It’s 7pm on a warm school night in Phoenix. Teenagers, some with backpacks full of homework, others with hands full of snacks, stream into a nondescript building in the central corridor. Their conversations and laughter carry. It’s common teenage stuff: boy...

It’s 7pm on a warm school night in Phoenix. Teenagers, some with backpacks full of homework, others with hands full of snacks, stream into a...

It’s 7pm on a warm school night in Phoenix. Teenagers, some with backpacks full of homework, others with hands full of snacks, stream into a nondescript building in the central corridor. Their conversations and laughter...

It’s 7pm on a warm school night in Phoenix. Teenagers, some with backpacks full of homework, others with hands full of snacks, stream into a nondescript building in the central corridor. Their conversations and laughter...

It’s 7pm on a warm school night in Phoenix. Teenagers, some with backpacks full of homework, others with hands full of snacks, stream into a nondescript building in the central corridor. Their conversations and laughter carry. It’s common teenage stuff: boy bands, high school gossip, crushes, the stress of school work. Yet they are gathering, as teens have for decades, not to eat pizza or go bowling but to be the ear for others who may be in trouble. Teen Lifeline, created in 1986 by a local behavioral health provider, took more than 12,600 calls last year—with most coming from Arizona kids. The...

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Serving Justice and Grace
November 11, 2014 0 7

“Laura, I’m going to marry my girlfriend, and I’m going to invite you to the wedding,” said the big, grown man as his eyelids welled up with tears. He stretched out his hand and gave a bouquet of flowers to Laura Glass-Hess, the public defender who argued his case after he did a simple favor for a friend: he dropped off a box at the post office—a box he didn’t know was filled with cocaine. Laura gave him a second chance at life. “That is the best day—that’s the absolute best day—when you can really make something happen, and you think, this is right. This is justice,” says Laura, who just celebrated her fifth year as a public defender in Maricopa County, providing free, high-quality legal representation to the indigent who can’t afford to hire their own lawyers. kaech-justice4-600 “The first duty of society is...

“Laura, I’m going to marry my girlfriend, and I’m going to invite you to the wedding,” said the big, grown man as his eyelids welled up with tears. He stretched out his hand and gave a bouquet of flowers to Laura Glass-Hess, the public defender who argued his case after...

“Laura, I’m going to marry my girlfriend, and I’m going to invite you to the wedding,” said the big, grown man as his eyelids welled up with tears. He stretched out his hand and gave a bouquet of flowers to...

“Laura, I’m going to marry my girlfriend, and I’m going to invite you to the wedding,” said the big, grown man as his eyelids welled...

“Laura, I’m going to marry my girlfriend, and I’m going to invite you to the wedding,” said the big, grown man as his eyelids welled up with tears. He stretched out his hand and gave...

“Laura, I’m going to marry my girlfriend, and I’m going to invite you to the wedding,” said the big, grown man as his eyelids welled up with tears. He stretched out his hand and gave...

“Laura, I’m going to marry my girlfriend, and I’m going to invite you to the wedding,” said the big, grown man as his eyelids welled up with tears. He stretched out his hand and gave a bouquet of flowers to Laura Glass-Hess, the public defender who argued his case after he did a simple favor for a friend: he dropped off a box at the post office—a box he didn’t know was filled with cocaine. Laura gave him a second chance at life. “That is the best day—that’s the absolute best day—when you can really make something happen, and you think,...

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A Fair Gamble
October 21, 2014 1 21

“I thought [teaching] was all I was going to do until I was an old grandma," Stephanie Vasquez says. "But now I will never go back.” Now, four years after saying goodbye to her career as a middle school teacher, Vasquez is teaching downtown Phoenix how to eat and drink conscientiously through her two downtown storefronts, the Fair Trade Cafe and Fair Trade Community Kitchen. It was nine years ago when Vasquez stumbled on the opportunity to take ownership of a previously nonprofit coffee shop on Roosevelt and First Avenue, which was run and owned by a local church. She took the opportunity, and later planned to open up a second location at Civic Space Park. While the second location was being built, Vasquez was also still working at Santa Maria Middle School 30 minutes away. Then the economic recession happened, causing Vasquez to make some major decisions. “With a very heavy heart I...

“I thought [teaching] was all I was going to do until I was an old grandma," Stephanie Vasquez says. "But now I will never go back.” Now, four years after saying goodbye to her career as a middle school teacher, Vasquez is teaching downtown Phoenix how to eat and drink conscientiously...

“I thought [teaching] was all I was going to do until I was an old grandma," Stephanie Vasquez says. "But now I will never go back.” Now, four years after saying goodbye to her career as a middle school teacher, Vasquez...

“I thought [teaching] was all I was going to do until I was an old grandma," Stephanie Vasquez says. "But now I will never go...

“I thought [teaching] was all I was going to do until I was an old grandma," Stephanie Vasquez says. "But now I will never go back.” Now, four years after saying goodbye to her career as...

“I thought [teaching] was all I was going to do until I was an old grandma," Stephanie Vasquez says. "But now I will never go back.” Now, four years after saying goodbye to her career as...

“I thought [teaching] was all I was going to do until I was an old grandma," Stephanie Vasquez says. "But now I will never go back.” Now, four years after saying goodbye to her career as a middle school teacher, Vasquez is teaching downtown Phoenix how to eat and drink conscientiously through her two downtown storefronts, the Fair Trade Cafe and Fair Trade Community Kitchen. It was nine years ago when Vasquez stumbled on the opportunity to take ownership of a previously nonprofit coffee shop on Roosevelt and First Avenue, which was run and owned by a local church. She took the...

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Dairy in the Desert
September 15, 2015 0 8

It is all too easy to envy those small American towns with their local dairy farms and fresh milk in glass bottles. But for Arizonans, this mentality has now run its course thanks to Danzeisen Dairy in Laveen Village. For three generations, the Danzeisen family has operated their dairy farm and...

It is all too easy to envy those small American towns with their local dairy farms and fresh milk in glass bottles. But for Arizonans, this mentality has now run its course thanks to Danzeisen Dairy in Laveen Village. For three...

It is all too easy to envy those small American towns with their local dairy farms and fresh milk in glass bottles. But for Arizonans,...

It is all too easy to envy those small American towns with their local dairy farms and fresh milk in glass bottles. But for Arizonans, this mentality has now run its course thanks to Danzeisen...

It is all too easy to envy those small American towns with their local dairy farms and fresh milk in glass bottles. But for Arizonans, this mentality has now run its course thanks to Danzeisen...

It is all too easy to envy those small American towns with their local dairy farms and fresh milk in glass bottles. But for Arizonans, this mentality has now run its course thanks to Danzeisen Dairy in Laveen Village. For three generations, the Danzeisen family has operated their dairy farm and sold their milk to the larger distribution companies. However, a few years ago, the dairy’s owner, Kevin Danzeisen, decided the company needed a change in direction. Danzeisen Dairy “We weren’t going to make it as a farm if we kept doing things the same...

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