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Morgan: Keeping your monthly payment low amidst interest rate hikes

The price of housing is on the rise. In and of itself, that statement is nothing new these days. A severe shortage of housing inventory...

Expert: Observ your face in a new light

At Maricopa Wellness Center, we pride ourselves on our visual diagnosis of skin concerns and issues. Unfortunately, we are unable to see what is...

Seniors, avoid bone fractures by taking preventive steps

Every year, seniors fall and break their hips or other bones and then face serious potential illnesses and possibly death as a result. The...
Joan Koczor Maricopa

What to expect from Social Security in 2022

Over 50 million Americans rely on Social Security for at least a portion of their retirement income. When you consider that 180 million people...
Hannah Budinoff UofA

Siegel: More women wanted in engineering

For many years, efforts have been made to entice more women to pursue careers in engineering. Today, if you ask somebody to describe an...
Ron Smith Maricopa

5 stages of retirement – and why you need to know them

Retirement typically occurs in five stages: pre-retirement, full retirement, disenchantment, reorien-tation, and reconciliation and stability. Each stage brings its own set of choices. Understanding...

Solo agers: Procrastination not a good plan in dealing with your affairs

Last month, I wrote about the importance of reaching out to those who might be facing isolation during the holidays. That prompted me to...
Joan Koczor Maricopa

Senior advocate: Dealing with annoying, maybe illegal robocalls

Robocalls, those prerecorded, unsolicited annoyances that are becoming all-too-frequent in many households, have reached epic proportions. They are the largest source of consumer complaints...

Morgan: While helpful, home warranty only goes so far

Of an estimated 21,000 existing houses in the city limits of Maricopa, nearly 8,000 of them are at least 15 years old. At that age,...
Ron Smith Maricopa

Smith: In emergencies, preparedness instills confidence

It’s that time of year when we are reminded by Mother Nature that emergency situations can happen quickly with limited warning. Although Arizona has...

Koczor: A focus on men’s health

June is Men’s Health Month, a national observance which began in 1994 to raise awareness about health care for men and encourage boys, men...

Expert: 12 tips to de-stress from parenthood pressures

The balance of work and home life may sometimes feel like being on a merry-go-round with no way off. We need to be reminded...

Master Gardener: French marigolds easy to grow, beautiful, yield for many seasons

French marigolds (Tagetes patula) have been a garden staple for decades because they’re easy to grow and add a splash of color to any...

Phelps: Keys to effective communication

Getting others to understand our needs and ideas can be complex. The desired outcome is understanding, but how do we get there? What is...
MPD Chief James Hughes

Chief: Community valued partner on police beat

It has been a few months since my last column on how the Maricopa Police Department is policing your community. In that column, I discussed...

Expert: How to play the credit score game

If you know the rules of the game, you will win the game. With credit, the rules are not easy to understand because of...

Growing onions in the desert? No need to cry

Perhaps you’ve had the same experience: onion bulbs from the big box stores that never develop into the big, dry ones like you buy...

Koczor: Why you may want a home warranty

Many of you have been in your home for a number of years – along with the same major appliances or mechanical systems. Generally, when...

Artist: Art as a soulful expression

My participation in the arts takes on many forms, from acting to directing; from playing music to writing music, and from publishing books to...
Murray Siegel Maricopa

Accelerated learning program to kick off in kindergarten

In recent years, the Maricopa Unified School District has made a concerted effort to improve the assessment of the learning that occurs in its...
Harriet Phelps

Phelps: The pandemic’s emotional toll

School is in session and, hopefully, a routine has been established and the children are adjusting well. But there may be concerns that loom...

Watering with a purpose

I grew up in the Midwest and our biggest concern was whether March would come in like a lion or a lamb according to...
Murray Siegel

The current state of our schools

The effects of the pandemic continue to negatively affect learning in our public schools, and recent reports indicate the nature of the problem is...
Murray Siegel Maricopa

Siegel: Advanced Math for elementary students, please

In January 2016, I began this education column with two purposes. First, provide readers with new ideas about teaching and learning through the lens...

Nurtured by nature: Spending time outdoors rejuvenates, calms us

We have our son visiting from the frigid North and he is currently thawing out. He loves Arizona, mostly for soaking up sunshine and warmer...

Coping with stressful news: Keep things in perspective

Today’s news reports have been less than encouraging for exiting a globally traumatic event, such as the COVID crisis, to cope with.  While feelings...

As the year turns, it’s a good time to rethink how we live our...

This past year brought many challenges. Many of us are dealing with unexpected health issues. COVID-19 left its mark. Inflation had a profound effect. Several...
EDUC Brady McMullen

Siegel: A student assesses his MUSD education

Parents of school-age children may ask, “Can schools in the Maricopa Unified School District provide the quality education I want for my child?” This...

A love-hate relationship with oleanders

If oleanders are toxic, why do we have so many of them growing in Maricopa? Here’s the scoop on the good, the bad and...
Ron Smith Maricopa

Aging in place: Is it for you?

Because there is “no place like home,” aging in place may have many benefits: it can cost less if you own your home, slow...
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