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Mother’s Day

Adrian Basil, with 2-year old son Devon, was voted Best Mom in Maricopa for 2019 and received prizes from community businesses. Devon is the youngest of four children.

With 26 Maricopa mothers nominated by their family and friends and more than 2,000 votes cast at InMaricopa.com, Best Mom in Maricopa 2019 went to Adrian Basil, just in time for Mother’s Day.

The single mother of four children spanning more than 20 years, she is an equipment mechanic/technician and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

“I was shocked, actually,” Basil said. “It was nice just being nominated. I didn’t expect to win.”

Friend Kimber Shelton nominated her for the online contest.

“She is such a strong woman and an absolutely loving and amazing mother who does anything and everything she can for her children,” Shelton said.

Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Basil had already started a family when she followed her dream of joining the Air Force.

“I always wanted to, but I started out so young having kids that I wasn’t able to because I had them,” she said. “And then my brother helped take care of them. I was out here, and he was out here, so I was able to go to basic training.”

The military providing training that has landed her a career working on aerospace systems. Her oldest son, who is 23, still lives in Maricopa with friends. Her 21-year-old daughter recently moved to Florida. Still at home are a 14-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son.

“One of her children recently began battling some serious health issues that have led to hospital stays and continued treatment,” Shelton said. “This, of course, has taken such a toll on Adrian as a mother seeing her child struggle and wanting to do all she can to meet every need and get the best care possible. Even with help from loved ones, I can’t even imagine how difficult it must be to see your child struggle in such a way all the while trying to maintain daily needs and a stable and healthy environment for the rest of the family.”

As the first-place winner, Basil received a bouquet, a tumbler, a $50 Fry’s gift card, Gucci sunglasses from Maricopa Eye Care and a “Hot Lap” on the track at Apex Motor Club.

Eva Bolden was second in the online voting. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

The second-place winner was Eva Bolden, who is raising seven kids. She was nominated by fiancé Isaiah Jernigan: “She does it all work, cook, clean, shop. She is patient and caring; that’s what makes her a good mother. She keeps our family happy on top of everything and shows everyone she meets unconditional love.” Bolden received a bouquet, a tumbler, a $50 Fry’s gift card and a family portrait photoshoot with photographer Victor Moreno.

Kelsey Mitchell was third in the voting from among 26 nominees. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

The third-place winner was Kelsey Mitchell, the mother of four in a blended family, who has done it alone for seven months while husband Brian completed basic training for the Air National Guard. She was nominated by friend Shauna Perez: “Kelsey volunteers countless hours at the kids’ schools, leads worship at church, and runs a family boutique online. All of this while managing the demands of motherhood.” Mitchell received a bouquet, a tumbler and a $50 Fry’s gift card.

Learn about all the amazing Best Mom nominees at InMaricopa.com/Contests.

Amy Berry, with her children Cameron, Caden and Chloe, is 2018’s Best Mom in Maricopa. Photo by Mason Callejas


Single mother of three Amy Berry has a lot of love out there. Nominated by six people, she is the 2018 Best Mom in Maricopa.

InMaricopa’s Facebook readers “liked” the nomination of the mother they thought most deserving of the award, and Berry came out ahead among nearly 30 nominees.

“I’m excited, but I couldn’t do what I do without the village to help me,” Berry said.

Originally from Seattle, Berry moved to Maricopa in 2007. She and her children, Cameron, 12, Caden, 10, and Chloe, 5, live in The Villages.

When’s she’s not working full-time for Wells Fargo from home, she’s leading Girl Scouts or running her children to their activities. Her two sons are both involved in football, one also plays baseball, and her daughter takes dance classes.

“Amy has an amazing, big, loving heart,” Peggy Hill’s Facebook nomination stated. “Health hasn’t been on her side; she still brings up the strength to do all. Amy is, for me, the best mom ever.”

Amy Berry tries out new sunglasses from Maricopa Eye Care, one of the prizes she won as Best Mom in Maricopa. Photo by Mason Callejas

Carol Fagerlie said Berry “amazingly juggles children, their activities, her work, family and friends. She’s a hard worker and has a good heart.”

Alicia Hills said Berry is a “huge advocate” for the city, the schools and the businesses.

“I think Maricopa is a perfect place to raise kids,” Berry said. “I know their teachers and their principal. Someone will call me to tell me my kid jumped in the lake at Pacana Park. Well, that’s nice to know.”

Also nominating Berry, Allen Jorgensen called her an “incredibly brave, tough, tireless and loving mom.”

Berry received $200 in gift cards from local merchants, sunglasses from Maricopa Eye Care, a family sitting with Victor Moreno Photography and a bouquet from Fry’s.

In second place, Kylie Williams received $100 in gift cards and a Fry’s bouquet. Finishing third, Jessica Reynolds aka Jessie Lowman earned $50 in gift cards.

With Father’s Day approaching, check Facebook.com/InMaricopa for a chance to nominate and vote for the Best Dad in Maricopa.

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Cheryl Ortiz

Cheryl Ortiz has come through a difficult year and emerged as a strong single mother of three and a mother-figure to hundreds. Now she can officially claim the title of “Best Mom in Maricopa.”

The mother of Caleb, age 11, Adelina, 8, and Elijah, 4, Ortiz is a first-grade teacher at Legacy Traditional School. She estimates she has taught more than 300 students in her 11 years on the job, the last four at Legacy. The mother of one of those former students has become a close friend, Barbie Samsel, who nominated Ortiz for InMaricopa’s “Best Mom” contest on its Facebook page.

She has been through so much and her faith in God has never wavered, and her love for her children knows no bounds,” Samsel said. “She has such a kind and giving heart not only to her own children but also to the children she cares for everyday in her first-grade classroom.”

Ortiz said she was “totally blown away” when her nomination received the most Facebook “likes” of 19 nominees.

“I feel undeserving and so humble,” she said. “There are a million and one wonderful mothers in Maricopa.”

A serious domestic violence situation upended the lives of the Ortiz family this year. She said they were instantly embraced by Against Abuse. The community also encircled them, reaching out to help in often anonymous ways as she helped her children adjust to a “new normal.” The children were “adopted” for Christmas, and cards with cash were left to help through the holidays and beyond.

The community support was clear in the nomination post as parent after parent called her “amazing.”

“She’s super nice and caring,” her son Caleb added.

Cheryl Ortiz with her children Adelina, Elijah and Caleb accepts prizes as Maricopa’s “Best Mom” as voted by Facebook readers. Photo by Mason Callejas

As “Best Mom in Maricopa,” her prizes include a flower bouquet, a Mother’s Day brunch with the family at Arroyo Grille at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes, a $50 gift card from Ace Hardware and a month of free training at Longevity Athletics.

See all of the terrific nominees at https://www.facebook.com/InMaricopa/posts/10154798578233495:0

Happy Mother’s Day to all!

Now, get prepared for our Best Dad in Maricopa contest coming up in June.


A small sampling of what friends had to say about Cheryl Ortiz:

Cheryl is truly an inspirational person inside and out!! – Shawna Hainey Bennett

Her children are amazing and resilient because she has taught them valuable skills and has taught them to love! – Cindy M. Jones

You would never know she has been through so much because she is the sweetest person. We love her! – Kristina Beauchemin

She’s truly a caring, compassionate woman with the patience of a saint. Always smiling, always watching out for the kids, always seeing a child’s inner worth. – Sharon Elsberry

She is a fighter, she is a beacon of hope, she is a light for God, she is a teacher, a mother, a friend and all around she reminds everyone around her to strive to become their best version of themselves. – Jen Nebeker

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To celebrate Mother’s Day, several local businesses are joining forces to find out who is the Best Mom in Maricopa Presented by InMaricopa.com. And it’s all up to your votes.

Now through May 11, nominate your favorite Maricopa mother by visiting Facebook.com/InMaricopa and posting her photo on the contest post with a brief explanation of why she is the best. Readers will then vote for their favorites on InMaricopa’s Facebook and Instagram pages. 

The winning mom will receive a $50 gift card from ACE Hardware, a flower bouquet, Mother’s Day brunch for the family at Arroyo Grille at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes and a month of training at Longevity Athletics.

Nominations must be no longer than 100 words. Moms must be residents of Maricopa.

Winners will be notified May 12 and will be announced on InMaricopa.com on Mother’s Day, May 14.

Facebook.com/InMaricopa, Instagram.com, InMaricopa


Thursday's clear if dusty skies will see clouds move in for the weekend. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Patchy dust is expected to be prelude to a weekend cooling-off period for Maricopa.

Areas of blowing dust will continue until about 8 p.m. tonight, according to the National Weather Service. Then skies will be mostly clear and the overnight low around 60 degrees. Winds may still gust up to 30 mph.

Friday, there is a 10-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11 a.m. The day is forecast to be mostly sunny with a high near 77. It will also be breezy, with wind from the south at 10-15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. A 30-percent chance of showers returns overnight, when the low is around 56.

Saturday, there is again 10-percent chance of rain before 11 a.m. The high is again anticipated to be around 77, and winds will calm to 5 mph. Saturday night, there is 20-percent chance of showers. Under mostly cloudy skies, the low will be around 58.

For Mother’s Day on Sunday, there is a 20-percent chance of showers before 11 a.m. The high for the day is expected to be near 81 with calm breezes. The overnight low will be around 57 degrees.

Temperatures are expected to start warming up again Monday and reach the high 90s during the week.

Maricopa’s air-quality index is at “moderate,” a step below the best reading, which is “good.”