Dembow: Reflecting on duty, honor & country as Veterans Day approaches

Gilbert Wang was the principal at Madison No. 1 Elementary School when I was growing up. During assemblies he would stand up and recite “Duty, Honor, Country” with the Star Spangled Banner playing in the background. We would stand and say the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag with our hands held over our hearts. […]

Thornton: Issues & Experts examine effect of vacation rentals in Scottsdale, TPV

Editor’s note: The article published in the Town of Paradise Valley Independent, Oct. 2, 2019, and the advertisements published in the Scottsdale Independent and Town of Paradise Valley Independent note a charge to the Issues & Experts event. Please note, the event is now free to attend thanks to a sponsorship with Hague Partners Founder/CEO […]

Lyons: Government-controlled health insurance puts us all at risk

No public health issue is as important as being able to access high-quality, affordable health care. I believe we all can agree on this. Growing up, I always wanted to be a firefighter, and I’m grateful that I was able to serve my community as a first-responder. Helping those in need was always my dream, […]

Bien-Willner: A focused renewed, a look forward at Paradise Valley Town Hall

The nights are cooling down, and the days are not quite as long. Some of us have celebrated the summer here, while many of us have sought cooler climates or ventured to special places near and far with family or friends. School has started. And, after activity at Town Hall in June, July and August […]

Glascock: Turquoise waters and mysteries of the Mayan gods

Belize is a country full of natural beauty and fascinating archaeology. My experiences in Belize combined the crystal-clear turquoise sea and white sandy beaches of Aubergines Cay, an island 20 minutes by plane from Belize City, with the thick jungle and a Maya archaeological site near San Ignacio, which is a two-hour drive into the […]

Pace: Paradise Valley reinvigorates its mountain preservation trust

Over 240 acres worth over $100 million dollars. Civic leaders of Paradise Valley have made important progress to preserve mountain views and open space that are integral to the residential and resort community. Since 1997, Paradise Valley had Mummy Mountain Trust, which focused on preserving land primarily in the higher elevations of Mummy Mountain. Now, […]

Bisson: Independent supports local charities

We believe charity begins at home. Thanks to a generous grant given to us last fall by the Pakis Center for Business Philanthropy, we’ve been able to help nonprofit charities across the Valley with marketing campaigns or news stories to promote their worthy causes. Thus far, we’ve provided double the grants initial value of $40,000 […]

Bien-Willner: The Town of Paradise Valley is in a league of our own

Over the summer, our Town Council is on “recess” and not scheduled for regular public meetings. This is because we prefer to do the public’s business when most of our citizens are in town and able to follow what is going on and participate, if they choose. We don’t stop working hard to advance the […]

Dr. Smolens: Know your health numbers

Being aware of your risk of disease can help you manage, rectify or even prevent the condition from progressing — this is why it’s imperative to know your critical health numbers. So, what does it mean to know your numbers? It’s being knowledgeable of key figures for your total cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, Body […]

Dr. Lawton: Despite scary stats, stroke is not a death sentence

As we observed National Stroke Awareness Month, we must recognize that someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, and someone dies from stroke every four minutes. Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death among Americans, accounting for 140,000 fatalities each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s about […]