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 […]

Andeen: Fire safety, the need for defensible space

The Town of Paradise Valley has not been immune to fire. Growing up here I remember all too well the large fires we had on Mummy Mountain in the ‘70s and ‘80s. With the abundance of rain this winter and spring, the desert is overgrown with shrubs and weeds that are a fire danger in […]

Bien-Willner: A salute to Town Council’s recent successes

As Paradise Valley’s Town Council recesses for the summer, I wanted to express my thanks to everyone involved for a great first six months of this council term. It has been an absolute privilege and pleasure to serve as your mayor for the past six months. Your council and town staff, with valuable public input, […]

Pace: What you need to know in Paradise Valley — the good and the bad

As we arrive at the council’s summer break, there are items residents need to watch in Paradise Valley. Let’s review the good and the bad so residents are up-to-speed and can let the mayor, council and town staff know your thoughts. Let’s start with the bad: 1. Opposing 150 foot architectural spire and 90 foot […]

Rosequist: Independent newsroom offers alternative delivery methods as newspaper growth ensues

It’s no secret that the Town of Paradise Valley is unique, and we see that moniker reflected within the newsroom, as well. For nearly 40 years, the Paradise Valley Independent has been in publication — in large part due to the loyalty of its readership. The news landscape has evolved rapidly in the 21st Century, […]

Dr. Smolens: Learn the 2 simple steps to save a life with hands-only CPR

Over 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of the hospital each year in the U.S. This means there is a chance that you or someone you love may need Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in the case of an emergency. Cardiac arrest does not discriminate. It can happen to anyone, at any time, at any place. That’s why […]

Rice: PVPD’s ‘Coffee with a Cop’ is a benefit for all

Sitting down, face to face, is the best way to get to know somebody. When is the last time you did that with a neighbor? Or with a cop? The Town of Paradise Valley Police Department offers a Coffee with a Cop experience every first Wednesday of the month at 7:30 a.m. at the police […]

Dembow: Paradise Valley leaders deserve our gratitude

Before we enter into the summer months and many Paradise Valley residents begin to travel, I wanted to take a moment to express a bit of gratitude toward a number of people in our community. Paradise Valley is truly a place that lives up to its name, and it’s in no small part to a […]

Thomasson: Security matters to us all

Like many of you, I was deeply troubled by the attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh last year. My faith and worship community are deeply important to me and I had a hard time processing the horror of such an attack. Earlier this year I attended the Paradise Valley Police Department Houses […]