Tucson school gets national recognition for anti-bullying efforts


A preparatory school in Tucson gets praised for its efforts against bullying. St. Gregory College Preparatory School is one of just 77 schools nationwide that received the 2011-2012 “Model Mix it Up Award.”

This award is given to schools that are working towards fostering unity, civility, respect and understanding in their school communities.The school won the award with the help of a student organization formed this year called the Peace Ambassadors.

The best thing we can do is add more positivity to our school,” says 7th Grade Student Margo Cramer says. Margo is one of 11 Peace Ambassadors at her school. When asked why she decided to join, she said she knows kids can be mean sometimes. “It feels horrible and I’d rather not have other people, like my friends, feel down about that.”
Throughout the school year the Peace Ambassadors participated in different activities to promote new friendships. Among the activities was a Mix It up Lunch, where students had the chance to work together with peers they didn’t know well.

We know that in a school environment students do better when they feel safe and there’s a sense of well-being and that’s part of our goal here,” St. Gregory Counselor Kim Peace-Steimer says.
If you’d like to learn how to initiate a Peace Ambassador program at your school, you can contact Kim Peace-Steimer at ksteimer@stgregoryschool.org

Surely, friendly schools and communities abound in Tucson, Arizona. No wonder why people flock to this city to build their new Tucson homes and settle down.

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Source: KVOA.com

Contemporary Home in the Cliffs of Tucson


A contemporary home in Arizona was custom-built to blend in with the surrounding desert and foothills of the Catalina Mountains.

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This Arizona custom house is owned by Cary Marmis, 70, a retired real-estate developer, and his wife Fern.The home includes roughly 25,000 square feet of living space.A major reason to build the home as he did, Mr. Marmis said, was to create a venue large enough to host charitable events. He says the home can accommodate several hundred guests for a sit-down dinner.

Though the architecture is contemporary, “we really softened [the design] to fit in with the environment,” Mr. Marmis said.The design was influenced by renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, whose work echoed the kind of natural aesthetic he and his architectural team wanted.

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One of the most impressive things about the home, Mr. Marmis said, is the views. In the north lie the Santa Catalina mountains, and from the south, the home offers views of Tucson.

The home was listed in 2008 for $22 million as a 20-acre property with a different brokerage. It was taken off the market in 2009 and re-listed in December 2011 for $15.9 million. The home is now listed for $15.9 million with Nikki Halle at Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty.

Custom luxury homes like the one above are many in the sunny state of Arizona! So when browsing for new construction homes in Tucson, look for Dorn-built homes that you can trust to be stylish, comfortable, convenient, and energy-efficient. Dorn Homes, the most reliable among home builders in Tucson, strives to provide stylish and energy-efficient custom homes in Tucson and other prime cities in Arizona at a competitive price. We will help you pick the right location for your Arizona home.

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Source: The Wall Street Journal

Distressed Home Sales in Tucson, Arizona


There is a new emerging trend in the mix of distressed home sales versus non-distressed sales in the recent months. Distressed home sales have created an impact on the Arizona housing market.

A distressed property, or what is being marketed as “short sales”, is a home that has a mortgage which a homeowner can’t afford to maintain. Instead of foreclosing, the lender agrees to the sale of the property for less than the loan balance. Because of the lesser value selling price of distressed properties, it creates a downward pressure on properties values on surrounding areas. Purchasing a distressed home is more appealing for a home buyer’s standpoint due to the lower pricing, however the process can be more complex and longer.

Here are trends for distressed vs non-distressed residentail property sales for Tucson:

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What Does It Mean?

According to the article of longrealty.com, “the data above seems to indicate that we are seeing a shift in the Arizona marketplace with a greater percentage of residential transactions being non-distressed sales, with conditions in place for this trend to continue. If so, it would be good news for the continued improvement of local housing including price stabilization and appreciation.

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Real Estate Trends in Tucson


 

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Tucson, AZ – The average cost of real estate property in Tucson, AZ dropped to $84 per square foot, a decrease of 9.7% compared to the same period last year. The median sales prices for homes in Tucson, AZ for December 2011 to February 2012 was $112,000 based on 2,579 home sales. Compared to the same period one year ago, the median home sales price decreased by 11% ($13,900) and the number of home sales decreased by 13.3%.

There are currently 6,090 resale and new construction homes in Tucson on Trulia, including 52 open houses, as well as 5,325 homes in the pre-foreclosure, auction, or bank-owned stages of the foreclosure process. The average listing price of homes for sale in Tucson, AZ was $256,374 for the week ending in March 14, which was unchaged compared to the prior week.

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Source: trulia.com

 

Market Trends in Prescott


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Prescott, AZ – Just recently, the average cost of real estate property in Prescott, AZ increased to $111 per square foot, compared to the same period last year when it decreased by 0.9%.

The median sales price for homes in Prescott AZ for Dec 2011 to Feb 2012 was $195,625 based on 250 home sales. Compared to the same period one year ago, the median home sales price decreased by 4.5% ($9,117) and the number of home sales decreased by 30.2%.

There are currently 1,990 resale and new homes in Prescott on Trulia, including 1 open house, as well as 281 homes in the pre-foreclosure, auction, or bank-owned stages of the foreclosure process.

The average listing price of homes for sale in Prescott, AZ was $394,072 for the week ending in Feb 29, which represents a decrease of 1.3% ($5,003) compared to the prior week.

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Strong Bond for Girl and Dog with Type 1 Diabetes


Tucson, AZ – Eight year-old Madalaine Hembraugh and her foster dog, Petey are living proof that the unconditional love of a dog can be an amazing source of strength and resilience for its owner. They each have Type 1 diabetes and have formed a bond that is helping to heal both.

The one-year-old Terrier-mix Petey came to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona as a stray dog. Petey was very skinny, and was barely alive with a severely injured back leg that had to be removed.

After months of treatment at the HSSA Spay & Neuter Clinic, Petey went home with Madalaine and her mom Dr. Karter Neal, veterinarian and Medical Director of the HSSA, to recover in foster care.

Madalaine and Petey test blood sugar levels each night together. Madalaine uses an insulin pump and gives Petey her excess insulin.

“It has really helped. It’s nice to have someone else who has diabetes living here,” says Madalaine.

When Madalaine was diagnosed five years ago, she was the only one in her school with diabetes. Today, six in her school have it.

“She is teaching Petey that you can live a normal life with diabetes, says Dr. Neal. “It’s amazing to see how they have responded to each other.”

Dr. Neal cautions to look out for the following signs in your pet as symptoms of Type 1 diabetes, which is most common in canines: increased urination, drinking of excessive amounts of water or sudden weight loss.

Founded in 1944, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA) is a nonprofit charitable organization, funded solely by donations and the services they offer to the public. It does not receive government funding. It stands on its own and saves the lives of thousands more animals than all other agencies in southern Arizona combined.

The active and concerned Tucson community among new Arizona homes is the reason why home builders in Tucson invest in this flourishing state and city. Many newcomers arrive to live in the area where the weather and people are warm and accommodating. Dorn Homes, the most reliable Arizona home builder, builds quality new construction homes in Tucson that contribute to the overall living experience.

(Source: Tucsoncitizen.com)

Tucson Resident Exhibits Bravery by Taking Down Accused Thief


Tucson, AZ – Monday, January 30, Tucson resident William Sponaas took down a thief outside of the Big Lots store.

Sponaas says he saw a man trying to get away after stealing a shopping cart full of socks. While he was busy chasing after the bad guy, his daughter Mariah was back at the car calling for 911.

The two made their way across the intersection weaving through strip malls. About an hour later, Sponaas took the guy down when he tried to push Sponaas into traffic.

“I tripped his feet from underneath him and grabbed the back of his ankles and held him down,” described Sponaas.

Eventually police showed up and arrested the guy. The whole event lasted an hour. It was an exhausting experience for Sponaas, but he says he would do it again.

It is always refreshing to hear about acts of bravery because it reinforces the community spirit in Tucson. The sense of peace and order in the city is one of the reasons why many home buyers are looking into new homes in Tucson. When choosing among home builders in Tucson, call only the best and most reliable. Dorn Homes builds Tucson new homes that are stylish, comfortable, convenient, and energy efficient. Dorn Homes also ensures that clients of new construction homes in Tucson are guided in every step of the home building process.

(Source: kgun9.com)

Trailhead named in honor of Gabe Zimmerman


Tucson AZ – A special ceremony was held on January 4th to mark the naming of the Gabe Zimmerman Davidson Canyon Trail head, in honor of the January 8th shooting victim Gabe Zimmerman. The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously back in February to name the trailhead for 30-year-old Zimmerman.

Zimmerman and his mother, Emily Nottingham, were members of the Arizona Trail Association. To pay tribute to Zimmerman’s contributions, the association put in the request for the trailhead to be named after him. Family, friends and colleagues who attended the ceremony all agree that Gabe would have been honored because he adored being in the outdoors.

“This is a really special place and I think it’s a terrific idea to have trailhead named after Gabe here. Gabe was all about connecting people with one another and himself,” Emily Nottingham said.
The Arizona Trail Association said they’ve been working to add signs and other tribute areas for Zimmerman and the other January 8th victims.

The sense of community is truly alive in Tucson. Residents are assured that they can fall back on friends and family even in the face of tragedies like last year’s shooting. This is one of the reasons behind the continuous growth of the Tucson community. Many people are investing in Tucson real estate and deciding to settle down in a new home in Tucson. If you are looking to move to Tucson, you should definitely contact Dorn Homes. Dorn Homes is the most notable among home builders in Tucson, Arizona. Dorn-built new construction homes in Tucson, Green Valley, Tubac, and Prescott are stylish, comfortable, convenient, and energy efficient.

Dorn Homes Pantano Community


When it comes to living in comfort and convenience, Dorn Homes encourages everyone to check out Pantano Homes. An ideal community that is perfectly nestled at the heart of Tucson, Dorn Homes’s Pantano Community is the right choice for first-time homeowners, military personnel of the nearby Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, and anyone who seeks a comfy yet stylish single-family home.

Anyone would love living in a Pantano community home because it is just a short drive away from schools and the market. As an added bonus, an amazing backdrop of mountains with miles of trails and nature is practically in your backyard.

Fun recreation is accessible, too. The Pantano Riding Stables is a popular destination for trail rides, wagon rides, and summer horse camp. Western riding adventure is guaranteed to be a blast. Holiday events are also held at the Pantano Riding Stables.

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Arizona’s second largest city, Tucson, is one of North America’s oldest continuously inhabited areas. Tucson has a gorgeous city skyline with an amazing backdrop of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Rincon Mountains, and Tucson Mountains. The warm climate makes it an ideal place to seek outdoor activities and discover the beauty of the Sonoran Desert. Golf, a mainstream sport in Arizona, is accessible in Tucson as well with world-class courses that would delight any golfer.

As the oldest incorporated city in Arizona (Tucson was incorporated in 1877), Tucson boasts of a metropolitan lifestyle, but with homely neighborhoods. Over 150 companies in Tucson are involved in the design and manufacture of optics and optoelectronic systems, earning it the nickname Optics Valley. But this “Old Pueblo” remains grounded and remembers its culture and heritage through their festivities, cultural shows/events, cuisine, and preservation of museums and historical sites. Alongside these traditional features are more modern offerings like luxurious spas, amazing golf courses, and lively shopping districts. It’s no surprise that every Tucsonan is a satisfied resident of a Tucson community home.

Dorn Homes, a great choice as a new Pantano community home builder, only builds tasteful, comfortable, convenient, and energy efficient homes that would surely wow anyone as it had wowed past and current clients. This premier Arizona home builder guides homeowners in every step of the home building process.

 

 

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Arizona’s Experts on Alzheimer’s


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It’s estimated that one in every eight senior citizens in the U.S. has Alzheimer’s disease. What’s being done to research, treat and perhaps one day prevent this devastating illness? We interviewed local experts to find out.

Tucson native Bonnie Clayton-Loewy recalls a poignant moment while helping her dad, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2010, get ready for a doctor’s appointment. As she was tying the laces on his sneakers, memories flooded back of when she was a child and her dad was teaching her how to tie her shoes. She remembered her father’s patience as he made the loops and taught her how to tie them together. Now it was her time to return the favor.

More than 100 years ago, people with signs of dementia were mistakenly told they had “Old-Timer’s Disease,” a catch-all diagnosis for people with diminishing faculties. In 1907, Alois Alzheimer, a German psychiatrist and neuropathologist, identified the first published case of “pre-senile dementia,” which would later be known as Alzheimer’s disease. Today, Alzheimer’s disease—the most common type of dementia—is the sixthleading cause of death across all ages in the United States.

The symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease include significant impairment in memory, cognitive function, and activities of daily living. As of 2011, it is estimated that Alzheimer’s disease afflicts 5.4 million Americans over age 65. That translates to one in every eight seniors. The prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease increases with age. Today, nearly one half of adults over the age of 85 have symptoms of the disorder. The proportion of the population with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to increase in the coming years as more baby boomers turn 65.

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is most commonly made by an individual’s primary care physician who generally refers the patient to a neurologist. There is no treatment available to slow down or stop the deterioration of brain cells in Alzheimer’s disease. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved five drugs that temporarily slows the worsening of symptoms.

Still, there are reasons to be optimistic. “The good news is that the future of Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis and care looks very promising,” says Geoffrey Ahern, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Behavioral Neuroscience and Alzheimer’s Clinic at University Medical Center. “Researchers around the world are studying numerous testing and treatment strategies that may have the potential to change the course of the disease,” he says.

The news that a family member has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia can be devastating. Suddenly, the physical, emotional, legal and financial welfare of a loved one becomes the responsibility of his or her family members.

In Tucson and Southern Arizona, families faced with this diagnosis have numerous resources they can turn to.

Debra Anderson, programs manager for the non-profit Alzheimer’s Association, Desert Southwest Chapter, suggests family members immediately seek out a support group. “Family members can feel isolated, alone and totally consumed with taking care of their loved one,” she says. “It’s important to find a support group where caregivers have the opportunity to share information, advice and experiences with other caregivers.”

The Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter offers a 24/7 helpline and information and referral service where callers can receive confidential, personal telephone support with a trained specialist. The chapter also provides family care consultations, support groups and education programs.

And for Alzheimer’s patients at risk, Anderson encourages family members enroll in a “safe return” program, a nationwide identification and education program that reduces the risks associated with Alzheimer’s patients wandering and getting lost. The program provides peace of mind as well as valuable information on home safety and wandering prevention.

The Pima Council on Aging (PCOA), which has been serving older adults and their families since 1967, is an excellent resource for a wide variety of programs, services and benefits, including caregiver services designed for family caregivers who are assisting ailing loved ones with dementia.

“There are a number of top-notch assisted living facilities offering ‘memory care’ in Tucson,” relates Suzy Bourque, a caregiver specialist from PCOA. “Our PCOA caregiver specialists are professionals who can help family members with many issues, including how to find a facility that’s a good fit for the patient as they move through the various stages of the disease.”

A worldwide quest is underway to find new treatments to stop, slow or even prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Because new drugs take years to produce from concept to market—and because drugs that seem promising in early-stage studies may not work as hoped in large-scale trials—it is even more important today to stay healthy, active and connected with family and friends.

Tucson and Southern Arizona have numerous resources for people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as for family members and caregivers.

Alzheimer’s Association, Southern Arizona Region
Desert Southwest Chapter
3003 S. Country Club Road, Suite 209
322-6601
http://www.alz.org/dsw

Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation
Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.
6300 E. El Dorado Plaza, Suite 400
749-8374
http://www.alzheimersprevention.org

Pima Council on Aging
8467 E. Broadway
Helpline: 790-7262
http://www.pcoa.org

Shine Your Light Tucson
Bonnie Clayton-Loewy, M.Ed.
909-4431|
http://www.shineyourlighttucson.com

Tucson Medical Center
Alzheimer’s & Related Dementias Program
TMC Senior Services at El Dorado Health Campus
1400 N. Wilmot Road
324-1960
http://www.tmcaz.com/community/seniors

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University Medical Center
Behavioral Neuroscience and Alzheimer’s Clinic
1501 N. Campbell Ave.
626-6524
http://www.umcarizona.org

Tucson is home to many families who are concerned about the welfare of everybody’s health. Investing in Tucson real estate is indeed wise. Anyone interested to take root in Tucson AZ and is looking for an Arizona luxury home builder should contact Dorn Homes. As the most reliable among custom home builders in Arizona, Dorn Homes has earned not only awards and recognitions, but the people’s trust. Expect to have a stylish, convenient, comfortable, and energy efficient Tucson new home when you do business with us.

(Source: tucsonlifestyle.com)