Summit Hospice Is Moving and Grooving

By Ena Barrise, Volunteer Coordinator at Summit Hospice

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Summit Hospice is part of Summit Healthcare Services, located at 1717 W Northern, Phoenix, Arizona 85021. We have been part of the 19NORTH neighborhood for approximately two years. Our goal is to provide our patients with happiness and dignity through life’s transitions.

Summit Hospice is proud to be a We Honor Veterans partner. The National Palliative Care and Hospice Association has partnered with the Veterans Administration on a national level to provide education to hospice staff. The goal is to meet the unique and varied needs of veterans during the last months of their lives. The entire Summit Hospice staff receives this specialized, ongoing training.

We have also been providing virtual trips to homebound and bed-bound patients. These trips are made possible with the use of a drone, a drone pilot, and a live feed! With this technology, patients can virtually revisit old neighborhoods, favorite places of worship, or other places of significance, such as where they were married or where their children were christened. Some patients choose to take their virtual trips to previously unvisited dream locations.

Summit Hospice has recently introduced the use of therapeutic grade essential oils to their patients and residents. Many claim that essential oils can calm, invigorate, promote wellness, sanitize and provide many other benefits. Some caregivers have reported noticing a calming effect on Alzheimer’s patients and those dealing with Sundowner’s Syndrome.

Recently, we have partnered with DreamCatchers, an organization which grants last wishes for hospice patients. One wish has already been granted and another is being planned. A 95-year-old patient wished to tell the stories of her life and have them preserved on a beautiful video. Another patient has chosen to visit the ocean one last time. Her trip will include a visit to an aquarium and a luau with Polynesian dancers. Her plan is still in the works. Ssshhhh! It’s a surprise!!

Summit Hospice is driven to improve the quality of life for our patients at this transitional time in their lives. It can be difficult for everyone involved, but we are committed to doing everything we can to make things as positive as possible. We always strive to go above and beyond our normal routine to serve those entrusted to our care.

We are proud to be part of the 19NORTH community! If you have further questions, or would like to get involved, please call: 602-535-8255.

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Great Neighbors, Great Food & Great Music at Concert In The Park!

By David Hilker

On Saturday, April 29th, 2017 the Royal Palm Neighborhood hosted another free “Concert In The Park.” Hillary Rusk and Andy Naylor did a fantastic job coordinating the event in conjunction with Councilwoman Debra Stark, Councilman Danial T. Venezuela, the City of Phoenix Parks And Recreation Department, and Phoenix based record label, Fervor Records. The free event featured gourmet food trucks, live music, plenty of prizes, and all the wonderful amenities Royal Palm Park has to offer.

Fervor Records recording artist, CooBee Coo, started off the evening’s entertainment. The band’s music is regularly featured in hit TV shows including NCIS, Chicago Fire, Flaked, and Lucifer, to name a few. Up next was another Fervor Records artist, Fayuca, the high energy Latin/Reggae/Rock national touring act who lit up the crowd. Finishing the evening’s entertainment was the delightful husband/wife duo, Foxheart, who literally had every kid under 7 dancing and screaming for more! Plenty of lucky attendees took home awesome free swag including T-shirts, concert tickets, CDs and more courtesy of Fervor Records, CooBee Coo, Fayuca, and the Royal Palm Neighborhood.

The parking lot was filled with a variety of food trucks and there was something for every appetite! Wood-fired oven pizzas, gourmet quesadillas, hot dogs, hand made popsicles, kettle corn, incredible pies, cookies, and ice cream were available for purchase. 

While metro Phoenix seems to keep growing and expanding around us, opportunities like this create the feeling of a small town. Thank you, Royal Palm Neighborhood, for providing enjoyable opportunities to connect with our friends and neighbors. The next event in Royal Palm Park is Movie Night on May 20th at 6 pm. We hope to see you there!
 

On a Roll: Big Bus Service Improvements for Valley Metro Riders

Expanded service hours, extended routes to boost access for passengers

PHOENIX, AZ – Starting April 24, Valley Metro will roll out major bus service improvements allowing greater opportunity for riders to connect to employment, education and entertainment.

Thanks to the voter-approved Phoenix Transportation 2050 (T2050) plan, local bus routes and Dial-a-Ride in the city of Phoenix will expand weekend service hours to match light rail hours every day of the week. Friday and Saturday hours will extend until 2 a.m. and Sunday to 11 p.m.

“The additional service is great news for me. I depend on public transportation to get me to my classes, work and pretty much everywhere I go,” explained Austy McCann, a Valley Metro bus rider. “Right now, I’m a salesperson, but I’m studying to be a physician’s assistant and one day, I hope to be a doctor.”

Riders will benefit from additional service improvements including:

  • Extend Route 39 – 40th Street North Phoenix to service SR 51/Shea Park-and-Ride
  • Extend Route 122 – Cactus Road to serve ASU West Campus and 19th Ave/Dunlap Park-and-Ride
  • Expand service hours on Route 50 – Camelback Road in Scottsdale

Riders are encouraged to check their routes before traveling. To view all upcoming service changes, visit valleymetro.org/servicechanges.

Significant service improvements are being proposed for October 2017 including:

  • New routes: Route 140 – Ray Road, Orbit Saturn in Tempe and ZOOM North in Avondale
  • Consolidate Express bus stops in downtown Phoenix
  • Increase frequency: Route 29 – Thomas Road and Route 50 – Camelback Road, two of the most popular bus routes in Phoenix
  • Route extensions
    • Route 19 – Extend 19th Avenue route to Happy Valley Road
    • Route 60 – Extend Bethany Home Road route to Biltmore Fashion Park
    • Route 83 – Extend 83rd Avenue route from Camelback Road to Arrowhead Transit Center in Peoria

The public is invited to provide feedback through a variety of options:

  • Attend a public hearing on May 15 from 5-6:15 p.m. in the Valley Metro 10th Floor Boardroom, 101 N. 1st Ave
  • Participate in a webinar on May 9 at noon with online registration opening April 17
  • Complete an online comment card starting April 17
  • Email comments to input@valleymetro.org between April 17-May 19

For more information about April service improvements and proposed October service changes, visit valleymetro.org/servicechanges.

About Transportation 2050: In Aug. 2015, Phoenix voters approved Transportation 2050 (T2050), a 35-year citywide transportation plan. T2050 is overseen by the Citizens Transportation Commission and includes improved frequency on local bus service, new light rail service and stations and major street improvement projects. Funding for T2050 comes from a 7/10ths of a cent city sales tax that started Jan. 1, 2016. Over the life of the plan, the funds are estimated to generate about $16.7 billion, or more than half of the plan’s overall cost. There will be an additional $14.8 billion in federal and county funds, passenger fares and other sources. For more information, visit the city of Phoenix T2050 page or follow us on Twitter.

 About Valley Metro: Valley Metro provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County including the planning and operations of a regional bus system and the development and operations of 26 miles of light rail. In Fiscal Year 2016, total ridership for the system was 67 million passengers. Seven high capacity extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 66-mile system by 2034. Valley Metro also offers transit options including alternative transportation programs for seniors and people with disabilities, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two Boards of Directors set the policy direction for the agency with the intent of advancing the regional public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.

For questions or concerns related to Valley Metro Rail or bus service, contact Customer Service at 602-253-5000.

Family Food Boxes: Feed a Family for Two Weeks

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During school holidays, especially those of significant length, many families who typically rely on free and reduced school meals struggle to afford the additional food bills when their children are home during break. 19 NORTH wants to meet this need, and created a program called Family Food Boxes. Within each box, we provide enough food (23 items) to feed one family for two weeks. Each holiday we hope to fill as many boxes as possible, and would love your help. Each box should include:

5 cans (15 oz) green vegetables

1 plastic bottle (20 oz) jelly

1 plastic jar (28 oz) peanut butter

2 cans (26 oz) chicken noodle soup

1 bag (4 lb) dry pinto beans

1 bag (5 lb) white rice

2 boxes (12 oz) macaroni and cheese

2 cans (12 oz) chicken or tuna

5 cans (15 oz) mixed fruit

1 can (26.5 oz) spaghetti sauce

2 boxes (1 lb) spaghetti noodles

If you are interested in donating for future holiday breaks, contact Shannon McBride at Open Door Fellowship Church, 8301 N. 19th Avenue, Phoenix AZ 85021. 602-677-7797.

Raffaele’s Pizza

by Cathy Keturatana

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It would be an understatement to describe Raffaele’s Pizza as a family-operated restaurant. As a child, the current owner, Bill Burns, would go to Raffaele’s after school to visit his father, eat pizza, and watch baseball games. When he was a teenager, he began working there and his first job was to watch the ovens. Eventually, he took over the kitchen. In 2009, Burns took ownership.

Raffaele’s opened in 1974, and Burns’ father starting working there in 1976. The original owner, Raffaele Aquino, is no longer a partner in the business, but he and his family still visit regularly for pizza and sometimes stop by to get ingredients to make their own meals at home.

Raffaele’s has been a staple of 19 North for more than 42 years. Many residents, like Burns, grew up eating there and now bring their own families to dine at Raffaele’s. Previous regulars who have moved out of Phoenix still make sure to visit when they are in town. Burns estimates that 70% of his customers eat at Raffaele’s at least twice each week, and a few of them come for both lunch and dinner. Out of respect for Raffaele’s loyal clientele, when Burns took ownership the only change he made to the menu was to add french fries, onion rings, and chicken strips.

Although known for their Sicilian pizza, Burns thinks the best thing on the menu is Raffaele’s regular style cheese pizza. As Raffaele himself said, “If it ain’t good cheese pizza, it ain’t good pizza.”

Raffaele’s is open Tuesday – Thursday from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. They have lunch specials daily until 2:30 p.m. and also offer a separate catering menu and local delivery.  Stop on by!

Raffaele’s Pizza
7019 N 19th Ave,
Phoenix, AZ 85021
(602) 242-5117

Shop Local

By Erica Fetherston, Local First

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For every dollar you spend with a local business, up to four times more money will stay to circulate in the local economy to create jobs and prosperity in communities across Arizona. Additionally, local businesses contribute to a community’s unique sense of place, so keep your money where your home is to build strong communities which we’re proud to call home. Find local businesses, events, offers, and discounts  at localfirstaz.com

Here is a partial list of businesses in 19 NORTH

 Retail:

Auto Zone: 2040 W Northern Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021 (602) 249-8089

Bath and Body Works: Christown Spectrum, 1644 W. Montebello Ave, Phoenix AZ 85015 (602) 864-0197

Big 5: Christown Spectrum, 1717 W. Montebello Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85015 (602) 242-1806

Bookman’s: 8034 N 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021 (602) 433-0255

Dollar Tree: 8913 N. 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021 (602) 944-2097

Fletchers Tire Auto Service: 1839 W. Dunlap Ave, Phoenix AZ (602) 861-2221

Hobby Bench: 8058 N. 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021 (602) 995-1755

Karaoke Now: 7828 N. 19th Ave #14, Phoenix, AZ 85021 (602) 864-1995

Petsmart: 1745 W Bethany Home Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85015 (602) 841-2507

PowerPick Players Club: 8024 N. 24th Ave. Suite B306, Phoenix, AZ 85021 (602) 995-9200

Walgreens: 8030 N. 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021 (602) 995-1231

Grocery Stores:

Albertson’s: 8035 N. 19th Ave, Phoenix AZ 85021 (602) 678-0895

Fry’s: 1815 W. Glendale Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021 (602) 335-2240

Sprouts: 8040 N. 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021 (602) 864-6130

Recreation:

AMC Bowling: 1919 W. Bethany Home Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85015 (602)249-1715

Harkin’s Theatre: 1620 W. Montebello Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85015 (602)249-2844

Dining:

Atoyac Estilo Oaxaca: 1830 W. Glendale, Phoenix, AZ 85021 (602) 246-1111

Baskin Robbin’s: 8841 N. 19th Ave #1, Phoenix, AZ 85021 (602) 997-5144

Boston Market: 8001 N. 19th Ave, Phoenix AZ 85021 (602)944-7000

Einstein’s: 1820 W. Northern Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021 (602) 216-6275

IHOP: 2000 W. Northern Ave, Phoenix AZ 85021 (602) 995-4044

Los Compadres: 2350 W. Northern Ave, Phoenix AZ 85021 (602) 864-0043

Los Gloria’s Grill: 7835 N. 19th Ave, Phoenix AZ 85021 (602) 944-8457

Nawaz Indian Cuisine: 1957 W. Dunlap Ave, Phoenix 85021 (602) 944-2187

Raffaeles Pizza: 7019 N. 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021 (602) 242-5117

Starbucks: 2360 W Northern Ave, Phoenix AZ 85021 (602) 216-0299

Subway: 1945 W. Dunlap Ave. #7, Phoenix, AZ 85021 (602) 861-3952

Thai Lotus: 7023 N. 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021 (602) 242-8424

The Original Wineburger: 6027 N. 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85015 (602) 249-9929

Los Compadres

By Monica Merenda

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Located just west of 19th Avenue on Northern Avenue, in the heart of 19 NORTH, resides one of Phoenix’s hidden gems and beloved Mexican restaurants, Los Compadres. If you are a Phoenix native, it is very likely you have frequented either one, or both, of the two longstanding locations.

Los Compadres on Northern has been a neighborhood staple for over 30 years. If you are a regular customer, you can be sure someone on staff knows your name. Lunch-time frequenters know the lunch menu by heart and are certain to be in and out within 40 minutes. Free Wi-Fi, as well as online ordering and delivery, allow for a convenient working lunch.

Neighbors know the best-kept Happy Hour secrets are the $5 Los Margaritas and $2 Street Tacos (try the flank steak or pork tenderloin).  Los Compadres recently added new items to the all day menu, such as the Veggie Enchiladas and a new Breakfast Burrito, and they have already become bestsellers alongside the tried and true favorites such as the Green Chile Burros, Cheese Crisps, Bean Burros, and Tacos.

Los Compadres is family-owned and operated, and you’re almost certain to see a member of the family when you visit.  In addition to running the restaurant, members of the Valdivia family are actively involved in the improvement of our 19 NORTH community.  David Valdivia is president of NABA (Northern Avenue Business Association) which partners with the 19 NORTH Vision team, the City of Phoenix Neighborhood Services, and the Phoenix Police Department regarding ongoing efforts to revitalize the area.  David’s daughter, Monica Merenda, helped kick-start their social media platforms.

In addition to a casual dining restaurant, Los Compadres offers catering and large party dining services. Contact Monica Merenda at (602)864-0043 for inquiries.

Drop on by!

2350 W Northern Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021

MatchED: Help a Child Meet an Educational Need

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMany children in our community are hindered in their education because they lack access to basic necessities.  MatchED is an exciting new program introduced by 19 NORTH to help community members meet the specific needs of students in the local schools. Any staff member at any 19 NORTH school who notices a student is lacking an essential such as eyeglasses, dental care, hearing aids, food, clothing, a mentor, etc., can fill out a form and submit a request. Community members and resource networks will review these requests, and work toward meeting these needs as quickly as possible. If you are interested in submitting a request for a student, or in signing up as a donor, you can do so at www.odfchurch.org/matched. For further questions or concerns, contact Shannon McBride at 602-667-7797 or Shannon.mcbride@odfchurch.org.

Cleaning up 19 NORTH

By Shannon McBride

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In October 2016 there were various efforts to clean up 19 NORTH.  On October 15, several neighbors got together with bobcats, weed-whackers, rakes, and positive attitudes to clean up a neighborhood alley in the Royal Palm Neighborhood.  Long-time resident of the Royal Palm neighborhood, Griff Hearn, brought tools to share and used his bobcat to haul away all of the cuttings/trash. When asked for comment about what others could do to help, he said, “We need more bobcats.”

On October 17, 2016 the Legacy Basketball team and several other volunteers from the neighborhood cleaned up the Albertson’s parking lot at 19th Avenue and Northern (see picture). To help the effort, Neighborhood Services delivered a large dumpster with a trailer full of tools/gloves.

One couple wrote 19 NORTH to tell us they have been using their dog walks as opportunities to clean up trash in their neighborhood. They have noticed that some businesses are better than others about keeping their parking lots clean, and suggested a 19 NORTH letter writing campaign to encourage all businesses to keep their properties tidy.

Together the residents of 19 NORTH are working to make their neighborhood cleaner and safer. Grateful to be part of this community.

Movie Night! Enjoying Our Safe, Walkable Community

By Julie Meyer Taylor

IMG_6314 (1)On October 8, 2016, my family attended Movie Night in Royal Palm Park. Two of my boys rode on skateboards, one wore roller blades, and I walked behind them carrying a huge blanket and yelling out safety warnings. “Watch out for cars! Stay on the sidewalk!” After half a mile, we arrived at the park, located at Butler and 15th Avenue.

As I was scoping out the field looking for the perfect spot, I ran into an old friend from high school and noticed many other familiar faces. The sky was a beautiful, cloud-filled pink. In the middle of the park was a large white movie screen, and everyone was setting up lawn chairs and unpacking coolers. I put our blanket down in the grass, and we used the skateboards and helmets to save spaces for our friends.

My boys were hungry, but I didn’t want to leave our stuff unattended, so I gave them money and let them walk over to the food trucks in the parking lot. “Stay together! Bring me back my change!” I said. “Okay, Mom!” they replied.

About ten minutes later, I looked up and saw a policeman walking toward me. He was smiling and holding my 11-year-old’s green rollerblades. My son was walking in front of him, looking amused, but also slightly guilty. He was balancing his Dr. Pepper, grilled cheese sandwich, a wad of dollars, and a pile of napkins in his arms. I smiled at the police officer, “Thanks for helping him!” I said. “No problem!” he answered.

My husband and friends arrived, the sun went down, and we relaxed with the neighborhood ants and watched “The Princess Bride.” Well, at least I did. About fifty yards from the screen, my boys found friends and an empty expanse of grass. Instead of watching the movie, they played rugby. “Play touch! Don’t play tackle! No injuries!” I warned.

While the movie played, I sat next to my neighbor’s daughters (ages 4 and 6) who provided hilarious and adorable commentary. “Fezzik is kind of a bad guy, but he offers a lot of grace. He gives his enemies lots of chances before he kills them.” And later, “I don’t like that big rat.”

The movie shut off a few times, and each time the audience let out a collective groan. It was like we were in an old-time movie theater. I imagined Hilary Rusk sitting in the back, pasting the newsreel back together. Each time the movie turned back on, the audience cheered with joy. 

It was a beautiful, entertaining night in the park. Thank you to Hilary Rusk and the Royal Palm neighborhood for making our home feel like a small town. Thank you to the local police for making it feel safe. Thank you to the food trucks for providing a variety of food options. Thank you to the the volunteers who helped make the evening enjoyable. Movie Night was a great success. I can’t wait for the next one.