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.

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

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.

Washington Park Neighborhood: Our Hidden Gem

By Julie Meyer Taylor

“We want to be a community of people who take care of each other, and take pride in our neighborhood,” said Pam Fitzgerald, President of the Washington Park Neighborhood Association. Ms. Fitzgerald has lived in the Washington Park area for 40 years. In the past year, many positive events have taken place, and she is excited about the future of her neighborhood.

Ways to Get Involved: Turn on your porch lights at night. Attend neighborhood meetings. Participate in neighborhood activities. Show pride in your neighborhood. Report crime and blight. Get to know your neighbors. Take care of each other.

In the 2015 “Best of Phoenix” edition of The Phoenix New Times, Washington Park was named the “Best Up-and-Coming Neighborhood” in Phoenix. Washington Park is located between Bethany Home Road and Glendale Avenue, and between 19th Avenue and 25th Avenue. It is replete with mid-century block ranch homes and boasts many community amenities, including a dog park, activity center, renovated tennis courts, public pool, and top-rated Washington High School. Recently, the neighborhood association received a grant from the City of Phoenix Neighborhood Block Watch Grant Program. The association plans to use this grant money for crime prevention and neighborhood branding. To encourage neighborhood noticeability and unity, they have ordered street sign toppers, yard signs, and T-shirts, all displaying the Washington Park logo. Future plans include repainting curb numbers to make it easier for police and emergency services to find correct addresses; lighting up alleyways to deter crime; creating a volunteer program to help ill or disabled individuals maintain their properties; and providing new neighbors with welcome packets (including refrigerator magnets with important local phone numbers).

Ms. Fitzgerald hopes to engage as many neighbors as possible. Her suggestions for ways to get involved:  Turn on your porch lights at night. Attend neighborhood meetings. Participate in neighborhood activities. Show pride in your neighborhood. Report crime and blight. Get to know your neighbors. Take care of each other.

Washington Park Neighborhood Association meetings are the first Tuesday of every month, at 6 p.m. at the Washington Park Activity Center, located at 2240 W. Citrus Way, Phoenix, AZ 85015. For more information, contact Pam Fitzgerald: pfitz1@cox.net.