Corporate Travel Demand Sparks Expansion of Real Estate and Residential Lodging Services

PHOENIX (PRWEB) February 14, 2019 – AvenueWest Global Franchise, the largest provider of managed corporate housing in the United States, announces the expansion of AvenueWest Arizona which will now locally service Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tucson. By expanding into additional cities AvenueWest Arizona will be able to better serve the needs of Arizona’s bigger employers.

AvenueWest Arizona is owned and managed by Meghan and Mark Vost who have been providing unparalleled service and exclusive furnished corporate housing properties throughout Phoenix since 2013. “Meghan and Mark are an exceptional team with a strong background in investment real estate and hospitality. AvenueWest Global is excited to have such an experienced management group leading the expansion of AvenueWest into these new markets,” stated Angela Healy the CEO of AvenueWest Global.

In today’s world of high demand residential lodging solutions for business travelers, AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing continues to offer its award-winning real estate solutions that travelers and investors have relied on for over 20 years. Corporate Housing as a residential lodging solution is a multi-billion dollar industry that has been available to business travelers for decades. Traditional corporations, as part of their business travel policies, do not allow their employees to stay in individual Airbnb rentals. Business travelers need the service, quality and security offered through a professionally managed corporate housing property.

According to CHPA / Corporate Housing Providers Association, “This type of lodging is more than just a place to stay; it is a much-needed service provided for employees experiencing a training or transition. It in turn helps employers achieve their business goals by cultivating more engaged and focused employees. It is estimated that the annual collective U.S. domestic employee transfer volume for Fortune 500 companies is 244,595.” As businesses expand and require specific talent, they rely on AvenueWest to meet the housing needs of their employees. The average AvenueWest tenant stays over 100 days. These furnished rentals are a true home away from home.

The AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing real estate model allows private investors to connect their rental properties with business travelers. AvenueWest Arizona is seeing an increasing trend of out of state investors purchasing their retirement properties earlier than needed and then renting them to business travelers. Through investing in real estate today these savvy investors are taking advantage of the still low interest rates and will have the peace of mind knowing exactly what their lodging expenses will be in the future.

AvenueWest Arizona continues to be a thriving business that not only provides property management services to owners of furnished homes being offered for rent, but also provides high-quality short-term rental properties to those in need of temporary housing. Meghan says her ideal clients include traveling business executives, visiting medical professionals, government contractors and insurance companies in need of furnished homes for their displaced clients.

The backbone of AvenueWest Arizona though, says Vost, is the AvenueWest business model and corporate support team. “We are excited about the opportunity to better service our larger employers, and in doing so better serve our current property owners in Phoenix and Scottsdale. We’ve had exposure and high-quality inventory in these markets for a long time. This will allow us to leverage Scottsdale as the stand alone destination market it is. This enhancement, along with expanding our managed properties in the Tucson area, will help us meet the needs of the varied client base we serve.”

About AvenueWest Arizona

AvenueWest-Phoenix launched in 2013 providing unparalleled service and exclusive furnished corporate housing properties available for rent in the Biltmore area, Chandler, Downtown Phoenix, Gilbert, Marana, Mesa, Midtown Phoenix, Oro Valley, Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Tempe, Tucson, Camelback Corridor, and Arcadia. With the expansion to multiple cities the new real estate entity will be AvenueWest Arizona. Visit https://phoenix.avenuewest.com/ for more information.

About AvenueWest Global Franchise

Established in 2010, AvenueWest Global Franchise grew from the desire to expand the business opportunity and corporate housing excellence achieved through the AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing program that was founded in 1999. Currently, AvenueWest Global Franchise has 12 offices located in Atlanta GA, Colorado Springs CO, Dallas TX, Denver CO, Denver South / DTC CO, Fort Collins CO, Las Vegas NV, Phoenix AZ, San Francisco CA, Scottsdale AZ, St Louis MO and Tucson AZ.

About AvenueWest Investment Fund

AvenueWest Investment Fund I, LLC, is a Delaware limited liability company. The Fund’s investment strategy is to acquire and provide short-term rentals of corporate housing properties. Fund I will expand the proven real estate investment strategy AvenueWest has been doing for individual investors for almost 20 years. The AvenueWest Management Team is led by executives with over 25 years of industry experience with an extensive understanding of market dynamics and the ability to identify opportunities in this specific asset class. https://avenuewestinvest.com/

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Dolphinaris Arizona signs come down outside Scottsdale-area aquatic facility

Joe O’Halloran, bottom, and Brandon Stice of Sign Services load up a Dolphinaris sign that was removed from the facility, Feb. 15, 2019.

(Photo11: Tom Tingle/The Republic)

A large Dolphinaris Arizona sign on the exterior of the aquatic facility was removed Friday, replaced with a banner advertising an outdoor bar.

A sign outside the bar eliminated a reference to Dolphinaris and a third sign over the main entrance is gone as well.

Dolphinaris Arizona has come under heavy scrutiny after half of its eight dolphins died.

The fourth dolphin, a 22-year-old bottlenose dolphin named Kai, died Jan. 31. It came just one month after Khloe, an 11-year-old dolphin, died on Dec. 30 after a chronic illness.

The signage change comes one week after the swim-with-the-dolphins venue on the Salt River Reservation near Scottsdale temporarily shuttered.

Dolphinaris Arizona, owned by Mexican-based parent company Ventura Entertainment, said they would temporarily close so a panel of experts could re-evaluate “the facility, environmental factors, and all aspects of animal welfare at the facility."

A Dolphinaris Arizona spokeswoman did not immediately respond to questions on why the signs were removed.

Boxes and half-empty gift shop

Beyond the signage change, people could be seen moving boxes inside the facility. Much of the merchandise in the gift shop on Thursday was gone on Friday afternoon.

Dolphinaris Arizona’s website also was down on Friday. "Our website is currently undergoing scheduled maintenance," the message reads.

When the temporary closure was announced last week, a Dolphinaris spokeswoman said the four remaining dolphins would be moved to other facilities. Two will be returned to their previous home at Dolphin Quest in Hawaii. The other two dolphins will be moved to other facilities that have not yet been identified.

Dolphinaris Arizona opened in 2016 as one of the tenants at OdySea in the Desert, which includes the separately owned OdySea Aquarium, Butterfly Wonderland and other attractions.

OdySea in the Desert, sprawled across 35 acres near Loop 101 and Via de Ventura, is part of the Talking Stick Entertainment District. The tribal land in that area also includes Talking Stick Resort and Casino and Salt River Fields, the spring-training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies.

Dolphinaris Arizona faced critics even before opening in 2016. Those voices grew stronger with each death. More than 200 people protested outside the facility with signs such as “free them all” earlier this month.

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Scottsdale Parada del Sol to honor the late Sen. John McCain

Parade participants on horseback are pictured during the 65th Annual Parada del Sol Parade on Feb. 10, 2018, in Scottsdale.

(Photo: Sean Logan/The Republic)

Parada del Sol and the Trails End Festival will celebrate the legacy of Sen. John McCain during its “Arizona’s Heroes” themed festivities on Saturday, Feb. 9.

The late statesman will be the annual parade’s honorary Grand Marshal in Memoriam. Cindy McCain will represent her husband by taking part in the parade through Old Town Scottsdale.

"We’re deeply honored that Mrs. McCain agreed to the proposition to represent Senator McCain in the parade," Parada president Wendy Springborn said.

This marks the 66th year of Parada del Sol. Its “Arizona’s Heroes” theme honors McCain’s service to Arizona as well as all of those who give back to their communities. Organizers hope to encourage young leaders to become “mavericks” by taking a pledge “to work in service of a cause greater than themselves.” The initiative is led by the McCain Institute.

Springborn said she hoped the theme would help emphasize "individuals who go above and beyond" and that heroes can come in all shapes and sizes.

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In that spirit, the parade will honor two other local men as co-marshals — Aric Manore, Scottsdale’s police officer of the year, and Ned Greenleaf, firefighter of the year.

Other honorees are Steve Strickbine, the Scottsdale entrepreneur of the year who launched several newspapers in the area; Kyle Bragg, Anasazi Elementary School PE teacher of the year; and Brian Biesemeyer, executive director of Scottsdale Water, who received a national award for sustainable water utility management.

When is Parada del Sol?

It all takes place on Saturday, Feb. 9. Entertainment begins at 9 a.m. and the parade starts at 10 a.m. It lasts until noon, when the Trail’s End Festival begins. The Trail’s End Festival ends at 4 p.m.

How much does it cost?

The parade and festival are free.

What is the parade route?

Parada del Sol starts at Drinkwater Boulevard and heads south down Scottsdale Road. It turns right on First Street, left on Marshall Way, east on Second Street and then ends by heading north on Brown Avenue to Indian School Road.

What roads will be closed?

These areas will be closed from 4 a.m. to noon Saturday to accommodate the parade:

Indian School Road from Drinkwater Boulevard to Marshall Way.Scottsdale Road from Goldwater Boulevard to Camelback Road.Drinkwater Boulevard from Indian School to Scottsdale roads.Brown Avenue from Second Street to Indian School Road.Streets north of Third Avenue between Scottsdale Road and Drinkwater Boulevard.Marshall Way from Main to Second street.

These roads will be closed from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday for the Trail’s End Festival:

Scottsdale Road from Goldwater Boulevard to Indian School Road.Brown Avenue from Second Street to Indian School Road.
Where do I park?

Public parking is available near the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and the Civic Center Library. Parada del Sol’s website has an interactive map listing all the public parking in the area.

Who is performing at the Trails End Festival?

TOMBSTONE MAIN STAGE

Noon-2:15 p.m.: The Raun Alosi Band.2:45-4 p.m.: Rock Lobster.

SILVERADO MAIN STAGE

Noon-12:20 p.m.: The Herndon Brothers.12:20-12:30 p.m.: Mayor’s presentation of Stars of Scottsdale.12:30-2 p.m.: The Herndon Brothers.2:30-4 p.m.: Mogollon.

FIESTA STAGE

Noon-12:40 p.m.: Ballet Folklorico Ollin.12:45-1:25 p.m.: Fiesta Mexicana Dance Co.1:30-2:25 p.m.: Mariachi Pasion.2:30-3:10 p.m.: Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli.3:15-4 p.m.: Mariachi Juvenil de Mi Tierra AZ.
What other activities are available?
The Tailgate area presents Superhero BMX and trick demos.The Kids Corral will have a petting zoo, bounce houses and pony rides.

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Arizona’s Family guide to 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open in Scottsdale

SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5)– The 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open is right around the corner and it’s time to make sure you’re ready.

The tournament runs from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3 at the TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course at 17020 North Hayden Road in Scottsdale. Here’s all you need to know about admissions, parking and how to get around.

Ticket Prices:

Admission is free Monday and Tuesday for everyone. Children 17 years old and younger get in free of admission all week when accompanied by an adult.

General admission for Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday is $45 per person per day.

General admission for Friday and Saturday is $60 per person per day.

A weekly sponsor package costs $450 and includes 4 badges (good for the entire week) and one parking pass (also good for the entire week).

Active duty, military reserve, National Guard, Military retirees, veterans, peave officers, firedighters and EMTs gain free admission thought the Waste Management Phoenix Open Birdies for the Brave program. Click here to get your tickets verified.

More inclusive packages start from $3,900 and up. You can find out more about those prices by clicking here.

Parking and Shuttle Service:

There is free public parking in Lot H near the Loop 101 and Hayden Road. The shuttle from Lot H to tournament gates will operate on the following days and times:

Monday and Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.Wednesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.Sunday from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Free parking is also available Wednesday through Saturday at WestWorld in Lot W, which is located at 94th Street and Bell Road.

The shuttles from Lot W will operate on the following days and times:

Wednesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.Sunday from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The shuttle service from Lot W will not operate on Monday or Tuesday. See map below:

Click here for more information on parking and directions.

Where to catch a ride:

Uber is the official rideshare partner of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, and rides can be accessed via Lot 7. See map above.

Birds Nest:

The Birds Nest is where to catch the action once the sun goes down.

On Wednesday Jan. 30, Old Dominion, Midland and Brandon Lay will get the party started.

The show on Jan. 31 is already sold out. It features Jake Owen, Lee Brice and Michael Ray.

The friday night show is also sold out. The Chainsmokers will be with Snoop Dogg and Kelley James.

Tickets for Saturday Feb. 2 are still available. Martin Garrix, DJ Vie and Justin Mylo will be performing.

Time for fun!

Now that you’re got your ticket and your ride in order, it’s time to hit the holes. Keep this site map (below) handy for information on where to access the closest beverages, restrooms and more.

Click here for more information on rounds and concerts.

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Arizona has a history of crazy weather on January 17

When it comes to exciting weather days that Arizona has had through the years, Jan. 17 would be pretty close to the top of that list.

The exciting weather date sparked a weather trivia segment on Today in AZ Thursday morning which addressed what weather events have happened on Jan. 17. The multiple choice answers were either snow, a tornado, flooding or all of the above.

Popular answers were snow and a tornado with our own Paul Gerke changing his "all of the above" answer at the last minute.

The answer? All of the above, sorry Paul.

On this day (Jan. 17) in weather history there has been a tornado, snow in Phoenix and the "most widespread and severe flooding in Arizona since the turn of the century."

In 1987, from Jan. 15 through Jan. 18 a "very strong" (according to the National Weather Service) winter storm passed over Arizona. One to two feet of snow fell along the Mogollon Rim and the White Mountains. Snow fell in Phoenix and Tucson saw over four inches of snow.

"A 120 mile stretch of Interstate 10 was closed east of Tucson on the 17th due to ice and snow," NWS writes. "Two fatalities were attributed to the ice and snow."

On Jan. 17, 1993, a F2 tornado struck the Phoenix area. NWS says air traffic controllers at the Scottsdale airport watched the tornado move through a north Scottsdale neighborhood. Numerous trees and signs along with nearly 20 Valley homes were damaged.

"Most of the damage occurred when the tornado moved east from 59th Street and Clinton to 72nd Street and Cholla," NWS said.

And over the course of two weeks in 1993, including Jan. 17, an "unusual series" of storms moves across the state from the Pacific.

"These heavy rains caused the most widespread and severe flooding in Arizona since the turn of the century," NWS said. "The highest flows of record were observed at some streamflow gauging stations in every major river basin in the state."

NWS Phoenix said the Mill Avenue bridge, which was under construction at the time, was washed away along with a landfill by the "raging Salt River." The Gillespie Dam was damaged and one man drowned attempting to cross the Agua Fria River.

As for Jan. 17, 2019, precipitation is expected, mainly for northern Arizona, for later in the day. If rain does fall in the Valley, it’s expected to be light and spotty.

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Rats, termites afflict some Scottsdale schools waiting for school rebuild

Six schools remain on the Scottsdale school district’s list to rebuild, but some parents are concerned that the newest of the schools — and the one with the fewest calls for repairs — is being rebuilt next.

Cherokee Elementary had 34 work orders filed in the first couple of months of the school year, from Aug. 7 through Oct. 16.

Other schools still on the rebuild list had double or triple the number of work orders in that time, with problems ranging from bathroom leaks to rats in the kitchen and classrooms.

"It’s upsetting to me that the district is overlooking this," said Zach Lindsay, a parent at Kiva Elementary. "If your favorite restaurant had a rodent problem, would you want to go back there?"

His deeper concern is that the school will continue to lose students, which could affect when it gets rebuilt as district leaders consider enrollment among the factors.

The district responded to most of the work orders at Kiva, although a Scottsdale Unified School District spokeswoman says leaders are always weighing what to repair now and what to push to the rebuild.

"There is a responsibility for us to be spending the public money with care and concern," district spokeswoman Amy Bolton said. "Should we spend the money if we know a school is on the rebuild list?"

Problems reported

The number of work orders placed in the first two months of the school year for each of the rebuild schools and some of the more common causes for the work orders included:

Hohokam Elementary: 121 work orders: 36 related to HVAC (half involved routine annual maintenance); nine related to plumbing and leaks; and 10 related to pests, including roaches, ants, termites and a flying bug infestation.Tavan Elementary: 107 work orders: 20 related to HVAC, 16 related to pests including ants, spiders, termites, ants, scorpions, bees and crickets; and 13 related to leaks.Pueblo Elementary: 86 work orders: 23 related to HVAC work, five related to leaks and two related to ants. Kiva Elementary: 78 work orders: 12 related to leaks; 11 related to HVAC; and seven related to pests including ants, rats and spiders.Cherokee Elementary: 34 work orders: eight related to the air conditioning; three related to locks; and two related to pests including ants and wasps.

Navajo Elementary did not have updated work orders, as a fire in August forced the students and teachers to move to the nearby Oak Street Campus.

Scottsdale Fire Department

Issues not addressed

The number of work orders still open or pending at each of the schools was:

Hohokam: Eight orders.Tavan: Eight orders.Pueblo: 17 work orders.Kiva: 22 work orders.Cherokee: 0 work orders.

In particular, Kiva had a reoccurring problem with rats in the kitchen and classrooms.

Roof rats are a common problem in Paradise Valley. However, no items related to rats, roaches or termites were found at Cherokee, which is also in Paradise Valley.

Kiva is the oldest school in the district, built in 1955.

Cherokee, built in 1974 and renovated in 2001, is the newest school on the rebuild list.

Patty Beckman, a newly elected board member, said she hopes to ensure that work orders are completed in a timely manner, regardless of when a school will be rebuilt.

Cherokee Elementary School in Paradise Valley. (Photo: Cherokee Elementary School.)
Deciding what schools to rebuild

District voters approved a $229 million bond measure in 2016, largely to update aging schools.

The election pamphlet slated eight schools for rebuilds: Hopi, Pima, Cherokee, Hohokam, Kiva, Navajo, Pueblo and the 68th Street Complex (the former Tonalea Elementary School).

The district has largely completed work at Pima and Hopi elementary schools, although concerns surfaced — partly sparked by dissatisfaction with the Hopi rebuild — and eventually flared into full-blown scandals that led to resignations from the superintendent and other top administrators last spring. The problems included how the district hired contractors for construction work and in other areas.

This fall, the school board took another look at where to begin again.

Kiva Elementary School in Paradise Valley. Feb. 4, 2015. (Photo: 12 News)
Why rebuild Cherokee Elementary?

The board ranked the schools in seven areas:

Age of the building.Enrollment.Operational health.Life cycle cost.Enrollment trends.Urgency.Scope of work.

Hohokam’s operational health was considered the worst, which alludes to infrastructure from plumbing to heating ventilation and air conditioning reflected in the high number of work orders. The board ranked the other schools similarly in that area.

The enrollment at Cherokee, the district’s largest K-5 school, pushed it to the top of the list.

The rebuild ranking, with aggregated scores from board members, shows:

Cherokee: 184 points.Hohokam: 169 points.Kiva: 160 points.Pueblo: 148 points.Navajo: 134 points.Tavan: 131 points.

The board could have pursued two rebuilds, but settled on one as the district also will be repairing Navajo after the fire.

"I don’t think we have the bandwidth in the district to manage two complete rebuilds and do a halfway remodel of Navajo," board member Pam Kirby said then.

Enrollment at Scottsdale schools

Parents like Lindsay fear that as enrollment becomes a key factor in the rebuilds that schools like Kiva will continue to lose students. Beyond the rebuilds, the board has been taking a closer look at school enrollments amid dwindling enrollment districtwide.

"Parents love Kiva, they love the teachers, they love the community, it’s a highly performing school, and they’re able to do this in a less than ideal learning environment," Lindsay said. "It’s just discouraging to be told by the district that they’re not going to do any work at the school and see it get passed over."

Kiva Principal Alice Spingola says she’s not worried about enrollment.

"Hopefully my job is to ease those concerns and say look, we are growing new programs in our school," Spingola said. "We’re on our way up and on our way to being bigger and better than ever before."

Kiva, an A-rated school, became home to one of the district’s only Comprehensive Gifted programs this year, where fifth-grade students receive enhanced literacy and math instruction on top of their regular classes.

"The fact that they chose Kiva for this program says a lot about the school and the environment that students are operating in," Bolton said.

Hohokam Elementary School (Photo: Photo: The Republic)
Cherokee Elementary rebuild meeting this week

Architects from Phoenix-based Orcutt Winslow will meet with stakeholders at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Cherokee Elementary.

The team met with 50 of the school’s parents, staff and neighbors last month to begin a collaborative design process. The design process for Hopi, by comparison, was contentious, leading many parents to protest the final design of the school.

Orcutt Winslow has scheduled five more meetings with the Cherokee community before proceeding with a design. Construction is expected to begin in late 2019.

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Jay and Michelle Macklin Unveil Platinum Living Realty, a Luxury Real Estate Brokerage in Scottsdale, AZ

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 24, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Today Jay and Michelle Macklin announced the opening of their luxury Real Estate Brokerage, Platinum Living Realty. Platinum Living Realty, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, serves their clients with 120 dedicated agents in 3 valley locations. Platinum Living Realty is a Luxury Real Estate Brokerage focusing on elevating the Luxury Real Estate Agent Experience through Strategic Innovation.

The Macklins began their careers in Real Estate in 2003 and opened their first brokerage in 2010. They have always focused on providing innovative, progressive, and unique tools and systems to help their agents to grow their businesses.

"The concept behind Platinum Living Realty is to provide benefits, systems and processes to Luxury Real Estate Agents so that they can attract and build their buyer and seller business," says Jay Macklin, Owner/Broker of Platinum Living Realty. He concludes, "It’s imperative to fulfill this vision with integrity and in a way that serves the Platinum Living Realty’s agents to the highest degree possible."

Platinum Living Realty will provide agents with over 20 marketing tools to help effectively target and grow their businesses. These tools include, but are not limited to, Fully Customized Presentations and Bomb Bomb Packages; One on One Business & Marketing Coaching and Training; a Buyer in Waiting List; Mobile Apps and Proprietary Software and more.

"We are committed to creating a win win experience for our agents. We will help them to grow their luxury businesses through education on what elevates a luxury buyer or seller from the general population," says Michelle Macklin, Owner, Platinum Living Realty. She concludes, "It’s critical to be able to identify with what the buyer and seller’s true needs are and to position yourself to solve their problems—not only to sell their home, and this is what we teach at Platinum Living Realty."

Platinum Living Realty’s official launch will be held at a Gatsby themed Gala on August 9th from 6-9 pm at the Omni Montelucia, in Scottsdale, Arizona. As an exclusive by invitation only event, it will focus on all things luxurious as the agents and guests experience first-hand the luxury living that the Platinum Living Brand will represent in the community and to their clients.

For agents interested in learning more about Platinum Living Realty, contact Jay Macklin at 480.907.5097 or Jay@PlatinumLivingre.com for a confidential discussion.

About Platinum Living Realty:
Platinum Living Realty was founded as an alternative to the classic real estate model. Our offices are a high-energy, collaborative place for agents to work together and we believe that a team approach benefits both our agents and our clients. At Platinum Living Realty, we strive to exceed your every expectation. We think our high quality of service should be the norm in the industry, not the exception. Client feedback shows that our service really is extraordinary, and our satisfaction rate is among the top in the Southwest. Home buying and selling can be stressful and time consuming, but it doesn’t have to be. When you put your trust in Platinum Living Realty we work with you to ensure you are (a) excited about and (b) satisfied with your home buying or selling experience. We are one of the fastest growing real estate firms comprised of premier real estate professionals in North Scottsdale at The Summit, DC Ranch, and the beautiful Scottsdale Waterfront. Buying and selling Houses in today’s complex Phoenix and Scottsdale Real Estate market requires knowledge, creativity, experience and enthusiasm. Let the real estate professionals at Platinum Living Realty assist you every step of the way. Specializing in luxury real estate services for DC Ranch, North Scottsdale, Cave Creek and Paradise Valley, we offer a diverse collection of properties from cozy single-family residences in welcoming neighborhoods like Anthem to ultra-luxury estates in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley such as Silverleaf in DC Ranch, and Mountainside Properties in Paradise Valley with prices ranging from the $100 thousands into the millions, Platinum Living Realty provides unparalleled service & expertise. Marketing and selling property in our economy today requires a specialist. The extensive roster of highly skilled and multi-talented sales associates is ready to assist you.

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Foster care organization to move into larger space, hold more donations

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The non-profit Arizona Helping Hands has been giving beds and other necessities to foster families for years. Last year, they gave away a record 2,908 beds and the organization continues to grow. Now they are starting a new chapter in a bigger, more centrally located space.

Melissa Tracy and her family have fostered 19 children over the past four years.

"Having the opportunity to love kids and be there for kids in their hardest days and moments is an honor," Tracy said. But she admits, becoming a foster parent can be daunting.

"You need beds, you need sippy cups, you need diapers, you need wipes," Tracy said. She turned to Arizona Helping Hands to get those necessities for free.

"Something like Arizona Helping Hands, it’s a way everyone can get involved," Tracy said.

[RELATED: Foster group aims to ease burden on families]

"Sometimes it can be a daunting task to realize all the things you need to buy to bring in a little kiddo, so to get beds and stuff like, that is a great resource," said foster dad Steve Vogel.

Now, Arizona Helping Hands is expanding and moving from Scottsdale to north Phoenix, off Thunderbird Road near the State Route 51.

[RELATED: ‘Arizona Helping Hands’ toy drive helps foster kids, families in need]

"We can put our racking up higher, we can store more goods, make better use of the floor space," said CEO and President Dan Shufelt. The old Scottsdale location is only 8,000 square feet; the new location more than doubles that –18,000 square feet. Shufelt said they no longer have to turn away big donations because they have no room to store them.

Arizona Department of Child Safety caseworkers took in 4,400 abuse and neglect reports in April — the highest month so far in 2018. Also, as of April, 14,927 kids and adults under the age of 21 are either in foster or group homes.

"The core issues are still there, the problems with drug and abuse and child abuse and other things that happen in our community," Shufelt said.
He added they do hope to have more partners for this project but they expect to open in September.

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Alia bottlenose dolphin dies at Dolphinaris Arizona in Scottsdale

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Dolphinaris Arizona announced that one of its bottlenose dolphins died Tuesday morning at its facility in Scottsdale.

Alia, a 10-year-old bottlenose dolphin, had "displayed some unusual behaviors in the last few days," according to a statement on the Dolphinaris Arizona website.

An exact cause of death has not been determined, the statement said.

Alia was the second dolphin to die at the aquatic facility in less than a year.

Bodie, a 7-year-old bottle bottlenose dolphin, died Sept. 23. The dolphin had a rare muscle disease and had been under constant veterinary care.

Bodie the dolphin. (Photo: Dolphinaris)

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