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If it’s time to start thinking about what to do with your kids this summer, check out this list of local summer programs.


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Family and friends will honor the memory of North Central native

James Poulos with the inaugural Jim & Tracy Poulos Charitable Foundation Golf Tournament.


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A Phoenix police officer was honored for coming to the aid of an elderly woman injured in an apartment fire.


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The Sunnyslope High Vocal Ensemble will per- form in the final

concert of Willowbrook UMC’s Fine Arts Series in Sun City April 12.


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Enjoy top-notch noshes at the family owned Imperial Market & Deli, now at home at 7th Street and Glendale.

the voice of the north central phoenix community volume 12, issue 4

Parks need help to stay attractive

By Teri Carnicelli

A neighborhood park isn’t just a

green space to break up rows of hous- ing or bustling metropolitan centers. It’s a place to enjoy the outdoors, socialize with friends and family, get some exercise, and build a sense of community spirit. These were just some of the benefits

listed by the American public in a 1992 nationwide

study conducted at

Pennsylvania State University, focusing on local recreation and park services. Part of the appeal of a neighbor-

hood park is the well-kept landscaping and play structures for children, as well as picnic areas and shade structures. When those amenities are neglected, a park become abandoned by its regular users, and often a less appealing demo- graphic moves in. Recent city of Phoenix budget cuts

saw the elimination of millions to the Parks and Recreation department, caus- ing the loss of programs and services, staff, and regular maintenance at parks. However, the city is hopeful that those same regular users of local parks will step up to fill in the service gap through a new volunteer program, My Phoenix–My Park. The Parks

Department started

and Recreation the My

Phoenix–My Park program in 2009 to improve its ability to utilize and recruit volunteers. As part of the program, department staff has streamlined the process whereby groups or individuals can “adopt” a park or recreation facility for regular volunteer visits. The


Community Alliance is the first organization to adopt a park under the new volunteer pro- gram. The Alliance has

please see PARKS on page 4

april 2010

Sunnyslope High Fire Science student Hector Lopez (left) works to uncap a fire hydrant while fellow student Brandon Sheehan looks on. Several Valley high schools, including Sunnyslope High, offer fire science as a technical educa- tion elective. The course offers students the opportunity to learn the history of fire services, fire behav- ior, firefighting terminology, technical rescue, building construc- tion and hazardous materials (photo by Evie Carpenter).

Students prepare for fire muster

By Chelsey Heath

The Fire Science classroom at

Sunnyslope High School bears old fire muster and club T-shirts. Some walls display essay-writing posters from the English class that shares the room. The rest hold fire science props and a white board with student snapshots organized into companies. The diverse class watches a YouTube video on the projec- tor screen dealing with techniques for fire safety education. Bryant Johnston, lead instructor for

the Glendale Union High School District and an active Phoenix firefight- er, explains fire science as a career; it is a technical education elective available at some Valley high schools, such as Sunnyslope. Students learn the history of fire services, fire behavior, firefighting terminology, technical rescue, building construction and hazardous materials, according to the SHS course list.

The equipment room, tucked behind

the classroom, is filled with most every- thing a firefighter would use. All of the equipment comes from fire station sur- plus, either through donations or pur- chased with club funds. Originally only open to seniors,

SHS Fire Science welcomed juniors after a rush of interest two years ago, said Johnston. Students who are select- ed to take the class for a second year serve as mentors to new students, teaching some classes, sharing their experiences, and fielding questions. The Sunnyslope Fire Science stu-

dents joined with Fire Science students from Moon Valley High School on March 3 for a skills check at the Phoenix Fire Training Academy. Students were able to do hose lays, vehicle extrications and other firefight- ing operations.

please see FIRE SCIENCE on page 6





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