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3G housing: Trend towards multigenerational homes


by Miriam Van Scott


National statistics show multigenerational households – homes where seniors, adult children and grandchildren share living accommodations – are on the rise, but in the SanTan Sun area the picture is much more complex. The availability of inexpensive homes, a high population of seniors and a mix of diverse cultural elements within the community are all having an impact on local housing trends, including the number of households shared among generations.


Age, housing, trend lines


According to the Association for the Advancement of Retired Persons (AARP), multigenerational living has been a signifi cant demographic for decades, although the numbers have declined sharply over the past century. In 1900, 57 percent of American households included elderly parents living with adult children and grandchildren, but over time, government programs like Social Security and Medicare made it fi nancially viable for seniors to maintain separate residences. By 1990, the number of homes comprised of seniors living with their children and grandchildren had dropped to 17 percent.


‘Tough’ Chandler matriarch leaves legacy of love


by K. M. Lang Submitted photo


NAMESAKE: Both Riggs Road and Riggs Elementary School were named for Willetta Riggs and Family.


Chandler has grown so quickly in recent decades, it’s hard to fathom that not long ago – within the memory of some – it was a sun-baked farming town where families wrestled a living from the land. As matriarch to one of those families, the late Willetta May Nelson Riggs not only witnessed Chandler’s


growth, but helped to shape it through hard work and determination.


“She was pretty tough, clear to the end,” recalls Sherrill Sumrall, the youngest of Willetta’s fi ve


See Riggs Page 15


Retailers show some love for Valentine’s Day


by Ann N. Videan, APR


Heartfelt customer service, one-of-a-kind gifts and experiences create perfect Valentine’s Day surprises for loved ones, and area businesses are ready to help.


Rakhman Jewelers


After just one conversation with owner Jane Rakhman, it is obvious that warm-hearted, individualized care has drawn customers to Rakhman Jewelers for 41 years of Valentine’s Days. The family- owned jeweler specializes in handcrafted pieces with an international fl air designed by Jane’s husband, Master Jeweler Lenny Rakhman, and their European craftsman son-in-law, Boris, also a Master Jeweler and 3-D CAD designer.


STSN photo by Gordon Murray


SHARING: Chandler resident Jim Phipps, far right, moved back in with his parents, Bill and Bette Phipps, to save money to purchase a home.


See 3G housing Page 6


“Valentine’s Day is a very beautiful holiday. It’s an opportunity for people to show love and respect through special gifts,” says Jane. “I tell my clients, ‘God created man to buy jewelry for women and created women to wear it.’ So, our role is to help them choose a unique, memorable gift making a statement about the relationship.”


See Valentine’s Day Page 10 Financial freedom for baby boomers by Alison Stanton


Caring for elderly parents, paying for college, dwindling retirement funds and shrinking home equity are just some of the fi nancial concerns on the minds of SanTan Sun area baby boomers. Felicia Mussey, senior partner at Family Life Financial Solutions, LLC, says the baby boomer category typically ranges from 46 to 64 years of age. While baby boomers tend to share many of the same fi nancial worries, Mussey cautions against what she calls a “cookie cutter” solution for all. Instead, she says, she spends a lot of time getting to know her clients, suggesting ideas and solutions that take into account their values and beliefs.


“It’s so personal for everyone,” she says. “For some boomers, they say the kids come fi rst, but some don’t have any kids. There are so many variables. It all has to do with their religious backgrounds and their cultural backgrounds and where they are coming from on this. It’s hard to prioritize for all of them. We meet with them, and fi nd out what their priorities are, and then give them an idea of how to meet their goals.” The one exception, Mussey says, is for all baby boomers to have their wills and trusts checked


Downtown


development ensues Community Page 4


Tax tips Business Page 19 Classic Car Show Neighbors Page 41 Ice dancing at CCA AZ Arts Page 66 STSN photo


FINANCE HELP: Felicia Mussey and Rich Vandermolen, senior partners of Family Life Financial Solutions, LLC.


annually, to make sure they are up to date. If those documents are not yet in place, she urges boomers to create them to ensure their wishes are carried out.


Family meals promote better grades, health, happiness


Calendar of events Math Success Just4Kids


SanTan Family Fun Center spread


See Financial freedom Page 8 INSIDE


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