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Griselda Zetino

Tempe artist makes art from cans he uses to feed the homeless

De Villiers buys food using a portion of the money he makes from selling his pieces in galleries, street fairs and online. The rest supports his family.
3 years ago
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Griselda Zetino

Phoenix nonprofit helps homeless get to medical appointments

Elaine is a nonprofit formed in February that drives homeless individuals to their medical appointments and helps them navigate the healthcare system.
4 years ago
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Ali Vetnar

Off Central: Oregon man to bike to Arizona, raise funds for sick boy

This summer, Oregon man Benjamin Elliot will bike to Queen Creek to raise money for Nico Pulido, a local third-grader who is fighting brain cancer.
4 years ago
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Ali Vetnar

Retired Glendale police sergeant battling terminal brain cancer

After dedicating her life to serving others, retired Glendale police sergeant Julie Love is now fighting for her life after being diagnosed with stage 3 Glioblastoma.
4 years ago
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Kathy Cline

Off Central: Phoenix firefighter grateful after lifesaving heart transplant

A Phoenix firefighter was given nine days to live. Three years after receiving a heart transplant, he reminds himself how grateful he is.
5 years ago
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Martha Maurer

Off Central: Arizonan to be first Latina fencer for US in Pan American Games

Team USA fencer. World Cup champion. The only Latina on Team USA. You can add any of those titles next to the name Natalie Vie.
5 years ago
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Ali Vetnar

Off Central: Chandler soccer club wants kids with all abilities to play

TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is designed to meet the needs of children and young adults who have physical and/or intellectual disabilities.
5 years ago
Stacey Garcia and her team (KTAR Photo/Bob McClay)...
Bob McClay

Off Central: Arizona girl selected for MLB’s Trailblazer series

This upcoming weekend is Jackie Robinson weekend in Major League Baseball, honoring the Brooklyn Dodger who broke baseball’s color barrier when he entered the major leagues in 1947.
5 years ago
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Kathy Cline

Off Central: Valley girls take part in first responder preparedness course

More than 30 Phoenix-area girls took part in a course called the Aspire Academy, which prepares them to work and train like a first responder would.
5 years ago
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Sharon Mittelman

Off Central: D-backs organist plays 21 years for love of music, baseball

If you've ever attended an Arizona Diamondbacks game at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix, you've heard organist Bobby Freeman working his magic.
5 years ago
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Kathy Cline

Off Central: Tempe church working harder than ever to be inclusive

The pastor of Dayspring United Methodist Church in Tempe likes to think of the church as truly inclusive. All are welcome, no matter what.
5 years ago
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Martha Maurer

Off Central: Guitar-making school puts Phoenix on musical maps

The Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery in Phoenix is giving students a foothold in the guitar building business and putting the Valley on musical maps.
5 years ago
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Bob McClay

Book tells stories of retired numbers of Arizona high school athletes

Scott Hanson has been an Arizona high school baseball umpire and football referee for 30 years. He's written a book about retired numbers of state high school athletes.
5 years ago
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Bob McClay

New book explores retired numbers of Arizona high school athletes

A new book, written by a baseball umpire, features the stories behind the retired numbers of Arizona's high schools across the state.
5 years ago
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Kathy Cline

Off Central: Scottsdale business owner clings to hope through tragedy

Melissa Fink clung to hope to get through the tragic loss of her sister and a stroke. She is now a successful Scottsdale business owner.
6 years ago
Isaac School District Band Academy (Griselda Zetino/KTAR News)...
Griselda Zetino

Band academy in low-income community gives free lessons to students in Phoenix

A band academy in the middle of one of Phoenix’s lowest-income communities is giving students a chance to get the same music lessons they would get from a private instructor, except the lessons here are free.
6 years ago
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Kathy Cline

Off Central: Crash spurs lifelong friendship between refugee family, Glendale officer

When Glendale Police Officer Sean Mullane responded to a wreck, he had no idea he would soon meet a Rwandan refugee family who would become his friends.
6 years ago
Former Army medic Angel Silva of Phoenix and his dog, Lucky, who he was paired with through Soldier...
Jim Cross

Off Central: Valley group pairing dogs, veterans to save lives

A Valley organization is committed to pairing dogs with veterans who returned home with post-traumatic stress disorder or a traumatic brain injury.
6 years ago
MedAire founder Joan Sullivan Garrett. (KTAR Photo/Corbin Carson)...
Corbin Carson

Off Central: Arizona nurse pioneers treatment for in-air medical emergencies

MedAire founder Joan Sullivan Garrett, who began her career as a nurse at Mesa Community College, has revolutionized the way in-air medical emergencies are treated.
6 years ago
City of Glendale fireman Jason Webb, left, talks to an elementary school student about the importan...
Corbin Carson

Off Central: Phoenix-area firefighter teaches fire safety after childhood accident

After undergoing a tragic accident as a kid that burned 35 percent of his body, a Phoenix-area man realized he wanted to devote his life to fighting fires and teaching fire safety.
6 years ago
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Kathy Cline

Off Central: Phoenix man doesn’t let spina bifida get in the way of auto repair job

Automotive repair may not seem like a doable career for someone in a wheelchair, but a Phoenix man is proving that idea wrong every day.
6 years ago
Officer Brian Ornelas speaking with the homeless (Corbin Carson/KTAR News)...
Corbin Carson

Off Central: A look at what it takes to police the homeless

Getting people to move it along is not as easy as it sounds.
6 years ago
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Corbin Carson

Off Central: Peoria firefighter collects worn American flags for veteran cremations

A retired Peoria Fire Department captain collects old, worn-out American flags that are paired with a deceased veteran for cremation.
6 years ago
A group works on English lessons at Fellowship Square in Phoenix. Retired Central High School teach...
Kathy Cline

Off Central: Retired Phoenix teacher giving English lessons to workers

Dozens of foreign-born workers at a Phoenix care home can now speak English thanks to a local teacher.
6 years ago