MEET THE COLUMNISTS

Stephen Cohen, O.D.

Steve-Cohen
Dr. Cohen provides eye care that meets the needs and exceeds expectations of patients utilizing modern technology while providing old-fashioned care in Scottsdale since 1985. Visit doctormyeyes.net; call 480.513.3937 or e-mail stephen.cohen@doctormyeyes.net.


Cathy Droz

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Cathy Droz is a New York native who loves the automobile industry. As a young girl she would hang out with her brother in their Long Island garage, while he worked on his car or at the track when he raced his ’63 corvette. At the tender age of 17, she purchased the family sedan, eventually opening up an automotive ad agency in her 40’s.
Although Cathy can’t fix your car and is not that interested in exhaust “tunes,” she can provide expert advice on safety issues, purchasing a vehicle, finding a reputable repair facility or helpful car hints for women. After test driving over 520 vehicles, she communicates her everyday person’s expert advice via print, radio, the internet, social networking and television. Her objective is to educate the consumer and keep our families safe. Visit hercertified.com.


Darla Hoffmann

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Darla Hoffmann is a Certified Specialist of Wine, and Hospitality Beverage Specialist. She is the owner of About Wine, a wine education company, where she does on site tastings and classes at restaurants, home parties and corporate events. She also works part time in one of Arizona’s award winning tasting rooms, LDV Wine Gallery in Scottsdale. A member of The Wine Century Club, she has tasted over 100 grape varietals. Her goal is to share her knowledge and passion for wine, while educating our readers on the booming wine industry in the state of Arizona. Learn more at www.aboutwineinaz.com.


Barbara Kaplan

Barbara’s Pick’s is Your Design & Lifestyle Source where I share resources I have worked with for years as an interior designer. BarbarasPicks.com is a unique online resource for people to learn about quality vendors, extraordinary materials, special craftspeople and experts in unique services and areas of design and lifestyle. The resource directory called Barbara’s Picks and Clicks features the “best of the best”  in the design and lifestyle world.
My design knowledge and tools, with tips and ideas are on the website to share with everyone who wants to live a beautiful, well designed, healthy and happy lifestyle. This is all free to the consumer. Additionally, free to everyone, Barbara’s Picks is the only company providing luxury, chauffeured Design and Lifestyle Escape Shopping Tours to local wholesale and retail showrooms combining both hi tech and hi touch experiences. Oh, and there are discounts, too! Join us and have fun creating your designed life!


Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz

Rabbi-Robert-Kravitz
Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz, D.D., is known Valley-wide for his support of civil and human rights, and the efforts of law enforcement. He lectures on related subjects and works as a part-time hospital chaplain for Jewish Family & Children’s Service. Contact the Rabbi at rrlkdd@hotmail.com.


James Roberts


A significantly over 40-something Phoenix-based writer, author of On Being Eight Again and The Tao of Coyote. Divorced with no children, he has been exploring the dating scene and collecting tales of woe for many years. Need a guy’s perspective? E-mail jrobertpenn@aol.com or visit words-in-action.com.


Melanie Tighe

Melanie Tighe

Melanie Tighe is a bookseller at Dog-Eared Pages, and writing as Anna Questerly is author of The Minstrel’s Tale Trilogy and Pangaea: a Utopian Fantasy for adults written as AJ Questerly. Visit dogearedpagesusedbooks.com or catch up with her on Twitter @dog_earedpages.


Paul Witkop


Paul Witkop is Pastor of Light of the Desert Lutheran Church in Cave Creek. Call 480.563.5500 or e-mail paulw@lightofthedesert.org.


Community

Forever Families is a contribution from Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK), an adoption and child placing agency dedicated to the placement of children with special needs into permanent, loving homes. Each month, AASK highlights a child who is in search of an adoptive family. These kids have experienced not-so-great beginnings in life, but like all other kids, they have hopes, dreams and the desire to love and be loved.

Call 602.254.2275 or visit aask-az.org.


Youth & Education

Superintendent’s Message highlights the accomplishments, challenges and events that are happening in the various school districts within the CITYSunTimes area. Taking turns addressing our readers are the following superintendents:

Dr. Debbi Burdick

Dr-Debbi-Burdick

Cave Creek Unified School District; 480.575.2000 or ccusd93.org

Dr. James P. Lee

Paradise Valley Unified School District; 602.449.2000 or pvschools.net

Dr. A. Denise Birdwell

Dr. Birdwell (2)

Scottsdale Unified School District; 480.484.6100 or susd.org

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