Stephen Cohen, O.D.

Steve-CohenDr. Stephen Cohen has been in private practice in Scottsdale since 1985, having graduated with clinical honors from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.  He is a past president of the Arizona Optometric Association, and a past recipient (selected by his peers) of both the “Arizona Optometrist of the Year” as well as the “Great Western Council” (representing 11 Western states) “Optometrist of the Year” awards.  His practice has been selected as one of the top 10 eye care practices in Arizona five times by the Arizona Business Journal, as the top eye care practice in Scottsdale six times, and twice, as one of the top 10 practices in the U.S.

His office motto is, “Where modern technology meets old-fashioned care,” and he provides eye care from infants to seniors.  He can be reached at 480.513.3937 or by email at  His website is

Cathy Droz

Founder of H.E.R. Certified and co-founder of Smart Women Series USA, Cathy Droz has test driven over 520 cars for manufacturers and reviewed them on her website,, radio, TV, YouTube and print.  She is a consumer advocate for women car buyers and training expert for the auto industry.  Her book “A Woman’s Guide to Buying a Car with Confidence and Street Smarts — Don’t let these High Heels fool you,” is an easy and informative guide to car buying.  A grandmother of nine, she likes to engage them in her auto reviews and marketing. Voted one of the outstanding women in business in 2019, Droz wants to make a difference in how women are treated when purchasing a vehicle.

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. 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 L. Kravitz, D.D. is known Valley-wide for his more than three decades of support for civil and human rights, and the positive efforts of law enforcement. A volunteer police chaplain, he regularly lectures on related subjects, while working part-time as Hospital Chaplaincy Coordinator for Jewish Family & Children’s Service. Contact him at

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? Email For more words, ideas and whimsy, visit

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 or catch up with her on Twitter @dog_earedpages.

Whiskey and Popcorn 

Whiskey and Popcorn is a movie podcast by local film critics Kaely Monahan and Tuesday Mahrle. You can hear their full movie reviews on

Paul Witkop

Paul Witkop is Pastor of Light of the Desert Lutheran Church in Cave Creek. Call 480.563.5500 or email


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


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


Cave Creek Unified School District; 480.575.2000 or

Dr. Jesse Welsh

Paradise Valley Unified School District; 602.449.2000 or

Dr. Scott A. Menzel

Scottsdale Unified School District; 480.484.6100 or

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