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YOUNG MIND COMMUNITY CENTER TO OPEN IN NORTH 32ND

A new community center and preschool is set to open this month in the North 32nd neighborhood – the Young Mind Community Center and CO-OP, early childhood program. YMCC is a one-of-a-kind, inclusive community center dedicated to connecting people, resources and ideas in a way that marries innovative solutions with intentional outcomes. The CO-OP is a preschool for children ages 18 months to 5 years, with and without autism, which centers on practices that promote young children’s optimal learning and development.

“We are thrilled for Young Mind Community Center and the CO-OP to become an integral part of the North 32nd community, serving families and filling a need,” said YMCC and CO-OP Co-Founder Dr. Sara Mertel. “We welcome the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the children and families in our neighborhood.”

Located at 3202 East Mountain View Road, the CO-OP’s innovative and inclusive education programs will create an environment where all children thrive. Drawing from the best practices in child development, early childhood education, and learning and behavior to create experiences that foster optimal development, the CO-OP will provide a strong foundation that sets the stage for future academic and personal achievement.

“The CO-OP’s goal is to provide high-quality instruction and interventions matched to each child’s needs,” said Dr. Amanda Wood, CO-OP co-founder. “Our vision in creating the CO-OP was to take a multidisciplinary approach to child development and learning to the next level and create a transdisciplinary environment where each of these expert team members – most importantly parents – collaborate in a way to create an outcome that would otherwise be impossible. There is a great need for inclusive and transdisciplinary early childhood education in Arizona, particularly as it relates to the education of young children with autism, and we are striving to set a new bar for early learning programs.”

Benefits of attending the CO-OP preschool include: inclusive education, highly-trained and qualified professionals, developmentally appropriate practice, a focus on continuum of supports and low adult-student ratios.

The CO-OP and YMCC are the culmination of partnership between Drs. Mertel and Wood drawing on best-practices from their fields – community resources and development and clinical psychology – to redefine problems outside normal boundaries and innovate to reach new solutions and optimize results.

In 2011, Young Mind Center diagnostic clinic located in central Phoenix was founded by Dr. Wood, a clinical psychologist, as a pediatric diagnostic and consultation clinic specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Wood’s vision was to provide compassionate, thorough and accurate diagnostic services utilizing the best-practice assessment measures. Responding to the demand for exceptional services after diagnosis, in 2014 YMC expanded its vision and services into the field of autism intervention. With the addition of Emily Mariner, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and a team of highly skilled behavior instructors, YMC grew to include intervention services utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Recognizing the power of working together across disciplines, in 2016, Dr. Mertel was brought on as a partner and established the Community & Collaboration Initiative, which allowed the future development of YMCC and the CO-OP.

To learn more about Young Mind Community Center and the CO-OP, including employment opportunities in early childhood education, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and behavior instruction, to learn how to apply for preschool registration, visit youngmindcommunity.org.

 

 

“YOUNG MIND COMMUNITY CENTER TO OPEN IN NORTH 32ND” North 32nd News, 2018. http://north32ndnews.com/young-mind-community-center-to-open-in-north-32nd/

32nd and Shea Revitalization Opens Businesses to New Opportunities

The revitalization project of 32nd and Shea, coined “32 Renewed” has introduced a variety of new businesses to the area since it was first initiated in 2016 including a rock climbing gym, an ACE Hardware and other establishments.

Louisa Ward helped make the project possible as the designated realtor of the Uptown Phoenix area.

Along with businesses, the project has brought new bike lanes, art pieces to the area, which the project leaders hope will generate more traffic and turn it into an excitable neighborhood for the many families who live there.

Kyle Hollenbeck, owner of Aioli Burger on the corner of 32nd and Shea hopes his business will continue to flourish in this location.

“We chose 32nd and Shea because myself and my parents grew up and went to school down the street,” Hollenbeck said. “We saw what was coming this way with the 32 initiative and wanted to be ahead of the curve. You will notice bigger companies, franchises and chains are coming this way now.”

The ongoing renovations affected Aioli Burger last summer, when they were remodeling the building and were without a sign.

Now, Hollenbeck is working on getting a liquor license for the restaurant which he believes will further encourage an influx of customers.

Almost neighboring Aioli Burger is 32 Shea coffee shop, not quite as new to the area, being established in 2011. As a local coffee shop, 32 Shea has been recognized by many Phoenix publications. The shop has always been a popular spot but now has even more customers due to the project.

 

Wurtz, Mary. “32nd and Shea Revitalization Opens Businesses to New Opportunities” My Local News – US, August 2, 2018. https://mylocalnews.us/arizona/2018/08/32nd-shea-revitalization-opens-businesses-new-opportunities/?utm_source=AZ+My+Local+News+Master+List&utm_campaign=a13613b450-MLN_AZ_Recap&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_623f12db83-a13613b450-94819197&mc_cid=a13613b450&mc_eid=6b967d8267

Mowing Down Pollution

In an effort to improve air quality and reduce air pollution produced by gasoline powered lawn mowers, the Maricopa County Air Quality Department is introducing ‘Mowing Down Pollution,’ a lawn mower replacement program. Trade in your gasoline powered lawn mower and receive a $150 voucher towards the purchase of a new zero-emission electric or battery powered lawn mower at participating Home Depot locations. Maricopa County residents who own a working gasoline powered lawn mower are eligible to participate. This program gives you the power to aid in pollution reduction efforts. Electric and battery powered lawn mowers are quieter and cleaner and eliminate the hassle of obtaining and using gasoline. By replacing 2,500 gasoline lawn mowers, 21 tons of ground level ozone causing pollution could be avoided. Make the switch and sign up today » CleanAirMakeMore.com/lawn

 

 

Clean Air Make More, Maricopa County “MCAQD Launches Lawn Mower Replacement Program, ‘Mowing Down Pollution'” Nextdoor.com, June 6, 2018. https://nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=84220003

Press Coffee Roasters Building Flagship Roasting Facility

This was an old ugly building that was a KFC and then was proposed as a medical marijuana facility.   Some of the community fought back and the dispensary withdrew.
Now we have a beautiful facility coming that will bring positive attention to our neighborhood and be a key anchor for more businesses to see value in desire to open up shop.
North 32nd, particularly the Shea and 32nd Street area, is becoming a desired location with a much improved walk ability score.

Press Coffee Roasters announced it will build a flagship roasting facility in the 32nd & Shea neighborhood of North Phoenix. The 5,600 sqft facility at 10443 N. 32nd St. will be a full production site for Press Coffee’s whole bean roasting operations. It will also be open to the public with a fully functioning café serving drinks and food with plenty of meeting space. Expected completion of the $3.5 million project is Spring 2019.

Co-owners Steve Kraus, Jason Kyle and Alex Mason describe the new roastery as an ongoing commitment from Press to be Arizona’s own local coffee roaster. Kraus opened the first Press Coffee in North Phoenix in 2008 and Kyle and Mason are both born-and-raised Arizona natives.

Says Kraus, “We are excited about the future of this iconic building. We wanted to go beyond just a production facility and create a space that allows us to share our love for coffee with the community.”

The Construction Zone, LTD will serve as the general contractor, architect and designer. The modern design of the flagship roastery will showcase and educate the public about specialty coffee with viewing areas of the roasting rooms and space for Press’ Coffee 101 tastings.

“This facility allows us to open our doors to the public and share our passion for roasting amazing coffees from around the world,” says Kyle. “We’re also thrilled to help put Arizona on the specialty coffee national map.”

The project will double Press’ production facilities. When the new roastery is open, its current whole bean roastery located in Phoenix will be dedicated for cold brew production. Press plans to expand cold brew production with the addition of a 15-barrel brewing system.

“We’re proud to have helped lead the way in creating a great, locally made cold brew that Arizona can call its own,” says Mason. “This expansion allows us to serve cold brew to even more of Arizona.”

 

“Press Coffee Roasters Building Flagship Roasting Facility” Food News Feed, June 12, 2018. https://www.foodnewsfeed.com/content/press-coffee-roasters-building-flagship-roasting-facility