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Back-to-School in 85086! 


Every August, we’re left wondering, where did the summer go? Of course, it still feels like summer, at least as far as the scorching heat is concerned. Yet as our kids embark on a new school year this month, it’s time to bid adieu to languid evenings hanging out by the pool and instead brace for early morning carpools. With this in mind, we bring you our inaugural back-to-school issue. Complete with a handy guide to schools in the area and an introduction to some of the community’s standout teachers, this issue is full of tips and information to help make the transition to a fresh school year easier on students and parents alike.

But before we completely say adios to summer, we have some good news. As most of you know, Anthem’s 15th Annual Independence Day fireworks display was canceled this year because of high winds, dust, and lightning. While disappointing, the Anthem Community Council immediately began working with the pyrotechnics company on the best schedule, resources, and value before rescheduling. It’s our pleasure to announce that a New Year’s Eve event that has been in the works that includes a short fireworks finale planned to close out the evening will now be doubly exciting. The ACC announced that the community will be treated to a full show on New Year’s Eve with the unused July 3 fireworks inventory, which is being safely stored in an ATF bunker until the event.


“Having the launch on New Year’s Eve won in our books over doing a random stand-alone event,” says Michele DeMichele, director of special events. “This way, we have the opportunity to close out the 15th anniversary year with an extra-special touch and really celebrate all this community has to offer.” In addition to the fireworks launch, the New Year’s Eve event on Dec. 31, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (to chime it in with the East Coast’s New Year’s Eve) will feature music, a movie on the big screen, a synthetic ice-skating rink, food vendors, and activities for the whole family. Expect 85086 Magazine to keep you posted on event developments as they’re released.

In closing, we send our condolences to the Hallsey family. As we sat down to write this, we learned of the passing of 15-year-old Tyler Hallsey, a beloved member of the 85086 community. Tyler bravely battled with pontine glioma, a tumor surrounding his brain stem. As Hands Across Anthem shared on their Facebook page, “Tyler Hallsey was a true inspiration to anyone that was lucky enough to know him. We are saddened by his passing, and we hold on to knowing that he is finally free of his pain.” To learn more about Tyler and the impact he had on the community, visit

Adam & Matthew Toren

© 2013 85086 Magazine

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