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Latest News in San Tan Valley, AZ
Youth Soccer Program Coming to San Tan Valley
Have kids interested in playing soccer? Tired of driving to Gilbert, Mesa or Chandler to get your kids into an organized club setting? Then hold on to the goal posts, a new youth soccer club has come to San Tan Valley and they are eager to work with you and your family.Club Sports AZ was founded by the Magestro Family. A family of educators and soccer players they have dedicated their lives to helping communities be the best they can. As a family, they have always focused on the youth through sports programs, foster care, and mentorin...
Have kids interested in playing soccer? Tired of driving to Gilbert, Mesa or Chandler to get your kids into an organized club setting? Then hold on to the goal posts, a new youth soccer club has come to San Tan Valley and they are eager to work with you and your family.
Club Sports AZ was founded by the Magestro Family. A family of educators and soccer players they have dedicated their lives to helping communities be the best they can. As a family, they have always focused on the youth through sports programs, foster care, and mentoring youth at risk. Over the years they've seen firsthand how sports can contribute to improving youth's physical and psychological health. By promoting mutual respect and tolerance, sports teach important social and interpersonal skills, all effective tools keeping them from falling into a cycle of depression, violence, crime and drug use.
The founder of Club Sports AZ, Stephanie Magestro, grew up playing soccer and has been coaching recreational soccer for the past 20 years. She married, Yeniel Bermudez, former captain of the Cuban National/Olympic Soccer team, who runs a soccer academy, Bermudez Fútbol Academy, focusing on helping players at the highest of levels reach their goals and make their dreams come true. Let's just say that soccer runs pretty deep in this family.
"Soccer is our life and we want to inspire as many little ones to play as possible."Stephanie Magestro
In 2017, the Magestro family packed up and moved from Alaska to Chandler, AZ. A couple years later they moved to San Tan Valley. While Stephanie has been coaching recreational soccer in Chandler since her return to Arizona, she couldn't be more excited to establish this club in San Tan Valley.
"When we designed Club Sports AZ we had one thing in mind, FAMILY FIRST," said Stephanie Magestro. "The program is setup to allow parents with multiple children playing soccer, to spend more time with their family. No more driving one child to one location and another somewhere else. All siblings will play all their games at the same time, same day, and at the same location."
The program itself is designed as a developmental program and is dedicated to building players' skills while having fun. "Even though this is a recreational program we pride ourselves on the curriculum that has been developed so that as players grow so do their skills," said Stephanie.
So who can play and how do you sign up?The program is open to children between the ages of 3 – 12. It is a co-ed league, so all are welcome. You can register at www.clubsportsaz.com - anytime from now until September 24th for the Fall season.
**Since Club Sports AZ is new to San Tan Valley, they are offering the Early Bird Registration price for the entire Fall season.**
Where will the games/practices be held?All Games will be held at San Tan Foothills High School, 1255 W Silverdale Rd. San Tan Valley, AZ 85142.Coaches will choose a location for the week's practice. Practices will be around the area of the school that the player attends. Coaches will reach out a week before games start to introduce themselves and let parents know when and where practice will be. A one-hour practice before every game on Saturdays will also take place, in case the kids are unable to make the weekly practice. There will be 8 games and 16 practices each season.
There will be three seasons each year.
For 2022-2023, the seasons are as follows:
During registration, parents are asked if they'd like to volunteer to coach. "Unlike many clubs that just ask for volunteers and that's that we support our coaches throughout the entire season," said Stephanie. "We provide our coaches with training and a curriculum to follow with weekly trainings."
"Our vision is simple. We want to become a program that will change the lives of its members and ultimately have a powerful positive impact on our San Tan Valley community."
Moon roof shatters in car wash in San Tan Valley
After On Your Side reached out to Cobblestone Auto Spa, the company agreed to cover the cost of repairs and a rental car.SAN TAN VALLEY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - It was just a quick drive through the car wash. Denise DeMarco had taken her car to the same Cobblestone Auto Spa location several times, but this time was different. “When I got to the dryer section, I heard what sounded like a gunshot going off in my car, and then all of the air started pushing in through my sun shade,” DeMarco said.She recorded video of t...
After On Your Side reached out to Cobblestone Auto Spa, the company agreed to cover the cost of repairs and a rental car.
SAN TAN VALLEY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - It was just a quick drive through the car wash. Denise DeMarco had taken her car to the same Cobblestone Auto Spa location several times, but this time was different. “When I got to the dryer section, I heard what sounded like a gunshot going off in my car, and then all of the air started pushing in through my sun shade,” DeMarco said.
She recorded video of the incident from the car wash’s surveillance system. “[The moon roof] just blows up into thousands and thousands of pieces,” she said. “Just seeing the glass going everywhere is really scary to think what could have happened if I had that sun shade open.” It’s unclear what caused DeMarco’s moon roof to shatter. There have been reports of moon roofs spontaneously shattering that federal safety regulators have investigated.
“They couldn’t find a specific design defect, and they really weren’t able to point their finger at a particularly bad manufacturer, so it appears it is something that’s just going to happen,” said Michael Brooks, the acting executive director of the Center for Auto Safety. According to Brooks, crashes and other major safety issues haven’t been linked to shattering moon roofs.
“Unlike your front windshield where it’s laminated glass, this is the safety glass that’s meant to shatter and not cut you,” Brooks said. “That’s one of the reasons we haven’t seen anything other than some very minor injuries from cleaning up the glass.” DeMarco says there were no cracks or chips in her moon roof before the incident at the car wash, and she says her moon roof had never been repaired or replaced.
“I was pretty much assured they were going to fix it and take care of it, so I left the car wash,” DeMarco said. “I was home for about 15 minutes and got a call from the manager, the same person I had spoken to, and he said, ‘You’re not going to like what I’m going to tell you, but we’re not responsible for what happened.’ I just think they need to do something.”
After On Your Side reached out to Cobblestone Auto Spa, the company agreed to cover the cost of repairs and a rental car. “Cobblestone Auto Spa always strives to provide first class quality and service,” the company’s Shawn Liberge told On Your Side. “In those rare occasions when our team or equipment is less than perfect, we appropriately correct to restore our customer’s vehicle and confidence. With this particular vehicle claim, the sun roof dislodged in a manner only consistent with pre-existing damage or defect; not due to our operations. In our efforts to assist with our customer’s concerns and claim, we have elected to support reimbursement as a goodwill gesture. While not our ultimate responsibility of damage, we hope this gesture shows more than good faith to retain our customer’s patronage.”
Before you go to a car wash, check to ensure there are no chips or cracks in your moon roof. For automatic car washes, Autoblog.com also recommends that consumers choose a brushless option to avoid the potential of small scratches on the vehicle’s finish. If you’re going to wash your vehicle by hand, Consumer Reports suggests using two separate buckets to make sure the clean soapy water doesn’t get dirty. Consumer Reports also says you should avoid moving the sponge in circles, in an effort to prevent small scratches in the vehicle’s paint.
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Opendoor fined $62M to settle claims of cheating home sellers
Opendoor has agreed to pay a $62 million dollar penalty to settle allegations of misleading potential home sellers. The Federal Trade Commission claims the Tempe-based online real estate business tricked sellers into thinking they could make more selling their homes to Opendoor rather than a traditional buyer.According to an FTC complaint, "The vast majority of consumers who sold to Opendoor lost thousands compared to what they would have realized in net proceeds from selling on the market because Opendoor's offers have been belo...
Opendoor has agreed to pay a $62 million dollar penalty to settle allegations of misleading potential home sellers. The Federal Trade Commission claims the Tempe-based online real estate business tricked sellers into thinking they could make more selling their homes to Opendoor rather than a traditional buyer.
According to an FTC complaint, "The vast majority of consumers who sold to Opendoor lost thousands compared to what they would have realized in net proceeds from selling on the market because Opendoor's offers have been below market value on average and its costs have been significantly higher than what consumers typically pay." And the company knew it. The FTC says the iBuyer's "own internal analyses show that consumers lost money selling to Opendoor." The company also regularly required costly repairs that sellers wouldn't have had to make in a traditional sale, the FTC alleges.
"Opendoor promised to revolutionize the real estate market but built its business using old-fashioned deception about how much consumers could earn from selling their homes on the platform," said Samuel Levine, the director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection. "There is nothing innovative about cheating consumers."
"You get a letter that promises the world and that sounds exciting. The problem that sellers run into is they don't know compared to what," said Kelly Henderson, a Phoenix real estate agent. "If [Opendoor] is willing to pay that, they feel confidently they can get more money because they have to turn around and sell it."
Henderson says the red-hot Arizona housing market helped fuel the fast-paced iBuyer industry. "If you choose to forego money in exchange for convenience, there's nothing wrong with that. There's frankly probably plenty of sellers who got exactly what they wanted," Henderson said. "But the issue here was the way it was approached and how many people probably lost out on a lot of money."
Opendoor declined On Your Side's request for an interview but sent a statement defending the company's model.
"Since our founding in 2014, Opendoor set out to drastically simplify the real estate transaction, redefine the housing market, and make buying and selling a home as easy as a tap of a button – bringing transparency, competition and convenience to the antiquated and offline home transaction for consumers. While we strongly disagree with the FTC's allegations, our decision to settle with the Commission will allow us to resolve the matter and focus on helping consumers buy, sell and move with simplicity, certainty and speed. Importantly, the allegations raised by the FTC are related to activity that occurred between 2017 and 2019 and target marketing messages the company modified years ago. We are pleased to put this matter behind us and look forward to continuing to provide consumers with a modern real estate experience."by Opendoor
In addition to the $62 million penalty, the settlement agreement also prohibits Opendoor from making deceptive, false, or unsubstantiated claims to consumers. The FTC was not immediately able to provide information about how many Arizona consumers are affected, and it has not yet been determined how the $62 million will be dispersed to consumers.
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San Tan Valley Teen Steps into the Limelight with "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"
Shayla Forero was only 7 when she first performed with the children's choir in Limelight Performing Arts' production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." Six years later, Limelight is bringing the epic production back to the stage, and Forero, 13, is stepping into a much bigger role."I play the apple dancer, an amazing role that's also very challenging," said Forero.The musical brings to life the age-old bible story of Jacob and his 12 sons. Told through a kaleidoscope of song and dance, it tak...
Shayla Forero was only 7 when she first performed with the children's choir in Limelight Performing Arts' production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." Six years later, Limelight is bringing the epic production back to the stage, and Forero, 13, is stepping into a much bigger role.
"I play the apple dancer, an amazing role that's also very challenging," said Forero.
The musical brings to life the age-old bible story of Jacob and his 12 sons. Told through a kaleidoscope of song and dance, it takes place in Canaan and Egypt many centuries ago and tells the story of Jacob's favorite son, Joseph, whose jealous brothers sell him into slavery.
The apple dancer represents a key moment in the story when famine has descended on Canaan and the brothers and their families are starving. When Forero enters the scene – eating an apple – the brothers each try to steal the precious fruit away.
"This scene is one of my favorites in the musical," said Marie South, who, along with Limelight's artistic director, Emma England, is directing the show. "The music is tango, and the brothers take turns pairing up with Shayla, trying to take her apple while she holds it out of reach. It's entertaining and very good dancing, but it also underscores the desperation the brothers are feeling at that time."
The role requires considerable performance ability, but Forero has worked her whole life for challenges like this one. The San Tan Valley resident has been training in many styles of dance along with acting and voice since before she started kindergarten.
Beyond her featured role in the "Canaan Days" scene, Forero is on stage throughout the show as a member of the ensemble.
"Unlike most productions with a couple of leads who carry the story, 'Joseph' is an ensemble-driven show," said England. "The performers in this cast have to be true triple-threats."
Indeed, the 90-minute production features nonstop singing and dance. Every word in the musical is sung, and every scene is choreographed from beginning to end.
"The hardest part for me definitely is remembering everything," said Forero. "From all the dance moves to all the singing harmonies, it's a lot to do at once."
But she's certainly up for the challenge.
"I think the audience is going to love the fact that there is never a dull moment. Every song is filled with life and fun."
Audiences will see the biblical story come to vibrant new life with colorful characters and costumes, modern choreography and a range of musical styles – from country western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and a Pharaoh who sings Elvis. With lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the show includes Broadway favorites like "Close Every Door," "Go Go Go Joseph" and "Any Dream Will Do."
"'Joseph' gives our performers a chance to showcase their talents in a huge way," said England. "The show is funny, inspiring and full of color, yet at its heart is a powerful message of love and unity for children and adults alike."
As for Forero, she's thrilled to be doing the show a second time. It's an opportunity to spend time with her cast mates while also honing her craft.
"I love being surrounded with the people I love, and I love watching the show getting put together and seeing all the progress we make," she said.
She is part of an epic cast of 50 youth performers ages 6-19 from across the East Valley. "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" performs at the Mesa Arts Center from Aug. 4-14. Tickets are $15 plus box office fees and are available at the Mesa Arts Center box office, at MesaArtsCenter.com keyword "technicolor," or by visiting ll-pa.org. Group discounts are available.
Out-of-State Planes, Boats, and Automobiles
As the weather heats up, taxpayers may be interested in buying recreational vehicles. The Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR) reminds purchasers and sellers of their licensing and tax liability.Businesses or individuals who purchase a plane, boat, or automobile from an out-of-state vendor may be subject to use tax, which is a tax on purchases made out-of-state for taxable items stored, used, or consumed in Arizona when the sale was not subject to transaction privilege tax (TPT)....
As the weather heats up, taxpayers may be interested in buying recreational vehicles. The Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR) reminds purchasers and sellers of their licensing and tax liability.
Businesses or individuals who purchase a plane, boat, or automobile from an out-of-state vendor may be subject to use tax, which is a tax on purchases made out-of-state for taxable items stored, used, or consumed in Arizona when the sale was not subject to transaction privilege tax (TPT).
Aircraft must be registered with the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT); the agency will then send the information to ADOR which will conduct research to determine if the out-of-state seller charged tax. If more information is needed, ADOR will notify the purchaser via a questionnaire, and the business or individual will need to provide all necessary supporting documentation. If a use tax is due, ADOR will notify the purchaser of an amount due. (San Tan Valley does not impose any additional use tax.)
For more information on aircrafts, see the Aircraft Use Tax page.
WatercraftWatercraft and trailers that are purchased from an out-of-state seller must email the sales agreement to ADOR (to email@example.com) to calculate all tax due. Once taxes are paid, the purchasers will need to register the watercraft with Game and Fish and trailer with ADOT.
For assistance, check out the video below on watercraft.
When registering a vehicle purchased from out-of-state with ADOT, both state and city taxes are calculated and paid. ADOT will collect all city and state taxes, however, if they cannot, the information is referred to ADOR for review and to collect the proper taxes. The vehicle use tax calculator is available to taxpayers to determine the amount of tax they will be required to pay based on the vehicle's registered address.
To assist Arizona motor vehicle sellers making sales to nonresident purchasers from states that have lower state tax rates than Arizona's 5.6% state transaction privilege tax rate, ADOR has two versions of a tax computation worksheet that helps determine the reduced amount of state TPT and county excise tax that will apply to the sale and also compute the correct deduction amounts to be taken on the Transaction Privilege, Use and Severance Tax Return (Form TPT-2).
Worksheet A/B is a blank worksheet taxpayers can print and complete manually. Worksheet C is an automatic computational worksheet available for print (must download and open with Acrobat through the computer folder, not internet browser).
For information on exemptions, documentation, and guidance, refer to the Motor Vehicle Sales page.