Welcome to the Grayhawk Podcast talking about everything going on in the Grayhawk neighborhood.
info_outline Beware of Online Scams 10/29/2020
Beware of Online Scams Conducting business and shopping online have become our new routine and with this activity we are vulnerable to scammers. Melinda speaks with Officer Rob Katzaroff from the Scottsdale Police department about ways to protect ourselves. Jeremy Mueller from State Farm Insurance talks about our home insurance policy should we become a victim. Dr. Rob DiVito weighs in on how business owners should protect themselves, and explains the difference between laser and traditional dentistry.
info_outline CoWorking Space Alternatives for the Remote Worker 10/21/2020
CoWorking Space Alternatives for the Remote Worker For many working from home has become the “new normal” and while it has its benefits, the downside is finding a dedicated, and quiet space that is away from the rest of the family or other distractions. Melinda and Darren Tackett of RE/MAX Fine Properties talk about what home buyers are looking for given this trend. Alicia speaks with Kristin Whitnable and Teagan Fail from AZ CoWork about office space, conference rooms, and private desks that are available when time away from home is needed.
info_outline It’s Time to Enjoy the Outdoors 10/14/2020
It’s Time to Enjoy the Outdoors Grayhawk is a community that likes to be active, and as temps dip below triple digits, our neighbors are starting to venture outdoors. Melinda speaks with Natural Resource Coordinators, Yvonne Massman and John Loleit from the City of Scottsdale about Pinnacle Peak Park and the multi-use trails in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Jeremy Mueller from State Farm Insurance talks about home values and his favorite outdoor activities.
info_outline Fall, Food, and Fun Things to Do 10/07/2020
Fall, Food, and Fun Things to Do October represents the beginning of fall with the hope of cooler weather, comfort foods, and outdoor activities. Melinda speaks with Grayhawk resident Sue Lukenbill about her restaurant pick Café Paris, and HOA Lifestyle Director, Sarah Van Duyne about the different events planned for the community. Darren Tackett of Re/Maxx Fine Properties joins in and dishes on his dining out experiences here in North Scottsdale.
info_outline COVID Emergence of Health and Insurance Issues 09/29/2020
COVID Emergence of Health and Insurance Issues Many of us are returning to public life following months of quarantine and the reality of how COVID has impacted us is coming to light. Melinda and Alicia speak with Jeremy Mueller from Grayhawk State Farm Insurance, and Dr. Rob DiVito from AZ Center for Laser Dentistry. We will learn what we need to know when it comes to our auto, home, and renters insurance policies, and the impact COVID stress is having on our dental health.
info_outline Pandemic Pet Adoptions 09/23/2020
Pandemic Pet Adoptions The COVID pandemic has impacted many of our local animal shelters in a positive way with an increase in adoptions. While shelters were closed their revenue streams were drastically reduced. Alicia and Melinda speak with Foothills Animal Rescue to learn more about how they have been impacted and what we can do to help them recover. They also share how they will be celebrating their 25th anniversary. Darren Tackett of RE/MAX Fine Properties tells us how he got involved as a long time supporter.
info_outline Snakes Are a Part of Life in Arizona 09/16/2020
Snakes Are a Part of Life in Arizona The rattle isn't a cute toy sound when you're out on a trail. Hearing the infamous diamondback rattle typically turns into panic and confusion on what to do next. That's where Bryan Hughes of Rattlesnake Solutions comes in. He and his "crazy" crew of rattlesnake loving rescuers, will come and take care of one snake to a full den. Saving the snakes life and yours too. Grayhawk resident Melinda Medina is back! Sharing her own snake story and how Bryan actually helped her.
info_outline Won't You Be, My Neighbor 09/09/2020
Won't You Be, My Neighbor One thing about Grayhawk that stands out more than other neighborhoods are the people. It truly is a community in all senses. Meeting our neighbors can be difficult in this digital, COVID world. But that's why we here at the Grayhawk Podcast enjoy introducing you to your neighbors. This week Alicia speaks with Grayhawk resident, Melinda Medina. Darren Tackett of Re/Maxx Fine Properties takes time from his super busy day to talk with Alicia on his love of the Grayhawk residents as well.
info_outline Grateful for Grayhawk 09/02/2020
Grateful for Grayhawk This week we check in with some of our favorite Grayhawk residents. Jeremy Mueller talk's monsoon season in the insurance business and his continued support for local restaurants and businesses. And we can't talk about restaurants without Sue Lukenbill! Sue tells us about her meal at Tea Light Cafe. When it comes to fun in the neighborhood, Sarah Van Duyne has it going on and September is no exception.
info_outline Is There a Dr. (or two) In The house?! 08/26/2020
Is There a Dr. (or two) In The house?! Following in his father's footsteps, Dr. Rob knew he wanted to become a dentist, working from the mailroom to the main chair. Alicia was all too eager to speak with the father/son duo on their relationship in and out of the mouth. We also have Darren Tackett check in this week. While he didn't follow in his father's footsteps, he has a fun path to his successful real estate career.
info_outline Record Temps = Record Wildfires 08/19/2020
Record Temps = Record Wildfires While some records are great achievements, record hot temperatures and excessive wildfires are no great achievement. Tiffany Divila from Arizona Department of WIldfire and Fire Management talks with Alicia about what it takes to be a wildfire firefighter. Tiffany also tells us the records Arizona is setting this wildfire season. Nothing to brag about.
info_outline WE RISE to the Challenge 08/12/2020
WE RISE to the Challenge From online to hybrid to full campus, how we open schools this year is a process no one was prepared for. While we all experienced some kind of online school to end last year, this year will be very different. Notre Dame Prep President and Principal Jill Platt joins Alicia in the studio to discuss their plans for the school year. We also get to meet and chat with new AP Andrea Fossum.
info_outline "Summer" of 2020 08/05/2020
"Summer" of 2020 Besides the exceptional hot summer months, was it really a summer break? Alicia sits down with some of her favorite Grayhawk business to hear how they spent this COVID summer. And now that summer is over and school starts next, how is that going to look for us with and without kids? We discuss that along with the great FUN activities planned with the HOA.
info_outline No EpiPen Needed for This Episode 07/29/2020
No EpiPen Needed for This Episode Are you one of the millions of food allergies suffers out there? Then Shandee Chernow has created the perfect solution for eating out. Her website and technology, CertiStar is perfect for you. As a food allergy sufferer herself, she was tired of going out to eat and not enjoying her meal. The apps weren't detailed enough and she was also nervous of what she was really getting. Listen to hear how she fixed the problem.
info_outline Boys and Girls Club Success 07/22/2020
Boys and Girls Club Success Many think the Boys and Girls Club is a recreation place for after school care. But as Director Liz Byrne tells us, that is a very small piece of what they offer. Need a place to send your kid for distance learning this year? Tune in to hear how they're here for that too. And Arizona Youth of the Year winner and Boys and Girls Club alumni, Carly Mertz, tells Alicia how much the facility helped shape who she is from inside to out. We're sure you'll be as moved as Alicia was when you hear her talk.
info_outline Rainbows and Royalty Combined 07/15/2020
Rainbows and Royalty Combined This week, Misses Phoenix Pride, Tyra and Mister Phoenix Pride, Owen Michael Parker talk to Alicia about being Pride Royalty. More than just a stage to wear a crown, Pride Fest Phoenix is an organization who raises money for scholarships, grants and so much more.
info_outline VOTE 07/08/2020
VOTE Part 2 of our Scottsdale council candidates running for 3 spots on the board. We also have 3 of the Mayoral candidates coming on this week. Whether you mail in your ballot or go to the polls on August 4th, make sure you know who represents you and this great city of Scottsdale. Your opinion. Your voice. Your vote counts.
info_outline Your Voice - Your Vote 07/01/2020
Your Voice - Your Vote With the Scottsdale Primary election's right around the corner, Alicia talks to the majority of the CIty and Mayoral candidates running for office. They all got the same questions but have different ways to make Scottsdale the better. What do you want to see from your great city?
info_outline Girl Power On and Off The Green 06/24/2020
Girl Power On and Off The Green Lead by Director Cori Matheson, Girls Golf of Phoenix is not only a great place for girls to learn about the game of golf but life lessons too. Cori started off as a student in the organization before turning pro, and then taking over Girls Golf of Phoenix herself. Her girls have known to be power players on and off the green. Two other great leaders join Alicia at Az CoWork. Jeremy Mueller of State Farm Insurance and Dr. Rob DiVito of Arizona Center for Laser Dentistry talk about leading their staff through the recent uptick in COVID cases. But they're making sure to have a little fun in the sun too. Visit for more show notes. Recommended Resources Check Out Our Sponsors ---------------------------------------- If you are interested in being on the show please to contact our producer.
info_outline Is This The BEST Burger in Town? 06/17/2020
Is This The BEST Burger in Town? Sue Lukenbill joins Alicia at Az CoWork to discuss this month's restaurant review of Moe's Roadhouse. Described as the best burger in the area, Sue and her family enjoyed a sampling of a few. She also talks about dining in and her opinion on how restaurants are doing. And Darren Tackett of Re/Maxx Fine Properties joins us. With the market at about 50% less saturation than normal, this time of year, he has the buyers ready to go. Are you ready to sell?!
info_outline Notre Dame Prep Now and Next Year 06/10/2020
Notre Dame Prep Now and Next Year Matt Rylski of Notre Dame Prep joins us to talk about what next year may look like. As the Director of Enrollment and Student Life, he misses his "family" of students and seeing them everyday. NDP students took it upon themselves to help those minorities in their school, now and for the future. Matt talks about the amazing work his students do on their own and how he and the rest of the staff learn from them. Jeremy Mueller is back. It might have been slow the past couple months but it's not anymore!
info_outline Greener is Cleaner 06/03/2020
Greener is Cleaner Green Living Magazine publisher, Dorie Morales joins us to talk about living a greenier, cleanier life. Dorie explains that being green means more than just reduce, reuse, recycle and tells us now she's helping those in need during these difficult times. The temps are getting hotter but the Grayhawk real estate is even hotter! Darren Tackett of ReMax Fine Properties tells us how many buyers he has and how many houses he doesn't have to give them.
info_outline Start Small to Finish Strong 05/27/2020
Start Small to Finish Strong Physical fitness isn't just about looking good, but feeling good too. Brandon Harris of Premier Fitness talks physical fitness and the effects on overall livelihood. He teaches us not to focus on the end result but the process to get there. Physical health affects mental health. And as we wrap up Mental Health Awareness month, Brandon and his team want us to know they offer plenty of ways to get healthy.
info_outline Stop "Shoulding" Yourself 05/20/2020
Stop "Shoulding" Yourself Doesn't matter what stage of life you're in, stress always appears. LCSW Michelle Kometh tells us how young adults are dealing with stressors of today. Then we have LCSW Ryan Sheade talking about the sandwich age generation. Where many of us are peaking at our career while trying to balance our family and possible aging parents. Also, our favorite realtor Darren Tackett and State Farm Insurance Jeremy Mueller. Both join us to talk about how they're dealing with their own mental health during these times
info_outline It's Okay to Not Be Okay 05/13/2020
It's Okay to Not Be Okay May is Mental Health Awareness month and we're dedicating this month's episodes to the cause. Mental illness is not a shameful, awful thing to have and deal with openly. LCSW Erica Tatum-Sheade talk's mental health in children and adolescence. She explains what kids might be feeling, but don't have the words to express. Francine Sumner wishes her son Zach was still around to talk about his feelings. She shares her tragic story of suicide and how Kid in the Corner was started for all the kids like Zach.
info_outline We've Got Heat and Sweet Treats 05/06/2020
We've Got Heat and Sweet Treats The temps aren't the only thing on the rise right now. The real estate market is picking back up. Darren Tackett talks about extremely low rates and the rise of homes coming on the market. While most restaurants have closed to dine-in service, Butta Cakes has their doors open for plenty of sweet treats. Sue Lukenbill talks about her love for sweets and the delicious bite size cakes. Sarah Van Duyne tells us about all the great things she and the HOA have planned for May.
info_outline Is It Time to Open Back Up? 04/29/2020
Is It Time to Open Back Up? Just when we're starting to get into a better routine of quarantine, things change again. While we can't be sure how and when coronavirus will end, many of us are anxious to get back into the world. There are so many questions that we can't seem to get an exact answer on. Good thing we have Dr. Rob DIvito and Jeremy Mueller with us today to tell us how they are starting to open their doors and what they think is best for business and the economy as a whole.
info_outline Virology and the Science Behind It 04/22/2020
Virology and the Science Behind It This virus is unlike anything the science community has seen. It is may be mutating faster than scientists can keep up and that's not even the scariest part. Listen as Grayhawk resident and studied virologist Tori Divito tells us why this is like nothing we've ever seen.
info_outline Giving During Coronavirus 04/15/2020
Giving During Coronavirus There is so much being taken away from us during this time. However, we still have so many opportunities to give to others. Dr. Mata, known to many as Dr. Scottsdale has always given his time and skills to those less fortunate. And even though this month's mission trip is cancelled due to coronavirus, his past work is still felt and seen by those all around.
info_outline School's Out Till Summer! 04/08/2020
School's Out Till Summer! Well, the classroom is at least. Students, teachers and parents are learning in a whole new way now that coronavirus has shut everything down. We get three perspectives on online schooling, from a parent with Darren Tackett, Tori Divito is an online teacher and Notre Dame Prep Principal, Mrs. Jill Platt talks leadership.