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Feb 16, 2011
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According to Bloomberg Businessweek Vail is the best place to raise kids in Arizona based on low cost of living, good schools, and low crime.  
 
There are some outstanding deals on homes in the area to be had now.  If you'd like to take a look at some, please give me a call!    (520) 548-2078 

http://www.vail.k12.az.us/blog/2010/12/16/vail-az-wins-bloomberg-businessweeks-distinguished-“best-place-to-raise-kids-in-arizona-2011”/?sms_ss=facebook&at_xt=4d5d852b1eaf4fe0,0


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Jan 14, 2011
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     It's been a week since our Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and eighteen other victims were shot during a "Congress on Your Corner" event by a lone crazed gunman.   The whole country watched with horror as the news started to come out.  
 
     Last week, President Barack Obama came to Tucson to attend a memorial service for the victims of the terrible tragedy.  His words were healing and hopeful.  In the past few days there have been funeral services for the federal judge, and the 9 year old girl who were also killed, as well as other victims.
 
     Today I made a visit to the shrine that has developed on the corner of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' office.   The thousands of articles left there are evidence of just how deeply this situation has effected the residents of Tucson, and are the expression of their love and support.  There were flowers, candles, balloons, pictures, posters, teddy bears, and more.   The grief and sadness were extremely evident.  The calls for peace and healing were touching.   The atmosphere was one of reverence and introspection.
 
     There was also more positive news about the Congresswoman's recovery.  Doctors announced that her breathing tube has been removed and Gabrielle is now breathing on her own.  She also continues to respond to commands and is keeping her eyes open for longer periods of time.  Her recovery has been nothing if not remarkable, and a whole community... correction, a whole country... is hoping and praying for her continued improvement, as well as that of all the victims.
 
Patricia Paul, GRI   *** www.PatriciaPaulProperties.com   ***  (520) 548-2078


Dec 24, 2010
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I just discovered that the city of Tucson spends upwards of $720,000 per year for graffiti abatement.  I find that quite amazing!  And the United States as a whole spends approximately $12 billion a year on removing graffiti!  Just think of what else we could be doing with that kind of money!  An interesting study determined that for the most part it was not gangs tagging as most people believe; instead it's more about vandals and taggers who like to see their names "up in lights", so to speak.  
 
The experts say it's best to cover up graffiti as soon as possible because one tagging then becomes a magnet for more.
 
To report graffiti in Tucson you can either call, send an e-mail or visit the  website:
 
     Phone:   (520) 792-2489
     E-mail:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
     Website:    cms3.tucsonaz.gov/graffiti/report
 
The city sends out a team of contractors who actually do the clean up.
 
 
Patricia Paul, GRI *** www.PatriciaPaulProperties.com *** (520) 548-2078


Nov 09, 2010
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This weekend, November 13 - 14, 2010, the Tucson Pima Arts Council is sponsoring the annual Fall Open Studio Tour all around Tucson.   There are 222 artists participating, and I'm proud to say I am one of them!   All sorts of creative endeavors will be on display, representing numerous mediums.  Tucson has a diverse artist community.  You can visit and talk with them in their own studios.  Some of the artists will be doing demonstrations and describing their creative process.   
  
A great group of artists who call themselves Maiden Arizona Artists will be displaying from the studio of Chris Bishop.  This group consists of 8 women, most of whom displayed in a gallery together.  I was lucky enough to come in contact with them through a friend and one of the 8 artists, and they allowed me to join their group.  I'm thrilled to be affiliated with them.
 
The show hours are this Saturday and Sunday, November 13 - 14, 2010, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
                
  
                                    

Directions: 

From W. Speedway go north on Silverbell, west on Brichta (go past and around the median) , then north on Monroe Crescent    *   Look for the signs and the banner *

1620 N. Monroe Crescent
Tucson, AZ  85745 
(520) 548-2078


Patricia Paul, GRI ** www.PatriciaPaulProperties.com ** (520) 548-2078









Oct 17, 2010
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I just got back from seeing "Pirates of Penzance", the season opener of the Arizona Opera.  It was great!  Rollicking fun and plot twists will entertain you.  The music by Gilbert & Sullivan will at once be familiar and draw you in.   The costumes were cute and colorful.
 
See, not all opera needs to be tragic!  This was an enjoyable and entertaining production.  There will also be a matinee on Sunday, October 17.  I recommend it!
  
Other productions scheduled for this season:

Bizet's "Carmen"
Puccini's "Turandot"
Verdi's "Otello"
Mozart's "The Abduction From The Seraglio"
 
Should be a great season!

Patricia Paul, GRI ** www.PatriciaPaulProperties.com ** (520) 548-2078


Sep 13, 2010
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It's been a hot summer.   Usually by this time of the year we have had an average of 47 days over the century mark.  As of today, Tucson has had 63 days over 100 degrees.   And they are predicting 100 degrees or hotter into the middle of next week.   
 
Hope you can stay cool!
 

Patricia Paul, GRI *** www.PatriciaPaulProperties.com *** (520) 548-2078


Aug 19, 2010
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Happy Birthday, Tucson!  Today, August 20 is the 235th birthday of our Old Pueblo.  Tucson celebrates each year with various events. 
 
For more information, check out this website:

http://www.linkedin.com/news?viewArticle=&articleID=132451319&gid=2132059&type=member&item=27627614&articleURL=http://www.tucsonsbirthday.org&urlhash=fYuH&goback=.gde_2132059_member_27627614
 
Here's to many more!

 
Patricia Paul, GRI  ***  www.PatriciaPaulProperties.com  ***  (520) 548-2078


Jul 07, 2010
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Did you know that AARP named Tucson one of the 5 best places to take it easy and live the simple  life?  Among its other merits Tucson was noted for "...the people, the natural beauty, the cultural mix" by one of its residents, Elizabeth Rodriguez Miller.   To read the entire article by Sarah Mahoney from AARP The Magazine, click on the link below.

http://www.aarp.org/home-garden/livable-communities/info-07-2009/the_simple_life.html?cmp=NLC-WBLTR-CTRL-70210-F1-1
 
 
Patricia Paul, GRI  *** www.PatriciaPaulProperties.com *** (520) 548-2078
 


May 31, 2010
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Have you noticed?  The saguaros around the Old Pueblo have begun to bloom.   The saguaro cacti we planted around our yard 25 years ago are developing flower buds at the top of the plant.    The saguaro blossom has white  waxy flowers with white or yellow centers.  It blooms at night, though you may see some open flower buds during daytime hours, too.    The bees like them.  The Saguaro Blossom is the State Flower of Arizona.  The flowers that get pollinated later produce red fruit.  It is sometimes used in making jelly or syup.  Local birds and critters also like to feast on them.   

Enjoy the display;  it should be going on for several more weeks.    Oh, by the way, have you noticed the Palo Verde trees are also starting to bloom?   Those lovely yellow flowers put on such a display!  Springime in the desert is so beautiful!

Now would be a great time to take a drive through either one of the Saguaro National Parks. 

Patricia Paul, GRI ** www.PatriciaPaulProperties.com ** (520) 548-2078 

 


Mar 13, 2010
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So we've had a few wet weeks and you know what that means..... the weeds have sprouted!  The time to react is now, before they start getting too large to deal with.  The best way to tackle weeds around Tucson is with a tool known as a Hula Hoe.  It cuts the weeds off at ground level if you use a back and forth motion.  It is also useful for straightening out gravel areas in conjunction with a rake.  

Most landscapers here use chemicals that they spray on weeds to kill them off.  Then they also spray chemicals that are pre-emergents (prevents the weeds from growing at all.)  They are pretty effective, and depending upon the concentration of the mix, can last from 3-6 months.  If you get after the weeds now, you might have to do a quick touch-up before our monsoon season begins.

Be careful to protect yourself when working with toxic chemicals.  When finished using them, be sure to store them way out of reach of children.   It's best to keep children and pets out of the yard for a few days after you spray; play it safe.  Also, check labels as there are more and more green products out there you can use that are sensitive to the environment.

As the property manager of my Tucson rental homes, keeping up with weeds seems to be one of my biggest challenges.   Have a plan, stay on top of it, and the job won't seem as bad.  Your neighbors and the homeowners association will be glad you did.

Patricia Paul, GRI ** www.PatriciaPaulProperties.com ** (520) 548-2078


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