August 2015 Around Town 3


California Pools & Landscape Opens New Design Center

California Pools & Landscape has opened its newest Design Center in the heart of North Scottsdale. Located at 23271 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite A105, on the corner of Pinnacle Peak and Scottsdale Rd., the Design Center showcases the newest trends in pools, spas, landscaping, outdoor structures and backyard remodeling. Locally owned and operated since 1988, California Pools & Landscape is looking forward to being a complete outdoor solution for North Scottsdale homeowners. For more information, call 480.498.2139

Attorney Jefferson Simmons Named Certified Criminal Law Specialist by Arizona Bar

Rosenstein Law Group, a firm that has an office in Scottsdale, recently announced that one of its attorneys, Jefferson Simmons, has become a certified criminal law specialist by the State Bar of Arizona. This certification makes Rosenstein Law Group the only law firm in Maricopa County to have both a certified DUI defense attorney and a certified criminal law specialist on its staff.

“We’re thrilled for Jefferson, as only top attorneys in their chosen specialty earn board certification from the State Bar of Arizona,” says Craig Rosenstein, founding partner of Rosenstein Law Group. “Being the only firm in Maricopa County with attorneys certified in both criminal law and DUI Defense is noteworthy to our peers, but it also gives our clients even greater confidence in our abilities.” To be a certified specialist by the State Bar of Arizona, an attorney must have proven experience in a particular area of law to achieve the status of specialist. Jefferson Simmons attended Westminster College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. Following his undergraduate education, he attended Syracuse University College of Law. During the summers of 2004 and 2005, Simmons interned at the prestigious law firm, Metz Lewis LLC in Pittsburgh, where he was involved in all aspects of commercial litigation. There, he researched and wrote memoranda for law on a variety of topics and was involved in all aspects of pre-trial litigation. Simmons earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Syracuse University College of Law in May of 2006. For more information, visit

NotMYkid Presents Inaugural “Inspiring Young Philanthropist” Award to Valley Teen at 2015 Back to the Boardwalk Gala

NotMYkid recently honored a Valley teen as the first recipient of the Inspiring Young Philanthropists Award during its 2015 Gala: Back to the Boardwalk. Hailey was bullied starting in the fourth grade. The bullying grew in the coming years to include verbal, social and cyber bullying. She tried to handle it on her own by keeping everything bottled up inside, but that didn’t work. She tried to stand up for herself, but the voice inside herself told her she wasn’t good enough, and that no matter what she did or said, she would still be wrong. Her parents tried to help, and she even told her teachers and principal. That only led to more aggressive bullying at school and online through social media, texting apps, Snapchat and Instagram. Finally, Hailey’s parents learned of notMYkid, a national non-profit organization based in Scottsdale that focuses on empowering and educating youth, families and communities with knowledge and courage to identify and prevent negative behavior. Hailey admits she was scared as she walked into the office with her parents for the first time, but by the time she left Hailey says that she finally felt like someone understood her. notMYkid provided Hailey and her family resources that helped empower them to seek help. As Hailey recalls, “With the help of not-MY-kid, I came through the situation a stronger and more confident person. Now I can help other kids who maybe going through the same thing I did. I absolutely love working with notMYkid.”

North Scottsdale Resident Publishes First Children’s Book

When North Scottsdale resident Candice Imwalle was looking for a children’s book about the importance of healthy eating for her kids, the single mom couldn’t find any age-appropriate options. So, Imwalle decided to write one herself. Titled “Sir Morgan and the Kingdom of Horrible Food,” the book is a colorful fairytale about a land where residents have no consequences for eating high-fat, high-sugar and high-calorie foods, until an evil witch casts a spell on the citizens and the negative effects of these decadent foods begin to impact the way they look and feel. Imwalle enlisted the help of her kids, Isabella, 7, and Cameron, 10, in writing the book to make sure it was both fun and educational for a younger audience. Recently, she visited several schools in the Scottsdale and Paradise Valley Unified School Districts to read her book to groups of K-3 grade students and discuss the importance of healthy eating. The book is available for purchase on

Red Cross Honors Scottsdale and Phoenix Women

Scottsdale resident Leah McCormack and Red Cross employee Ashley Fairchild of Phoenix recently received the Partnership Award from the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter. They were among nine people presented with awards during the Breakfast of Champions. The breakfast event honored the Grand Canyon Chapter’s 1,350 adult and youth volunteers that are trained to use their Red Cross skills to help save lives. The duo has worked tirelessly to ensure that new and existing Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers have a clear training path for advancement. McCormack has been a Red Cross volunteer for about 10 years and is knowledgeable in many areas including Disaster Action Team, client casework and disaster responses, including floods, and is a Disaster instructor.  Fairchild, who lives in Phoenix, has extensive experience with Disaster Action Team, client casework and helping everyone navigate the online learning system. Both assist with the monthly open house events, ongoing new volunteer orientations, and the Arizona Disaster Leadership Training schedule. They have helped train hundreds of volunteers.

Scottsdale Restaurant Reopens After Remodel and Expansion

Cibo e Vino is excited to announce the opening of their newly renovated restaurant. Locally owned and operated by Executive Chef John Collura, the restaurant is located on the southwest corner of Scottsdale Rd. and Carefree Highway in the Terravita Marketplace. Cibo e Vino now seats a total of 225 people both inside and outside, after more than doubling in size from 2,200 to 4,500 square feet. A brand new uncovered patio was added out front, with brightly colored umbrellas to enhance the comfortable atmosphere. A second patio is available to rent and can accommodate parties up to 75. The restaurant also added an inviting indoor/outdoor bar that seats 30 guests. With a fully stocked bar and nine flat screen, high definition TVs, this contemporary style bar is perfect for watching your favorite game or enjoying a cool, refreshing cocktail. With happy hour daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and all day on Sunday, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate.

“I cook with my heart and soul because it’s the only way I know how,” says Collura. “Each of these dishes is a family recipe with my own personal twist.” When he’s not behind the kitchen, Collura can be seen greeting customers at the door and walking up to tables, enhancing the family-friendly atmosphere. Cibo e Vino is located at 34522 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite D1, in Scottsdale. 480.595.6600.