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La Bocca Opens North Phoenix Location

La Bocca Urban Pizzeria & Wine Bar added another location last month to north Phoenix, where the restaurant offers a smaller, more intimate experience than its Mill Avenue location in Tempe.

Julian Wright of Fork & Dagger, a bar and restaurant development company, opened the north Phoenix location to tap into a market that is saturated with chain restaurants.

La Bocca offers a wine list with 100 choices stored in an on-site wine cellar. Mark Pope, who

Mediterranean Plate.

Mediterranean Plate.

worked the wine program at Boulders Resort in Carefree in the early 2000s, prepared the wine list at the new location. Pope and Wright trained the servers so that they could expertly suggest a wine from their eclectic list for whatever mood a customer is in. Pope is on the floor, too, making himself available to help out customers with their wine choices.

“What’s unique,” Wright said. “Is we’ve relied less on name brands and went with high quality wines.”

In order to make the wine really pop out there, La Bocca also uses Riedel Glassware for the wine, they make sure that the customer is given the right type of glass for the right type of wine.

“I learned the glass really makes the difference,” Wright said.

Sangria Blanco

Sangria Blanco

The expanded wine list and perfect glass isn’t the only thing different at the new La Bocca, the North Phoenix location looks different too, with a more rustic look and black and white photos emulating European fashion from the ’60s hanging on the walls.

The place is a throwback to the past, Wright says, along with the different interior the north location has an outdoor community patio with a fireplace.

“The place in general has a more sophisticated feel,” Wright said.

La Bocca in north Phoenix is going to be as linked with the local community as the Mill Avenue

location. Wright says that they’re outreaching to the local community and doing charity events with schools, too.

And the community is embracing La Bocca. Wright says it’s becoming the spot where neighbors bump into neighbors as cheers of greetings come from the customers as more fellow customers come on in through the door.

“A lot of them thank us for opening,” Wright said. “They like the new independent place in the area.”

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Henkel Makes Impact Children’s Dental Clinic Grant

More than 5,000 North Phoenix schoolchildren – some of whom have never even seen a toothbrush – will receive their own dental health kits during the 2013-14 school year, thanks to the generosity of Henkel, an international manufacturing corporation with offices in Scottsdale.

Through their MIT corporate project, Making an Impact upon Tomorrow, Henkel awarded $7,500 to John C. Lincoln’s Desert Mission Children’s Dental Clinic. It is the first time Henkel has supported John C. Lincoln’s community services.

The funds will be used to purchase the components of Desert Mission’s SMILE kits that include a toothbrush, dental floss, toothpaste and dental hygiene education in both English and Spanish.

The kits, assembled by John C. Lincoln volunteers, are distributed by a dental hygienist who visits 15 elementary schools in the John C. Lincoln service area and screens children for dental health.

Children with dental health issues – which can range from cavities to serious abscesses – are referred to the Children’s Dental Clinic for care if they are uninsured or underinsured. Approximately 8,000 children are screened during the school year.

“This grant will make a huge difference for children in our service area, some of whom have urgent dental needs,” said John C. Lincoln Health Foundation CEO Marcia Mintz. “We are extremely grateful to Henkel for their generosity.”

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ASU President, Carter earn Veterans awards

Arizona State University President Michael Crow will receive the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society’s highest award for his support of veterans through his leadership, actions and advocacy.

The Copper Sword award will be presented on Feb. 13 during the 2013 Copper Sword and Copper Shield Award Gala at Tempe Mission Palms Hotel in Tempe. This year’s Copper Shield award will be presented to ASU Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Clinical Associate Professor and Arizona State Representative Heather Carter, R- Cave Creek and North Phoenix, who has acted to help the state’s veterans, military service members, their families and survivors.

“It’s important to honor veterans’ service to their country with programs and services such as those we’ve instilled at ASU. We work to ensure that our returning servicemen and women have access to services that ease the transition into the civilian and academic environment,” Crow said.

ASU serves veterans through venues such as the Pat Tillman Veterans Center that opened in 2011 to provide a single point of contact for ASU veterans and their dependents, bringing together academic and student support services to promote a smooth transition from the military and provide assistance for veterans’ benefits, deployments, information and referrals. It also serves as a place where veterans can gather to study and socialize.

In addition, ASU was named a “Military Friendly School for 2013” by GI jobs magazine, the fourth consecutive year the university has earned the honor. ASU was named one of the top 30 “Best for Vets: Colleges 2010” by Military Times Edge magazine and the university was chosen as one of the first eight institutions to be part of the Veterans Affairs pilot program, VetSuccess on Campus. Two Veterans Affairs staff, a vocational rehabilitation counselor and a Vet Center outreach coordinator are assigned and located on ASU’s campus to assist veterans with services such as vocational testing, career counseling and readjustment counseling  to promote successful completion of educational and employment goals.

ASU was also chosen as a University Partner for the 2012-2013 academic year in support of the Tillman Military Scholars program, which provides scholarships for active and veteran service members as well as their spouses. The Pat Tillman Foundation established the Tillman Military Scholars program in 2008 that is dedicated to supporting educational opportunities for service members and their families by filling the financial gaps in the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. The Tillman Military Scholars program covers not only direct study-related expenses such as tuition and fees, but also other needs, including housing and child care.

Carter will be recognized for initiatives such as introducing a bill in the Arizona legislature that provides for employment preference for veterans when calculating points for employment with the state, counties, cities and towns, as well as other political subdivisions in the state. She has worked on other veterans issues as well.

For more information on ASU’s programs and support services for veteran students, visit http://students.asu.edu/military. For information about the gala, go to www.avhof.org.