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Big Expectations for Arizona Coyotes 20th Season

At the Gila River Arena, host, Monica Nelson checks in with the Arizona Coyotes in anticipation of their 20th season. A husband talks about breast cancer survival, garage doors get fixed, Papa Murphy’s makes dinner and ACE helps kids realize their college dreams.



Looking to the future with new management and a change in ownership, Arizona Coyotes Associate Coach Jim Playfair, has high expectations for the Coyotes. He, along with the team, is looking forward to a good training camp.

Shane Doan, team captain, will be back for his 20th year with the team and Playfair says his leadership, on and off the ice, is big for the Coyotes. He describes Doan as fiercely competitive and wanting to win. With his teammates he is both challenging and demanding, but in a respectful way. He says Doan may be one of the most stand-up guys to come along in the game of hockey in a long time.

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Playfair knows the importance of putting a winning season together and says it will take month after month of commitment and hard work to get back in the playoffs. He is confident the team is up to the task and recognizes the importance the fans play in making the Coyotes strong. With the Valley comprised of people from all over the country and the world there are a lot of hockey fans. The fans are ready for a winning franchise and the season to begin. According to Playfair, fans range in age from preschool to seniors and they all enjoy the excitement and fast paced games of the Coyotes and their opponents.

For information visit coyotesNHL.com

Monica reminds viewers it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Susan G. Komen Arizona Race For The Cure is on the horizon.

Delmonte Edwards, husband of a breast cancer survivor, shares their story and journey. He and Tonsa dated for five years and have been married for 34 years. During a conversation he asked her if she had been doing the Buddy Check and she said she had not. The next morning she said she thought she had a problem. They went to see the doctor.

Edwards reveals getting Tonsa’s cancer diagnosis caused him to lose his breath. The next steps for the couple were to: calm down, find a great doctor and take the doctor’s advice. The doctor scheduled her for surgery the following week and they began their path to beating cancer and being an example and inspiration of survival.

Edwards reports they saw the doctor three weeks ago and after ten years his wife is cancer free. After ten years the likelihood of a recurrence is about 1.5%. He is grateful to be on the other side of the hill and appreciates the support of Susan G. Komen Arizona. Edwards says he and Tonsa participate and enjoy the Race for the Cure event. They like seeing the support and participation. They make it a family event, starting with the race and going for dinner or lunch afterwards.

Bridget Eagy, special events manager for Susan G. Komen Arizona says the Race for the Cure Event will take place Sunday, October 9, at Cesar Chaves Plaza in downtown Phoenix. Eagy describes it as a pink day – a sea of pink filling the streets. Women, men, families, and corporate teams all come together to celebrate survivors and remember those lost.

The event is the major fundraising event for the year. 75% of the money stays in the community and goes to the Community Grants Program to provide support and services to individuals in the community. The remaining 25% goes to international research.

It is not too late to register for the event or registration can take place at 6:45am the day of the event.

For information visit komenarizona.org/phx16

Sometimes garage doors need some help and Monica knows just who to call.

A-Authentic Garage Door Service offers same day service of repair and/or replacement of openers and doors. Owner Darrell Peruch says the family owned business has been in the Valley since 1999. The technicians are on the job within a one hour window and explain what needs to be repaired. They will repair only what the customer tells them to repair. Their goal is to get the problem fixed, fixed right and quickly get customers back to a functioning garage door.

One customer reports after hearing strange noises coming from her garage door opener, her fear was being stuck in the garage with four kids. A friend referred her to A-Authentic Garage Door Service and she went online to do some research. She was pleased to find out the company was Rosie On The House Certified. The serviceman showed up the next morning and explained what needed to be done. She comments he was on time, clean and explained the simple repair. She was confident she was not being taken advantage of. The experience gives her the confidence to recommend the company to family and friends.

Peruch takes great pride in A-Authentic Garage Door Service being the only Rosie On The House Certified garage door service in the state. He notes the average technician has been with the company 5-10 years and can resolve the problem quickly and efficiently.

Open 24/7- visit arizonagaragedoors.com

Looking for a dinner that is super easy and delicious? Monica suggests Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza.

Papa Murphy’s is a take and bake pizza franchise started in 1980 in Oregon. The pizzas are created in the stores specifically for the customers and then sent home with the customer to be baked in their own oven. In 15 minutes it comes out of the oven hot and fresh and ready to eat.

Only the freshest ingredients are used at Papa Murphy’s. The cheese is whole milk mozzarella and the toping cheese is a mixture of cheddar and smoked provolone. All of the vegetables come to the store whole and are prepared and chopped in house. All the meats are butcher quality meats. The dough is made in house daily so it is a very fresh crust to the pizza.

There are 48 Papa Murphy’s locations around the Valley. The experience is unique because consumers can customize their choices to what they like from crusts to toppings. Pizzas can be created and ordered online as well and it is ready to go when the customer gets to the store.

For more information visit PapaMurphys.com

Monica had a fix for dinner, but My Guy Referrals is only a call or click away for life’s other necessities.

Tackling the fix it list around the house or knowing where to take the car for a repair can be perplexing. What if you don’t know who to call to fix your kitchen sink or the AC? What if you need to find the right attorney or a pet groomer? Monica has a solution for you. My Guy Referrals can help you get the job done.

Monica visits with My Guy spokesperson, Lisa Haffner, to find out what makes this referral service so reliable.

Lisa explains the My Guy’s 8 Step Trust Certificate Process. The companies must:

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  • Have an acceptable rating with the Better Business Bureau
  • Be in good standing with the State of Arizona and/or Registrar of Contractors
  • Be in business for 5+ years
  • Pass interview process of company owner/president and other key people
  • Have online reputation/customer experience researched
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Monica introduces a special program through Maricopa Community Colleges that helps students realize their dream of going to college.

Angela Chavez, Director MCC Early Outreach Programs, explains ACE, Achieving a College Education. Chavez says it is an opportunity for underrepresented students to gain the hands on experience of college and learn college is something they can accomplish. All of the Maricopa Colleges have an ACE program. Rio Salado has an adult ACE program helping students get their GED and then enroll in college.

Vashi Worley, Coordinator for Dual Enrollment at Phoenix College, explains the ACE Program as an opportunity for greatness. She says for students it is an adventure for self-realization and a dream come true. It is an opportunity for at risk students to get a higher education.

Chavez calls ACE a family affair because it supports students and their families. She notes there are many other organizations, foundations and scholarship opportunities that come out of ACE. Once students are in ACE there are many other opportunities available to them.

To find out more about the ACE program visit asa.maricopa.edu