Archive for the ‘Su Vida’ Category

Phoenix Fire Academy

Posted on: May 11th, 2015 by xmlrpc

Seeing what firefighters do on a daily basis is the purpose of this visit to the Phoenix Fire Department Academy.

JR, along with Sonya Contreras, Phoenix Fire Department Academy Media Coordinator gives viewers a glimpse of what it takes to be a firefighter.

Shelly Jamison, Battalion Chief and 15 year Phoenix Fire Department veteran runs the Public Affairs Division.  She explains that the Technical Rescue Team (TRT), handles very difficult rescues; high angle rescues, swift water rescues, tight space rescues, etc. TRT handles the events that the regular trucks don’t do.  She explains to J.R. that there is more to firefighting than “turning off” fires. Chief Jamison says the majority of calls are EMS, Emergency Medical Services.

All fire fighters are trained as an EMT, (Emergency Medical Technician), and many are paramedics. She notes that the trucks carry state of the art life support equipment.

JR gains insight and appreciation for firefighters by putting on the 75 pounds of gear and completing a course at the academy.

Joaquin Torres, a multidiscipline firefighter, tells J.R. it is important to stay motivated and committed to accomplish one’s dream.

Power of the Purse

Posted on: May 11th, 2015 by xmlrpc

Did you know that women entrepreneurs will create 5 to 5.5 million jobs across the United States by 2018 and Latina Business enterprises are the fastest growing segment of business?

Marisa Benincasa is the Loyalty Manager at Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Chair of Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Latina Business Enterprise (AZHCC LBE). Marisa explains LBE is a committee of the AZHCC and was established to help women network and develop their businesses.  The committee provides professional development workshops throughout the year and the Power of the Purse event in March is the largest.

Gonzalo de la Melena, AZHCC president says AZHCC has been part of the Arizona economy for over 60 years.  The focus is on economic development, professional development and advocacy efforts, with a growing foundation for Latino youth interested in business.  He emphasizes the importance of diversity and inclusion and says LBE is a dynamic group and represents the fastest growing segment of business.

Latina Business Enterprise is committed to supporting the community.  In 2015, Power of the Purse supported two nonprofit organizations: National Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA) and Dress for Success Phoenix.

Angie Gomez

Posted on: May 11th, 2015 by xmlrpc

Meet Angie Gomez, Mid-day Diva, on Mega 104.3 FM.

Angie is one who seizes the moment.  She grew up in Superior, Arizona, a small town east of the Valley. Inspired by her mother, who listened to all kinds of music, Angie grew up singing.  She hadn’t thought of becoming a radio personality, but when the opportunity presented itself she took it.

MEGA 104.3’s Manic Hispanic was looking for a co-host and saw Angie performing on stage at a Festival.  He was impressed by her great personality and how she presented herself. He made the offer, she seized the opportunity and their on air partnership was born.

With four years under her belt at MEGA 104.3 Angie faced a big challenge. In 2009 Angie was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and didn’t delay seeking treatment.  In 2010 she underwent Chemotherapy and radiation. After seven months of treatment she was in remission.  August 2015 will mark five years as cancer free.

Angie sees her survival as a second chance at life. Not just a chance for herself, but to be a positive inspiration for others.  She says life isn’t easy and recognizes that it is full of trials and tribulations.  Her faith assures her that God never gives her more than she can handle.

Listen to Angie on Mega 104.3 FM mid-day, 9am to 2pm and follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

More Inspirations

Posted on: May 11th, 2015 by xmlrpc

JR and Vanessa present success stories about people, organizations and their impact on our community. JR visits the Phoenix Fire Academy, and we also see how community and dance come together through Ballet Folklorico. Cox and Connect2STEM held an event in conjunction with the University of Arizona, where kids and parents had a chance to experience and interact with science. Plus the Hispanic Chamber and their Fourth Annual Power of the Purse business breakfast, that spotlights the achievements of Hispanic women business owners and professionals. And a special story of courage and inspiration by Angie Gomez of Mega 104.3

Ballet Folklorico

Posted on: May 11th, 2015 by xmlrpc

Mary Ruiz invites you to check out Ballet Folklorico Fuego De Phoenix if you are looking for something free and fun to do.

Mary Ruiz is a dance instructor for Ballet Folklorico Fuego De Phoenix. She is excited about the opportunities the group gives her to instruct her students in the different styles of dance found throughout the regions of Mexico.  From Polka to Mariachi, Ballet Folklorico has it all.  One of the most popular dances with audiences and performers alike is the courtship dance from the Veracruz region of Mexico.  The dancers portray courtship and marriage throughout the dance, delighting the audience when the couple literally ties the knot at the end.

Mary started with dance as a performer, and while she enjoys teaching she still loves performing. She likes to experience the excitement of the audience as they encounter the costumes and performance.

Alex Villalobos, Director of Fuego De Phoenix, shares Mary’s enthusiasm for both teaching and performing.  He started Fuego De Phoenix to teach the younger generation about their culture and to instill pride in their Mexican heritage.  Alex likes to see the young students, who often begin as shy and self-conscious, become confident performers.

Both Alex and Mary describe Fuego De Phoenix as a family and encourage you to see what is happening at

Connect2STEM Event

Posted on: May 11th, 2015 by xmlrpc

If it is a community’s job to raise and educate our children then Cox and the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine – Phoenix, are taking the job seriously.

J.R. Muller, Community Relations Manager at Cox Communications, explains the Connect2STEM Event as a partnership with the University of Arizona and other collaborators.  The goal is to get kids involved in STEM Education. Students exploring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math encourage them to think about their futures.  Developing their interest is key to educating Arizona’s future workforce.

Having fun and learning is the way to inspire the next generation of scientists, researchers, doctors, nurses and clinicians. Allison Otu, Director of Outreach and Communications, University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, says the event provides fun hands on learning activities for students to explore and experience, and ask questions.

The Connect2STEM Event is the kick-off event for the 2015 Arizona SciTech Festival.

Rito’s Mexican Food

Posted on: May 4th, 2015 by Bob

Family-owned Rito’s Mexican Food Restaurant, home of the green chili burrito, has been serving up some of the city’s best tasting burritos for over 30 years. Rito’s, a downtown Phoenix favorite, located at the corner of 14th St. & Garfield.

Hidden Gems 1

Posted on: May 4th, 2015 by xmlrpc

From Native American cuisine to a Church-turned Mexican restaurant, to customizing enchiladas, and the best hole-in-the-wall Mexican joint, ‘Hidden Gems’ shows the latest and greatest around the valley.

Restaurants visited include the Taco Guild, The Fry Bread House, Kiss the Cook, and Gadzooks Enchiladas and Soups.

Taco Guild

Posted on: May 4th, 2015 by xmlrpc


Taco Guild is a local restaurant known for its hipster style, fancy tacos and great local beers. Taco Guild is located in a church from the 1800’s. With great music always playing on the jukebox and a magnificent chandelier staring down at you, the environment is something you cannot pass up. Taco Guild is known for its delicious tacos and tortillas that are “as fluffy as a dream bed.”

Visit them at:

Phoenix Burrito House

Posted on: May 4th, 2015 by xmlrpc

The Phoenix Burrito House is not to be reckoned with. The owners also own three other Mexican hot spots around the valley including El Sol and El Zocalo. They have a great selection of breakfast burritos and undeniably delicious tortillas.

For more information check them out here: Phoenix Burrito House


Posted on: May 4th, 2015 by xmlrpc


When the owner was growing up, he loved enchiladas. When he got a little older, he became “unsatisfied with eating enchiladas that were the same color as construction cones and had the texture of a hot dog bun that had been dunked in water by a professional food eater.” From there, he made his own specialty enchilada and soup restaurant. The own also explains why his restaurant is named Gadzooks, a world meaning an exclamation of surprise. “The word came from my roommate who would yell Gadzooks when he opened the refrigerator and saw his leftovers had been raided.”

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Fry Bread House

Posted on: May 4th, 2015 by xmlrpc

One of the most delicious Native American cuisine restaurants out there, The Fry Bread House will not disappoint. They were voted best green chili sauce which most customers tend to put on everything! They offer a wide variety of choices from beans and veggies to honey and sugar fry bread.