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Posted: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 11:00 pm

Heart disease reversal talks during August

Two free introductions are being offered during August to the course "Coronary artery disease can be reversed."

The presentations are offered by The Foundation for Cardiovascular Health, a nonprofit community foundation.

They are scheduled for:

• Sunday, Aug. 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Northwest YMCA Pima County Community Center, 7770 N. Shannon Road;

• Thursday, Aug. 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the senior activity room at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 East River Road.

Presenters are Edna Silva, RN, a 20-year cardiac rehabilitation nurse, and Richard D. "Richy" Feinberg. Feinberg had a heart attack in 1993, quadruple bypass heart surgery one week later, and suffered another heart attack two months later. "He is an enthusiastic advocate for the heart disease reversal program," a release said.

Visitors can learn how blockages are formed in coronary arteries, and how coronary artery disease can be prevented, halted, stabilized and reversed. Program participants can learn relaxation techniques to calm their hearts. And there is a discussion about the 12-week, hands-on, medically approved program, which is about to begin two fall sessions in September.

"Ask questions and get answers," Feinberg said.

He may be reached at 797-2281.

Summer's final swim, run race Saturday in OV

A swimming and running race, the Splash N' Dash Duathlon, is being held at the Oro Valley municipal pool this Saturday, July 25.

It's the final duathlon of the summer series, according to a release from the Oro Valley Parks and Recreation Department.

Families of all ages are encouraged to participate, with different distances for each age group. Adults (ages 16 and up) swim 800 yards and run 2.8 miles. Teens (ages 13-15) swim 400 yards and run 1.4 miles. Children (ages 12 and under) swim 200 yards and run 0.7 miles.

Registration is open to the public. It begins at 9 a.m., and the race begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at James Kriegh Park. There is a $5 fee for all entrants.

For more information, contact Catherine Atalla at 229-5056 or visit">

Group giving 2,000 packs at Flowing Wells

More than 2,000 free backpacks are being given to all registered elementary and middle school students in the Flowing Wells School District on Saturday, Aug. 1.

The donation is coming from GAP Ministries, which over the last four years has given more than 23,000 backpacks to students at 18 federally designated Title 1 schools in greater Tucson.

This year's fifth annual distribution is set for Saturday, Aug. 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Backpack to School Carnival, held at Flowing Wells Junior High School. The school carnival, open to registered students and their families, offers food, fun and interaction.

"This 'jump start' to the school year gives the children receiving the backpack one less stress to contend with," a release said. "This event provides a positive environment for the teachers as they meet their students and families, many for the first time, in an atmosphere of fun and exhilaration."

Community and church sponsors make the program possible. Donations are needed. Financial gifts, as well as donations and school supplies, may be taken to GAP Ministries at 7974 N. Oracle Road, Gospel Supplies, or Chick-Fil-A stores on Oracle and at the El Con Mall.

GAP Ministries is a non-profit Tucson social service agency that provides group residential care to 82 children. It wants to give a backpack to every child in a Title 1 school across greater Tucson. For more information, call 877-8077, e-mail Julie Wagner at, or go to">

OV police set Neighborhood watch event

On Thursday, July 30, the Oro Valley Police Department plans a meeting for all neighborhood watch coordinators and block captains.

It is scheduled for the Oro Valley Library Program Room at 6 p.m.

This meeting also is open to any residents interested in starting their own program.

Please review the Neighborhood Watch Participant Manual located at

Northwest hospital adds MRI scanner, three CT scanners

A new, high-resolution MRI scanner has been deployed at Northwest Medical Center's new CT/MRI imaging center, located on the hospital's campus at 6200 N. La Cholla Blvd.

Operating under the name Northwest Imaging, the center provides CT and MRI studies for outpatients, inpatients and emergency room patients, a release said.

Northwest Imaging has one of the strongest MRI magnets in Tucson – a 3 Tesla MRI from Philips Medical Systems. It enables higher-resolution scans providing detailed, quality images and potentially more accurate diagnoses for brain and nervous system disorders, cardiovascular disease and organ disease. The MRI also has a wider opening and faster scan times, improving patient convenience and comfort.

Northwest Imaging has also added three CT (computed tomography) scanners. Two of these are 16-slice CT scanners, one is a 64-slice CT scanner. The 64-slice provides "thin slice" coverage of the patient's area of study. With both the 16-slice and 64-slice scans, radiologists can view the images in 3-D, enabling physicians to detect and treat diseases at an earlier stage.

All CT and MRI images will be read by the board-certified radiologists of Catalina Radiology.

"We are excited to provide patients with a variety of high-quality imaging services – some of the most advanced in the Tucson area," said Andrew Wills, assistant CEO for inpatient services.

Physician's orders are required to schedule a CT or MRI. Patients may call 469-8810.

Northwest Fire getting grant for rescue tool, safety vests

A $20,000 grant has been awarded to the Northwest Fire District to help purchase a new rescue tool and high-visibility traffic safety vests for its emergency responders, according to a district release.

The federal funds are coming through the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety. They are the result of the federal Highway Safety Act of 1966, which authorizes funding for a variety of highway safety projects, including emergency medical services and roadway safety.

With the money, Northwest Fire plans to purchase a new, hydraulically powered rescue tool and high-visibility safety vests for its emergency responders.

The new rescue tool will replace an older model tool currently assigned to an engine company located near Interstate 10. With the properly sized vests, each NWFD emergency responder will be properly visible at emergencies on or near federally funded roadways, as required by Federal Highway Administration rules.

OV police hold child I.D. event

The Oro Valley Police Department plans to hold a child identification event, Tuesday, Aug. 4.

As part of the National Night Out initiative started in 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch, Oro Valley police will offer inkless fingerprint identification and take DNA samples.

According to U.S. Department of Justice figures, as many as 45 percent of abducted children were taken by non-family members or strangers.

The event runs from 2 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 4 at the Oro Valley Police Department, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive.

Space is limited to 40 children, for information or to reserve a spot, call the police at 229-5080.

Arts group looking for a new logo

The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance – formerly the Greater Oro Valley Arts Council – is seeking logo suggestions.

The alliance, a group of individuals, businesses, governments and artists dedicated to promoting, sustaining and advancing the arts, is offering a first-place cash prize of $500 to the winning entry. Art is needed by Sept. 30.

People may find "additional inspiration for your design" on the web site,, a release said. Those with questions may call 797-3959. Applications are available at the web site.

The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance "provides opportunities and support structures to artists and our community through education and advocacy, as well as offering multi-cultural arts engagement connections to the public at large," the release said.

GOVAC was established in 1997. This year, "after several years of community surveys and artist feedback," it grew into "a more relevant and streamlined organization dedicated to partnering with each of the Southern Arizona governments, organizations, and with our local business community and individuals, establishing a solid and sustainable multicultural arts foundation for many years to come."

Part of Marana path closed while park is constructed

During construction on the Town of Marana's Silverbell-Cortaro District Park, part of the Santa Cruz River multi-use path is being closed, according to a town release.

While crews install landscape features, the section of path from Cortaro Road to Ina Road is closed July 27-Aug. 21.

The Santa Cruz River multi-use path remains open at all other locations. Residents are asked to use other trailheads located at Sanders Road, Postvale Road, Marana Heritage River Park, Gladden Farms Community Park, Wade McClean Park and El Rio Park.

"Please be aware of construction signage, vehicles and personnel while traveling along the multi-use path," the release said.

Silverbell-Cortaro District Park is scheduled to open early next year at the southeast corner of Silverbell and Cortaro roads.

It shall feature new soccer and softball fields; basketball, tennis and volleyball courts; ramadas and restrooms; playgrounds; a dog park; an outdoor performance area; preserved cultural features and pedestrian walkways and paths.

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