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Mountain Hiking 

McDowell Mountain Regional Park offers over 40 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and

horse back riding trails. Park Trails range in length from 0.5 - 15.3 miles.

 

 

 

 

 

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New FREE Class: Fitness/Kickboxing/Self Defense

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Classes are for all ages and levels

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Just a reminder

Thinking about adding a storage shed? How about a paver walkway in your rear yard? Maybe even some new landscape plants and boulders? Did you know that per the CC&R’s any modification, addition, or visible change (except the repaint of your home with preapproved colors) to a site or building exterior of a residential property requires written approval from the Design Review Committee? The process to submit is fairly simple: just fill out the Architectural Submittal Form (located online), include a plat map, plans and photos of the proposed work and submit to Taylor Gorman, Community Standards Administrator either via email at tgorman@aamaz.com or drop off at the McDowell Center. Taylor will receive the applica­tions and put them on the agenda for the upcoming DRC meeting for review and consider of approval. Feel free to contact Taylor with any questions regarding the Architectural Approval Process.

Please keep in mind of the bulk trash pick up dates. Bulk trash may only be placed out on your property 9 days before the next regularly scheduled pick up and any remaining landscape debris must be cleaned up after the trash has been removed. Bulk trash may NOT be placed in the common areas so please pay attention to property ownership when placing bulk trash out. The next upcoming bulk trash days are June 24th, July 29th, and August 26th.

It has been brought to the Associations attention over the past few weeks that private trash cans are being used to dump landscape debris and trash from other residents and/or their contractors. Please use your own trash can for waste materials and remind your contractors to dispose of the trash/landscape debris responsibly.

As always we appreciate your efforts to keep the community beautiful.


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Cards ace Wainwright on 15-day DL, could be out much longer

Adam Wainwright was a cheerleader on the St. Louis Cardinals' 2011 World Series title team, out the entire year following reconstructive elbow surgery, suiting up and slapping fives in the dugout.

The staff ace of the NL Central leaders might be reduced to that status again from an injury that came with him batting.

The two-time 20-game winner was set to undergo an MRI exam Monday to determine the extent of an injury to his left Achilles and ankle. He's already on the 15-day disabled list and the team was bracing for bad news, leaving the 6-foot-7 right-hander to put a brave face on a dire scenario.

"There's nothing I can do about it, so might as well not be nervous about it or worried about it," Wainwright said after Sunday's 6-3 loss at Milwaukee. "Worry doesn't do anybody any good."

The 33-year-old Wainwright had to be helped off the field after getting injured stumbling out of the batter's box after popping out in the fifth inning Saturday, saying the "foot just shut down on me."

"Unfortunately, it is not great news," general manager John Mozeliak said in a video on the Cardinals' website. "Any way you slice it, he is going to be missed for a while and potentially losing the season is very real."

Several published reports said the Cardinals expect Wainwright to be out for the season. Manager Mike Matheny would only say the pitcher will be examined when the team returns to St. Louis.

"I don't like to speculate until you have the full information, but if you ask me how I feel ... not good," Mozeliak told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "All those rumors floating around seem to have some validity to them."

Lefty Marco Gonzales, coming off a strong finish to his rookie season, is the likely long-term rotation replacement. But the 23-year-old Gonzales is also on the DL at Triple-A Memphis with tightness in his shoulder after making three minor league starts.

"I don't think he's going to be ready right out of the box, but not-too-far future I think he's going to be an option," Matheny said.

Other possibilities for Thursday's start at home against Philadelphia are middle reliever Carlos Villanueva and minor leaguers Tyler Lyons, Tim Cooney and Zach Petrick. Lyons pitched with St. Louis last year.

"I'll just cover the whole thing and say we're looking at everybody and try to think long-term, try to think short-term and have a long list of guys that we think could come in here and help us out," Matheny said.

Several top pitchers have missed much or all of a season in recent years, among them Matt Harvey, Yu Darvish, Jose Fernandez and Zack Wheeler. None of that group were sidelined because of hitting.

Wainwright, who is 2-1 with a 1.44 ERA in four starts, was hurt a few days after Washington ace Max Scherzer injured his thumb batting. Those kind of incidents are likely to ramp up the long AL vs. NL debate on the designated hitter, as in whether it's worth having pitchers bat.

The three-time All-Star is 121-67 for St. Louis, and was their star closer in place of injured Jason Isringhausen in 2006 when they won the World Series.

Helped by Wainwright, the Cardinals have reached the National League Championship Series in each of the last four seasons. They lost to Boston in the 2013 World Series.

"You have to move beyond it," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said before Sunday's game. "A couple years ago, we lost our 3, 4, 5 hitters for the year. The season-ending ones are tough."

Before Sunday's loss, Matheny said any length of time without Wainwright would be tough.

"I think the test is going to be, with Adam, and everyone in here can see, the difference in our attitude," Matheny said. "We treasure every win we have, but it was different in here last night. We're just going to hopefully let the guys go back out there and play."

"They had a little time to think about some of this and the response and the answer is, we knew that some tests were going to come. And, this is a big one that we're getting early. Let's see what we're made of."

Like Michael Wacha before him, Gonzales made it to the majors less than a year after being drafted in the first round. He was in the running for the fifth starter spot in spring training along with Carlos Martinez and Jaime Garcia but began the year as the opening day starter in Memphis.

Garcia had the inside track on the fifth spot before experiencing a setback in his comeback from thoracic outlet surgery and he's also on the DL, working his way back.

Lance Lynn, the losing pitcher Sunday, said there was no extra pressure to step up and fill Wainwright's shoes.

"No," Lynn said, "we've just got to be ourselves."

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AP stringer Jim Hoehn contributed to this report.


Wall, Beal lead Wiz past Raptors 125-94 in Game 4 for sweep

WASHINGTON (AP) When Paul Pierce headed to the sideline with the Wizards leading the Raptors by 23 points in the third quarter, making Game 4 - and the series - all but over, he saw a standing ovation and waved, requesting more noise.

With Pierce helping show his younger teammates how to win, Washington emphatically completed the first sweep of a seven-game series in club history. And just as Pierce had hoped, the Wizards won't need to pull out their passports again.

The Wizards finished off the Raptors in four games by winning 125-94 Sunday night to quickly close the first-round Eastern Conference series, getting 21 points and 11 rebounds from Marcin Gortat, and 14 points and 10 assists from John Wall.

Six Wizards scored in double figures, including Bradley Beal with 23 points and Pierce with 14, and that duo made seven of the Wizards' team playoff-record 15 3-pointers.

After both Games 2 and 3, Pierce - the 37-year-old with an NBA championship ring from his days in Boston - declared that he didn't want to have to deal with going through U.S. Customs again, a reference to wanting to avoid having to travel back to Toronto for Game 5.

Not a problem.

Washington led by 16 in the first quarter, 20 in the second and by a whopping 32 - 102-70 - entering the fourth.

Washington has reached the second round of the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since getting to the NBA Finals in 1979, a year after winning the title. And the sellout crowd of 20,356 kept rising to cheer every made 3, salute every player who left for a substitute, yell "Sweep! Sweep!" - and, in not-so-diplomatic moments, occasionally chant "USA! USA!"

Next up for the No. 5 seed Wizards will be No. 1 Atlanta or No. 8 Brooklyn. Those teams play their Game 4 on Monday, with the Hawks up 2-1.

Toronto went 3-0 against Washington in the regular season, but failed to find any consistency from quarter to quarter in the playoffs. Kyle Lowry kept finding himself in foul trouble - he picked up his third midway through the first quarter Sunday - and shot poorly. He scored 21 in Game 4, while DeMar DeRozan had 14.

Otto Porter, who played college basketball in the same arena for Georgetown, heard choruses of his first and last names when he entered late in first quarter and again after he made a corner 3 in the second. On defense, he gave DeRozan fits, inducing a stepback jumper that barely touched the rim, then drawing an offensive foul.

The No. 4 seed Raptors extended their history of brief postseasons: Their past five trips ended with first-round exits.

The Wizards are experiencing a revival of sorts, led in large part by Wall, the No. 1 overall pick the 2010 draft and an All-Star the past two seasons.

Washington won 46 games this season, the first time the club topped 45 since it was known as the Bullets in 1979, back before anyone on the current roster other than Pierce had been born - and he was only about 18 months old at the time.

The Wizards led by as many 16 points in the first quarter and ended it ahead 36-22, despite taking about half as many shots as the Raptors. But Washington made 13 of 15 free throws, while Toronto took only one foul shot.

Weathering a mini-run by the Raptors, the Wizards closed the half up 66-50. Gortat was a major reason, delivering 12 points on 5-for-5 shooting, along with eight rebounds.

After Gortat made one basket while getting fouled, Wall jumped up and down on the sideline, twirling a red towel overhead. Then he sauntered out onto the court to chest bump Gortat and whip the towel at him playfully.

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Raptors: Toronto has never won a best-of-seven series. The only time the Raptors advanced was in a five-game series against the Knicks in 2001. ... Toronto's record for a postseason margin of defeat is 33 points, a 121-88 loss to Philadelphia in 2001.

Wizards: Washington last eliminated an opponent from the playoffs without dropping a game all the way back in 1982, when it "swept" a best-of-three series 2-0. ... Through the game's first 1 1/2 quarters, Beal had 15 points - only one fewer than Toronto's starting five combined.


Canadiens advance with 2-0 win over Senators

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Carey Price made 43 saves, Brendan Gallagher scored in the first period, and the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-0 Sunday night to advance to the second round of the NHL playoffs.

Max Pacioretty sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 1 second remaining.

Montreal won the best-of-seven series in six games, but lost two in a row after taking a 3-0 series lead - and Ottawa nearly sent it to a deciding seventh game.

Price, nominated for the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goalie, rebounded after allowing five goals in Game 5 with a masterful effort as the Senators outshot the Canadiens 43-20.

Montreal, which reached the Eastern Conference finals last spring, is in the second round for a second consecutive year for the first time since 1992 and `93.


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