Bisson: Independent Newsmedia supports local charities

We believe charity begins at home. Thanks to a generous grant given to us last fall by the Pakis Center for Business Philanthropy, we’ve been able to help nonprofit charities across the Valley with marketing campaigns or news stories to promote their worthy causes. Thus far, we’ve provided double the grant’s initial value of $40,000 […]

Bisson: Activist encourages leadership communication

Do you own the rights to your body? It’s a philosophical debate that has various answers depending on one’s viewpoint. The Arizona legislature considered Senate Bill 1475, also known as the DNA identification database bill, which could have mandated DNA testing for a broad range of occupations, including jobs already requiring fingerprinting. It failed in […]

Bisson: Spring training brings economic wealth to Arizona

Those who know me, know I love watching baseball. While I root for my home team — go D’backs — I enjoy catching the news about the New York Mets, and following former Diamondbacks players whom no longer make Arizona home. Spring training brings a wealth of economic value to Arizona. According to statistics from […]

Bisson: We serve readers online daily; Sign up for enewsletter

We’ve launched our 13th print publication, the Litchfield Park Independent, where we’re serving the City of Litchfield Park residents, welcoming new readers to join us online at YourValley.net. We print five weekly newspapers, five monthly newspapers, a senior lifestyles magazine and a daily newspaper that serves the Phoenix market. The Daily News-Sun is a nonpartisan […]

Bisson: Gesher Disability Resources offers Valleywide support

I’ve often asked readers for their feedback on what they’d like to see me write about in my From the Publisher column. A Scottsdale mom clipped out my column and shared it with Amy Hummell, executive director of Gesher Disability Resources, where her son is a member. Gesher Disability Resources, founded in 1985, is a […]

Bisson: Donations help during holidays

ICM Food & Clothing Bank needs your help to make the holidays brighter for children of low-income families. “We have 200 children that have not been adopted this year — out of 500,” stated Abby Loza, director of volunteers and programs for ICM Food & Clothing Bank. “We are desperate for donations.” According to the […]

Bisson: We welcome your submissions

It’s Arizona’s “busy” season with winter visitors returning to enjoy our cooler temperatures. With the return of winter visitors, comes lots of activities that make our communities a great place to live. We’re covering numerous events on our digital dailies — ApacheJunctionIndependent.com, QueenCreekIndependent.com, ScottsdaleIndependent.com, ParadiseValleyIndependent.com and YourValley.net — so be sure to bookmark our Web […]

Bisson: Organization touts no one faces cancer alone

Don’t Google cancer. That’s sound advice from Debbie DiCarlo, CEO of Cancer Support Community. She’s been visiting various community groups spreading the message that there are many myths and preconceived ideas on the Internet that are simply not true about cancer. Cancer Support Community is located in a two-story house, 360 Palm Lane, Phoenix, offering […]

Group performs complimentary Taps at funerals

While we’re celebrating our freedom on Independence Day, let us remember those who have served our country in making it great, and those who are still fighting for our freedoms. From local community activists to our military men and women, we thank you. I received a letter from Roger C. Ellis and his wife, Mitzi, […]

Bisson: active military remembered on Fridays, at homes

Roughly 1.3 military men and women are on active duty in the United States, and about 200,000 are overseas, according to statistics at the Defense Manpower Data Center. Before the color “red” became synonymous with education in Arizona, there’s been a more than decade-long effort to wear red on Fridays to show support for our […]