Posts tagged ‘community’

January 26, 2011

Anthem’s Journey

Every town begins with someone’s vision of “what might be.”  5,853 acres, nearly 10 square miles, of desert foothills just north of Carefree on I-17 and about 34 miles north of downtown Phoenix is where this vision became a reality.  Del Webb designed a planned community which opened with 26 model homes in March of 1999.

This town has continued to be a work in progress.  The original plan was to be completed in 2007 with 12,000 homes having been built.  Plus one of the great things about the plan was that 36% of the community was to be preserved as open space.  The population has grown to 8,655 which includes a mix of families, retirees, and empty nesters that represent diverse cultures.
During the first eleven years, Anthem has seen the addition of new schools including its own Boulder Creek High School which was built in 2004 on 55 acres and now has 2300 students plus a beautiful Performing Arts Theatre which serves the student body as well as the community; retail outlets that include the Outlet Mall where a number of new stores have been added since its conception, medical offices,  business parks, restaurants, churches representing 14 different religious groups, and a vital community center offering numerous classes, meeting  places, and special events like Saturday Night Fevers. Residents say they love living here because all these additions have helped to provide a feeling of closeness and being able to be connected to one another.

In the last few years, Anthem has seen its share of a depressed economy that has resulted in the loss of jobs and housing short sales and foreclosures.  But the remarkable result has been a community that has chosen to become even closer by looking to its future with hope and renewed visions.

Growth does not always have to mean that something becomes larger. It can mean that something becomes better.  So it is with Anthem.  The Phoenix Magazine described Anthem as one of the best places to live in Arizona, and in 2003 Parenting Magazine said it was the best place to raise a family.  I would venture to say that those who live in Anthem today and who have seen the many changes that have taken place would agree that it is still that place that was envisioned earlier-only greater.  The Carroll Law Firm is proud to be a part of this remarkable community and to help build a prosperous future for its fine citizens.

November 23, 2010

The Outlets at Anthem Christmas Tree Lighting

One of the unique traditions held in our community is the Outlets at Anthem 9th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. This year, the tree lighting was held on Saturday, November 20. Stores were packed with families who biked, walked, and drove to the Outlets to witness Santa light up the tallest tree in the nation for the first time of the season. The 110 foot-tall tree is decorated with more than 50,000 lights and 3,000 ornaments. During the holiday season, each of the stores has been encouraged to ask customers to donate gifts for under $10 to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Our attorneys at The Carroll Law Firm PLC and their families were among the thousands of people present to witness the event.

Other upcoming holiday events at the Outlets at Anthem include the Moonlight Madness Sale, where all of the Outlet stores will be opening at 10pm on Thanksgiving night, and Breakfast with Santa, which will be held on December 4th from 9-10am, (the proceeds from which will benefit the Childrens’ Miracle Network).

November 23, 2010

The Carroll Law Firm [Award-Winning] Apple Pie!

On the weekend of October 23-24, 2010, Anthem held their annual “Autumnfest” celebration. This year, the Anthem Neighborhood Watch sponsored an Apple Pie Bake-off for Anthem residents. The Carroll Law Firm PLC is pleased to announce that our very own Candace Carroll was the First Place Double Crust and Second Place Overall winner of the Bake-off! Her winning entry, made from a family recipe that has been handed down for generations, was titled “The Carroll Law Firm Apple Pie.” We at The Carroll Law Firm PLC put the same effort and quality into our clients’ cases as we do our pies.



2 cups Self-rising Flour

3/4 cup Buttermilk

1/2 cup Crisco Shortening

Mix flour, buttermilk and shortening. Knead on a floured cloth. Make 2 balls and roll each into 1/4″ thickness. Line an aluminum pan with one portion of the crust. Begin with pie filling instructions.


Apples, cored, peeled, sliced

1 1/2 cups of Sugar

2 Tbsp Honey

4Tbsp Butter or Margarine

3 Tsp Flour

2 Homemade pie crusts, rolled out

Preheat oven to bake at 350˚F. Put apples in a dish. Pour sugar over them, along with honey and flour. Let set for a while. Put mixture in bottom crust and chop butter pats into apple filling. Place crust on top, and wet fingers to close crusts around the edges. Make slits on top of crust.

Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Just before finished, take out and rub butter and sprinkle sugar on top crust.