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Wendy Shill

Attorney general warns of holiday scams

The holiday season, a time of year when many Arizonans give back to their communities is fast approaching. To ensure a rewarding experience, Attorney General Terry Goddard recommends consumers take the following precautions when making charitable donations:

• Do not pay bills or invoices received from charities unless you have already made a commitment to support them.

• Be skeptical of anyone asking for a donation by requesting your credit card number or bank account information over the phone unless you already donate to that charity.

• Ask what percentage of your donation will go directly to the charity versus what percentage will go toward administrative costs.

• Remember to ask for a receipt and statement that show the contribution is tax deductible.

• Call the secretary of state's office at (602) 542-4285 or visit their Web site, www.azsos.gov, to see if the charity is registered. A charity that operates without such registration is violating the law and should be a red flag for consumers. Be aware, however, that registration with the secretary of state does not ensure that all of the charity’s activities are legitimate.

Several Web sites, including www.charitynavigator.org, www.give.org and www.guidestar.org provide information on the financial histories of numerous charities. These are a useful starting point for consumers looking to research companies to which they are thinking of making donations.

Hair salon looking for two new stylists

Between them, the three stylists and nail technician at Kutting Edge Hair and Nail Salon, 307 S. Beeline Highway, suite L, have more than 50 years of experience.

With such an experienced group, it is hard to imagine they could use more stylists, but the salon is currently looking to add an additional full-time and part-time stylist.

“We are currently under new ownership with a young and energetic staff,” said owner Wendy Shill.

“We are a family friendly salon that offers full service,” she said. “We cater to every hair and nail need.”

Shill worked as a stylist at the salon for three years before taking over ownership in July.

Kutting Edge offers cuts, colors, perms, highlights, relaxers, wash and styles, facial waxing, manicures, pedicures and acrylic nails.

“We love putting smiles on people’s faces and making people feel beautiful inside and out,” Shill said.

For more information or an appointment, call (928) 468-1934.

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