August 16, 2003 issue

Hundreds mourn loss of popular Corona grad
The impact of  Frankie Valenzuela’s life on those around him may not have been evident during his turbulent final days, but it was clearly visible this past week when hundreds mourned the loss of a selfless individual known as much for his infectious smile as he was for his compassion toward others.
By Brian Gomez  


‘District’ system would fix lack of representation in west Chandler, resident says
West Chandler resident Brent Fine thinks his city should take a lesson from neighboring Mesa and elect city council members from the neighborhoods in which they live.


Connecting with Tempe...with Pam Goronkin
Boring? Maybe, but vital to our quality of life

Economic development? You’re probably wondering why I’m boring you with an “uncool” topic in the middle of a long, hot summer.


Tempe’s ‘CARE 7’ unit seeking new volunteers
CARE 7 officials are seeking volunteers to assist with the organization’s award-winning crisis intervention program.


Little Leaguers make Series
Chandler Little Leaguers were in Williamsport, Va., this weekend for a rare shot at youth baseball’s most prized competition: the Little League World Series.


Silver medal for area skater
The Kyrene Corridor’s own rising star in the figure skating world, Douglas Razzano, has added a new notch to his skate-blades.
By M.V. Moorhead


Expectations high for Corona’s gridiron season
Not many football prognosticators are giving Corona del Sol High School much of a chance this fall, but head coach Gary Venturo is determined to take his team to the postseason for the first time in five years.

By Brian Gomez


Sports Notebook...with Brian Gomez
Losing state record doesn’t diminish lady pole vaulter’s optimism

Corona del Sol High School senior Katie Morgan watched her state pole vaulting record go by the wayside last month, but she’s already looking toward setting a new mark next season.


Forget the bars; mouse, modem now prerequisites for seeking a mate

Adventurous soul seeking same. Recently divorced cutie, ready for romance. Single guy, free to good home.
These are just a few of the entries you’re likely to find on Match.com, one of the largest and fastest growing dating sites on the Internet.
By Riley Gay


Girl’s birthday present: A gift of love to dogs, cats in local no-kill shelter
Some children seem to have a more compassionate understanding of the world and the people in it than many of the adults one encounters throughout the daily grind. Such a child is 8- year-old Chandler resident Stephanie Yamamoto.
By Tara Drach


Aug 26 meeting to update Pecos Road plans
An informational meeting regarding planned improvements to Pecos Road will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 26, in the media room at Conley Elementary School, 500 S. Arrowhead Drive.


Discerning Diner
Cyclo blends the culinary, cultural tastes of Viet Nam 

It’s two o’clock on a Wednesday afternoon and Cyclo, a terrific little Vietnamese restaurant in Chandler, is packed. Which is nothing unusual. Cyclo has been a sensation almost since it opened eight months ago--not just a great neighborhood joint but a destination for serious chowhounds across the Valley.
By Elan Head


At the Movies...with Mark Moorehead
Costner rounds up media for Tempe preview of ‘Open Range’

Open Range represents Costner’s return to the genre he enjoys and, above all, is exceptionally good at.