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Message to teens comes through loud and clear

For most teens, listening to music for hours through ear buds or headphones has almost become a rite of passage. As just about any parent of a teenager knows, kids love their music, and they love it loud. Jared Turley, owner of Zounds Hearing Center in south Tempe, understands this situation. Turley, who is also […]

Kids’ mastery of math, science takes off with innovative pilot program at Summit School

As a captain with Southwest Airlines, Rob Bych’s number-one goal is to get his passengers safely from Point A to Point B. To do this, he must know more than how the various controls in the cockpit work. Every time he flies, Bych also calls on his knowledge of math, physics, geography and other subjects. […]

Recollections of a notable past — and a vision lives on

For Dr. Jon Konti, being the new guy in town isn’t the least bit intimidating. Nor is the realization that he’s now part of a medical practice that started several years before he was born. As the corneal and refractive-surgery specialist most recently added to the staff of Dr. Robert Lewis’ venerable Ophthalmic Surgeons and […]

For former corporate-girl turned stationer, sky is now her only limit

When Debra Startup was planning her wedding some years ago, she recalls having only two books of sample invitations to choose from. “And they were all ugly,” she said, laughing at the memory. “In fact, I think I had my mom just pick them out because I didn’t like any of them.” So when excited […]

Summit School PE coach finds kids in early-bird running club do better in class

Three mornings a week, Dawn Ighodaro and her 9-year-old son Osasere leave their south Tempe home even earlier than usual to make it to Summit School of Ahwatukee by 8, so Osasere can participate in the school’s running club. Osasere is one of about 60 preschool- through eighth-grade kids who start their Summit School days […]

Growing number hungry for sisters’ raw, vegan foods enterprise

For south Tempe sisters Amy and Rose Johnston, their business, The Green Asylum, came about as a combination of multiple factors all meshing at once. The company, which specializes in raw and vegan foods, opened its doors last March. During this time, Amy and Rose have stayed busy catering events, teaching classes, hosting private parties, […]

Grief sharing workshops help the bereaved heal their pain

When Sally Kick’s husband passed away on Christmas Day in 2006, she was devastated. Her loss was compounded three months later, when her mom died. Kick, aTemperesident, felt a wide range of emotions during this time, one of which was an overwhelming sense of loneliness. When she heard about a GriefShare support group being offered […]

Barrow extension now at Chandler Regional

Up until recently, patients who arrived at the emergency room at Chandler Regional Medical Center with neurologically related health issues were typically evaluated and then transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, so that they could be treated by physicians at Barrow Neurological Institute. Now, thanks to the hospital credentialing the physicians […]

At new class, success breeds success

As director of adult education for Tempe Union High School District, Vanda Salls understands that people sign up for the program for a variety of reasons. Some are unemployed, some under-employed. Some want to improve their situation at work and qualify for a promotion. Most want to make a better life for themselves and their […]

$1 mil grant helps entrepreneur in quest to solve energy challenges

Ever felt that you’re the consummate queen of multi-tasking? Follow Kelly Herbst around for a couple of days. As president and founder of NAVITASMAX, a renewable energy storage company at Innovations Incubator in westChandler, Herbst spends her days learning all she can about sustainable and environmentally friendly ways to provide energy for the Earth. As […]

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