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Looks like a frisbee, throws like a frisbee… just don’t call it one

Kids who throw around those soft, plastic discs as part of a new intramural sports club can have all the fun they want, as long as they don’t call ‘em Frisbees. Kyrene Community Education found that out when they started an intramural club that has been well received by students who are interested in sports […]

A report card for Kyrene schools

Ongoing budget problems, teacher salaries, changing demographics and how fundamental subjects are taught were the focal points of a discussion Oct. 1 among candidates for the Kyrene School District Governing Board. The candidates’ views were part of a public forum designed to increase interest in the upcoming school board elections and provide a first-hand look […]

New program brings a ‘Bonanza’ to kids’ creativity

Most people my age can remember the days when after-school care meant some college kid throwing a coloring book and crayons at you while you stared at a clock waiting for 5:30 p.m. That’s when your parents, in theory at least, were due to pick you up. Most adults who remember having to endure such […]

8/10ths of a second doesn’t deter former CdS swimmer’s plans for 2016 Olympics

Former Corona swimmer Adam Small participated in the finals of this year’s Olympic trials in Omaha, Neb., finishing seventh in the nation in the 50-meter freestyle.Many remember Small as an all-star of the Corona swim team from 2004 to 2007. He has since gone on to swim at the University of Arizona for the past […]

5 ‘secret’ spots Olympics visitors shouldn’t miss

London is the most amazing city in the world. Samuel Johnson once said, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” You’ve probably seen that quote before, but there’s a reason why. It’s true. I left a year ago this month to study in London for four months and I instantly […]

Kyrene OKs budget, gives staff first raise in 4 years

The Kyrene School District Governing Board unanimously approved its 2012-13 budget at a board meeting July 10. The board, made up of President Michelle Hirsch, Vice President Beth Brizel and members Ellen Shamah and Bernadette Coggins, voted 4-0 for the proposed budget. Board member Ross Robb was not present at this session. The budget will […]

No. 1 goal of popular pizzeria: Building relationships

It’s hard to believe it’s been only six years since Jimmy & Joe’s Pizzeria opened at the end of the strip mall at Ray and McClintock. Actually, it’s hard to believe there was a life without Jimmy & Joes. Since its opening in 2006, it’s become the social hub of the neighborhood. It started as […]

With a new leader comes new vision for the future

Ten years ago, few Valley residents would have considered downtown Chandler a shopping or dining “hotspot.” Thanks in significant part to the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, or DCCP, the area has been completely revitalized. DCCP is a non-profit organization that works in conjunction with the city of Chandler to help boost the economic success of […]

Kyrene board votes no on tax increase to offset losses

After considering vocal opposition at a packed, four-hour hearing, the Kyrene School District Governing Board voted no on a proposed one-year property-tax increase, deciding to try other approaches to solve a newly discovered budget shortfall. The board was due to reconvene later in the week to discuss rearranging bonds as a temporary fix for the […]

Dream nears reality for a once-hopeful ballerina who now sees her future as an airline pilot

At age 14, Gabrielle Palmas gave up dreams of being a ballerina when she decided it wasn’t the future she wanted. “I didn’t think I would make much money being a ballerina,” she said. “I didn’t think it would take me very far.” Now, although she’s been a full-fledged adult for only three years, Palmas […]

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