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Kyrene board studying ways to remedy $5.3 mil funding loss

Kyrene schools will be winding down the year in a couple of weeks, giving teachers a welcome breather after 10 months of learning to do more with less. While staff morale seems to have remained remarkably high, even under an existing cloud of diminished funding, principals, teachers and support staff may have to take a […]

Pat’s Run, 2,000 miles from home

By Spc. Emerson Marcus SAN VICENTE, El Salvador – About 30,000 people participated in this year’s edition of Pat’s Run, but Sun Devil Stadium wasn’t the only finish line. U.S. Army Master Sgt. Terry Thompson, with some help, replicated the run here, almost two thousand miles south of his Tempe counterparts. Thompson, who lives in […]

Fine dining not all that’s gone with departure of one of South Tempe’s most iconic restaurants

In his past 20-some years as the reigning monarch of south Tempe’s small but solidly established community of family owned restaurants,  Tony Romano has held court over an impressive domain of notables—sports figures, prominent business people, high-profile folks who represented a Who’s Who of the Valley’s most successful. And though his name wasn’t always the […]

Tempe survey measures how residents feel about services

South Tempe residents and their neighbors in other areas of the city have voiced significant satisfaction and offered valuable feedback about the services, programs and facilities provided in their community, according to newly released survey data. In late 2010, more than 800 residents weighed in on questions focusing on water service, parks, trash collection, public […]

Even in a tarnished economy, jeweler’s reputation still sparkles

By all rights, Dave Kendall could have cashed out on his longtime, successful jewelry business before the economy headed south two years ago. That would have ended, sadly but understandably, a family tradition that had spanned two generations and brought him literally thousands of customers since he opened Day’s Fine Jewelry almost 20 years ago. […]

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