The making of a STAR

At first glance, the STAR program, with its cool math and science projects, field trip and time for play and sports, sounds like a typical summer camp. But taking a closer look, Success Through Academic Reform, nicknamed STAR, is not the usual camp, nor does it include the typical camp-goer. “Many of the students that […]

Working families target of schools’ gap initiative

Lice, strep throat, broken bones, pinkeye—they’re all inconvenient, but common, childhood ailments. Most parents tend not to think about them until they find themselves missing work and heading to the doctor’s office before their child can return to school. But imagine dealing with any of these with no health insurance to cover a quick doctor’s […]

Final hearing June 28 for proposed new property tax

To help alleviate wild fluctuations both in Tempe’s property tax pool and its citizens’ annual property tax payments, the city council last year changed its policy and swapped its fixed property tax rate for a fixed property tax levy. In other words, no matter the state of the economy and resulting assessed home values, the […]

Kyrene schools explore some creative — and affordable — ways to get the word out

Growing up in the ‘80s, other than private school (not even a consideration for my working-class parents nor an option in my 4,000-population hometown), the nearby neighborhood public school was the only choice. That, however, changed in 1994 when the Arizona State Legislature enacted laws enabling both open enrollment and the formation of charter schools, […]

Pathways to a better city

Pathways to a better city

Whether you’re a devoted enthusiast or a casual passer-by, Tempe’s bike paths are designed to do more than help ensure a comfortable, safe environment for the city’s growing crowd of free-wheelers. Eric Iwerson, Tempe’s 2011 Bike Hero, insists that improving paths helps beautify communities, reduce traffic, build community and, not to be overlooked, lower crime […]

Two new venues open to aspiring artists

Two new venues open to aspiring artists

Most would agree that conceptualizing, executing and completing a work of art is a formidable task. But for many artists and crafters, it’s minor when compared to the feats of marketing and getting their wares before the eyes of potential buyers. Two new spaces in the east Valley aim to ease those burdens. “I have […]