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Children’s Dental Village shares 2012 top business honors

South Tempe’s Children’s Dental Village, located on the west side of McClintock Drive just north of Elliot Road, received the 2012 Business Excellence Awards at the 15th annual Tempe’s Breakfast for Chamber Champions event, along with Tempe’s Four Peaks Brewing Company. Recipients were required to demonstrate a record of business success and growth, community involvement, […]

Kids find a unique way to aid cutting-edge recycling project

Kyrene de la Paloma Elementary School students donated a total of 3,138 pounds of recyclable textiles to Phoenix Fibers, a sister company of Chandler’s United Fibers and Bonded Logic, to be converted into insulation during a first-time recycling drive for the school. Deb Striker, physical education instructor at Paloma, helped organized the event with student […]

Math, literacy cuts pondered

Kyrene school board members continue to struggle with the district’s dwindling finances, most recently considering options that could narrow one dimension of math and literacy education. At a study session Feb. 28, the board received three potential options that would cut the number of math and literacy coaches, at the same time making the program […]

Schools continue budget talks

At a Kyrene School District governing board meeting Feb. 14, Jeremy Calles, business services specialist for the district, presented another two items being explored to balance the $5.2 million budget deficit for the 2012-13 school year: changes to the department and school budgets and to the district office. Changes to the district office would include […]

Feb. 25 rummage sale aids Sister Cities program, spurs youth-leadership affiliate

Tempe Sister Cities is not only about expanding students’ perspectives of the world and exploring new cultures. It’s also focused on community service, leadership skills and contributing to the community. Beth Lang, co-coordinator of the Tempe Sister Cities Youth Group, said the organization consists of 14- to 18-year-olds who help with monthly service projects. There […]

Kids blazing a trail to fitness, thanks to Tempe firefighters

Tempe kids ages 6 to 14 were hopping and crawling through hurdles, running drills and playing games with Tempe firefighters during a free event at the Tempe Beach Park during a sunny Saturday afternoon earlier this month. The outside event brought kids together for a fitness camp designed to help children develop better exercise habits, […]

New clinic offers options for weight-loss patients

Are you looking to shed pounds of body fat without having to eat mail-ordered meals that leave you hungry? Would-be dieters now have a new medical clinic, FIT Medical Weight Loss, designed to help participants lose pounds while still being able to eat the foods they enjoy. The clinic is located in the Arizona State […]

Cielo 1st-grade teacher among nine receiving national board certification

Longtime Kyrene del Cielo teacher Susan Bryant is one of nine Kyrene professionals this year to receive National Teacher Board Certification. “It took about year, although it can take up to three years to get your certification,” Bryant said. Bryant has been a first-grade teacher at Cielo for 20-plus years, and plans on staying there […]

Veterinarians emphasize importance of sterilizing pets, especially in these times

Consider this: One pair of un-sterilized cats, together with their offspring, can result in 420,000 kittens in seven years. One pair of un-sterilized dogs, with their offspring, can result in 4,372 puppies in the same time frame. Statistics also show that only one out of nine of these animals finds a good home, leaving the rest […]

All-day kindergarten to remain free

Kyrene schools will continue to offer free all-day kindergarten, provided that no budget changes will be made to programs affecting the middle schools, according to a decision voted by the Kyrene Governing Board on Jan. 10. While the action brings a conclusion to months of discussion and study, parents concerned about this and other funding […]

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