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Back to School!

It was back-to-school day, and smiles nearly everywhere suggested the kids were ready for the challenges — and the fun — that awaited. Wrangler News photographer Billy Hardiman was on hand for the big event at Corona del Sol, Marcos de Niza and Kyrene Middle School. Photos by Billy Hardiman/Wrangler News KMS: Jazmine Gaona and […]

City’s new PR guru no stranger to Chandler or his chosen profession

By Diana Whittle The city of Chandler has announced that Matt Burdick is its new communications and public affairs director. Burdick assumes the high-profile position from Nachie Marquez, who recently was promoted to serve as the city’s assistant city manager. Burdick’s broad-ranging responsibilities will include directing communications for all city departments, along with video production, […]

For East Valley health care, the beginning of a new era

Chandler Regional celebrates a long-awaited expansion Chandler Regional Medical Center has put the finishing touches on a massive, two-pronged expansion of its Dobson-Frye Road campus that includes a five-story, 96-bed patient tower and the addition of Level 1 trauma services to a now enlarged Emergency Department. Dignity Health, which has overseen the hospital’s growth since […]

It’s pure family fun

“Movies in The Park” is a chance for kids to see some of their Disney favorites. Showing this month at Tempe History Museum are The Black Caldron (Saturday, Aug. 16) and The Little Mermaid (Saturday, Aug. 23). The free program starts at 1 p.m. and is sponsored by the Tempe Public Library and Whole Foods […]

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Kilt-clad fundraisers boost coffers of heroes charity

By M.V. Moorhead Those who are lucky enough to be of Scottish descent know that the folds in a kilt are always folds of honor. So it makes perfect sense that Tempe’s own Tilted Kilt would participate, and make a fine showing, in the recently completed Folds of Honor “Here’s to Heroes” fundraiser. The Folds […]

New start, end times coming to Kyrene elementary, middle schools

By Diana Whittle When the 2014-15 school year begins on Aug. 4, students at nine schools in the Kyrene district will have a new start and ending time in a change to keep all schools on the same schedule. The start time at all middle schools now will be 8:30 a.m., with an ending time […]

Strategies to help ease students’ back-to-school concerns

By Michelle Hirsch It’s the exciting start of another school year, and while most students and parents are looking forward to new activities, teachers and friends, many are also experiencing anxiety and fears. Students are wondering: What is my teacher going to be like? Will I do well in classes? Will I have friends to […]

Group works to lift Arizona’s 46th-place ranking for kids’ wellbeing

By Diana Whittle For the past 16 years, Tempe youth have had a friend in Lynette Stonefeld and the program she manages, “Commitment to Schools.” “We serve more than 6,000 kids and their families in the Tempe Union, Tempe Elementary and Kyrene school districts by collaborating with leaders in education, business, social service, and government,” […]

Local Restaurant Favorites

What better time than summer to relax, dine and enjoy the abundant offerings available in Tempe and West Chandler. Pier 54, top, a charming waterfront locale that has been part of the Tempe Lakes scene since the 1980s, plays host to an after-dark crowd—a seasonal nod to those who prefer to tailor their outdoor activities […]

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