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Kyrene schools to remodel lobbies as part of enhanced security plan

By Diana Whittle At the start of classes next fall, students and their families will find measures in place designed to help improve the safety and security of campuses at seven Kyrene schools: newly remodeled entry lobbies. The upgrades will be completed in a phased-in approach, with work beginning this summer and being completed by […]

Underage drinking, drug use targeted by 3-city coalition

Alcohol awareness month winds down in less than two weeks, and with prom and graduation season rapidly approaching, a group of east Valley organizations is partnering to reduce underage drinking and youth drug use. Tempe Coalition, Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse and Mesa Prevention Alliance have joined efforts to tackle substance abuse, particularly from […]

Marcos music program plays their way into the NEMC nationwide contest

 Skills learned on the playing field can build more than just athletic prowess. They can lay a foundation for teamwork, for tenacity, for the ability to confront life’s challenges head on. And while the route may be less strenuous, the roadmap to a successful, rewarding adulthood lies within the reach of many young people who […]

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Gardening project gets a thumbs up

At Sureño Elementary School, a select group of kids dig gardening, an interest they’re developing through their studies of sustainability. Photos by Billy Hardiman

World’s smallest heart pump now saving lives at Chandler Regional

Story & photo by Chelsea Martin Edward Townley is appreciative of plenty things—most importantly his life. Townley suffered a massive heart attack on Jan. 10, and Chandler Regional Medical Center, with the use of the world’s smallest heart pump, the Abiomed Impella 2.5, managed to save his life. Death having come in such close proximity, […]

No-kill animal shelter opens in So. Tempe

Lost Our Home Pet Foundation, the Valley’s only no-kill animal shelter dedicated to the rescue of dogs and cats found in abandoned and foreclosed homes, will hold grand opening ceremonies for a new, larger facility at 2323 S. Hardy Drive, Tempe, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 5. The celebration is sponsored by Valley […]

Brisas school’s marimba band grows from teacher’s passion

by Chelsea Martin Research has found that studying music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably exercise in different areas. Kyrene de las Brisas music teacher Karen Monks is one who boldly preaches by those dictums. Monks, who has been with the Kyrene district since 1981, has been a fervent believer in […]

Fine Arts Showcase Preview

More than 500 Kyrene kids are busy preparing for a free, firstever, district-wide Fine Arts Showcase, coming to Desert Vista High School on Friday, April 4. Art and music students from throughout the district will show off their talents, including choir from Waggoner; D.R.U.M. Club from Niños; art group from Traditional Academy; Mallet Masters from […]

Sunset Library to host recap

The Valley music scene that served as an incubator for the successful careers of a number of singers, songwriters, musicians and producers in the 1950s and ‘60s is the topic of the next Our Stories guest-speaker presentation Saturday, April 12, at west Chandler’s Sunset branch library. The free event will feature Arizona’s unofficial music historian […]

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