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Brotherly love inspires praise for family food-drink venue

Seann William Scott may not be camping out in the parking lot of the new Watershed family restaurant and bar in south Tempe, but don’t be surprised if he happens to pop in one day. The star of such films as American Pie, Role Models, Rundown, Goon and, most recently, Hello, I Must be Going […]

Changes in health-inspection policies win restaurateur’s nod

By Chelsea Martin Area restaurant owners are voicing positive feedback to newly adopted updates to restaurant inspection rules that have been in the works since 2011. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has revamped the inspection programs to include what county officials say is a more consistent, efficient and consumerfriendly process. The 20 recommendations provided […]

Quilt project creates a tightly knit group of Cielo Elementary kids, parents

Story and Photo by Chelsea Martin Anything repetitive inevitably becomes dull to the average person. That’s the main reason out-of-the-box thinkers like Marni Anbar, Colleen Atnip and Monique Zurga decided to put a spin on this year’s art-masterpiece project at Kyrene del Cielo Elementary School. The three are this year’s PTO co-chairs of the project. […]

Plenty of extravagant displays available for July 4th celebration

Tempe – The annual Tempe Town Lake Festival will be held at Tempe Beach Park on Friday, July 4. Enjoy great food, music, facepainters, relay races and a free inflatable village for all ages. Gates open at 5 p.m. General admission tickets will be on sale for $6 through July 4 at all Fry’s stores […]

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Local football program not taking a hit from the summer heat

TRIPLE-DIGIT temperatures didn’t cool off the enthusiasm of participants in South East Valley Youth Football’s early morning drills and preparedness program, designed to get kids and their dads ready for next fall’s games. The organization also is stockpiling donations of used but still usable youth football equipment to meet a growing demand for the program and […]

Horizon Honors high school picks West Chandler girl as valedictorian

By Chelsea Martin West Chandler resident and Horizon Community Learning Center senior Manu Kondapi says she never thought twice about getting involved in her school or her community. She did both, and between participating in countless school programs and dedicating herself to volunteering around the community, school officials say Kondapi was the perfect pick for […]

Aztec lacrosse reaches state playoffs for 4th straight year

The Aztec lacrosse team, in a league with 24 other teams in Arizona, played in the state playoffs for the fourth straight year, making it into the quarterfinals before losing to the eventual runner-up team with a score of 4-18, the Brophy Broncos, May 2. Brophy was defeated by the Desert Vista Thunder in the […]

Retiring teacher reflects on lives she helped change, including her own

By Diana Whittle After a career spanning 42 years, Kathleen McLemore, who just retired as a teacher at Kyrene Middle School, feels she is a lucky woman indeed. “I estimate that I taught nearly 10,000 students over the years, and I know that I improved their lives. “My years of teaching were wonderful, and I’m […]

8th Grade Promotion

Eighth graders at Aprende, Kyrene and Pueblo middle schools got an impressive sendoff to high school, their next stopping point in the learning process. The 340 Aprende grads heard words of encouragement as they got their sendoff. At Pueblo, 322 students and their parents gathered for promotion ceremonies. And at KMS, 412 young hopefuls received […]

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