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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 […]

DBacks fundraiser salutes Dignity Health CEO Linda Hunt

At their eighth annual ‘Evening on the Diamond,’ Arizona Diamondbacks executives paid tribute to Linda Hunt, president and CEO of Dignity Health, which oversees Chandler Regional Medical Center and a host of other Arizona healthcare facilities. The Lee T. Hanley Award recognized Hunt for her community leadership. Joining Hunt at the ceremony, hosted by University […]

Veteran public-information officer named assistant city manager

By Diana Whittle Nachie Marquez is a new assistant city manager for the city of Chandler. Marquez is a familiar face to many local residents as she most recently served as Chandler’s Communications and Public Affairs Director; she also performed in a similar capacity for the city of Tempe from 1996 to 2000. Her career […]

‘Orangemen’ peel a slice of inspiration from Blue Man Group

M.V. Moorhead Photo by Billy Hardiman Orange is the new Blue. At least it is at Corona del Sol. The Percussion Ensemble from the high school’s powerhouse music department has decided, in recent performances, to style themselves after Blue Man Group, the popular percussion/pantomime theatrical troupe. But, this being Corona del Sol, Blue won’t do—the […]

Tempe’s Chief Ryff honored for efforts promoting diversity

Tempe Chief of Police Tom Ryff has been selected to receive a Friend of NOBLE Award from the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. The award recognizes leaders who have demonstrated service as highly competent public servants at the forefront of providing solutions for law enforcement issues and concerns in the community. Emphasis is […]

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