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Coach Nenaber’s return to Corona signals new optimism

By Alex Zener Corona’s new head football coach Cory Nenaber has been on the job a little over six months now and there are signs that the Aztec football program may be on the right track after a string of disappointing seasons. Besides winning only 13 games in the past four years, participation was at […]

Sequel to father-son bonding story ready for release

    Author tells how he reconstructed a broken relationship By Chelsea Martin What defines a true bond? How does one achieve a genuine connection with another, specifically one’s own kin? Tempe resident and author Dr. Preston H. Long taps into the workings of his own discovery and success of bonding through his first book, […]

Calling all ‘Lucky Dogs’

Throughout July, “lucky dog” is the call to action at Lucky Break. Owners of the popular restaurant and brew house at McClintock and Baseline in Tempe will donate proceeds from the sale of Lagunitas Brewing Co. craft beer, as well as from hot dog purchases, to Lucky Dog Rescue, an all-volunteer, non profit animal rescue […]

Free Online courses now available at Sunset library branch

Chandler’s network of public libraries, including the Sunset branch on the city’s west side, have attached a new name to their free online offerings for adults—Gale Courses. Previously known as Learn4Life, the Gale Courses program provides patrons who hold a valid library card access to hundreds of instructor-led online courses on a variety of topics […]

Extent of human trafficking leads Chandler councilman to help guide statewide initiative vs child predators

By Diana Whittle The secret is out and the ugly truth is unfortunately confirmed–there is human trafficking in Arizona. The FBI office recently completed Operation Cross Country, a program to locate sex-traffic victims throughout the U.S. Nationally, 168 kids were recovered in the sting; five children and 42 adults were recovered in Arizona–all were being […]

Mom, CEO, activist, now Valley Metro chairwoman, has little time to think about lack of sleep

By Diana Whittle As a mother of a month-old baby girl, Chandler Councilmember Trinity Donovan has reason to be tired, and does, frankly, admit to a lack of sleep. Then add her duties as an elected official since 2006; her full-time position as the Chief Executive Officer of the nonprofit Chandler Christian Center; and her […]

Employees see campaign as their way to ‘make smiles’

Story by Chelsea Martin Photo by Billy Hardiman Dairy Queen has been built on its founders’ desire to serve as a community gathering spot, reciprocating for the continuous support the franchise has received since its inception. In order to give back for all of the overwhelming community support, Dairy Queen has maintained a partnership with […]

Monsoon runoff advisory

Monsoon season is fast approaching, and that means lots of stormwater runoff entering the city storm drain system from impervious surfaces such as concrete driveways, sidewalks, streets, parking lots and rooftops. Unlike the water from sinks, showers and toilets, stormwater flows untreated into storm drains that lead to nearby retention basins, greenbelts, parks, golf courses, […]

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 […]

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