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Corona del Sol Aztecs are inching closer to their third Division 1 state title

By Alex Zener Twenty-nine down and four to go. That’s how many games the Aztecs have to win in order to threepeat as Division I state champions. Ranked No. 12 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 boys basketball rankings, No. 7 in the MaxPreps Freeman National rankings and No. 1 in Arizona, the Aztecs have defeated […]

Tempe Cares volunteers will make critical fixes at LoPiano Habitat

Story by Sally Mesarosh In 1993, volunteers from 26 Tempe schools constructed the Lo Piano Bosque Habitat, a 13-acre site named after former Tempe Mayor William LoPiano, a supporter of environmental issues. Located just north of the 202 freeway between College and Mill avenues, the site is used for student education and recreational pursuits. Twenty-one […]

‘Taste of Kyrene’

Story By Chelsea Martin Raising awareness is Shari Vogel’s longtime mantra—and now her daily objective, as this year’s Taste of Kyrene’s co-chair. Vogel was a volunteer of the event for three years prior to accepting the larger planning role this time around. Taste of Kyrene was created to raise funds for the Kyrene Foundation which […]

Two Kyrene schools, principals earn gold awards for impressive academic gains

Story by Diana Whittle Two elementary schools in the Kyrene district demonstrated an Olympic-like feat and grabbed the gold as a “Beat the Odds” school. Both Kyrene de los Manitas in Tempe and Kyrene de las Lomas in Ahwatukee have principals who participated in a mentoring and training program sponsored by the Beat the Odds […]

Noted watercolorist, wife celebrate 50 years of sharing

Acclaimed Tempe watercolor artist Raleigh Kinney says he couldn’t have made a living through art for the last 34 years without his business partner and wife, Darlene Kinney. And, as the couple looks ahead to their 50th wedding anniversary in September, they will celebrate this Valentine’s Day together in typical fashion—working in their booth at […]

Tempe teen’s role brings rock-star status to performance of ‘Godspell’

Story by M.V. Moorhead Photo by Billy Hardiman Early on in rehearsals for Seton Catholic Preparatory High School’s production of Godspell, director Brigid O’Neill instructed her cast members to develop a back-story for their roles. This led Austin Weigel, who plays Jesus, to attempt a modified fast intended to simulate the experience of the 40 […]

Kids get a jump start on careers of the future

Story by Diana Whittle Photo by Billy Hardiman For middle-school students who like to learn from hands-on projects, a new program in the Tempe district may provide a custom-made fit. Fees College Preparatory Academy announced its Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program, now commonly referred to as STEM, for grades 6 to 8 starting this […]

Project to study how Tempe areas differ

Story by Georgia Swing You might not know which “character area” of Tempe you live in, but city planners hope that a process they’re about to kick off will make you acutely aware – and proud – of what sets your neighborhood apart from others. Project Management Coordinator Nancy Ryan and fellow staffers in Tempe’s […]

Hands up!

Photos by Billy Hardiman Chandler PD played host to young members of Police Explorer Posts around the country, providing hands-on experience in what the teens’ real-life law enforcement counterparts face every day in the field. Participants learned about hostage negotiations, use of firearms, building searches and other team and individual events, part of a daylong […]

Convergence of milestones again puts popular musician in limelight

Story by Georgia Swing Photo by Billy Hardiman Singer-songwriter Walt Richardson looks back at 35 years of entertaining Tempe audiences and says he feels like he’s just beginning. For his iconic role in more than three decades of the Mill Avenue music scene, for mentoring new generations of musicians, and for the promise of much […]

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