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Easter bunny comes to town!

For the families who turned out for our first-ever Wrangler News Easter Egg Hunt, the message was clear: When the local newspaper gets behind what’s going on in the neighborhood, people respond. There’s nothing new about this theory, but it’s nonetheless reassuring to know that community newspapers are still a big part of our lives, […]

A wish come true for girls lacking prom dresses

By Diana Whittle Donate a new or gently used dress by Friday, April 25, and you’ll help volunteers with the Kyrene Foundation outfit an eighth-grade girl in style for her promotion ceremony—and make a “wish come true.” This marks the fourth year for the Wish Come True dress drive, which invites a select group of […]

Duke’s: Where family memories are made

By M.V. Moorhead “Honestly, we wanted someplace where all three of us would want to go.” Within that encapsulated bit of history from Jaime Ponder, one of the three founders of Duke’s Tavern, lies the gastronomic raison de e’tre of the owners’ foray into opening one of the east Valley’s newest—and potentially most appealing—dining destinations. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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