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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nosh fare widens area’s options for delightfully creative cuisine

By M.V. Moorhead As a rule, one doesn’t get to eat both a Scotch egg and wild boar in the same weekend. Or, at least, I don’t get to. But I did last week, courtesy of multiple visits to Nosh Arizona, a chic, dimly lighted little gourmet eatery and wine bar in the Albertson’s plaza […]

‘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 […]

Ukelele moving up the charts among music aficionados

By Chelsea Martin An appalling thought it is to imagine a world without music. While some may argue that we’d be better off without the distractions music can create, most defend it and spend their lives submerged in beautifully and precisely constructed sounds that waft through the air. Jon Paul Escobedo and Merri Lewter, longtime […]

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