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HOOPIN’ IT UP

Kids at the Tempe Public Library gave new life to a ’50s pastime with a modern-day spin on the classic Hula Hoop. The youngsters were part of the library’s summer reading program, which extends the boundaries of conventional reading to some hands-on fun. On this day, four members of the Valley-based Heady Hoop Tribe performed […]

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, […]

Cool learning choices at Connolly, Curry schools

Story by Diana Whittle Photos by Billy Hardiman Summer school classes in the Tempe Elementary district offer kids plenty of cool learning opportunities without being in the hot sun. “Tempe’s summer school program is among the least expensive in the Valley, and it offers a wide variety of classes for both in- and out-of-district students […]

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 […]

Quilt project creates a tightly knit group of Cielo Elementary kids, parents

Story and Photo by Chelsea Martin Anything repetitive inevitably becomes dull to the average person. That’s the main reason out-of-the-box thinkers like Marni Anbar, Colleen Atnip and Monique Zurga decided to put a spin on this year’s art-masterpiece project at Kyrene del Cielo Elementary School. The three are this year’s PTO co-chairs of the project. […]

Plenty of extravagant displays available for July 4th celebration

Tempe – The annual Tempe Town Lake Festival will be held at Tempe Beach Park on Friday, July 4. Enjoy great food, music, facepainters, relay races and a free inflatable village for all ages. Gates open at 5 p.m. General admission tickets will be on sale for $6 through July 4 at all Fry’s stores […]

Local football program not taking a hit from the summer heat

TRIPLE-DIGIT temperatures didn’t cool off the enthusiasm of participants in South East Valley Youth Football’s early morning drills and preparedness program, designed to get kids and their dads ready for next fall’s games. The organization also is stockpiling donations of used but still usable youth football equipment to meet a growing demand for the program and […]

Horizon Honors high school picks West Chandler girl as valedictorian

By Chelsea Martin West Chandler resident and Horizon Community Learning Center senior Manu Kondapi says she never thought twice about getting involved in her school or her community. She did both, and between participating in countless school programs and dedicating herself to volunteering around the community, school officials say Kondapi was the perfect pick for […]

Aztec lacrosse reaches state playoffs for 4th straight year

The Aztec lacrosse team, in a league with 24 other teams in Arizona, played in the state playoffs for the fourth straight year, making it into the quarterfinals before losing to the eventual runner-up team with a score of 4-18, the Brophy Broncos, May 2. Brophy was defeated by the Desert Vista Thunder in the […]

Retiring teacher reflects on lives she helped change, including her own

By Diana Whittle After a career spanning 42 years, Kathleen McLemore, who just retired as a teacher at Kyrene Middle School, feels she is a lucky woman indeed. “I estimate that I taught nearly 10,000 students over the years, and I know that I improved their lives. “My years of teaching were wonderful, and I’m […]

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