November 6, 2004 issue

Changing landscape of schools
Like their counterparts in many U.S. cities, planners in the Kyrene School District see a changing demographic that someday may alter not only the educational landscape but the community as a whole.

By Don Kirkland

Kyrene Corridor Rotary Club first with Centennial charter
In just slightly more than a year, the local chapter of one of the world’s most renown organizations has grown from a handful of founders to nearly two dozen fully accredited members, all of whom can lay claim to charter-member status.

Chandler, Tempe share in $12 million disaster fund
Chandler and Tempe will be among Valley cities sharing a $12 million federal grant to establish rapid response teams for local disasters or terrorist events should they occur.

Success Stories
New bank targets what big ones miss

For a long time, investment broker Laine Schoneberger says, he watched what seemed to be a steady decline in the number of banks that truly understood the needs of small-business owners.
“I knew what I wanted in a bank,” he says. “I just didn’t know where to find it.”


Connecting with Tempe...with Pam Goronkin
History illustrates usefulness of council subcommittees
Interestingly, Tempe’s City Charter makes no mention of subcommittee activity. However, over the years, mayors of Tempe have sometimes made such assignments and effectively employed the efforts of Council to achieve important overarching goals.

Sports Notebook...with Brian Gomez
It’s playoff time; Corona awaits first-round opponent
Now the real fun starts for the Corona del Sol High School football team. The opening-round matchups for the Class 5A state playoffs were due to be announced Nov. 5, giving No. 11 Corona a week to install a game plan before making a push toward its first postseason win since 1998.
By Brian Gomez

Kyrene Athletes of the Week
Max Sankey and Lexie Schroeder - Kyrene Middle School
Kyrene Athletes of the Week are selected by their schools’ coaching staffs.

Discerning Diner...with Elan Head
Some sterling advice from good Queen Quincelot

Several weeks ago, at the Farmer’s Market in my hometown of Silver City, N.M., I came across a remarkable booth, one that sold not only quinces (rare enough, in that part of the world) but also empanadas filled with homemade membrillo, or quince paste.

Hoop star making transition from Marcos to ASU
Former Marcos de Niza High School swingman DuBois Williams used to be the best player on his team. Now, he’s not even the best player at his position. That doesn’t mean that Williams’ level of play has gone down. It simply means that the level of competition has risen.
By Brian Gomez  

Film Fare...with Mark Moorehead
The Incredibles

Best family film of the season. Riotous fun for virtually the entire family with exception of the little tykes due to the film’s length (almost 2 hours). Rated PG for action violence.

Screen gems...with M.V. Moorhead
Vera Drake
The term “ray of sunshine” may never have been embodied more convincingly, or more movingly, than by the English actress Imelda Staunton, in the title role of Mike Leigh’s film Vera Drake.