September 11, 2004 issue

New home contracts raising concerns
Reports of forfeited deposits and escalation clauses buried in the small print of contracts for developer-built homes are causing an increasing number of prospective buyers to turn to local Realtors for help.
By Don Kirkland


Sports Notebook...with Brian Gomez
Corona faces tough test after winning season opener
One win can go a long way. But how far can it carry the Corona del Sol High School football team? That’s the biggest question confronting the No. 6-ranked Aztecs after a convincing 41-19 win over Mesa Dobson in last week’s season opener.

Discerning Diner...with Elan Head
Eggs Benedict...light, lemony, luscious
Last Christmas, my oh-so-romantic husband presented me with…an egg poacher. Believe me, I was thinking of him last week, when, on a solo trip to Carmel Valley, I enjoyed perhaps the best eggs Benedict I’ve ever eaten out.

Needy children, abused wives among beneficiaries 
Kyrene Corridor residents Sue Graham and Betty Van Laeke consider themselves fortunate. As active members of the 14-year-old East Valley Assistance League, they get to see firsthand the positive effect their volunteering has on the community.
By Melissa Hirschl  

Kid Zone a big winner in national rankings
The Kid Zone enrichment program at Kyrene de las Manitas Elementary School just got a lot richer. A working partnership between the Kyrene and Tempe Elementary school districts and the city of Tempe, the program recently hit the scholastic jackpot by winning an award for achieving the highest possible standards for the quality of before- and after-school programs.
By Melissa Hirschl

Road trip proves ultimate adventure for father-son duo
Imagine road-tripping up to beautiful Lake Tahoe, taking the long way through the winding roadways of northern Arizona, crossing through Utah and eventually stopping in Nevada to spend some time vacationing.
By Jon Valentine


AIMS results show Kyrene among state's top schools
Kyrene schools once again have been selected among the top-performing districts in the state, according to the recently released 2004 AIMS test results.

Chandler relief team activated to assist in Fla. hurricane recovery
Chandler’s Emergency Relief Team has been activated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist in relief efforts in Florida following the devastating effects of hurricane Frances. 

Looking ahead
After mounting a comeback that started in the third inning of their try for the Little League World Series, Chandler All Stars faced with the opposing team’s best pitcher. Unfortunately for Chandler, he was up to the task.

Film Fare...with Mark Moorehead

Kidnapping action thriller starring Kim Basinger and William H. Macy. Hang up on this one unless you enjoy watching a carjacking hero create carnage on the freeway while talking on a cell phone.

Screen gems...with M.V. Moorhead

Even if you guess Criminal’s payoff, you’ll likely find it satisfying.

Tempe Elks Lodge to commemorate Sept. 11 with salute to police, firefighters
The event, open to the public, will feature a sit-down dinner followed by an awards ceremony to honor the 2004 outstanding police officer and firefighter in the community.

Brats, shirts, fun reward fest vols
Got time to spare the weekend of Oct. 1-3? If so, Way Out West Oktoberfest  wants you.