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Trash turns to treasure at West Chandler fashion show

Next time you’re ready to take your trash or recyclables to the curb, keep in mind that those discarded items just might be the stuff of the latest fashion trend.

Chandler’s 2nd Annual Trashion Fashion Show that features materials most people throw away takes place May 21.

Two dozen contestants will sashay down the runway set up at Chandler Fashion Center sporting garments made from at least 75 percent recyclable or throwaway materials.

The free fashion show is organized by Chandler’s Solid Waste Services Division in conjunction with the City of Chandler and Chandler Fashion Center.


Temple Emanuel features rock anthems

The Fab Four probably never envisioned their platinum rock anthems embraced at Shabbat services, but that’s exactly what will take place June 3 at Tempe Emanuel in Tempe.

Cantorial Soloist Emily Kaye and Rabbis Dean Shapiro and Jason Bonder will lead the Shabba-Tones and the Temple Emanuel choir through the Fab Four’s greatest hits – Hebrew-style.

Prospective Shabbat rockers are encouraged to wear their favorite hip outfits and accessories from the 1960s to the event. Nosh begins at 6 p.m. and the curtain goes up for the service at 6:30 p.m.

Temple Emanuel of Tempe serves Reform Jewish families in the area.



New hotel opening at Tempe Town Lake

The first hotel to be located on the area’s ever popular Tempe Town Lake opens this month and it’s also the first location for the AC Hotel brand in the western United States.

The six-story building, Marriott International’s AC Hotel Phoenix Tempe/Downtown, features a rooftop pool with views of Tempe and Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium.

The hotel’s fitness center boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook “A” Mountain and there’s also a central work area with complimentary computers and wireless printers.

The 159 rooms in the new hotel feature hardwood floors and local art adorns the walls.



Compadre Academy recognizes graduates

Tempe Union High Schools’ Compadre Academy has recognized 19 graduating seniors who managed to earn their diplomas while navigating the challenges of teen pregnancy and parenting. TUHSD’s Teen Age Pregnancy Program, or TAPP, boasts a higher than national graduation rate.

About 50-60 percent of teens who get pregnant wind up dropping out of school whereas just 9 percent of pregnant and parenting teens leave TAPP.


Diablos recognition spurs science teacher to inspire

Last year, Gililland Elementary seventh-grade science teacher Scott Nasser won a Tempe Diablos’ Excellence in Education Award for Inspiration.

But that didn’t slow down the quest for any of his award-winning qualities: He continues to find ways to inspire and, as a predictable outcome, represent excellence.

The Diablos, along with Tempe Diablos Charities Inc., annually recognize excellence and celebrate the work of educators and staff members who exemplify the extraordinary, creative and inspirational quality of education.

So notable is their repute that the awards have been called the Academy Awards for education.

“Giving back to the members of our education community is at the heart of what being a Diablo is all about,” said Mark Burnside, chairman of the Diablos Excellence in Education Committee.

“We volunteer our time to raise funds for the sole purpose of helping to better the lives of the people of Tempe.”

And, noted Burnside, it is important to the Diablos to send a strong message of support to the men and women dedicating their time to inspiring kids each day.

Inspiration Awards focus on an individual who inspires and motivates through the giving of time, talent and skills that support student learning.

The award’s first step:

Identifying an individual who goes beyond the required duties to impact student learning; a person whom others strive to emulate and who brings value to all those around him or her each day.

Nasser was nominated last year for the 2015 award by a group of his students.

When he won in May 2015, Nasser took home a plaque and $1,000 to spend however he pleased.

Nasser could have bought something nice for himself or paid some bills, but he said he felt it was important to teach that same concept to students who were members of the Gililland Middle School National Junior Honor Society (which he sponsors) by using the award money on a community service project.

Thus, the group spent Saturdays fixing up a neighborhood yard near the school, with Nasser purchasing gravel and plants and working with the honor society students and a few other teachers.

Asked to define why he decided to use the award money this way, Nasser replied:

“It was never really an option to me. I have never been comfortable being recognized for my work, let alone winning a Diablos Excellence in Education recognition that came with a monetary award.

“I needed to find a way to spend it in a manner that would be inspiring to others.”                           — Amy Garza




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