July 31, 2004 issue

Cross-boundary enrollments boosting Kyrene attendance for ‘05 school year
If yours are among the estimated 18,000-plus children returning to school Aug. 9, don’t be surprised if they’ve never seen the kid sitting next to them. More than 400 out-of-district students will be enrolled in Kyrene classrooms this year, not to mention an estimated 1,300 from within the district who will be attending classes in a Kyrene school other than their own.
By Don Kirkland


For a new look at learning, book on down to your neighborhood library

With school starting in the blink of the eye, it’s comforting to know that the Tempe Public Library is going at warp speed to provide children with lots of exciting enrichment activities and learning opportunities.
By Melissa Hirschl

Sports Notebook...with Brian Gomez
Popular equipment manager OK after transplant

Nearly six months after undergoing a life-saving kidney transplant, Corona del Sol High School equipment manager Rick Ramirez is feeling well and has shown no signs of complications, Corona Athletic Director Dan Nero said.

Discerning Diner...with Elan Head
For this country girl, fish tacos were a culinary awakening

I’ve been a fan of fish tacos for a while now, but having just returned from a press trip to the fabulous Esperanza Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, I’m excited about them all over again.

Coaching icon Hughes leaves for good
Hughes’ resignation marks the end of a storied run that included six state championships--four in girls basketball, one in football and one in boys golf. That’s more titles than any coach in school history.
By Brian Gomez  

Ray/101 vote OK’d
Unless nearby residents and developers iron out their disagreement in the next eight months, Chandler voters will vote in March on whether a seven-story building should be allowed to go in at the confluence of the Price Freeway and Ray Road.

Meet your Neighbor: ‘Ras’ Rowe
Retiree not very retiring when he’s promoting Rotary Club’s values

Retirement, we know, doesn’t have to be spent in a rocking chair. Although Ernest Rowe, 71, has been retired for 10 years, he remains more active than many with full-time jobs.
By Jon Valentine  

New phone ordinance may be first of its kind
The Chandler City Council has adopted an ordinance making it a crime to prevent or interfere with the use of a telephone in an emergency situation.

Parent forum designed to boost academic excellence
Parents from districts around the Valley provide the leadership for the APPLE coalition. 

Start of school brings police reminder concerning loud parties
With the start of the school year, Tempe police have reminded residents of Tempe neighborhoods that the city’s Loud Party Ordinance will be enforced.

Film Fare...with Mark Moorehead

Teamwork is the name of the game in Universal Pictures’ new film Thunderbirds. Solitary and impetuous seekers of fame and glory need not apply.

Best of DVDs...with M.V. Moorhead
Starsky & Hutch

The world's need for a big-budget feature version of Starsky and Hutch ranks somewhere below that of a cure for cancer or a clean-burning energy source. But through some combination of a comparatively low up-front investment and a comparatively high short-term profit potential, the big-screen Starsky & Hutc" has managed to arrive first, with Ben Stiller and the earnest, righteous former, Owen Wilson as the relaxed, easygoing latter, and the much-loved Gran Torino as itself.

Pair of area book groups opens a page to discussion, introspection, inspiration
For those who thrive on reliving their reading experience with like-minded others, we’ve profiled two monthly book discussion groups that are held at the Tempe Library once a month.

By Melissa Hirschl

Temple Emanuel to host brunch, candidate forum
Temple Emanuel of Tempe will open its doors to prospective new members Sunday, Aug. 22, during a brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a forum from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. for local political candidates to air their views.