June 25, 2005 issue

Boys of summer
Andy Meyer and Tim Smith, a couple of guys from Corona del Sol High School, have piled up some serious miles, a few extra pounds, a million memories and even a few minutes of television fame while following their dream of a Great American Road Trip to several baseball parks in the Great American Midwest.
By Doug Snover

Flags help neighborhoods show off their colors
A local Boy Scout troop is helping Kyrene Corridor area residents fly the American flag proudly on holidays, and picking up some spending money in the bargain.

By Doug Snover

Discerning Diner...with Elan Head
May contain references to mollusk body parts; reader discretion advised
This is a column about conch salad and basil lemonade. Conch salad, because I’m writing this on an airplane en route back to the Valley from the Bahamas, where I have spent four days bonefishing and eating, yup, conch salad.

Officials hoping to improve safety at scene of fatal crash
The signs are so glaringly bright—a blazing yellow-orange glowing in the sunlight—that it is almost impossible for passing motorists to miss them. The message, however, is startlingly simple.

New concrete, lighting for bikeway
Chandler is planning to construct a bicycle and pedestrian path along its northern border and will hold a second public meeting to seek comment on the proposed design.

$1 million in tax credits a major boost to Kyrene schools
Kyrene schools collected more than $1 million in tax-deductible donations last year, faring comparatively well against similarly sized districts state-wide, according to district officials.

By Jonathan Cooper  

40 dancers get a rare chance to study in NYC
Forty members of Elite Dance Force, a competitive team from Tempe-based Elite Dance and Performing Arts, have been invited to compete in New York City July 3 through 12 at the New York City Dance Alliance National Dance Convention.

TechnoFiles...by Riley Gay
A small refresher on Internet safety for kids

While the Web can be a great place for kids to learn and play, be aware that you’ll need to take some basic steps to safeguard them while online.

Film Fare...with Mark Moorehead
Now playing: ‘Bewitched’

Twitchy-nosed Nicole Kidman and comic Will Ferrell team up in an effort to rekindle that old black magic from the TV-show graveyard.

Screen gems...with M.V. Moorhead
‘War of the Worlds’

As with all the best science fiction, War of the Worlds isn’t really about the future, it’s about the present, and it isn’t really about aliens, it’s about humans.

July 4th funfest
The annual family festival--the Valley's longest running--is produced by the Kiwanis Club of Tempe, with net proceeds benefiting Tempe-area charities.