New comprehensive cooling center opens in Tempe

Tempe has opened the doors to a new cooling center for residents to make use of this summer, with plans to offer other community services beyond respite from the heat.

CARE 7 receives $25,000 Tempe Diablos grant

Tempe’s CARE 7, led by the Community Health and Human Services Department, has received $25,000 in grant funding from the Tempe Diablos Charities to fund its programs and events that assist crime victims.

$500K in renovations coming to Tempe’s Creamery Park

Creamery Park in Tempe is set to receive over $500,000 in improvements later this year that will increase accessibility, renew its playground equipment and install a new park ramada among other renovations.

Initial $1.4B budget for 2023-24 approved by Tempe …

Tempe has approved its tentative $1.4 billion budget and scheduled public hearings on the proposed document before its final approval on June 15.

Kyrene awards $4 million contract for child nutrition …

Kyrene School District has approved a $4 million contract with Southwest Foodservice Excellence to provide services for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program at all district schools.

Community numbers show crime in Tempe down

Official crime numbers for 2022 are still being tabulated by Tempe Police Department, but unofficial numbers show an overall decrease in violent crimes.

Tempe heat-relief program receives federal funding

Tempe has accepted $50,000 into its budget to aid in the operation of heat-relief services.

Downtown Tempe Refresh progresses, new lighting to be …

Caliente Construction is to take care of replacing the Downtown Tempe Festoon Lights near Mill Avenue as part of the city’s Downtown Improvements Plan.

Kyrene Governing Board will put district bond, …

Kyrene School District has authorized a special bond and district additional assistance override election this fall.

Tempe invests in emergency support for older …

Tempe City Council has accepted close to $500,000 in grant funds from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health to support aging and older adults by enhancing its programs and services to be more inclusive and culturally appropriate.

Shade, shelter improvements coming to Tempe bus stops

Tempe City Council approves new improvements to 30 of its bus stops in order to provide shade and shelter to public transit users as Arizona’s summer heat and blazing sun return.

Kyrene approves budget changes for upcoming fiscal …

Kyrene School District Governing Board will be voting Tuesday, May 23, on whether to ask voters for additional funding assistance in the upcoming November election.

The impact of ‘no’

After Tempe voters rejected the Tempe Entertainment District featuring an arena for the Arizona Coyotes, the city is back at square one in developing one of its last viable plots of land.

Voters down Arizona Coyotes planned Tempe arena

Initial counts for the May 16 special election to approve or deny the proposed Tempe Entertainment District show voters rejected the project, according to unofficial results. 

Tempe renews emergency housing services with Dudley …

Tempe City Council renewed its contract with Dudley Oaks Hotel to provide immediate shelter for the city’s homeless population through leasing hotel rooms that will be available for both individuals and families.

Tempe Police reform an ongoing process

Throughout the Valley and country, trust between residents and their respective law enforcement officials teeters, compelling agencies like the Tempe Police Department to investigate areas where they can continue to improve.

Tempe commemorates Old Mill Avenue Bridge’s 90th …

Tempe’s well-loved Mill Avenue Bridge celebrated its 90th anniversary on May 1 with a gathering at the Hayden House with city officials and the granddaughters of past state bridge engineer Ralph Hoffman to dedicate a plaque in remembrance of his work.

Tobacco retailer in Tempe faces pushback at latest …

A Tempe business has lost its use permit after City Council voted on April 20 to uphold a resident-submitted appeal against Stogies Smoke & Vape. 

Over 400 residential, commercial units to be created …

Tempe could see almost 500 new residential and commercial opportunities with a new 25-story mixed-use development at East University Drive, which will go up for final council consideration on May 4.

Coyotes press residents to vote ‘yes’ on arena …

Voting has started for the Tempe Entertainment District, which, if passed, would approve the construction of the project by Alex Meruelo’s Bluebird Developments, despite growing concerns from some residents.

Kyrene Governing Board sees continued declines in …

Coming up on the last month of the 2022-23 school year, Kyrene School District’s governing board recently discussed its latest bi-annual demographic and enrollment study, looking into the different factors that contribute to students coming to the district.

Tempe community divided ahead of May election on …

Tempe residents are speaking out in gusto, in support of and against, the proposed Tempe Entertainment District, which has been steeping in controversy despite being approved unanimously by city council.

Tempe’s iconic ‘A Mountain’ holds steadfast …

Tempe looks to preserve its natural attractions for future generations to enjoy, like Tempe Butte, which has continued to share connections with schools, cultures and other groups in the community.

Future of Silicon Valley Bank employees in Tempe to be …

Silicon Valley Bank employees see hope with First Citizens takeover, however, the future of the former top bank’s presence in Tempe remains murky.
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