Country Thunder Music Festival moving to Tempe Beach Park


Very high level Tempe sources are reporting that the famed that Country Thunder Music festival in Florence Arizona is moving their four day event to Tempe Beach Park.  Over 200,000 country music fans enjoy this event, each year and are said to be excited for the new August 21-24, 2015 dates.  An official with the event, who wished not to be identified because she has the exclusive spray bottle concession, reported to Tempe Thoughts that the City of Tempe was considering hooking up large pumps into the lake and using fire hoses to water down the crowd.  However this is considered problematical by many experts in that the lake level would drop to a point that the 200+ house boats that the city is purchasing through an emergency budget allocation might bottom out with the weight of the Coors beer which is being donated by a well known local beer distributor.  “The food tax revenue for the month of July will do towards stronger spirits which will be given out to any Tempe resident or anyone that says they are a resident” reports a key official with the Town Lake Department of Commerce.

To reserve one of the thousands of camping spots in and around the lake concert ticket holders are encouraged to call 1-888-004-0115.



Tonnesen and Eater AZ

New Tonnesen Property

Check out what David Tyda wrote about our new project, The Strip in Eater AZ. “The Strip is the Next Hot Restaurant Space.” Came out today.

We’ve just broken 400 RSVP’s for the April 10th Modern Phoenix Kickoff party! It’s free if you are.


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Improve Your Sales!

Tracy Bullock

All successful businesses have this one thing in common. They are always looking for new and innovative ways to drive sales. To address this need, we’re pleased to offer the business community a valuable workshop onThursday, March 26th.

Tracy Bullock

Tracy Bullock


Improving Sales Effectiveness – Presented by Tracy Bullock

Building the most effective sales force possible will make the difference between success and failure for any organization. Learn the top tips and tricks of the trade from Tracy Bullock, owner of Bullock Training and Development. Tracy heads the Business Development Council at the Tempe Chamber of Commerce and is an expert in training companies on the best methods for growth and value.

March 26th
Four Points by Sheraton
1333 S. Rural Rd.
7:30 – 8:00 – Registration, Networking, Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00 – Program and Q+A


Urban Living Tour


From the serene desert landscape surrounding Tempe Town Lake to the city’s bustling streets, Downtown Tempe is an urban oasis that boasts endless entertainment and recreational options both before and after sunset. From hiking and biking to dining and dancing the night away, there are a million and one destinations waiting to be discovered…and they’re all right outside your door.

From its recent influx of high-rise residential and commercial developments to its ever-expanding downtown business and shopping district that extends well beyond Mill Avenue, Downtown Tempe is growing up, and it’s apparent everywhere you turn. Downtown offers more than 100 restaurants, retailers and nightclubs that supply more than 20,000 jobs in the area, while the city’s impressive list of major employers offers career opportunities with the likes of Microsoft, LifeLock, Waste Management and Silicon Valley Bank.

Uniquely interconnected in every direction, Downtown Tempe offers Tempe Town Lake to the north, while Arizona State University sits east. The only walkable urban atmosphere anywhere in the Valley, Tempe’s entertainment district is home to a one-of-a-kind combination of eclectic tastes, eternal entertainment options, authentic Southwestern and global eats, and an endless variety of street performers who specialize in the weird, the wild and the whimsical.

Hundreds of marathons and triathlons draw world-class athletes to town each year while an abundance of community events attract everyone from culinary royalty to craft beer aficionados. Whether you’re drawn to the nightlife or simply seeking a little rest and relaxation in the form of sunbathing, kayaking or exploring the great outdoors, you’ll want to make Tempe your home.


All registered guests will receive a custom Downtown Tempe Swag Bag and receive parking validation for the Hayden Square Garage during registration & check-in. The first 50 people to RSVP will be entered to win 1 of 4 $50 Downtown Tempe gift cards. Hurry…RSVP NOW!

CAMP Returns to Tempe


The City of Tempe is excited to announce the return of the Community Assisted Mortgage Program (CAMP). For eligible first-time homebuyers looking to purchase a primary residence in Tempe, CAMP provides deferred loans for downpayment assistance and reasonable closing costs.
Tempe offers the program to help increase the rate of home ownership in Tempe, as well as serve as a catalyst for reinvestment within the community.

CAMP eligible properties include single-family homes, patio homes, townhomes or condominiums located within Tempe. Property must be vacant or owner-occupied at the time of purchase offer.

Applicant household income must not exceed 80% of area medium income. Assistance is in the form of a zero percent, non-amortizing loan.

First-time homebuyers are encouraged to apply.

For additional requirements and information, visit or call 490.858.2154.

TUHSD Safety Director Earns U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service Award


Frank Mirizio, Executive Director of Safety and Security for the Tempe Union High School District, has been honored with the Outstanding Civilian Service Award. It’s the third highest award the Army can bestow upon a private citizen.  Nominees for this award must have performed outstanding service that makes a substantial contribution to the Army and its soldiers.

The prestigious award was presented by Lt. Col. Patrick Stolze, who leads TUHSD’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) program and nominated Mirizio for his leadership, support and guidance of the JROTC program and its students, while Mirizio served as principal of Marcos de Niza High School from 2000-2014.

“For fourteen years, I had the distinct pleasure to work for the most amazing Principal at Marcos de Niza. Frank Mirizio made working at Marcos professionally fulfilling and a joy to come to work every day,” said Stolze.

In addition to the gold medal, lapel button and certificate that make up the award, U.S. Army Cadet Command Commander Major General Peggy Cone asked Stolze to present Mirizio with her Coin of Excellence. It’s a rare coin, often referred to as a “Challenge Coin.”

Mirizio said he is truly honored to be acknowledged and believes wholeheartedly in the program.

“I see JROTC the same way as kids who love being an athlete or a singer. This is their niche. This is their reason for getting up in the morning and going to school,” said Mirizio. “The discipline and work ethic these students learn is exceptional; they get good grades and are respectful.”


Frank Mirizio is awarded the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal for significant contributions while serving as the principal at Marcos de Niza High School, Tempe, Arizona, from July 2000 to June 2014. Mr. Mirizio afforded the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) cadets many opportunities to learn and grow though his personal endeavors. He reveled in the successes of cadets and took great pride in personally congratulating them on their accomplishments at the many JROTC ceremonies and events he attended. Mr. Mirizio’s leadership and dedication to the Army’s mission reflect great credit upon him, the United States Army Cadet Command, and the United States Army.

Sun Devil Stadium – Part 1

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By Jay Mark

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Fifty-four years ago, an ambitious 10-month construction for the new Sun Devil Stadium schedule resulted in an opening-day delay resulting in the first game of the season against Hawaii on September 20, 1958 being played on the old Goodwin Stadium field on the south end of campus.

The new $1,000,000 stadium was ready October 4, for contest against West Texas State. A massive traffic jam of 27,000 fans, a heavy downpour and a less than stellar performance by the Sun Devils, which eventually bested WTS 16-13, marked a rather inauspicious debut for the new stadium – a disappointing start given how hard people worked to get it built.

Not only did ASU and Tempe have a new stadium, but it was also the inaugural season for Frank Kush who would go on to become the school’s most legendary coach.

As early as 1951 it was apparent that the Arizona State College football program had outgrown its second field, the venerable 1936 Goodwin Stadium with only 9400 permanent seats and extended seating to 16,000.

By November 1954 pressure had grown to a point that the Arizona Board of Regents appointed “…a (3-member) committee to investigate the possibility of a new stadium.”

During the 1955 football season the lack of seating had become so acute that according to Fred Sterns, the school’s ticket manager “…more than 12,000 fans tried unsuccessfully to obtain tickets for the Big Game with the U. of A.

Fan pressure reachedstadium cartoon its peak that year resulting in an “announcement by President Grady Gammage that he has placed a new stadium at the top of his list of building requests for the college…”

To re-enforce his argument Gammage said, “Good football has an important and proper place in the educational program of our great institution. It is imperative that an adequate stadium be provided without any further delay.”

Even The Arizona Republic joined the hot debate: “If Arizona State College rises in the football world, it must do so by playing top colleges. But what top-rated school wants its team to appear before a crowd that would hardly fill some college gymnasiums?”

Demand raged for more than two years. Rhetoric escalated. “Without a new stadium, seating at least 35,000 people, Arizona State’s athletic program faces strangulation,” was “…the dire prediction” of Graduate Manager Frank Rispoli.”

Finally, after years of debate, there was general agreement to build a new stadium. Now a location had to be found – imagine Sun Devil Stadium in Papago park.

$800,000, the original cost estimate, had to be raised.

And an architect and contractor had to be selected. Those parts of the story are for next week including a rarely seen photograph of the scale model used in the planning.



Geeks Night Out Thursday

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Geeks unite! Tomorrow, March 5, 2015 Tempe is hosting the fourth annual Geeks Night Out. This event, an ode to S.T.E.A.M: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, is a way for geeks everywhere to celebrate their uniqueness. The ‘Arts’ part of the event is a recent addition but Tempe wants to make sure the arts are celebrated during the event just as much as science and technology. 

This year Tempe hopes to bring out more private business to help make Geeks Night Out more of an ‘earth day’ type of event: a celebration and learning process in one. “We want to make this a synergy of Tempe and the community,” said Councilwoman Robin Arredondo-Savage at the Geeks Night Out press conference. 

Salut! Kitchen Bar: Restaurant Review

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By, Christa Ward

Salut! Kitchen Bar gives good meaning to the cliché phrase, don’t judge a book by its cover. Located on the south side of University Dr. Salut! is tucked away in a shopping center where the most prominent display is Tempe Yarn. This sort of nonchalance the the building seems to give off makes it seem like a brilliant hidden secret once its been discovered. I happened to drive by it on the way to work one day and dragged a friend along when he couldn’t decide on where to go for our friend-date. I thought it would be fun for both of us, who have lived in Tempe for a while now, to try something new. It was a good choice. I’ve been back twice since. The second time was after picking my mother up from the airport. Since she appreciates wine and good, healthy food I thought she would enjoy Salut!

Salut has an atmosphere of casual elegance. The bartenders inside wear ties, while the hostess and waitresses float around taking people’s orders and delivering their drinks in denim shorts and floaty tops. Advertised as a kitchen bar, it’s hard to define it as a specific type of restaurant. They serve Mediterranian-American styled plates, but their wine, beer and cocktail list have been crafted with the same attention paid to the menu selection.

 To start, we ordered the hummus nachos. The restaurant’s specialty item and, according to our server, “the best thing on the menu.” The title of the dish is a bit of a misnomer. While one can see how Salut! may have been inspired by the classic Mexican fare these hummus nachos are a far cry away.

 The hummus nachos are triangular pita chips that are baked to crispy perfection, topped with a generous portion of hummus. Olive oil is drizzled over the top of each one and a few pomegranate seeds add just the right hint of sweetness. The appetizer comes with six of these hummus nachos which is almost enough to feed one small person, like myself. Perfect for sharing.hummus nachos

For entrees we ordered the kale and quinoa salad and for me, since I had helped myself to a more than generous share of the hummus nachos, the quinoa fritters. Also found under the ‘shared plate’ portion of the menu.

I’m not a huge fan of kale to begin with, that order was my date’s option. She (in my opinion) has obsession with kale. However, this salad could make me change my opinion. While I’ll never be a kale-lover, I would order this salad again. The salad was drizzled with just the right amount of dressing with equal parts kale and quinoa so neither was overwhelming the other.

The quinoa fritters are probably the most unhealthy item you’ll find on the menu, other than, maybe, the fries. They are fried balls of quinoa wrapped dill havarti cheese. Crispy on the outside with soft cheese melted on the inside these quinoa fritters aquinoa frittersre a rich and creamy version of the average bar food mozzarella sticks. They are baked with a red pepper emersion so there is a little bite of spice to this otherwise plain dish but it is not overwhelming. It’s the perfect addition. Be wary, though. This is a hate or love dish. If you don’t love it, you’ll hate it.

Since we were at Salut! during happy hour I also took advantage of their discounted wine, pairing my meal with their house pinot grigio, only $5 a glass. Their house wines are nothing to turn your nose up either.

It features a dog friendly patio with long cushioned booths and shade, a necessity in Arizona. With good, cheap wine and craft beer on tap to compliment a Mediterranean-American meal, Salut! Kitchen bar is a perfect place to while away the day with friends or family.

Tempe History Museum Guest Speaker: Author of Secrets from the Pink Chair, Patty Mahoney


Patty Carr Mahoney has a long, interesting history with the city of Tempe. Her family were pioneers of this town, building Tempe’s first funeral home, Carr Mortuary.

Carr Mortuary was established in 1905 by Edward Carr who passed it onto his sons, Laurence and Eddie, in 1945. The brothers retired in 1981 after selling the mortuary to Bud Tenney who renamed it the Carr-Tenny Mortuary.

It was in this funeral home Patty Carr Mahoney spent a great deal of her childhood. Her experiences from her frequent visits to the embalming room eventually inspire her to write her debut novel, Secrets from the Pink Chair. Her book is available for purchase on Amazon.

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The story is fictional but based on her childhood  growing up in the Carr Mortuary watching her mother prepare the deceased for funerals, specifically referencing an actual pink chair her mother brought into the embalming room for Patty to sit on while watching her mother work.

To talk about her novel and her life, Patty Carr Mahoney will be the guest speaker for Tempe Historical Society’s monthly “Lunch Talks,” this Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 11:30amShe is a product of Tempe schools, including Arizona State University, and a retired teacher and counselor.

This free event will take place in Community Room at Tempe History Museum, 809 East Southern Avenue.

For more information go to:

Or call: (480) 350-5100