Shana Ellis throws her support behind Robin-Arredondo-Savage for Council

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“Dear Friend,

From the beginning of my public service on the Tempe City Council, I kept one goal in mind:  always do what’s best for Tempe.  In honoring my goal, I will formally ask the Tempe City Clerk to remove my name from the 2014 general election ballot.

Political campaigns can often turn into divisive fights that harm communities and ruin friendships and alliances.  I hope my action today will prevent that from happening and allow people to spend their energy on doing what’s best for Tempe.

I have had the honor of serving on the Council for the past eight years.  I am very proud of what we have accomplished: the introduction of light rail; stabilized municipal finances throughout the Great Recession; made tremendous strides in affordable housing; started our first sustainability initiative; the advent of character areas; and, the successful passage of a bond initiatives to fund badly needed infrastructure throughout Tempe.  We have done what’s best for Tempe.

Because of our hard work, we are now seeing over $1 billion in investments, more quality jobs and the ability to invest more in our neighborhoods and parks.

I have had the pleasure of serving with Councilmember Robin Arredondo-Savage for the past four years.  While we sometimes don’t agree, generally our differences have been small.  Asking the community to choose between two council-members who often have the same ideals makes no sense.

It is with this in mind that I will be offering my support to Robin for the third seat in this election.  I also ask my supporters to join me in the same.

To my friends and supporters, I have nothing but heartfelt appreciation for your support and the time, energy and passion you have given to our City and me.  I have great faith in our new Council and the work that they will do for the future of Tempe.  I am confident that my decision today is in Tempe’s best interest and reflects my deep love and passion for the community where I grew up.

Thank you,

Shana”

Hello Tempe, Hello… Rain?

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All night it rained. And rained. And rained. And just when I thought it might stop, it rained some more.

The thunder was magnificent, loud, and consistent, pounding the sky. It was as if the heavens decided it was time for some sort of nocturnal Taiko drumming exhibition. Each clap vibrated through the walls, set off car alarms in the lot outside my window, and kept a good night of sleep seemingly just a couple of inches from my grasp.

Since I arrived in Tempe in mid-August, it has been scorcher after scorcher. Tempe brings the kind of heat that makes simple tasks, like walking to the grocery store or going to the leasing office to sort out a maintenance request, a hellish ordeal (pun intended). To look down and see anything less than triple digits on my weather app is a cause for celebration.

So the rain, while glorious, while massive, while record-breaking, was sort of a confusing ordeal.

A cold and rainy Tempe?

It was just so weird. Throughout the morning, the drops continued to make their way down our walls and windows. The news filled up with images of flooded neighborhoods and highways. Governor Brewer declared “a state of emergency” as the valley continued to flood.

“Wow,” I thought to myself. “I don’t think I’ve ever been anywhere that’s in a state of emergency.”

Schools were evacuated, classes (for the fortunate few) were canceled, and temporary shelters were set up. National and international news organizations began posting about the massive flooding.

For my first few weeks as a full-time Tempe resident, the weather often resembled a Corona commercial with the thermostat turned up. The world was one big tanning bed and it was a failed day if you didn’t spend some of your time in a pool. Thank God for air conditioning.

But now, with the city less than equipped to handle the storms, Tempe looked like an episode of Spongebob Squarepants.

Rainy days produce idyl time. So my roommates and I did the usual rainy day routine: soup, video games, and TV, mixed in with a fair bit of daydreaming.

Eventually, the rain faded and my buddies left for class.

Tired of spanish homework and re-runs of HBO Hard Knocks, I ventured out onto our porch.

Our view, usually of a nice park full of frisbees, cricket bats, and the jubilant shrieks of people at play, had turned into this:

Our New Lake

Our New Lake

The panorama shot makes it tougher to see, but basically we were now the owners of waterfront property. A massive body of water had formed thanks to the large quantity of rainfall, the odd shape of the park, and lack of drainage within it. It was a staggering site.

A couple of nights before, we’d tossed the frisbee around right in the middle of where all that water stood.

“If we were to do that right now,” I thought, “I’d need a snorkel.”

The park was barren and empty. Trees and light poles were partially submerged and their reflections shined in the water.

The sun peeked its head through the clouds and inspiration struck. It was time to capture the state of Tempe.

Scotty Bara (my roommate and fellow northern California native) and I hatched a plan. I spent the next hour (yes, an hour) inflating a raft and brainstorming. When Scotty came home, we worked out some of the details and headed down the steps.

With idiotic grins on our faces, a yellow raft, some props and a go-pro camera, this is what we came up with:

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It was a fun time. While I have yet to walk on water, I can now say I’ve floated on rain. Scotty and I sat atop the monsoon for a solid 10-15 minutes, gathered our thoughts and worked on our tans (which clearly could use some work).

We eventually packed our stuff up and headed up to our place. A couple of minutes later, we posted our pictures (big shout @ASUConfessions) and were off to class.

Just another day in Tempe, I guess.

Community Council’s head, Kate Hanley, speaks Thursday to Kiwanis Club of Tempe

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KATHERINE “KATE” HANLEY, executive director of Tempe Community Council, will speak Thursday, Sept. 4, to the luncheon meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Tempe, which meets at Shalimar Country Club restaurant, 2030 E. Golf Ave., just north of Southern at Country Club Way.
Kate leads a city agency that works with the city government in assuring that human needs are met through agencies that get some of their funds from the city through the Agency Review Project. She joined TCC in 1989 and was assistant director before being named executive director in 1997, succeeding Dr. Mary Lou Burum. Kate was a finalist this year for Businesswoman of the Year by the Tempe Chamber of Commerce. TCC’s board has included many Kiwanans and others who have served on its staff. TCC founded and sponsors the Don Carlos Humanitarian Award, along with the Spirit of Karma Award and a philanthropy award that goes this year to Kiwanis Club of Tempe.
Meeting of Kiwanis are open to the public. Meals are $14. Kiwanis, which calls itself “Tempe’s Club of Club,” was founded in 1952 and carries out service project and supports many youth programs. For more information, seek “Kiwanis Club of Tempe” on Facebook.

Arizona Pro Arte “Mystery Music Box” at TCA

Timothy Verville conducts the Arizona Pro Arte ensemble
Timothy Verville conducts the Arizona Pro Arte ensemble

Timothy Verville conducts the Arizona Pro Arte ensemble

Bach? Tchaikovsky? Brahms? Arizona Pro Arte ensemble presents a “Mystery Music Box” concert performance, Sept. 6th, 7:30 p.m. at the Tempe Center for the Arts.

Audience and followers of conductor Timothy Verville were recently asked to vote for various classical composers and selections. The voting is over and the winning choices will be performed at the Sept. 6th concert.

“We think our audience has great taste,” said Verville, “so we left it up to them to pick what we play.” After most concerts Verville can be found in the lobby connecting and speaking with audience members.

Arizona Pro Arte (APA) is a felxible ensemble model for innovation in the performance of classical music. APA musicians, when not performing Arizona Pro Arte, can be heard with the Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera and other professional organizations.

APA is know for creating collaborations between performing arts and visual arts. On Oct. 25th APA will bring back to the TCA “A Symphony of Horror” with music set to the 1922 silent film Nosferatu. 

For tickets: TCA Box Office 480-350-2822  tca.ticketforce.com

 

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Tempe events this week-TCA Fall Arts Kickoff

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Head to the Tempe Center for the Arts this week for their fall preview of upcoming events and a brand new music event,  Tempe Rocks: Live, Local, Legendary featuring some of Arizona’s great bands.

Visit the Tempe Tourism Office Calendar of Events, or call 480-894-8158 to view a complete listing of Tempe events.

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Ex-Tempe Mayor Neil Giuliano earns coveted Don Carlos Humanitarian Award

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Neil Giuliano, a 42-year resident of Tempe and its mayor 1994-2004, has been selected by the Tempe Community Council for the 2014 Don Carlos Humanitarian Award. The honor, first conferred in 1984 is regarded as Tempe’s highest honor to a citizen for sustained service to others. It is named for Tempe’s founder, Charles Trumbull Hayden, who was affectionately called “Don Carlos.”  Neil will be formally honored at a dinner 5:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 15 at the Salt River Project’s Pera Club, 1 E Continental Drive, Tempe. It will be open to the public.
Neil, who serves as the CEO/President of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and maintains a home in the Shalimar homes community, has held many community roles.  He served on the Tempe Community Council, Tempe Salvation Army Advisory Board, Big Brothers-Big Sisters Board, Friends of the Tempe Center for the Arts Board and Kiwanis Club of Tempe Board.  He was Kiwanis president in 1986-87 and earned its highest honor, the George F. Hixson Fellow Award in 1998.  The New Jersey native arrived in Tempe in 1972 to attend Arizona State University where he re-started the ASU Circle Club, a Kiwanis collegiate leadership organization, which he led. He went on to become the International President of Circle K and was president of the Student Body at Arizona. He joined Kiwanis in 1981 as was Kiwanis Club of Tempe president in 1986-87.
Neil earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and  master’s degree in education in 1983, both from ASU, and taught classes in leadership, served as interim director for the ASU Alumni Association and later was the Federal-State Relations director for ASU.  He was elected to the Tempe City Council in 1990 and then mayor in 1994. During his tenure, Neil saw the development of Tempe Town Lake, the formation of the Tempe Human Relations Commission, and Tempe being named an All-American City.  He chaired the planning group for the third Presidential Debate at Gammage Auditorium in 2004 between George Bush and John Kerry.
In 2005, Neil became director for Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and served until 2009 when he took the helm of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.   He has earned many awards for his civic work, including the Individual Achievement Award from the Arizona Human Rights Fund.   The park along the south side of Tempe Beach Park was dedicated in his named last May.
Neil becomes the seventh member of the Kiwanis Club of Tempe to earn the prestigious award.  Others are Mac Bohlman (1991), Pat Hatton (1994), Lawn Griffiths (1995), Dick Neuheisel (2006) Linda Spears (2008), and Kerry Fetherston (2013).  During the ceremonies, Oct. 15, the Kiwanis Club of Tempe will receive the 2014 Guiding Light Philanthropist Award from the Community Council  for its decades of conveying funds raised in the community, primarily the 4th of July Fireworks Show, to community organizations.

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