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Tempe to Form Task Force to Seek Stimulus Funds March 31, 2009

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City’s recent Washington, D.C. visits aimed at advancing stimulus requests.

Tempe, Arizona – Tempe officials have visited Washington, D.C., in recent days to learn about competitive grants and other funding that will be made available through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Mayor Hugh Hallman, Vice Mayor Shana Ellis and Councilmember Mark Mitchell have visited the nation’s capitol to meet with Tempe’s Congressional delegation, to learn about applying for competitive grants and to explain Tempe’s commitment to the projects for which it is seeking federal stimulus funds.

The insights gained have led Tempe to begin forming a staff-level task force that will research and apply for grants in many different areas. The group will pursue projects that represent Tempe’s greatest needs.

On March 18, Mitchell was one of 100 officials from local governments across the country to attend a White House conference on ARRA implementation. Vice President Joe Biden spoke to the group and stressed the need for true partnerships between federal and local governments in implementing the stimulus plan. Department of Energy, Department of Commerce and Department of Homeland Security representatives, among others, presented details about how cities and counties can pursue competitive grants for their projects.

Hallman, who was in Washington March 9-14, takes regular trips to the nation’s capitol at his expense. This month, he updated administrative and legislative leaders about the issues facing Tempe. Hallman also was in Washington in December meeting with Federal Transit Administration leaders.

Ellis met with members of Tempe’s Congressional delegation and their staffs to convey the city’s commitment to obtain funding and complete worthwhile projects for the community.

Mitchell’s position on the National League of Cities (NLC) Board of Directors also allowed him to participate in Washington meetings about the ARRA implementation process and gain insights that will assist as Tempe pursues funding.

Tempe’s objective is to submit prompt and compelling applications for any and all federal funding opportunities that would allow the city to complete a host of projects such as street and infrastructure improvements. Tempe already has submitted lists of proposed projects to Gov. Jan Brewer and the Maricopa Association of Governments; the city is awaiting funding decisions for those projects.

Tempe Announces Volunteer Award Ripients March 27, 2009

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Mayor and City Councilmembers Honor Volunteers

The City of Tempe recognized seven individuals for their outstanding work in the community at the 24th annual Mayor and City Council Volunteer Recognition Event on March 19.

Those honored with awards include Virginia Benedict, Emma Ringness, Gertrude Huhn, the Experience Corps literacy tutors, Barry Pacely and city employees Robert Albin and Craig Hayton.

Virginia Benedict was recognized as the city’s Volunteer of the Year. She has served with Tempe’s Volunteers in Policing program since 2002 and provides administrative assistance to the Law Enforcement Spanish Interpreters program. She is also a liaison between staff and the corps of LESI volunteers.

Seventeen-year-old Emma Ringness, a Tempe Public Library volunteer since 2004, was honored as the city’s Youth Volunteer of the Year. She is president and one of the founding members of the Teen Friends of the Library organization that works to enhance teen services at the library.

Gertrude Huhn was presented with the Continuous Service Award for her 17 years of service at the Pyle Adult Recreation Center. The 91-year-old has held multiple offices for the Retirees of Tempe Advisory Committee, entertained with the Looney Tuners Kitchen Band, sews and knits items for donation to non-profit organizations and is a member of the Bingo Committee.

The Experience Corps’ 48 literacy tutors were recognized for their work in Tempe schools with children from kindergarten through third grade. Since 2006, they have helped almost 600 children improve their reading skills.

Barry Pacely’s work with the city’s Neighborhood Services Department has earned him the Special Project Award. He gives neighborhood lectures on the prevention and eradication of roof rats as well as coordinates and oversees the roof rat helpline and Web site.

The Site Supervisor of the Year Award, which recognizes staff who work directly with volunteers in an exemplary manner, was shared by city employees Robert Albin and Craig Hayton. Both men coordinate large, one-time projects for corporate and school groups in Tempe parks and habitat areas.

For more information in Tempe’s municipal volunteer program, call the city’s volunteer office at 480-350-5190

Downtown Tempe’s Arts & Entertainment Week March 27, 2009

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Downtown Tempe’s Arts & Entertainment Week

Tempe, Arizona – The 32nd Annual Spring Tempe Festival of the Arts and the 7th annual Circle K Tempe Music Festival make for two powerhouse weekends of entertainment in Tempe.

Mayor Hugh Hallman has declared March 27 to April 4 as “Downtown Tempe’s Arts & Entertainment Week.” Thousands will flock to Tempe Town Lake and the Mill Avenue District for both events. For bus detours and street closures/restrictions, visit www.tempe.gov/tim and click on “Street Restrictions” on the top navigation bar.

About the Tempe Festival of the Arts:
The 32nd Spring Tempe Festival of the Arts will offer more than original arts and crafts Friday, March 27, through Sunday, March 29, in downtown Tempe. Free to the public, the event boasts a long list of entertainment, fun, music and youth activities from 10 a.m. to dusk.

More than 450 artists and crafts persons will display and sell their original visual art in downtown Tempe’s walkable and urban Mill Avenue District. In partnership with the Arizona Wine Growers Association, the Tempe Festival of the Arts will also host the Arizona Wine Festival, which will feature a number of local Arizona wineries as well as showcase the Valley’s best live jazz groups. There’s a $10 admission to the wine tasting area, and all patrons must be at least 21 years of age. The Kids Innovation Station, presented by APS, provides hands-on art education and entertainment for children.

For more information, visit www.tempefestivalofthearts.com.

The Tempe Festival of the Arts is produced by the Downtown Tempe Community, Inc., the private, non-profit organization that manages the Mill Avenue District.

For more information, contact Casaundra Brown from the Downtown Tempe Community at 602-478-1659 or casaundra@downtowntempe.com.

About the Circle K Tempe Music Festival
The Circle K Tempe Music Festival returns to rock for a seventh year on April 3-4 at Tempe Beach Park, with a variety of national, regional and local music acts on several stages. Kid Rock with Cowboy Mouth, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers and The Outlaws will perform on Friday, April 3. The All American Rejects, 3 Doors Down, Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman of Rage Against the Machine, MUTEMATH and Shiny Toy Guns will perform on Saturday, April 4.

The Circle K Tempe Music Festival will also host the Red Bull Wake Lab on Tempe Town Lake on Saturday, April 4. Some of the nation’s best riders along with several Arizona athletes will wakeboard in this revolutionary competition on a course that includes a complex mix of handrails and transfer rails, along with an elevated pool and wall ride built on Town Lake.

Other attractions include kids activities, the SRP Garage Band Competition, interactive music displays, extreme sports demonstrations and live interviews with musicians on TMF TV. Guests can also enjoy multiple beer gardens, food booths and retail vendors.

Various companies have contributed to a “Safe Ride” program at the event in an effort to prevent drinking and driving. METRO Light Rail has agreed to extend their operating hours to accommodate the Circle K Tempe Music Festival fans, until at least 12:30 a.m. on Friday, April 3 and Saturday April 4.

Tempe Beach Park is located at the northwest corner of Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue. For more information, visit www.tempemusicfestival.com.

Tickets are available at www.livenation.com, Dodge Theatre Box Office, Tempe Marketplace Guest Services or by phone at 1-800-594-TIXX. Two day passes are currently available for $60. Advance tickets are available $35 and will increase to $45 the week of the festival. Special VIP tickets are available for $100 each day, for complete information go to www.livenation.com.

Members of the media can call Alison Bailin from HMA Public Relations for event details and press credentials. She is available at 602-957-8881 or abailin@hmapr.com.

Tempe City Council to Consider Agreement for Dam March 27, 2009

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Tempe City Council to consider agreement for Town Lake Dam

At its March 26 meeting, the Tempe City Council will consider a tentative agreement with Bridgestone Industrial Products America, Inc. (BIPA) for a five-year replacement of the western Tempe Town Lake dam. The agreement calls for BIPA to deliver Tempe four new rubber dam bodies and lease them to the city for five years with minimal financial burden on the city. The four rubber dam bodies make up the lake’s western dam. During the five years, Tempe will evaluate and select a permanent replacement system for the western end of the 2-mile lake, and pursue federal, state and county permits before installation.

The original rubber dam bodies were installed in 1999 with a 10-year warranty, which expires in June. In 2007, BIPA notified the city that it was exiting the rubber dam business. The City of Tempe is in the process of evaluating options for a permanent replacement system. The leased replacement dam bodies will give the city the time required to develop and plan for funding of the alternative system.

Tempe Town Lake has become a local, regional and national attraction for sports, arts and cultural activities. Over the last 10 years, private developers have flocked to the lake to build office, retail and residential projects – with many more planned for the future. “We recognize the importance of the lake to the City of Tempe and what it means to this community,” said James Wheeler, Director of Operations & Finance, BIPA. “The end of the warranty period on the original rubber dam bodies and our company’s decision to withdraw from the rubber dam business left the city with a time crunch for evaluating its options for installing a permanent solution. We were happy to provide this stopgap and to create additional time for the city.”

The parties also plan to install an overspray system to cool and protect the surface of the rubber dam bodies whenever the dam is not overtopped by lake water. The new spray system, which will use existing lake water to cool the dam and recycle the water back to the lake, will cool the rubber surface of the dam with minimal impact on the city’s operating expenses.

Town Lake’s eastern dam will remain in place, according to the agreement to be considered Thursday. If the City Council approves the agreement, BIPA would begin manufacturing the dam bodies. Tempe would hire a contractor to install them, at BIPA’s cost, one section at a time using a coffer dam the city already owns. Full replacement with the new rubber bodies would conclude in less than two years.

Meanwhile, Tempe will pursue replacement with a permanent solution within five years. About Bridgestone Industrial Products America, Inc.: Bridgestone Industrial Products America, Inc. (BIPA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation in Tokyo, Japan. BIPA is a sales company with its principal office located in Nashville, Tenn.

Tempe Community Center Offers Weekend Activities March 17, 2009

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North Tempe facility features fitness center, computers and more

Families in need of cost-effective and fun weekend diversions can turn to the North Tempe Multi-Generational Center for ideas to keep everyone happy. The facility, 1555 N. Bridalwreath St., is located in north Tempe near Scottsdale and McKellips roads. Weekend offerings at the center include everything from fitness equipment and pool tables to a computer lab and board games.

The Tempe Public Library Resource Center, located inside the facility, is a place for learning, research and fun. With a free Tempe Public Library card and a no-cost membership to the North Tempe Multi-Generational Center, patrons can make use of 14 Internet-accessible computers, a small book collection and activities for kids.

The facility’s Fitness Center, which is open to patrons 16 and older, includes 11 pieces of cardiovascular and strength training equipment. It is equipped with four TVs and FM radio receivers for patrons to plug in their own headphones. A North Tempe Multi-Generational Center membership is required for use.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley offer two rooms of fun through their Youth and Teen centers. The drop-in offerings include pool tables, an air hockey table, pingpong and board games. Patrons need a Boys & Girls Clubs membership, which is $20 per school year. Children ages 5-18 are welcome in the Youth and Teen centers.

Additional programs include YMCA volleyball teams and city-led toddler classes on Saturdays. YMCA and city class fees apply. Other fun weekend activities include Family Bingo Night on Friday, March 27, from 6-7:30 p.m., and Family Movie Night on Friday, April 24, from 6-8 p.m. The North Tempe Multi-Generational Center’s weekend hours are until 8 p.m. Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and 1-6 p.m. Sundays. Center memberships are free and open to residents and non-residents.

Unaccompanied children are welcomed in the facility with these guidelines: Boys & Girls Club (age 5+); computer lab (age 6+); and Fitness Center (age 16+). The facility’s Senior Center is closed on weekends, but for more information on weekday programs and services there, please call 480-858-6510.

For more information on weekend activities or anything else at the North Tempe Multi-Generational Center, call 480-858-6500 or visit www.tempe.gov/northtempe