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Tempe Shares Economic Stimulus Information Online April 28, 2009

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Web page focuses on Tempe’s efforts to seek federal grants

Tempe, Arizona – The City of Tempe has launched a Web page to provide information on the federal stimulus grant opportunities the city is pursuing or has received.

Tempe is exploring federal grants, including funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, for projects related to water, transportation, culture and education, energy efficiency, infrastructure and other city services. The process of applicatin, evaluation and awarding of grants could take more than a year.

The Web page lists Tempe projects that have received funding to date and it describes the projects for which the city is pursuing funding.

For more information, visit www.tempe.gov/recovery.

Tempe Appoints Interim Community Services Manager April 28, 2009

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Tempe, Arizona – After a 34-year career with the City of Tempe, Community Services Department Manager Tom Canasi is retiring effective June 30 and will be replaced on an interim basis by current Deputy Community Services Department Manager Kathy Berzins, a 28-year City of Tempe employee.

City Manager Charlie Meyer said that a listing for Canasi’s permanent replacement would be posted sometime in the future. “Tom has displayed remarkable professionalism and loyalty to the City of Tempe over his many years of dedicated service,” Meyer said. “While his retirement is a loss for the city, we wish him well and know that the Community Services Department will continue its tradition of providing excellent service to our community.”

Berzins, who currently manages the department’s Social Services Division, has nearly three decades of experience in Tempe, including roles in special events and at several of the city’s community centers. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, with a concentration in recreation, from Colorado State University.

The city’s Community Services Department includes the Tempe Public Library, the Tempe History Museum, the Tempe Center for the Arts, cultural classes, social services, CARE 7, neighborhood community centers and more.

Opportunity for Public Input in the Papago Park Regional Master Plan April 28, 2009

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The cities of Tempe, Phoenix, and Scottsdale together with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community are inviting Papago Park users to participate in a series of public workshops to develop a vision and series of recommendations to guide the future of the park as a premier regional park.

The first workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2009. There are two sessions to choose from:

Phoenix Zoo
Stone House Pavillion
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
455 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008
(602) 273-1341


Supai Middle School
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
6720 E. Continental
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
(480) 484-5800

Please visit the project website to learn more about the project.


Your participation and support will help plan the future of Papago Park!

Public participation is encouraged throughout the planning process. If you are unable to attend the 4/29 workshop, please go to the website on or after 4/29 to participate in the Workshop #1 – Vision & Values Survey. It will take just a few minutes of your time, but will help plan for the future of Papago Park!

Save the date! Workshop #2 will be June 15 and Workshop #3 is August 20. You can also sign up online to receive project updates.

If you are unable to attend the workshops, you may participate online, request information by email at info@discoverpapagopark.com, or call the project hotline at (480) 391-6800.

Thank you for your participation,
Papago Park Project Team

Source: City of Tempe, Arizona

Let’s Talk Tempe features Arizona Secretary of State April 28, 2009

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Tempe, Arizona – On Tuesday, April 28, Mayor Hugh Hallman and the Tempe City Council invite residents to attend the monthly taping of “Let’s Talk Tempe.”

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett will be the Mayor’s guest. They will discuss the Arizona budget.

Residents are encouraged to attend the taping and participate in the discussion on Tuesday, April 28, from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 E. Southern Ave. Let’s Talk Tempe is a monthly issues talk show taped the last Tuesday of each month before a live audience and replayed on Tempe 11.

Residents interested in receiving an invitation by mail for future Let’s Talk Tempe tapings can contact Mike Crusa at mike_crusa@tempe.gov or 480-350-8905.

Source: City of Tempe, Arizona

Area youth to compete in Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run Competition April 22, 2009

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Tempe, Ariz. – Tempe Parks and Recreation will host a free Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run competition for local girls and boys on Sunday, May 3 from 8 a.m. to noon at the ball fields at Kiwanis Park, Mill Avenue and All-America Way.

Pitch, Hit and Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete, free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball and softball skills.

Competitors are divided into four age divisions: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14,
and have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championships at Major League ballparks and the National Finals at the 2009 MLB All-Star Game.

The individual Pitching, Hitting and Running Champions, along with the
All-Around Champion in each age group at the local competition, will advance to the sectional level of competition in Scottsdale.

All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and fill out
registration and waiver form prior to the start of the competition. Forms will be available on site. For more information, please contact coordinator Bobbi Jones with Tempe Parks and Recreation at 480-350-5267.

Source: City of Tempe, Arizona