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Tempe Debuts Recycling Education Trailer July 1 June 19, 2009

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Tempe, Arizona — The City of Tempe will debut E.R.I.C. (Education/Recycling Information Center), a 38-foot trailer filled with museum-quality interactive exhibits about recycling, at a 9 a.m. ceremony on Wednesday, July 1, at the city’s Public Works/Field Operations facility, at 55 S. Priest Drive.

Tempe received a Waste Reduction Initiative Through Education (WRITE) grant from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) to construct the trailer, which is the first of its kind in Arizona.

E.R.I.C. will be transported to schools and events beginning in the fall to increase awareness of and participation in Tempe’s solid waste and recycling programs, and to promote environmental stewardship. The project’s mascot, which will be featured prominently on the unit, is a likeable desert tortoise named “ERIC,” who will help carry the environmental message.

At the event, the city will recognize ADEQ, contractor Quality Vans, and partners Nike and Freelite, for helping in the construction. Singh Organic Farms will provide food for the event, which will be prepared by Chef Wade Simpson of the Paradise Valley Country Club.

The traveling museum will feature eco-friendly materials, and post-consumer and reclaimed interior finishes. The floor surface will feature Training Ground with Nike Grind, a rubberized floor surface made of nearly 100 percent recycled material.

Tempe Public Library renovation to temporarily displace some public computers June 12, 2009

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Beginning June 22, renovations at the Tempe Public Library will mean a temporary reduction in the number of computers available for public use. The library has assembled a list of other Tempe sites, and locations in other cities, where patrons can find computers available for public use.

The library’s lower-level Computer Access Center will close June 22 until a new computer center opens next spring. During the renovation, a reduced number of library computers will be accessible to library card holders, who will be limited to 60 minutes per day. Guest passes will be limited to 20-minute sessions. The process has been set up to allow as many patrons as possible to use the computers during the renovation.

“Tempe knows that our library patrons have been increasingly using these computers over the past few months for job searches and other tasks,” said Deputy Community Services Manager Teri Metros. “We want to provide our patrons with other options and hope they will stick with us during this period of renovation as we work toward our goal of providing an even better Tempe Public Library for our 1 million annual customers.”

In May, the library began preparations for a 15-month interior renovation project – the first-ever overhaul to the 20-year-old building. Construction will begin in mid-July. The library will remain open during the renovation, which is anticipated to conclude in June 2010. Highlights of the renovation will include an expanded Youth Library, a new Teen Center, improved Computer Commons, more seating and more computers throughout the facility.

In May 2006, Tempe voters authorized the sale of bonds for the $8 million renovation. Tempe’s Capital Improvement Program budget is separate from the city’s operating budget; bonds are repaid through secondary property taxes. For more information, visit www.tempe.gov/library and click on the renovation link.

Other computers available for public use include:

Escalante Community Center, 2150 E. Orange St. Facility has 16 computers. Visit www.tempe.gov/escalante/ or call 480-350-5800.

North Tempe Multi-Generational Center, 1555 N. Bridalwreath St. Facility has 14 computers. Visit www.tempe.gov/northtempe/resource_center.htm or call 480-858-6500.

Westside Community Center/ Cahill Senior Center, 715 W 5th St. Facility has seven computers. Visit www.tempe.gov/cahillseniorcenter/computerlab.htm or call 480-858-2420.

Mesa Community College/ Paul A. Elsner Library, 1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa. Library has 300 computers. Visit www.mc.maricopa.edu/library/ or call 480-461-7194.

Chandler Public Library Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Library has 73 computers. Visit www.chandlerlibrary.org/ or call 480-782-2803.

Chandler Public Library Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road., Chandler. Library has 56 computers. Visit www.chandlerlibrary.org or call 480-782-2842.

City of Mesa Library Main Library, 64 E. First St., Mesa, has 62 computers. For more information, visit www.mesalibrary.org or call 480-644-2207.

City of Mesa Library Dobson Ranch Branch, 2425 S. Dobson Road, Mesa. Library has 14 computers. Visit www.mesalibrary.org or call 480-644-3441.

South Mountain Community College Library, 7050 S. 24th St., Phoenix. Library has 28 computers. Visit http://library.southmountaincc.edu or call 602-243-8187.

Scottsdale Public Library Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale. Library has 68 computers. Visit http://library.scottsdaleaz.gov/location.cfm or call 480-312-7323.

Phoenix Public Library Ironwood Branch, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix. Library has 13 computers. Visit www.phxlib.org or call 602-534-1900.

Celebrate the Red, White and Blue at Tempe’s 4th of July Festival June 11, 2009

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Tempe will once again celebrate Independence Day in grand fashion this year by hosting the largest fireworks display in Arizona.

The 58th annual CBS 5 July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival, produced by the Kiwanis Club of Tempe, will take place on Saturday, July 4, at Tempe Beach Park. Gates open at 4 p.m. All ages can celebrate the holiday with live local entertainment, a splash zone, kids activities and games, rock climbing walls and face painters. The 58th annual fireworks spectacular, presented by ProTix, begins at dusk. Net proceeds will benefit the Kiwanis Club of Tempe.


Pure Fitness Hot Summer Nights Stage: A variety of bands will take the stage beginning at 4 p.m. Performances will be shown on video screens provided by University of Phoenix.

Fantastic Family Fest: Free inflatable village for all ages with a variety of rides, rock climbing wall and more.
azcentral.com Splash Playground: Cool off with water fun and games for all ages.

Assorted Food Courts: Foods for every palate, including Macayo’s, brats, hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, ice cream, snow cones, smoothies, fry bread, Pepsi products, Budweiser beer gardens and more.

SKYE VIP Garden: Ticket to exclusive area includes a seat in a misted area, SKYE Restaurant dinner, two drink tickets and a great view of the fireworks show. Limited tickets available for $60 each, plus applicable service charge. $30 for children 5-12 years old. Children 5 and under are free, meal not included.

ProTix Fireworks Spectacular: A 40-minute fireworks show launched from the Mill Avenue bridge and choreographed to patriotic and classical music.

TICKETS – Children 12 and younger and current military with military ID card receive free admission. Tickets can now be purchased at the following locations:

City of Tempe offices: Advance general admission tickets are available for $5 until July 3. Please visit http://www.tempe4th.com for locations.
Fry’s and Fry’s Marketplace stores: Advance general admission tickets are available for $6 at all Valley Fry’s stores. Visit www.tempe4th.com for Fry’s store locations.

http://www.ProTixonline.com or 1-866-9ProTix: Advance general admission tickets are $6 each, plus applicable service charge. SKYE VIP Garden tickets are also available.

Day-of at Gate: Adult tickets are $8 each, or two for $15. Tickets will be sold at the gate until park reaches capacity. Pre-sale tickets will be honored all night.

Ride the bus for free in Tempe on July 4. Most Tempe bus routes will operate every 15 minutes to the Mill Avenue District until 8 p.m., with return service extended until 2 a.m. Many downtown Tempe bus and Orbit routes will drop off and pick up at the Tempe Transportation Center on the northeast corner of Fifth Street and Forest Avenue.

Due to street restrictions, several downtown Tempe routes will be detoured to connect with light rail and will not serve their normal stops. If you choose to take the bus and transfer to light rail, you will be required to pay a fare. Parking is available at the following park-and-ride locations:

Tempe Marketplace – Orbit Earth to downtown; Route 81 (McClintock) to Apache and McClintock light rail station
Tempe Sports Complex – Route 62 (Hardy) to downtown
Tempe Library Complex – Orbit Jupiter to downtown
Arizona Mills Mall – Route 56 (Priest) to Priest and Washington light rail station; Route 92 (Guadalupe/48th Street) to downtown
METRO Light Rail

Park at one of the designated METRO light rail park-and-ride locations and ride the train for $1.75 per trip, per person. You may want to purchase an all-day pass for $3.50 at the start of your trip to avoid having to use busy fare vending machines in the downtown area at the end of the event. (Reduced all day passes are available for $1.75 for youth, people age 65 and older and people with disabilities.) METRO light rail will operate under extended hours, running every 15 minutes until 2 a.m. Park-and-ride locations include:

Apache Boulevard and Price Road
Apache Boulevard and McClintock Drive
Apache Boulevard and Dorsey Lane
PARKING – Because of high attendance, plan to arrive early and leave late for the best parking. Event patrons are encouraged to consider these parking suggestions:

ADA parking is available at the US Airways Garage.
Patrons traveling from the west should park at the lot located at Rio Salado Parkway and Hardy Drive.
Patrons traveling from the east should park at the ASU lots near Rural Road and Rio Salado Parkway or the SunCor building on Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue.

There are several thousand parking spaces in the Mill Avenue District. Visit www.tempe.gov/parking for locations.

Avoid parking on the north bank. The Mill Avenue bridges will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Patrons who park on the north bank of the lake will NOT be able to walk across the Mill Avenue bridges to attend the event.

For street closures and traffic updates, visit www.tempe.gov/streetclosures.
Expect some delays after the event. Your patience is appreciated.

Visit www.tempe4th.com for more information.

City of Tempe Earns GE Ecomagination Leadership Award June 3, 2009

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For its efforts in developing a new, sustainable water source that helps overcome water scarcity challenges, the City of Tempe today received a GE ecomagination Leadership Award. Ecomagination is GE’s corporate-wide sustainable business strategy to address challenges such as the need for cleaner, more efficient sources of energy, reduced emissions and abundant sources of clean water.

The GE ecomagination Leadership Award is given to the top one percent of GE Water’ & Process Technologies’ customers who demonstrate significant environmental and economical performance improvements, striking a balance between today’s environmental, industrial and sustainability challenges.

An upgrade of Tempe’s Kyrene Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) features GE’s ZeeWeed Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) technology, a product of ecomagination. The facility’s capacity has doubled from 4.5 to 9 million gallons of water a day, with a peak flow of 11.7 million gallons, making it one of the largest MBR plants in North America today.

“This outstanding project is an example of a growing trend to turn wastewater into a valuable new resource, particularly in areas where water supplies are severely limited,” said Yuvbir Singh, general manager, UF/MBR/ABMet for GE Water & Process Technologies. “GE’s ZeeWeed MBR technology enabled the City of Tempe to double its water recycling capabilities without expanding plant footprint. Most people in the densely populated city don’t even know the plant is there, thanks to its compact design and quiet, low odor operation.”

The reclaimed water produced by the Kyrene WRF exceeds Arizona Class A+ water reuse requirements and plays a critical role in the city’s long-term water management strategy. High-quality, treated effluent is used for non-potable applications such as cooling at a major power plant and irrigation at a municipal golf course. The city also injects the reclaimed water into local aquifers, earning aquifer storage credits that can be used to access additional water supplies during times of drought. This expanded water reclamation program results in the reuse of an additional 2.5 billion gallons a year of water for commercial and industrial applications, and for aquifer storage.

“We have to make use of every water resource that we possibly can,” said Don Hawkes, Tempe’s Water Utilities Manager. “This technology provides the flexibility to take waste water and turn it into a commodity that is marketable and usable.”

“We’re working to create the opportunity for water reuse in our community like never before,” said Mayor Hugh Hallman. “The expansion of water reuse helps us address one of our most difficult challenges: water shortage.”

Source: City of Tempe

Got a Flat Roof? June 3, 2009

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As monsoon season approaches, the City of Tempe Fire Department reminds residents that the best way to prevent damage to flat roofs during storms is to keep drains clear of debris.

During the monsoon season each year, several Tempe homes and businesses with flat roofs experience collapses that result in thousands of dollars in damage. Flat roofs on businesses and homes depend on a clean and unobstructed drainage system. Over time, these roof drains become clogged with debris that should be removed prior to the monsoon rains. This simple maintenance practice prevents major damage to structures, saves lives and allows for uninterrupted business activities.

For more information, contact the Tempe Fire Department at 480-858-7230.

Source: City of Tempe