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As we bid farewell to the 2013 football season; a crazy, cooky, memorable (for all the right and wrong reasons), let’s take a look at a few impact players. OK, more than a few, but despite being able to rattle off another handful’s worth, there’s no choice but to whittle an entire East Valley football scene down to the 10 guys who did it all better than most (or all) for the season. This wasn’t a year like D.J. Foster in 2011, or even Matt Guida in 2012, but it was a season in which so many shined. Here’s our select few Tribune Player of the Year candidates (in alphabetical order) [compiled by Mark Heller/Tribune]
There was no warmth outside the walls of the First Baptist Church of Mesa on Thursday night. Winter won’t start for another two weeks, but the temperature — cold enough to cause the ears to tingle and burn a little — was a reminder the line between seasons is flexible.
Brandon Moore is a senior mortgage banker (NMLS 258524) who resides in the East Valley with his wife and two boys. Reach him at (480) 222-8893 or BrandonM@ASmartLoan.com.
Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers announced the organizations that earned money through Dignity Health’s 2013-14 Community Grants program.
The cost for an Arizona resident to fill up his or her tank this week didn’t change all that much when compared to the week prior.
To compensate for a lack of change at the top of the boys basketball landscape as the 2012-2013 season begins, the girls basketball world might pick up the slack.
EXTERNAL LINK: A weekly roundup of Arizona geek culture happenings by Best of East Valley 2011 blogger Jonathan Simon.
There are a plethora of holiday performances to choose from this time of year, and one we’re marking on our calendar is “Celebration” at Mesa Arts Center.
The background information that outlines the reasons why Tina Harguess won the Arizona Charter Schools Association Teacher of the Year award credits her for setting high standards, maintaining a similar standard of expectations and for collaborating with the rest of the staff. The thing is, Harguess doesn’t believe any of the educational activities she engages in are any different than what any other teacher currently accomplishes.
What do the holidays in the East Valley look like to you and your family? We want your photos showing you and yours out and about, enjoying the season.
A Belgian drama with bluegrass music may seem like an unlikely combo, but director Felix van Groeningen pulls it off spectacularly in his heart-wrenching new film “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” which is already garnering whispers of Academy Award recognition. While other foreign-language Oscar hopefuls such as “Wadjda” and “The Hunt” have come and gone from theaters (with others such as “Gloria” and “The Past” not making their way to Phoenix until early 2014), “Broken Circle” is arriving this month, opening at Harkins Camelview 5 in Scottsdale this Friday, Dec. 6.
The chill of winter means basketball is already underway with a plethora of early-season games and tournaments, and yet the question remains:
Enjoy a driving tour of the East Valley aboard a double-decker London Bus while sipping hot chocolate and listening to Christmas music. The tour starts at Tempe Marketplace and proceeds to three or four large neighborhood light displays around the East Valley. The bus stops for 20 minutes at each location, allowing everyone to get out, stretch their legs and refill their hot chocolate. There will be one bathroom stop made during the 2.5 hour tour. Guests are welcome to bring outside food and beverages.
Six Dutch Bros. Coffee locations across the Valley, including Mesa, Gilbert and Tempe, will donate a portion of their drink sales on Friday to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Phoenix.
Attuned to this harvest time of year, you can reap a cornucopia of bargains at the Dillard’s Clearance Center.
A freshman has already made a name for himself this basketball season, but perhaps Perry's Markus Howard isn't just another freshman.
Hale Center Theatre’s annual version of Dickens’ redemption tale, performed in their intimate theater in the round, has become an East Valley tradition and usually sells out.
Trains and holiday traditions go together for several in the East Valley and across the Phoenix metro area.
“Humpty Dumpty and the Christmas Surprise” will be performed by the East Valley Children’s Theatre this month at each Mesa library.
Mr. Kris Kringle, also known as Santa Claus, will make his yearly appearance at Falcon Field in Mesa at 11 a.m. on Nov. 30
Barro’s Pizza locations across the East Valley will participate in a fundraiser to raise money for the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.
It all sounds exhausting: A championship program with completely new starting lineups, followed by a coaching change, followed by injuries to its top talent.
Grimaldi’s locations across the Valley, including Chandler and Gilbert, are participating in a toy drive to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.