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Mesan using D.C. internship to help change foster case process

One young man from Mesa who grew up in the foster care system is in Washington, D.C., learning about the political process and help change the way the Capitol makes policy regarding foster kids. Craig Stuart is interning in the office of Rep. Trent Franks with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s (CCAI) Foster Youth Internship (FYI) program.

Pathfinder Academy moves to new Mesa location

A local charter school is moving into its new location just in time for the beginning of the school year. Pathfinder Academy will open the doors of its Monticello-inspired campus on Aug. 5, and will serve kindergarten through eighth grade with a classical-focused curriculum that teaches students in a style more akin to home schooling than the classroom style of public schools.

Tempe native trades marketing job for growing acting career

Tempe native Blake Webb spent three years in marketing before deciding to pursue his dream of acting and move to Los Angeles. Acting clichés aside, it took a while for Webb to begin his professional acting journey, but the two years he’s been in the business have been busy with independent films, shorts and even a play, and has produced a résumé loaded with lead roles.

Faith-based preschool opens in Mesa

A new preschool has opened up in Mesa after fresh renovations. Munchkins Preschool has 16,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor playground and six classrooms.

Grapes, oak lead to 2 new beers at SanTan brewing in Chandler

One day, while talking with his brewers, SanTan Brewing Company founder and brewmaster Anthony Canecchia was struck with an idea — to mix beer and wine into a single brew.

Health company to move into Rivulon in Gilbert

One of the most important real estate developments in Gilbert recently agreed to house the office of an Arizona-based health company and, in essence, start construction on the project.

Kyrene School District ready for the 2014-15 school year

The beginning of the school year provides opportunities for fresh ideas and positive changes to enhance learning experiences for all children. During the spring and summer, the Kyrene School District Governing Board and district leaders were hard at work considering ideas that would impact the budget for the 2014-15 school year. The final budget approved on July 8 was not only balanced, it also represents an investment in spending for whole-child programs such as art, music, physical education, library, math/literacy coaches who provide support and a change to the start times for Kyrene middle schools. This budget also demonstrates the board’s commitment to invest in one of our most valuable resources — teachers and staff who received a cost of living increase.

Letter: All it takes is will to act to solve childhood hunger

Sometimes it seems like our country has fundamentally changed, especially when it comes to solving problems that are easily solvable. A good example is the problem of childhood hunger.