Phoenix Arizona


City of Tempe hires Tom Ryff as Police Chief by quotes
October 30, 2006, 10:04 pm
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City of Tempe hires Police Chief

 

Homegrown candidate raised and educated in Tempe

 

TEMPE, Ariz. – Tempe City Manager Will Manley has announced the hiring
of a new Police Chief for the city: lifelong Tempe resident and 27-year
department employee Tom Ryff.

Ryff, who has served as an Assistant Police Chief in Tempe since 2004,
will become Chief on Jan. 1.

 

“I’m excited and honored to serve our community and all members of the
Tempe Police Department as the new Chief of Police. My goal will be to
continue to provide quality services to our residents as well as to our
staff,” Ryff said. “As a lifelong resident and as Police Chief, I look
forward to working with our Mayor and Council to help our city manage
this new phase of our growth to ensure a safe community and high quality
of life for all.”

 

Several employee and community forums were held so that residents and
Tempe Police Department employees could ask questions of Ryff. He has
received unanimous support of the Tempe Officers Association Executive
Board.

 

Ryff was raised in Tempe, attending grade school, middle school and high
school in the city. He was part of the first class at Scales Elementary
School, attended Gililland Middle School and graduated from Tempe High
School.

 

After 27 years as a Tempe police officer, Ryff has moved through the
ranks from officer to assistant chief. He has served as Commander of
every Tempe Police Department bureau, including Patrol, Special
Investigations, Criminal Investigations, Traffic Investigations, and
currently serves as Assistant Chief of Police over the Support Services
Division. Ryff will be Tempe’s first Hispanic police chief and has been
recognized for his work by the League of United Latin American Citizens
(LULAC) and the National Latino Peace Officers Association.

 

Ryff has many goals for the Tempe Police Department in 2007, including
focuses on: neighborhood quality of life; recruitment and retention of
officers; opening the department’s new substation on Apache Boulevard;
and integrating new technology, such as interoperable radios and a new
records management system.



Southeast Asian film series continues by quotes

Southeast Asian film series continues

 

TEMPE, Ariz. – The Southeast Asian Refugee Film series returns at 6 p.m.
on Thursday with “The Story of Vinh,” in the Historical Museum lobby,
809 E. Southern Ave. (southwest corner of Rural Road and Southern
Avenue).

 

The film features the tale of Vinh Dinh, the abandoned child of a United
States serviceman and a Vietnamese mother, who, speaking no English,
arrives in America to pursue the American Dream.

 

The Southeast Asian Film Series is being presented as a companion piece
to the exhibit, “A Proud Journey Home: Cambodian, Laotian and Vietnamese
Communities in Arizona,” currently showing in the Tempe Historical
Museum gallery.

 

A moderator will lead a discussion and regional refreshments will be
served. The series is being presented in partnership with Community
Outreach and Advocacy for Refugees (COAR), an organization whose mission
is to assist refugees in adjusting to their new life in Arizona.

 

Remaining schedule

Nov. 9 – “A Refugee and Me,” The documentary of Twai Thongdee, a Burmese
refugee living in Thailand, who searches for a Thai identification card
so he can live and work freely without fear of imprisonment.

 

Nov. 16 – “Being Hmong Means Being Free,” The documentary of the culture
and traditions of a Hmong refugee community in Wisconsin and the
dramatic changes the community undergoes over the span of a decade.

 

Information: visit http://www.tempe.gov/museum/events.htm or call
480/350-5100.
By the Way – BOTDA has an Asian film related winner today.



CHANNEL 8 FEATURES LIBRARY SPEAKER ON “HORIZONTE” by quotes

CHANNEL 8 FEATURES LIBRARY SPEAKER ON “HORIZONTE”

Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Luis Alberto Urrea, who presented
programs at Phoenix Public Library in September, will be a featured
guest on “Horizonte” at 7:30 p.m. today (Thursday, Oct. 26) on
Channel 8-KAET.  Urrea will discuss his book, “The Devil’s Highway: A
True Story,” which explores the fate of 26 Mexican men who attempted
to cross the border into southern Arizona through a stretch of desert
known as “the Devil’s Highway.”  The station taped the interview
while Urrea was in Phoenix for the library appearances.

Visit http://www.azpbs.org/horizonte for more information.



Cancer Survivor, Author To Present Free Library Talk by quotes

 Cancer Survivor, Author To Present Free Library Talk

Four-time cancer survivor and author Sherry B. Williams will present a free program at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, at Burton Barr Central Library’s Pulliam Auditorium, 1221 N. Central Ave.

She will discuss her courageous fight against the disease and share her experiences with other cancer patients and their families.

Williams also will sign copies of her book, “When Cancer Calls,” which can be purchased at the event.



Valley Homeless Veterans Receive Hands-up at StandDown by quotes

Homeless Hotline (602) 263-8845 Valley Homeless Veterans Receive Hands-up at StandDown

More than 400 homeless veterans in the Valley are expected to receive temporary haven and assistance during the Arizona StandDown 2006 from Oct. 27 to 29 at the Phoenix Watkins Shelter, 1120 W. Watkins St.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 27, with a 10 a.m. opening ceremony featuring Mayor Phil Gordon, District 6 Councilman Greg Stanton, District 8 Councilman Michael Johnson and former Congressman Matt Salmon. The event will conclude at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, with a special recognition ceremony hosted by Councilman Greg Stanton, chairman of the Regional Continuum of Care on Homelessness.

During the Sunday recognition ceremony, success stories will be shared and an “open mike” opportunity will give veterans a chance to talk about how the weekend activities have assisted them. Each veteran will receive a special thank you for their service – a dog tag with a StandDown message.

The veterans will be picked up at eight Valley locations and transported to the StandDown site where they will receive services that include meals, haircuts, showers, entertainment, legal and medical assistance, clothing, employment and housing placement services.

The StandDown seeks to increase the community’s awareness of the plight of the homeless American veteran, while bringing a variety of social service providers together to meet with, inform and assist the veterans in regaining a more productive, satisfying lifestyle.

StandDown is a military term that refers to a brief period of time for a soldier to leave an active combat area, to rest and regain strength before returning to battle.

The StandDown focuses not on being a handout, but a way to create an atmosphere conducive to change and recovery.

The event is coordinated by U.S. VETS – Phoenix; the city of Phoenix Human Services and Police departments; VA Medical Center – Phoenix; VA Regional Office; Arizona Department of Economic Security; Arizona Department of Veteran Services; and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, along with other individuals and agencies.

Last year’s StandDown served more than 300 homeless veterans and assisted 41 homeless veterans to enter housing programs. For more information on Arizona StandDown 2006 or to donate, call U.S. VETS – Phoenix at 602-305-8585.

Call the Homeless Hotline (602) 263-8845



Arizona Artists Encouraged To Apply For Coronado Fence Project by quotes

 Arizona Artists Encouraged To Apply For Coronado Fence Project

The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture’s Public Art Program invites Arizona artists to submit qualifications for a new public art project in the Coronado Historic District.

The project is part of a Street Transportation Department project in central Phoenix to construct a fence on a new median on Virginia Avenue, directly south of North High School. The selected artist or artists will design panels for the fence but will not be responsible for fabrication. The project is ideal for artists who generally work with two-dimensional media, small metals and textile design; metal-working or public art experience is not necessary. Nov. 2 is the deadline to apply for the project.

The purpose of the Coronado Fence is to better direct vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the area near the high school. It is part of a neighborhood project initiated by residents of the Greater Coronado Neighborhood Association in cooperation with the Street Transportation Department. The selected artist will be asked to work with a steering committee that includes neighborhood residents, North High representatives and the city’s Office of Historic Preservation, as well as the Street Transportation Department and the fence contractor.

To receive the project’s “Call to Artists,” which has detailed application requirements, or to learn more about Phoenix’s Public Art Program, visit phoenix.gov/arts or call 602-262-4637 or TTY 602-534-5500.



City of Phoenix Hosts Young Entrepreneur Workshop by quotes

 City of Phoenix Hosts Young Entrepreneur Workshop

Students, young business owners and active professionals are invited to attend the Young Entrepreneur Showcase, 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., Pulliam Auditorium.

Nationally recognized motivational speaker Allison Bell, founder and president of Embrace Today Concepts Inc., will deliver the keynote address focusing on helping young entrepreneurs improve their inner spirit, self-esteem and community service.

The workshop will provide practical advice on how to build a successful company, free resources available from the city of Phoenix and networking opportunities.

The event is free, but participants must RSVP via email for tickets. For more information, call 602-534-6877.