March 24: City of Tempe's coronavirus (COVID-19) update
Local business love, chalk art, 3-1-1 changes
The City of Tempe wants to be a source of clarity, information and resources for community members who need services and have questions during this time of national and local uncertainty around the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
All critical services that Tempe provides – police and fire protection, traffic control, buses, light rail, Orbit, court services, water and wastewater and solid waste pickup – will continue to be fully available as normal. Tempe is prepared to continue providing those services uninterrupted even if the virus spreads and begins to affect city employees. Visit tempe.gov/coronavirus for the latest information.
Free baby diapers and wipesFamilies can pick up free baby diapers, wipes and kids clothing from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through the Tempe location of New Life Pregnancy Center, 1001 E. Southern Ave., operated by Arizona Baptist Children’s Services and Family Ministries. The center regularly offers these items to families with children but wants to ensure that families in need know about the free help during the pandemic. No appointments are needed, but ID and proof that individuals have children is required. Families can receive assistance once a month. Learn more here.
Tempe loves localWe love local here in Tempe. We've asked people to tell us about some of their favorite local businesses. We've received so many replies! Here are a few with more to come! Have an idea for us? Email email@example.com.
Top left: Head over to Steve’s Espresso, 1801 E. Baseline Rd, for breakfast and lunch items, pastries and coffee drinks.
Top right: Bottle Shop 48, 3316 S McClintock Dr., is offering plenty of great deals on beer and wine right now. Support this local gem.
Bottom left: For the first time ever, historic Ted's Hot Dogs, 1755 E. Broadway, is offering curbside take away. Call in your order and they will bring it to your car.
Bottom right: Take advantage of Xtreme Bean's drive-thru window for all your favorite coffee and tea drinks.They are open from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at 1707 E. Southern Ave.
Tempe 3-1-1Tempe 311 is a source of information for residents to connect with city for non-emergency services. In response to the COVID-19 CDC guidelines, Tempe 311 is reducing hours during this week to transition their work environment.
For this week, Tempe 311 staff will be taking calls from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through March 27. Once the new operational procedures are in place, the regular hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. will be reinstated. You can also utilize Tempe 311 online any time at tempe.gov/tempe311 or use the Tempe 311 mobile app. Download the Tempe 311 app from iTunes app store or Google Play. In the app store, search Tempe 311.
Paws-itive newsLast week we suggested that you might enjoy fostering a pet while you were social distancing. Thanks to everyone who took notice. Lost Our Home Pet Rescue now has a foster human for every one of the pets that needed one. There are still lots of pets you can adopt, or, if you prefer, you can make a donation of cash or pet-friendly supplies.
Help for middle schoolers
This week, CARE 7 youth specialists have added middle schoolers to the list of students they are helping by providing social and emotional support via text, email and phone calls. The youth specialists are available to work with students at Kyrene and Connolly middle schools.
This kind of support is vital for students. High school students who have already been connecting with their regular CARE 7 youth specialists have shared concerns such as feeling isolated without regular contact from classmates, missing their close-knit athletic teams and marking special occasions alone.
During the regular school year, CARE 7 youth specialists are located at 11 Tempe high school and middle school campuses. So far this year, they have served more than 1,300 students in need. Learn more here.
Chalk it up
Communities across the country are encouraging residents to “chalk your walk” to keep collective spirits up during the pandemic. Here is one from The Lakes neighborhood. You can be part of the movement on social media using #chalkyourwalk on Twitter or Instagram.
Arizona Transaction Privilege Tax information
Arizona Transaction Privilege Tax information for businesses is due on Monday. To date, the State of Arizona has not taken any action regarding delaying business TPT liabilities. That may change.
The Arizona Department of Revenue recommends calling the collections hotline at 602-542-5551 to discuss setting up a payment arrangement. Businesses may also call the main line at 602-255-3381 and press 1 for business inquiries.
Arizona Take Out Weeks
In support of local restaurants, the Arizona Restaurant Association is hosting Arizona Takeout Weeks. If you are craving food from a local favorite, get it. If you've always wanted to try a particular establishment, now is your chance! Arizona Takeout Weeks is a great resource to discover who is offering take out, curb side service and delivery.
Restaurants: you can submit take out menus, delivery options, and curbside hours to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help us thank people and businessesHave a business to recommend? A great story about someone fabulous in your neighborhood doing good things? Send it our way: email email@example.com.
Mark's Cafe closesYesterday, Mark's Cafe announced they were giving away free breakfasts. Today, they announced that instead, they would be closing their doors permanently. Please wish Mark and Karen Vojtek the best in their future endeavors.
Get the latest news and information at tempe.gov/coronavirus.
Call 480-350-4311 for questions.
Nikki Ripley, Communication and Media Relations Manager, 480-350-8846