October 6 – 19, 2012
Vaccines, booster shots still best medicine by Cody Matera
A nationwide outbreak of pertussis, or whooping cough, has found its way to SanTan Sun area communities. Arizona in particular has felt the effects of the recent resurgence, with ongoing outbreaks in Gilbert and Mesa. Local physicians strongly recommend booster shots for older children and adults, especially those who have contact with unvaccinated infants, for whom the illness can be devastating. An outbreak of mumps at Higley Elementary in Gilbert in February – the first case of mumps at the school in a decade – has also left parents and medical professionals concerned that Valley’s youth are at risk. New studies show that vaccines meant to combat pertussis have substantially decreased in effectiveness over time, leaving even fully vaccinated individuals vulnerable to infection.
TASTE: Chandler’s Culinary Festival is a gourmet food and wine tasting event that features more than 30 SanTan Sun area restaurants. Chef J.F. Conrad of the Cordon Bleu School demonstrates at the 2011 event, which also showcases local businesses and benefits area charities. In addition to food samplings, there will be tastings of fine wines, craft beers and spirits. TASTE is from 5 to 10 p.m. Sat., Oct. 6 in downtown Chandler. For more, see Page 12 or visit www.tastechandler.com. Submitted photo
Time to make Medicare changes by Alison Stanton
“When you first get a vaccine, it alerts your body to that disease and teaches your body how to fight it off once you get it,” says Shoana Anderson, office chief for infectious diseases at the Arizona Department of Health Services. “Basically, as you start to get older, your body starts to forget that vaccine and how to fight that disease.” However, the worst effect of this outbreak is that many adults spending time around infants can potentially pass the illness on to them, because babies
For those already on a Medicare Plan who want to change or drop plans, this year’s Medicare Annual Election Period begins Oct. 15. As an independent broker of Medicare products, Alan Beyerle, CPCU, is expecting a surge in appointments and phone calls as he helps his clients determine which plan is right for them. Beyerle, who owns Alan Beyerle Insurance Agency, Inc. in Chandler, also offers a full array of services to his clients, including commercial, personal, auto, home and health insurance. To help people select their Medicare plans, Beyerle explains the ins and outs of available choices for Medicare Supplement, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Prescription Drugs and Medicare Special Needs. “There are a lot of different plans out there,” he says. “The only way to clearly explain the various choices is to sit down with my clients and go over exactly what their options are. These include rates, co-payments, coverages and exclusions. Only through individual client counseling can they make an informed decision on what is best for them. That’s why it is important to have
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Award-winning coach takes time out Gazing around Bill Morgan’s cozy lakefront home in Chandler, one notices there is no hint of the man’s extraordinary accomplishments. Nothing jumps out to remind visitors of the three state football championships and numerous division titles he can claim as an elite high school football coach. One of the most successful football coaches on any level in Arizona, Morgan, 52, has not coached a team since taking Valley Christian High School to the state title game in 2009, a contest ironically played against St. Johns, a program directed by his brother, Mike. Morgan’s wife, Carla, known around campus and the football stadium for her thick, waist-length mane of blonde hair, was an American Sign Language
teacher at Valley Christian. She currently teaches at Hamilton High. When asked, Morgan retreats to a small table and produces the key to the City of Show Low for leading the football-crazed mountain community to their 1999 state title win. Morgan blushes and seems embarrassed by the honor. “The rivalries are so intense in the mountains.” In 2009, Morgan’s son, Jordan, a quarterback and defensive back, was honored as 2009 Small School Player of the Year by The Arizona Republic. The family returned to their White Mountain roots in 2010 so Jordan could play at Blue Ridge High School his senior year.
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CHAMPION COACH: Coach Bill Morgan, right, celebrates the 2009 Chandler Valley Christian State Championship with his son, Jordan, wife Carla and daughter Nicole shortly after the on-field trophy presentation. Submitted Photo
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Rain brings mosquitoes, bugs residents by Cody Matera
A spike in mosquito activity in Chandler and Gilbert has some residents scratching their heads – and legs and arms – with concern about West Nile virus. A wet, humid summer is the likely culprit for the flourishing mosquito population that has targeted unsuspecting victims, according to Maricopa County authorities. Ron Warring, an avid hunter and camper, was engulfed in a swarm of the tiny creatures as he tried to play a round at the lake-filled Western Sky Golf Club near Warner and Val Vista roads in Gilbert. “Anytime we went off the fairway into the tall grass, the mosquitoes were just all over us,” says Warring. “I ran into one particular rough, slapping and smacking dozens of them, quickly hit my shot without a practice swing and then ran back to the fairway. It was really bad. We eventually had to spray up, but that didn’t stop them. They were determined.” Warring, a transplant from the mosquito hotbeds of Chicago and Kansas City, says the Valley versions are a different breed with itchy, gnat-like bites. “These seem to be smaller, low-flying mosquitoes and don’t go much above the calf. In the Midwest, they’re larger and will bite you at any level – neck, face, up in a hunting tree stand, anywhere. They leave big welts.” These “ankle biters,” called floodwater mosquitoes, have greatly multiplied since
the late summer storms rolled in. Even Warring’s son, Weston, has been pestered numerous times in his lake-dotted Pecos Ranch community south of Chandler Regional Medical Center. “I’ve walked across Pecos Park for the past 10 years to get from my house to a friend’s house. I never noticed mosquitoes, or hardly any bugs, before. This year I’ve had to fight them off.” Customers using a Fry’s water dispenser at the busy shopping plaza at Alma School and Germann roads were seen leaving their water containers in the machine and dashing back to wait in their cars in order to escape a vigorous swarm. Until a few weeks ago, Maricopa
Until a few weeks ago, Maricopa County Vector Control averaged 30 mosquito complaints a day. The figure has skyrocketed to about 300 daily complaints. County Vector Control averaged 30 mosquito complaints a day. The figure has skyrocketed to about 300 daily complaints. “We’ve been experiencing different storms all over Maricopa County,” says Johnny Dilone, Maricopa County Environmental Health’s public information officer. “So obviously, all that water we’ve received has encouraged mosquito breeding, even in areas that are typically very hot.”
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mosquito tests positive for West Nile virus or the total number in the trap is 300 or greater, light insecticide is sprayed throughout the at-risk area in a process called fogging. Though the fogging chemicals are in accordance with Center for Disease Control (CDC) regulations and only sprayed after midnight, residents who are concerned about fogging can call Vector Control. Their names are then added to a list of individuals who automatically receive a notice when fogging is planned in their neighborhoods. While the number of mosquitoes has swelled, reports of West Nile virus
have remained low. Dilone says a major reason is floodwater mosquitoes, though numerous, are unlikely carriers for West Nile. The greatest risk of West Nile comes from the Culex species of mosquito, which is usually active at dawn and dusk. Their discovery in traps triggers action at a much lower concentration. “If we find that it has 30 or more of the Culex species then we will conduct fogging in those areas,” explains Dilone. Even though authorities attribute the increase in mosquitoes to increased rainfall, they are diligent in preventing West Nile from once again posing a serious threat. In 2004, Maricopa County led the nation in incidences of West Nile. “That year, 355 people were reported infected with West Nile virus, and 14 died from the disease,” says Dilone. Cody Matera of Pecos Ranch is an intern with the SanTan Sun News and student at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
‘Chandler in Focus’ features Native American band Proposition 121
Mayor Jay Tibshraeny discusses proposition 121 on his monthly television show “Chandler Inside and Out.” Past episodes can be found on the city’s Web site at www.chandleraz.gov/video. Proposition 121, also known as the Open Elections/Open Government Act, is a ballot initiative to amend Arizona’s Constitution to create an open primary election, in which all candidates would appear together on the same ballot, and voters could vote for either candidate, regardless of party affiliation. The two candidates receiving the highest vote totals for each office would then go on to face each other in the general election. Tibshraeny’s guests included Proposition 121 supporter and former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, who opposes the issue. For a complete listing of when “Chandler Inside and Out” airs, check the schedule guide online at www. chandleraz.gov/content/chandlerchannel-11.pdf.
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Prop. 204, 121 debates on Channel 11 To give residents a chance to learn more about Prop. 204, known as the Quality Education and Jobs Act, Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny is using his monthly television show, “Chandler Inside and Out,” to discuss the pros and cons. Proposition 204 would renew a 2010 voter-approved, one-cent sales tax to provide funding for education, according to City spokesperson Jane Poston. The one-cent increase in state sales tax is scheduled to sunset in the year 2013, and the proposition will be on the ballot in the Nov. 6 general election. Tibshraeny hosts the show and talks about the ballot issue with supporter Ann-Eve Pedersen, president of the Arizona Education Network, and Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey, who opposes Prop. 204. “I encourage Chandler residents to research the issues and get out and vote,” says Tibshraeny. “I hope that this gives residents a better understanding of Prop. 204 as they go to the polls in November.” “Chandler Inside and Out” is a monthly show airing on Chandler’s Cable Channel 11 and focuses on current events and topics of interest to Chandler residents as the mayor interviews local, regional and state leaders. The Proposition 204 episode is airing now on Chandler Channel 11, and can also be found on the city’s website at www.chandleraz.gov/video.
October 6 – 19, 2012
Indian Art Market Oct. 12 through 14 in downtown Chandler. “Chandler In Focus” gives a behindthe-scenes look at how the group originated, and how they developed their musical style: an original “electrorock” sound that earned the band a Native American Music Award. Clan/destine received the State of Arizona Governor’s Award of Excellence and has performed for dignitaries including Presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush, Margaret Thatcher and Henry Kissinger, and at both the Republican and Democratic conventions. “Chandler In Focus” is a monthly show hosted on a rotating basis by members of the Chandler City Council. It airs on the city’s Cable Channel 11 and covers community issues of interest to Chandler residents. For a complete listing of airtimes for these and other Chandler Channel 11 shows, check the schedule guide online at www.chandleraz.gov/content/ chandler-channel-11.pdf. In addition, shows are streamed on the city’s website at www.chandleraz.gov/video.
Celebrate your neighborhood and its efforts to “take a bite out of crime” by participating in a community event in your own backyard on Sat., Oct. 20 from 2 to 8 p.m. at the annual Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods (G.A.I.N.) event. The Chandler Police Department encourages all neighborhood groups to register to participate in G.A.I.N., which recognizes crime prevention efforts as well as community support. Registered groups may request a police specialty unit to appear at their block party or neighborhood gathering. Units may include but are not limited to Patrol, K-9s and Community Services. Registration is ongoing and closes about two weeks before the Oct. 20 event or when all the available time slots are full. Contact the Chandler Community Services Unit at 480-782-4967 for more program information.
Chandler libraries close Oct. 8 Because of staff training, all four City of Chandler Public Libraries will be closed Mon., Oct. 8. Library Manager Brenda Brown says library customers are encouraged to use the library’s online databases and other Internet resources, which include free access to thousands of downloadable e-books, audio books, music and videos through the Greater Phoenix Digital Library. Regular hours of operation resume Oct. 9. For addresses, hours of operation and online resources, visit www.chandlerlibrary.org.
October 6 – 19, 2012
City urges residents to control weeds, tall grass Free backyard composting workshop offered their property. For information on how to control weeds, visit the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Service website at www.ag.arizona.edu/urbanipm/weeds/ weedcontrol.html. For more details, call the Chandler Code Enforcement Unit at 480-782-4320.
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PULLING TOGETHER: Volunteers pull weeds during Chandler’s annual “Let’s Pull Together” campaign held each spring. Submitted photo
Weeds are growing fast and furious, thanks to recent rains, and if unchecked, can become a fire hazard, according to the City of Chandler. Chandler’s Code Enforcement Unit is asking residents to make it a priority to get rid of weeds and tall grass over the coming weeks. “City Code requires that all property owners maintain their property, including any abutting rights-of-way such as sidewalks, curbs and the half of any alley next to their property,” says Neighborhood Preservation Manager Malcolm Hankins. “The Code’s intent is to promote well-maintained and safer neighborhoods.” He says the City received 2,514 weed complaints last fiscal year, up 52% from five years ago. Code inspectors will educate, warn and eventually give civil citations to property owners who don’t control weeds or grasses that are more than six inches tall on
Find out how to use those pulled weeds and other plant and organic material in a free backyard composting workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Sat., Oct. 6 at Chandler’s Recycling Solid Waste Collection Center, 955 E. Queen Creek Rd. Residents can learn about the natural process that recycles these materials into a product that can replace fertilizers and reduce the amount of waste going to a landfill, says Recycling Specialist Traci Conaway. “Natural microbial processes convert plant materials such as grass clippings, leaves and kitchen scraps into a beneficial organic soil material that can improve soil texture, increase the ability of soil to absorb water and air, suppress weed growth, decrease erosion and reduce the need for commercial soil additives,” she adds. A June composting workshop attracted 27 residents who got hands-on interactive demonstrations of the tools and techniques used in composting, plus a discussion of various composting methods and the variety of uses for the finished product. The workshop is open to Chandler residents receiving City provided trash and recycling services. Class size is limited to 35 students, and participants must preregister by calling 480-782-3510.
BHS community rallies around injured teacher
Tragedy strikes a local family out for a walk when a truck hit a Basha High School teacher, her husband, newborn child and dog in Tempe recently. BHS science teacher Amy Kiefer-Berard suffered the most injuries and was in RECUPERATING: BHS science teacher critical condition for Amy Kiefer-Berard with her newborn several days, according daughter, Gabriella. to a fellow teacher. Husband Daniel, 4-week-old daughter Gabriella and the family’s dog are back home, and Kiefer-Berard is now in a facility “for therapeutic care.” Kiefer-Berard, who was on maternity leave at the time, has taught science at BHS for five years. A “Celebrate Amy” night was held in late September to send get-well wishes so “Amy knows how much she is missed, and how everyone hopes for her return to health.” To contribute to the family, any current Wells Fargo or Bank of America customer may make an online money transfer into the “Berard Donation Fund” by referencing the email address firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, visit a Wells Fargo branch and make a donation in person with cash or checks, referencing the “Berard Donation Fund” and made payable to either Berard Donation Fund, Daniel Berard or Amy Kiefer-Berard.
October 6 – 19, 2012
Vaccines from page 1
are too young to be vaccinated, say physicians. “Complications of pertussis include pneumonia, seizures, middle ear infection, dehydration, encephalopathy, brain damage and death,” explains Dr. Nilam Khurana of Healing Hearts Pediatrics in Chandler. Though many antibiotics are used to treat whooping cough and prevent it from spreading, reducing the symptoms is much more difficult. Children with whooping cough will still continue to cough severely, sometimes until they vomit or cannot breathe. And, while patients can take antibiotics if doctors suspect whooping cough, they likely aren’t aware they may have the illness until symptoms appear. There is now a vaccine for teenagers and adults that can help the immune system “remember” how to fight off whooping cough, thus reducing the risk of passing the disease to infants and children who are too young to be immunized. However, many parents are wary of vaccines. “I do think we have seen an increase in exceptions to vaccines,” says Anderson. “We’re doing studies right now to see how widespread that is.” Though the popular 1998 British Medical Journal study implying a link between vaccines and autism has since been largely dismissed and its author, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, found to falsify his reports, the damage caused to public trust is still felt 14 years later, according to the Journal’s editorial staff. Despite the fact that vaccines are tested extensively, some parents are still hesitant to permit them for their children or themselves. While Higley Elementary reported lower immunization rates than other schools, Anderson says it is unclear whether the lower rates were responsible for the mumps outbreak, though it is plausible that the rate helped the illness take hold.
Community However, Anderson is confident the drop in immunization rates throughout Maricopa County has likely contributed to the outbreak of whooping cough.
Free, low-cost shots for kids, adults Free immunization clinics for children and low-cost immunizations for adults are available in a variety of locations Oct. 6 through 24, sponsored by Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers’ Community Outreach Immunization Program in collaboration with Arizona’s Vaccine for Children Program. All immunizations for children are free, regardless of insurance status, according to Dignity Health, which owns the two medical centers. This includes children younger than age 19 who are covered by private insurance, AHCCCS, those who do not have insurance or those whose insurance does not cover immunizations, or are American Indian or Native Alaskan. A child’s immunization record and any letters from their school should be brought to the location so staff can determine which immunizations need to be given.
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For now, medical professionals are urging parents to wash regularly, avoid coughing near others, to vaccinate their children and get booster shots. “It is a very good idea for adults who spend time with young children to get vaccinated against whooping cough,” says Dr. Sonal Shah of Sunrise Pediatrics. “What is a mild illness in adults can cause life-threatening whooping cough in young infants.” Cody Matera of Pecos Ranch is an intern with the SanTan Sun News and student at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.tening whooping cough in young infants.”
Sat., Oct. 6, 9-11 a.m., Chandler Regional Medical Center, Morrison Building, 1875 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Tue., Oct. 9, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Mesa Fire Station 217, Community Room, 10434 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa Wed., Oct. 10, 9-11 a.m., Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, flu shots only, 20615 E. Ocotillo Rd., Queen Creek Tue., Oct. 16, 3-5 p.m., Chandler Fashion Center, 2nd floor Community Room, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler Wed., Oct. 17, 2-4:30 p.m., Gateway Pointe Elementary School, 2069 E. De La Torre Dr., Gilbert For a complete list of pediatric, adolescent and adult immunizations offered and to learn more, visit www.ChandlerRegional.org or www.MercyGilbert.org.
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Help stock shelves for military group The shelves are “completely bare” as are the funds to send care packages to soldiers by the East Valley Military Support Group in Chandler, according to founder Faith Steele. She is requesting the community’s assistance in providing food, toiletries and clothing for troops, many who are in areas with no commissary or PX. “They really appreciate what we send,” says Steele, who has been collecting and sending hundreds of boxes overseas since 2003. She says they are in need of food supplies such as peanut butter and jelly in plastic jars, chips, nachos, hard candy, granola bars, power bars, dried fruit, canned soup and meats, corned beef hash, refried beans, tostado shells, cookies, Little Debbie cakes, small pies, etc. Toiletries for females and men, such as baby wipes, eye drops, lip balm, lotions, toothbrushes and toothpaste are needed. “Christmas is just around the corner, and we will be collecting items such as games, cameras, stress balls, Frisbees, footballs, DVDs and CDs, batteries, small flashlights, white or tan T-shirts and shorts.” The group starts wrapping gifts near the end of October and first of November, and volunteers are needed to help package as well, which will take place at Steele’s home at 10 S. 132nd St., Chandler. Steele says she is willing to speak to any group about her organization. Cash donations to pay for postage for mailing the boxes are also welcomed, and a PayPal site is available online at www.eastvalleymilitarysupportgroup.org. Those interested in helping can contact Steele at 480-963-4462 or 480-540-5883.
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an agent who has current knowledge of the available plans and the Medicare system.” For example, Beyerle notes that people who do a lot of traveling need to know the differences between a Medigap Policy and Medicare Advantage Plan; while others who have specific health issues like diabetes or congestive heart failure may want to consider a Special Needs plan. Beyerle is starting to meet with clients about their plans, as the election period goes through Dec. 7 and takes effect Jan. 1, 2013. For those who are happy with their existing Medicare plans, Beyerle says no further action is needed, and companies will send out their annual notice of change. The annual election period used to begin Nov. 15, Beyerle notes. Last year was the first time it began in mid-October. The date change is another reason Beyerle makes it a point to call his clients to check in. If they wait too long to make changes, he says, they will miss their window of opportunity. This is different from the open, or initial enrollment period, when one first qualifies for Medicare Part A or Part B. That is typically done three months before a person turns 65. Beyerle, who has owned his agency for 16 years, was previously a claims manager for eight years. He says he prides himself on the service he offers his clients. “My business cards include both my office and home numbers, so I’m available to people 24/7,” he says. “If the need arises, my clients can call me for help even on weekend evenings.” Alan Beyerle Insurance Agency, Inc. is located at 2370 W. Ray Rd., Suite 1 in Chandler. For more information, call 480-820-2797 or email Beyerle at email@example.com. Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at Alison@SanTanSun.com.
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Seminars weigh Medicare options
Learn about Medicare options during free seminars in Chandler and Gilbert, courtesy of Dignity Health and local insurance representatives. The first meetings are at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, 3420 S. Mercy Dr., 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 19, 26 and Nov. 16. The last one is 10 to 11 a.m. Sat., Nov. 17 at Hilton Chandler, 2929 W. Frye Rd. The focus is on comparing the 2013 benefits of multiple Medicare plans, drug prescription coverage and cost, money-saving strategies and Medicare Parts A-D and supplemental plans. Seating is limited. For reservations, call 877-728-5414.
Diabetes event supports sufferers Diabetes sufferers are invited to attend a free Lifeprint event open to the public and focused on healthy living and diabetes management 9 a.m. to noon Fri., Nov. 9 at Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave. Diabetes ActiveCare will also be there to offer tips and tools for preventing and managing diabetes, such as making your own salt-free spice mixes, finding healthful holiday recipes, participating in a blood-sugar meter giveaway and having pharmacist consultations. Reservations must be made by Fri., Nov. 2 by calling 623-707-2900. For more information, visit www.lifeprinthealth.com/ patients-about-lifeprint.
October 6 – 19, 2012
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Jordan helped lead the Yellow Jackets to the 3A state championship game and earned a full scholarship to the Division I University of California at Berkeley. After sitting out the 2011 season, common with freshmen, he’s currently playing defensive back.
A proud father, Bill says his success at Valley Christian coupled with the state championship in 2009 drew the family back to the Pecos Ranch community, south of Chandler Regional Medical Center. “Valley Christian, in a way, saved our life,” says Morgan. “I was not in a good place before I went there, and the players, teachers and community welcomed us with open arms in 2005. As a whole, it was a great experience.” The “not good place” was the aftermath of the death of his oldest daughter, Mishell, from epilepsy at age 18. He took his first sabbatical from coaching afterward. “Any time you lose a child, it’s the worst thing that can happen to anyone,” says Greg Morgan, one of Bill’s four brothers. “I think coaching was an outlet for him. He’s pretty focused when he’s got his mind set on something.” Morgan says he still thinks of Mishell daily, and he and Carla routinely share stories about her. “We still laugh and tease what Mishell would say or do nearly every day,” says the Missouri native. Morgan’s four brothers and wife all feel he should return to his great love – football – as soon as possible.
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FUTURE CHAMP: Jordan Morgan, right, was the quarterback and defensive back during the 2009 Valley Christian season. Jordan is currently playing for Cal in the Pac 12. Submitted Photo
“I think he’ll eventually get back into coaching, he loves it too much,” Carla says. Brother Tom Morgan, a former high school superintendent, feels his “baby brother” should elevate his skills to a higher level. “I’ve always felt Bill should coach at Arizona State University,” Tom says. When told, Morgan, a devoted family man, shrugs and points out that coaching at the college level would put a tremendous strain on a family. Last year, he passed his time training his youngest daughter, Nicole, then a left fielder for sports powerhouse Hamilton High School’s junior varsity girls’ softball team. Nicole also plays for the club team, Chandler Lady Dragons. “I was just as nervous when she was up at the plate as I used to be when I was coaching Jordan in title games,” Morgan says. This year, Nicole transferred back to
Valley Christian – where it all began. She’s currently a varsity cheerleader and will play on the school’s softball team in the spring. Her father’s break from coaching football the past two seasons has other family benefits. “I just spent a week in California watching Jordan’s practice,” Morgan says. “If I was coaching, I wouldn’t have been able to do that.” Pushed a little harder on his future, Morgan offers a confession that should excite area football fans. “I’d like to coach on the 5A level,” he says with a smile. “One of the Chandler schools, preferably.
CELEBRATING MAGIC: Jordan, Carla and Bill Morgan relive the magical 2009 championship season at a formal banquet. Bill Morgan has since taken a sabbatical from coaching. Submitted Photo
Raising domestic violence awareness October is National Domestic Violence Month, and to raise awareness about the “prevalence of domestic violence in our community,” residents are invited to the free 4th Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Breakfast at 8 a.m. Tue., Oct. 9 at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. The keynote Speaker is Honorable Judge Elizabeth Finn of Glendale City Court, along with Chandler City Prosecutor John Belatti. The event brings community agency representatives and community members together, and showcases available resources. The Chandler Domestic Violence Commission is one of only a few of the country’s commissions dedicated to domestic violence, according to Commissioner Susan StevensClarke. The members are appointed to the commission and work on two subcommittees: Domestic Violence Public Policy and Education and Public Awareness. While there’s no charge for the breakfast, RSVPs are requested to Katie Cain at Kathleen.Cain@chandleraz.gov.
Cody Matera of Pecos Ranch is an intern with the SanTan Sun News and student at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
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Foodies can sample food, beer and wine from more than 30 East Valley restaurants at TASTE. Chandler’s Culinary Festival from 5 to 10 p.m. Sat., Oct. 6 at 3 S. San Marcos Pl., on the west side of Arizona Avenue, in downtown Chandler. Some of the restaurants include Kokopelli, Irish Republic, El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina, AJ’s Café, Floridino’s, Von Hanson Meats, Pearl Sushi, The Hungry Monk, Yoli’s Café, SanTan Brewing Company, Coach & Willie’s and Pittsburgh Willy’s. Others giving tastes are Shimogamo, Superstition Farms, The Keg, Vintage 95, Dos Gringos, Paletas Betty, El Zocalo, Bourbon Jacks, Latitude 8, NYPD Pizza, Grimaldi’s, Le Cordon Bleu, Rubio’s, Whole Foods, Devil’s Kitchen, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Iguana Mack’s. The evening festival, with instrumental jazz guitar music from The Vandal-Hancock Duo, will be more conducive for “a cooler and more romantic culinary event,” according to organizer Landon Evans of HDE Agency. General admission tickets are $35 each, which includes food samplings and 12 drink tickets. Patrons can also cast their votes for the “Best of TASTE.” competition with categories of best American, Asian, Italian, Mexican, Winery, Casual Café, Dessert and Overall “Best Of.” Check the TASTE. Facebook page for updates, details on participating restaurants and opportunities to win tickets at www.facebook.com/tastechandler or to purchase presale tickets, visit www.tastechandler.com.
Irish Sister Cities mixer at Coach & Willie’s 2nd Southwest Tea coming Nov. 3 Be Irish for an evening and join the ChandlerTullamore Sister Cities (CTSC) during its Irish Connection Mixer from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thu., Oct. 11 at Coach & Willie’s, 1 E. Boston St., on the southeast corner at Arizona Avenue in downtown Chandler. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served, with a cash bar available. “Our Irish Connection Mixer is an informal evening for our members and those interested in all things Irish, and is open to the public,” explains CTSC President Ellen Harrington. CTSC’s mission is to encourage cultural understanding, business-tobusiness development, educational exchanges and community involvement between Chandler and Tullamore, Ireland. Reservations are requested by calling 480-600-8509, emailing chan. email@example.com or visiting www.chandlerirish.org.
The Irish-related Southwest Tea features a light luncheon, live musical entertainment by Irish vocalist Dave Cullen and vocalist Melaney Moore and Irish dancers. The event is open to the public, but reservations are necessary. Cost is $15 for CTSC members, $18 for nonmembers, $10 for children 10 and younger and $20 at the door. Bring a bag of used clothing for CTSC’s “Green for Green” Recycle Project and receive one free raffle ticket, or bring two bags to get two tickets. To purchase tea tickets online, visit www.chandlerirish.org and click on the tea postcard, or send check payable to Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities to P.O. Box 1474, Chandler, AZ 85244-1474. For more information, contact Southwest Tea Chair Sharon Anderson at 480-229-4924 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Other CTSC events include Green for Green Recycling Event on Wed., Nov. 7 at United Fibers, Chandler; Holiday Self-Defense Class, Sat., Nov. 17 at Chandler Mixed Martial Arts, Chandler; and Holiday Sister Cities Irish Connection Mixer, Thu., Dec. 13 at Coach & Willie’s.
Try an Irish scone topped with prickly pear jelly at the CTSC’s Second Annual Southwest Tea from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Nov. 3 on the Mezzanine of Chandler’s City Hall, 175 S. Arizona Ave., downtown Chandler.
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Help homeless families at wine event A fundraiser to help local homeless families includes an evening of wine tasting, food and entertainment at the Fans Across America “A Night on the Vine” from 4 to 7 p.m. Sun., Oct. 21 at the Vine Expressions Wine Bistro, 1030 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert. There will also be a raffle, door prizes and silent auction items, with proceeds going directly to benefit homeless students and families in transition within the Chandler Unified and other East Valley school districts. Fans Across America Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization providing daily living necessities for homeless students, homeless families in transition and families with seriously ill or special needs children. Fans Across America is at 78 W. Ray Rd., Suite 3, Chandler. Tickets for the event are $50 per person and are available either online at www.fansacrossamerica.org or http://fansofwine.eventbrite.com, or by calling 480-821-3013.
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Bring the family to the 11th annual Kokopelli Krush, a weekend of Krush grape-stomping competitions, live entertainment, games, a kids’ play area and wine and beer. It kicks off at 5 p.m. Fri., Oct. 19 and runs through 5 p.m. Sun., Oct. 21 at Kokopelli Winery and Bistro, 35 W. Boston St., Chandler. It’s the longest running and KRUSH IT: Two-person teams place fresh most decorated annual wine grapes in tubs to see how much juice they event in Arizona, according to can stomp out of them. Submitted photo Kokopelli owner Dennis “Chief Wine-O” Minchella. The signature event at Kokopelli Krush is the Krush grape-stomping competition, where teams of two compete daily for prizes. Overall winners return for the “ultimate stomp title” in a championship round Sunday, and the winner can choose from a variety of prizes, including a five-day, four-night Carnival cruise for two; round-trip tickets for two on Southwest Airlines; or a two-night trip for two to Las Vegas with flights and hotel included. Attendees can sample wine from a dozen local winegrowers in the Arizona Wine Gallery, sponsored by Mercedes Benz of Chandler. This year’s featured wineries include: Alcantara, Lawrence Dunham, Javelina Leap, Arizona Stronghold, Kief-Joshual, Kieling Schaffer, Su Vino, Studio Vino, Carlson Creek, Page Springs, Callaghan Vineyards and Kokopelli Winery. Live entertainment includes Freddie Duran Plan on Friday night, Notes from Neptune from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, with The 8Teaze on Saturday night. Other Krush sponsors include SanTan Sun News and the Chandler Hilton. A percentage of the proceeds from Kokopelli Krush will go to benefit the American Cancer Society. Stompers can register in advance online for $15 per team or at the door for $20. Admission to Kokopelli Krush is $15 and includes one drink ticket or an Arizona wine tasting. Purchase tickets in advance at Kokopelli. For more information, call 480-792-6927. To purchase ticket packages, visit www.kokopelliwinery.net.
Buy a chance to win a handmade quilt and help uninsured cancer patients and their families at the annual “Learning, Loving and Living with Cancer Luncheon” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thu., Oct. 25, sponsored by the Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona (DCFA) at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler. Chandler Police Chief Sherry Kiyler will emcee the educational event, which enables DCFA to carry out its mission of providing treatment resources for uninsured men and women of Arizona. The Linda Rainford Award and the Edgar H. Hernandez Humanitarian Award will be presented to two deserving members of the community who have shown dedication and commitment in bringing information and awareness for cancer patients. Dr. Edgar Hernandez, breast surgeon, Dr. Ajay Bhatnagar, radiation oncologist and attorney Helen Davis, a cancer survivor, will be guest speakers. A large quilt, entitled “Through Darkness Comes Light” that was made and donated by Judy Androsky, will be raffled, with raffle tickets available online and at the event for $5 each or three for $10. Raffle ticket holders do not need to be present to win. In addition, through a partnership with the Brighton Store at Chandler Fashion Center, Brighton Cancer bracelets will be on sale at the luncheon or online for $50. In addition, the Brighton Store will give DCFA 10% of all proceeds received HEALING: This quilt, from cancer bracelets they sell. made by Judy Androsky, Tickets for the luncheon are $35 will be raffled at per person or $350 for a table of 10, the Desert Cancer and reservations are due by Sun., Oct. Foundation of Arizona 21. For details or to purchase tickets luncheon Oct. 25. online, visit www.desertcanceraz.org. Submitted photo
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Fashion show aids animals See the latest in clothing, hair and make-up at The Studio Academy of Beauty’s annual Fashion Show for Charity at 6:30 p.m. Wed., Nov. 7 at the Chandler Senior Center, 202 E. Boston St., Chandler. The theme is FASHIONABLE: “Music,” and the Clothing, make-up fashion show will and hair will be on the runway at The feature clothes Studio Academy donated by local of Beauty’s annual stores for the Fashion Show for evening. All hair Charity Nov. 7. Ally and makeup will Schmidli modeled be provided by at last year’s event. students from The Submitted photo Studio Academy of Beauty. Refreshments and raffle prizes will round off the evening. All of the proceeds benefit the Kit Kat Foundation, a local animal rescue organization to help find new homes for cats and dogs. Seating is limited, and tickets can be purchased for $10 at The Studio Academy of Beauty, 610 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler. The beauty school specializes in the education of cosmetology and esthetics, and is locally owned and operated by Cathy Koluch. For details, call 480-857-1138 or visit www.thestudioacademyofbeauty.com.
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City of Chandler’s Aquatics Division, Chandler Fire Department and Chandler Channel 11 receive the Media Award from the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association (APRA) for a drowning prevention video produced collaboratively between the departments. The script was written by Aquatic Coordinator Hillary Bellus in partnership with Aquatic Coordinator Traci Tenkely and Fire Battalion Chief Brad Miller. Tenkely and Miller also hosted the show, which was shot and edited by Video Production Specialist Stacy Sacco. The drowning prevention video appealed directly to the public by providing three easy steps to educate parents: secure, supervise and train, and was produced internally in a firefighter’s backyard pool with several children and staff members. The winning video is available on the Chandler Recreation YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/watch?v=si-MhtV 6A3w&feature=share&list=PL629E699D4911E730. Chandler Center for the Arts receives a $75,000 grant from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust to fund a formal organizational review of the Center and specifically “identify the organizational capacities and actions needed
to achieve the vision and adapt to the needs of a changing community.” CCA General Manager Katrina Pappas says following approval from the Chandler Cultural Foundation Board, they will release a formal Request for Proposals to select a consultant to perform the work. She says the project’s final phase “will include business planning to address the required resources for implementing key recommendations from the study.” Info: www.chandlercenter.org. Melanie Slate, community outreach coordinator for the City of Chandler Police Department, receives the Lucia Causey Excellence In Volunteer Management Award, Melanie Slate honoring a volunteer program administrator “who reflects the high ideals of the profession and whose dedicated efforts allow volunteers to produce significant achievements.” Named for the former executive director of the Volunteer Center of Maricopa County, the award is given to nonprofit and government volunteer coordinators in central Arizona. ICAN Volunteer Coordinator Marisa Dominguez praises Slate, a 10-year ICAN volunteer, as “a wonderful person, full of compassion and a willingness to devote her time to serving others.” Chandler Police Department Cmdr. Edward Upshaw calls her “a very impressive lady” who is usually the first contact for individuals who wish to volunteer for the Chandler Police Department. “In the five years, I have worked with her she has never said
no to a request or failed to succeed in locating the right person for requested need.” CPD’s Sgt. Greg Howarth says “Her great attitude, dedication and commitment epitomize the success of our volunteer program. ” Dr. Eleanor Jordan, EAJ Institute co-director, presented information on assessing children’s skills at a recent Parent Partnership Institute meeting at the New Vistas EAJ Institute, 670 Dr. Eleanor Jordan N. Arizona Ave., Suite 35, Chandler. She discussed how important accurate assessment of a child’s developmental, cognitive, and relational skills is to future academic decisions by parents and teachers alike. Info: 480-963-2313, www.newvistasaz. com/eajinstitute.html. Maricopa Community Colleges, which includes Chandler-Gilbert Community College, signs a transfer student agreement with Westminster College of Fulton, MO, one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country, making it easier for students to continue their higher education at Westminster. All applicable associate degrees successfully completed at any of the colleges within the Maricopa Community College system will be able to transfer to Westminster, and courses taken at any Maricopa college will transfer. Westminster at Mesa will begin in the fall semester of 2013 at 245 W. 2nd St., Mesa, in a 53,000-square-foot facility that was formerly the Mesa City Court building. Info: www.westminster-mo.edu.
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Brian Cheney of Chandler is selected by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to represent the United States at the 32nd International Tennis Federation (ITF) SuperSeniors World Team Championships hosted by the Hrvatski Teniski Savez, or Croatian Tennis Association, in Umag, Croatia last month. The tournament is the senior tennis equivalent of the Davis Cup and Fed Cup, with the top American tennis players representing their country in the 60, 65, 70, 75 and 80-and-older age groups. Cheney and team won the Britannia Cup-Men’s 65 & over division. Info: www.usta.com. Garrett Iverson of Chandler competed in the 2012 Santa Ana Star Casino New Mexico Open, New Mexico’s major golf tournament and one of the leading ones in the southwest playing host to some of the nation’s top professional and amateur golfers.
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