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Gilbert man has been foster dad to 45 kids BY WAYNE SCHUTSKY GSN Managing Editor


or Father's Day this year, George Hursh will have a chance to celebrate at least 12 times over – once for every child that he and his wife, Kate, have adopted. The Gilbert family has fostered nearly four dozen children altogether, making a small dent in Arizona’s population of 16,000 foster kids. From the outside, the Hursh family’s home looks a lot like the other beige and tan stucco houses that surround it in the family’s

south Gilbert community, but the large commercial-style Ford van in the driveway is a hint at the family’s unique situation. The couple, who married in 2005, always planned to foster children but put those plans on hold for a few years after welcoming their first child via a private adoption following a twist of fate. “We had the intent to do foster care and no intention at all to do private adoption,” Kate said. “But this little baby girl was due Good Friday, and I was working for the Catholic Church. How could

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George and Kate Hursh finalized their last adoption in April and are parents to 12 adopted children between the ages of 2 and 12.

Gilbert dad’s loss inspired opioid center BY WAYNE SCHUTSKY GSN Managing Editor


piate addiction is a nationwide epidemic that claimed over 40,000 lives in 2016, and Gilbert father Randy Melle knows firsthand that the casualties of those overdoses are not the only victims. Each death leaves behind family members and friends who must figure out how to heal and move on following these tragic events. Melle is one of those surviving victims. He lost his son Adam to a heroin overdose in 2016 – a mere 18 hours after Adam had arrived home from a month-long treatment program. As a board member of the Chandler I AM Project, Melle is using his personal experiences to help other families avoid the same fate.

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Randy Melle helped start a Chandler-based opioid addiction treatment program after his son died of an overdose.




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you say no to that?” said Kate, who worked in youth ministry at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Mesa for 12 years before retiring after they adopted their fourth child. They began fostering children in 2008 and have taken in 45 children. “We kind of just knew there was a need,” Kate said. “When we started, there were only 10,000 kids in care, which is crazy considering where we are now, and only 9,000 beds. We kept saying where are those other kids? Where are the rest of them? So, any time we had an adoption or we could up our license, we just did.” “Things escalated quickly,” George said. The family eventually began adopting children, partially motivated by a desire to keep siblings together. Among the family’s 12 children, there are two sibling groups of three children each. The couple finalized their last adoption in April and now has 12 children between the ages of 2 and 12. And while they are not the first family with that many kids, the age distribution in the Hursh family is certainly unique as they have three children who are 9, two each of kids who are 4, 7 and 10. While raising that many young children comes with a set of obvious challenges, it has its benefits, too, they said. For instance, it can also be a benefit when it comes time to shop for clothes. “We don’t have a dresser for each kid. We have dressers for ages,” she said. It also makes it easier for the family to stay on top of the children’s studies when so many of them are learning the same subjects. “It’s great because all of my third-graders have similar homework,” Kate said. Educating multiple children of the same age at the same time poses unique challenges, however: “When you have three learning to read at the same time, it’s a lot,” George said. Fostering also presents challenges for parents who choose to take on children with various physical and mental health issues created by their previous living situations. “There are varying needs among our little munchkins, some more severe than others,” Kate said. “Everybody’s baseline is different depending on the type of trauma they experienced.” For the Hurshes, the goal is to provide a safe and welcoming environment where those children can thrive in spite of those issues. “When kids come in you don’t know things like reading level,” Kate said, noting that one of their children came to them in second grade and pretended she could

read for months before they found out she could not. That same child, sho was reading at a seventh-grade level by the end of third grade, excels at dance and was voted onto the student council. “It’s beautiful to see them blossom once they are taken out of bad situations,” George said. Fostering children can be hard on the parents, too, as they have had to say goodbye to many children they had grown to love. While the couple unequivocally supports family reunification when it is safe for the child to be returned, it still hurts to see them go. “I love the way George always says that if you’re not going into it with the willingness to get your heartbroken, you’re not doing it right,” Kate said. “You have to love these kids to the point where (Kimberly Carrillo/GSN Staff Photographer.) you would be broken if they left, Of the 44 kids they've fostered, Geroge and Kate Hursh have adopted a dozen and have found much support otherwise you aren’t doing them from family and friends for their Gilbert family. any good.” George and Kate Hursh have taken on a lot over the course of their marriage, vacations to Disneyland or the beach in a new child to have them put on the first but they have also had a lot of help. The San Diego to give the kids experiences they ornament to give them those traditional two parents are the first to commend their have never had before. memories.” families and community for pitching in Other times that meant starting For the Hursh family, those memories to create a positive environment for their Christmas a few months early, just after are about giving every child in their care children. Halloween, so one of their children had the something good to look back on, because “Our school community has been chance to put up her first Christmas tree. “you only have one childhood,” Kate said. incredible,” Kate said of Gilbert’s Spectrum “The tree went up really early,” George “We want for them not to look upon their Elementary School. “The principal watches said. time in care so negatively,” George said. Kate said, “We always try when there is out for our kids like they’re her own.” It took the couple six years to find resources like Mesa United Way’s Helen’s Hope Chest and Arizona Friends of Foster Care, which helps foster parents pay for activities like dance class or swim lessons for their children. George and Kate Hursh want to to take these children in. Those activities are crucial as they help provide an example to other families Funk said that foster children benefit the children come out of their shell and considering fostering and adoption to in fundamental from the relationships develop confidence. let them know that it is possible, but they form with foster parents. Aid to Adoption of Special Kids has they stress that not every family has to “There is all sorts of science that created a website at azfamilyresources. adopt 12 children to make a difference. supports the benefit of relationships org where foster parents can find links to “Kate and George are unique,” said to healing from the trauma that comes resources for clothes, school supplies and Russ Funk, director of community from foster care,” he said. other necessities. engagement for Aid to Adoption of For families interested in fostering It also helps that George, who works in Special Kids, adding: children, AASK holds information software testing for Chase Bank, has an “What I would say is you don’t have sessions six times a month at locations understanding boss and the flexibility to to take in 12 kids to make a difference. throughout the Valley. It will be holding work from home on occasion. An adult can be the one person in a an event on July 3 in Mesa at Mesa Fire The Hurshes also keep in touch with child’s life that changes that child from Station, Number 219, 3361 S. Signal some of their children’s biological relatives. a statistic to success story through Butte Road. “If it is healthy, we have a great power of a relationship.” “We never, ever want to share our relationship with birth parents and The number of children in Arizona’s story for attention,” Kate said. “Our extended family,” Kate said. foster care system has fallen steadily purpose in sharing our story is to help Over the course of their journey, the from 17,264 in 2015 to 15,800 in 2017. get more families, more good families parents have always strived to provide However, during that same period the that will open their homes to these kids, lasting positive memories for the children number of children in group homes has because the kids need it. All they need in their care — whether they will be there risen from 1,682 to 1,742, indicating is the love.” long term or for just a few weeks. there is still a need for families willing Sometimes that means going on

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An EV son gives his life for our country

still picture the way his face, his smile was. He was such a good guy. The first sign of trouble, he would be the first person to step in.” Burke added Sgt. Conrad was “loyal to a fault” and a “man of character, integrity.” Even after they broke up in high school, Burke and Sgt. Conrad kept in contact and she went to his cousin’s funeral at Sgt. Conrad’s request. “We’ve always had this kind of bond even though we didn’t stay together,” Burke said.



handler is mourning the loss of a Hamilton High School graduate who was killed by enemy fire in Somalia – the first Arizonan killed in combat since 2016. Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Conrad, 26, died of injuries sustained June 8 during an operation in Somalia while supporting Operation Octave Shield, the Pentagon and other sources said. Staff Sgt. Conrad had been assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Four U.S. service members were injured during the attacks. “He’s a hero. I can’t say that enough,” said his brother Jacob, 24, of Chandler. “He was selfless,” he added. “He always put out his best effort to make everyone happy. He was a people pleaser. He loved his family and he loved his friends." Jacob, a Phoenix police officer, said Alex inspired him to join the Army after graduating from Hamilton in 2012. Jacob was on active duty for five years before joining the Army Reserves a few months ago and taking the job as a police officer. Jacob said Alex was "really smart" and "he excelled in the Army." "He graduated with honors from leadership school, went to a language school I've heard is incredibly hard; he excelled in that," Jacob said, adding: The Army sent him to France to live with a family. He did that well and after a second deployment, he was talking to Special Forces guys; that became his dream. He never went halfway into anything. He jumped all the way in." He said he and Alex "loved competing in anything." Both brothers played football at Hamilton and enjoyed shooting guns and mountain biking. Jacob laughed when he recalled how when Alex had just gotten his driver's license, he and Alex went for a ride in their father's truck and Alex hit a bump and "cracked the frame of the truck." "When I got my (driver's) license, I was driving; he was like, 'I swear you hit every pothole,'" Jacob added. Jacob said Alex was very outgoing and loved craft beer. He also enjoyed spending time with his nephews, Jack, 5, and Tommy, 3, the sons of Jacob and Alex's sister, Christie Palcisko of Oceanside, California. "Alex loved those kids," Jacob said. "Alex would send them boxes and they would

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Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Conrad, who was born in Mesa and grew up in Chandler, became the first Arizonan to die in combat in more than a year when he was mortally wounded during an operation in Somalia.

send him cards. They would send him pictures they'd color." He added Alex took Jack and Tommy to Legoland and bought Jack "the biggest pirate ship Lego he could find."

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A 2010 graduate of Hamilton, Staff Sgt. Conrad was born in Mesa in 1992 and joined the U.S. Army on June 1, 2010. After finishing basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and advanced training at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, he was stationed as a human intelligence collector at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. While stationed there, Sgt. Conrad was deployed to Afghanistan twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, from 2012-13 and for four months in 2014. Sgt. Conrad was the first love of Sarah Burke, who was part of his graduating class at Hamilton. Burke, 26, an Ahwatukee dietitian, said they had their first date while students at Bogle Junior High and dated off and on through their junior year at Hamilton. “He was loved by so many people,” Burke said. “I don’t think there was hardly a person in our senior class that didn’t know who he was. He was my first love and I was his. “It’s so crazy just all the memories that come back. I first knew him in seventh grade; he was really quiet. Once he opened up to people he was funny. He was just a good person and he cared about other people. He wanted to make everybody happy.” She remembered how he asked her on a

date when they were in eighth grade. “He came up to my locker after school,” Burke said. “He asked me out.” At first, she declined because she was not sure if she would be allowed to go on a date, but she said a friend “set up a secret meeting” for her and Alex at the Chandler Fashion Center. They went to a restaurant but she was so nervous she couldn't eat, so Alex did not eat anything either. Burke said Alex always worked hard, helping his father with projects and serving as a referee for youth soccer. She said he also worked at Sandbar Mexican Grill and other jobs and was very smart. “He could pick up any job and do it,” Burke said. “He just had the common sense that I never had. He just figured stuff out. He didn’t need a lot of guidance. He was someone that was mature and had this deep understanding of the world at a younger age.” While dating, Burke and Sgt. Conrad often went to movies and took walks in parks. “We went to dances together,” Burke said. “He was my first dance at our eighthgrade formal at Bogle. I had my first slow dance there. He taught me to snowboard, too. He was an avid snowboarder.” Sgt. Conrad was also one of the kickers on Hamilton’s football team and he had played soccer in junior high school. Burke said he also loved baseball and was “a really great horseback rider, too.” “He loved that corny humor, like ‘Family Guy,’” she said. “He would laugh. I can

J.R. Bratek, 26, of Mesa, a correctional officer, also was in Sgt. Conrad’s graduating class at Hamilton. He played football with Sgt. Conrad and they were in some classes together. Bratek said Sgt. Conrad had to leave for basic training before their graduation ceremony, but a video was shown at the event to recognize him. “Alex was one of those guys that everybody got along with,” he said. “He was a good student. He was a good person to be around. He made everybody laugh. He was always laughing, always had a smile on his face. “He was very outgoing…was always there when you needed him. He made being on the football team fun. He was very smart, very intelligent.” Bratek said Sgt. Conrad was excited and honored about enlisting in the Army. “If I remember correctly, he wanted to make a career out of it,” Bratek said. Sgt. Conrad earned many awards and decorations during his time in the military. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, as well as the Meritorious Service Medal. Sgt. Conrad also received the Meritorious Unit Commendation (second award), Army Commendation Medal (third award), Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Combat Action Badge, NATO Medal and other honors. He completed a basic French course at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California, in 2016. Staff Sgt. Jon Chagoya of the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, was the language instructor who taught him French. Chagoya spent a short time with Sgt.

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Gilbert High’s future farmers get project help GSN NEWS STAFF


he Gilbert FFA at Gilbert High School received a $4,000 grant from Tractor Supply Company that will allow the program to transform the school’s former landscape design area into an open space for livestock. Tractor Supply Company is a nationwide retailer of agricultural and farming supplies that puts on an annual Grants for Growing program benefiting the National FFA Foundation. This year’s program raised $830,000 that resulted in over 271 grants for local organizations. The grant will cover nearly the entire $4,800 budget for the project, which will see the roughly 4/10-acre site turned into an exercise area for Gilbert FFA’s large stock animals, such as pigs, cows, goats and sheep. Gilbert FFA can house between 12 and 15 large stock animals at the school, said Bridget Goodner, Gilbert FFA advisor and agricultural teacher at Gilbert High School. The funds will provide money to pay for tree and pond removal on the site as well as other expenses like bringing in a water trough for the animals. “The students will have to contribute some time to help, because the grant didn’t meet the whole amount,” Goodner said. “There will be some time available for community service. We will remove

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Officers above are, from left back, Sophia Kolb, Blake Stringfellow, Izzy Taft and Deklin Zollinger; front: Delanie Christensen and Jordyn Kolb. On the right, members of Gilbert High’s FFA hold thier first lamb and goat auction.

some of the materials from the site for reuse, such as using the wood chips for mulch around garden bed.” Despite Gilbert’s shift away from its agricultural past, the FFA program at Gilbert High School still attracts student participants, because it provides real world skills and training that are still valuable in today’s job market. Agriculture, food and related industries were worth $992 billion in 2015, or a 5.5-percent share of U.S. gross domestic product. Those industries supported 21.4 million full and part-time jobs in

2016, which was 11 percent of the country’s total employment, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture. Gilbert FFA even provides useful training for students that aren’t necessarily interested in traditional agricultural jobs. The organization hosts career development days that introduces students to a range of career paths, from forestry to agricultural mechanics. “When we talk to people in the community and students, we emphasize the diversity of agriculture,” Goodner said. “You could be an IT person working on

software that farmers use to irrigate their crops.” Goodner said that Gilbert FFA also provides events and training that will serve students regardless of the career path they choose, including opportunities to serve in leadership roles within the organization and learn how to run meetings. The group also has leadership development events that give students the chance to practice public speaking and debate. “There is something for everybody,” Goodner said.

utility bills mailed out to residents with the proceeds benefiting non-profits supported by the town. The program raised about $50,000 last year. In total, Neighbor 2 Neighbor and Share My Stamp accounted for about $88,000 in the most recent fiscal year, a $12,000 increase over the year prior. Those monies, along with $342,000 allocated from the general fund, will benefit a variety of nonprofits vetted by the town, including AZCEND, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley, House of Refuge, United Food Bank and others. In order to receive funding, organizations must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and meet one or serve the town population in area’s of need identified in Gilbert’s Human Services Needs Assessment report from 2014. Thos categories of need include services for families and individuals in crisis, mental health and substance abuse treatment, low and moderate income individuals and

families, elderly and seniors, homeless individuals and families, special needs individuals, youth, immigrants and culturally diverse individuals and families. “We have a committee that scores and reviews applicants on criteria such as quality of services, uniqueness of services and makes sure they meet gaps we have identified in the needs assessment,” Dykstra said. “We want to make sure this is the best use of Gilbert funds to prioritize the needs of residents.” The town also prepares an annual report that details the funding received by the selected groups and the services those groups provided to Gilbert residents. Participation in the program was up this year as 1,800 residents donated monies to Neighbor 2 Neighbor versus the 1,400 residents that participated last year. Despite that growth, Dykstra is hoping to increase participation even further amongst Gilbert’s over 240,000 residents. “We have a goal of 5,000 residents,” she

said. “With the population size we have, I hope that is realistic.” “We want people to know about the program and if they don’t have a specific organization or group they are looking to support on their own, this is a way to give back to the community,” she added. The town has undertaken several efforts to inform residents about the program and its impact, including spotlighting a different benefiting non-profit each month on the Gilbert’s social media channels. The town also launched an online store last year at where residents can purchase Gilbert-themed swag like shirts, hats and dog collars. The store, which sends all proceeds to the Neighbor 2 Neighbor fund, raised $2,000 last year. Residents can find out more about the Neighbor 2 Neighbor program at gilbertaz. gov/n2n, by looking at the back of their utility bill or by calling the town’s utility division at 480-503-6800.

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he Gilbert Neighbor 2 Neighbor program generates resident support for local nonprofits and has seen some growth over the past six years, but town officials are still looking for ways to increase participation in the program. Neighbor 2 Neighbor got its start in Gilbert in 2012 and gives Gilbert residents the opportunity to make tax-deductible contributions while paying their utility bill every month. The donations then go into a fund that is doled out to a variety of non-profit organizations that receive support form the town. In the last fiscal year, the Neighbor 2 Neighbor program generated approximately $39,000, which is up from the $14,000 it earned in 2013 when the program first began in earnest, Gilbert Program Supervisor Melanie Dykstra said. Gilbert also has a Share My Stamp program that allows businesses to advertise in



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Gilbert police hope to warm relations with frozen treats at Zoyo Yogurt


Hoping to strengthen relationships with the public, the Gilbert Police Department is on the case. Froyo With Five-O is a meet-and-greet with officers over frozen yogurt 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt at 3150 E. Chandler Heights Road, Suite 104, at the corner of Higley Road. The hope is for officers and community members to gather in an informal setting to build ties. Good times and conversations are free. Beverages or food during the event must be purchased. And don’t try to get away without paying. You know who’s across the table. 10-4.

Fundraiser on for EV teen paralyzed in Spain

A few days into a trip to Spain, Kara Dunn, a Tempe resident and the first Flinn Scholar while at Horizon Honors High in Ahwatukee two years ago, woke up paralyzed. Dunn, now a University of Arizona Honors College physiology major, was rushed to a hospital and diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, an autoimmune disorder. Her brother, Ryan Dunn, along with her mom and another sister flew to Spain to be with Kara. Usually, the paralysis goes away over time with Guillain-Barré syndrome, but her family had to raise funds to fly her home and needs financial assistance paying for the necessary air-evac flight back to the Valley, general medical expenses, physical therapy and transportation/housing. Those expenses are expected to exceed $200,000. She is expected to be flying home soon. The family has created a GoFundMe page to cover those expenses. By late last week, more than $60,000 had been raised. The effort continues this week. Those interested in contributing can find the page at



Rio Salado College hosts free dental clinic for kids Rio Salado College will host a free dental clinic for those ages 17 and younger from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, at its clinic, 2250 W. 14th Street in Tempe. Rio Salado students and instructors will volunteer their time and expertise to provide comprehensive dental-hygiene care. Services include exams, X-rays, cleaning, fluoride varnish and fun educational tips on staying healthy. Each child will receive a wellness goodie bag. “Community service is one of the core principles at Rio Salado College, and a requirement for dental-hygiene students,” said Holly Harper, Rio Salado faculty chair of dental programs. “We require our dental students to volunteer at least 40 hours during their program of study.” Parents and guardians should register children in advance by calling 480-3774100 or emailing to guarantee a spot. Space is limited. Walk-ins will be accommodated if time and space permit.

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Town Council approves new budget with $2M increase GSN NEWS STAFF


he Gilbert Town Council adopted a $966,501,770 budget for the next fiscal year, a modest increase of less than $2 million over last year’s budget. The council approved the budget on a 5-2 vote, with Councilmen Jared Taylor and Victor Petersen voting against the measure. The vote marked the last budget vote for Petersen, who will not seek reelection. In a bit of good-natured ribbing, Budget Director Kelly Pfost presented Petersen with a pack of graphing paper and a loaf of bread to mark the occasion – a reference to Petersen’s now-famous “bread charts,” which he unveiled during the budget process each year to warn against overspending. The Gilbert Police Department’s received one of the most significant increases as its budget went up by over $2.3 mil-

lion. Much of that new money will cover the hiring of new officers, including the creation of a bicycle patrol unit to cover the Heritage District. It will include four patrol officers and one sergeant. “As more people come down to the Heritage District, the town has found that units on bikes are a better way to provide the public safety services needed in the area,” Pfost said. The increase in police funding also will cover the addition of 16 new patrol officers and three new sergeants. The increased police staffing was met with mild opposition from Taylor. “We have one of the safest communities and we do need more police officers, but almost $1 million more is probably more than what the safest community in America needs,” he said prior to the vote. Pfost said that staffing increases are needed in the department to keep up with

Gilbert’s population growth and to adequately service all coverage areas in the town. “We need more officers to keep up with that growth,” Pfost said. The town will also need to maintain and improve its utility infrastructure to keep up with growth and is currently considering raising utility rates to address water quality issues and maintain minimum utility fund balances. The council posted its intention to raise rates on May 7 and will hold a public hearing Sept. 20. The new budget assumes increased revenues from those rate increases and includes a water fund budget of over $33 million, with much of those monies allocated to well production and water treatment. The Parks and Recreation budget of just over $18 million is the third largest allocation in the general fund behind the police

and fire departments. The money will primarily be used to fund the town’s community centers, recreation centers, libraries and parks and will include funds to ramp up staffing for Elliot District Park, formerly Big League Dreams, that town plans to reopen in 2019. The council unanimously voted to lower the secondary property tax rate from $1.03 per $100 of assessed value to a rate of $0.99. That rate results in a tax levy of $22.3 million and will allow the town to make regularly debt scheduled payments. Had the council chose to keep the rate at $1.03 it would have been able to pay off an additional $1 million in debt, which could have saved the town $150,000 in interest. However, in a separate decision, the council had already voted to move $1 million from capital improvement funds to be used toward paying off an additional $1 million in 2008 bonds.

Equal Rights Amendment not necessary, Ducey says BY HOWARD FISCHER Capitol Media Services


ov. Doug Ducey is not in favor of Arizona becoming the state that finally puts the Equal Rights Amendment into the U.S. Constitution. Ducey said last week that as far as he's concerned, Arizona already is "a land of opportunity'' for all. And that, he said, includes women. "I don't know that that's something that's necessary for our state to be involved in at this time,'' the governor said. And Ducey brushed aside the suggestion that if Arizona were to become the 38th state to ratify the ERA and it became the law of the land, it could make a difference – not just here but in other states where the opportunities for women might not be the same as he says exists here. Technically speaking, Ducey has no say: Ratification is subject only to state House and Senate approval. The governor, however, has the constitutional ability to call lawmakers into special session but Ducey. It's not like Ducey is alone in his opposition. GOP leaders have used procedural maneuvers in each of the last two years to block the issue. What has made the issue immediately relevant is that Illinois lawmakers voted late last month to ratify the amendment. That means action by just one more state is

needed to put it into the U.S. Constitution. The text of the amendment is simple: Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex. It also would empower Congress to enact laws to enforce the provision. At the time Congress gave its approval in 1972, there were multiple questions about whether women were legally entitled to things like equal pay. But a change in the Constitution requires ratification by three-fourths of the states. And that process stalled after several years amid stiff opposition by conservative groups.. Ducey questioned whether the ERA is needed. "I think if you look at the employment numbers, if you look at the number of legislators we have by percentage, the number of governors that we've had across the country, the success in income growth across all spectrums inside the economy and our population, you'd see positive trends,'' the governor said. "And that's something I'm going to continue to focus on.'' Part of what has renewed interest is the #MeToo movement. But the push in Arizona for ratification began last year. During floor debate last year, Rep. Pamela Powers Hannley, D-Tucson, complained that her legislation to put Arizona on record in favor of the amendment never even

got a hearing. So she made a motion that the measure be brought to the full House for an immediate vote. The maneuver caught GOP leaders by surprise. But rather than simply allowing a vote, Speaker J.D. Mesnard, whose district includes part of Gilbert, made a procedural motion to instead have the House recess. That was approved along party lines, denying Democrats the vote they sought – and keeping Republicans from having to go on the record on whether they support or oppose the amendment. (Capitol Media Services) Rep. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, Gov. Doug Ducey said Arizona does not have to joined the said she would not be pushed into ratification movement for the Equal Rights Amendment. having to make a decision. "This already prohibits discrimination based on is an issue I need to study more on,'' said gender. "What are we fixing?'' he asked. Townsend, who was 4 years old when the That fix, according to Powers Hannley, amendment was introduced. is that women are still, on average, being Townsend said she no more supports paid less than men, even as women are paying someone less because of gender than she would discriminate based on re- moving into the same kinds of jobs that ligion, adding, "I do have a problem with men traditionally have held. Farnsworth, however, said the measure government telling businesses how to opmay have "unintended consequences,'' inerate." Mesnard did not dispute that he knew cluding the possibility that women would that Rep. Eddie Farnsworth, R-Gilbert, who be subject to the draft if it is reinstated. There's also a legal issue: Even if Arizona chairs the panel that would consider the lawmakers were to go along there's the measure, was unlikely to give it a hearing. Farnsworth said he's not against the con- question of whether the action is too late: cept of equal rights."I have seven daugh- The deadline imposed by Congress to apters,'' he said. He argued that state law prove it was 1982.




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Program representatives can also be reached on call at “Any dad, any parent that 480-382-9855. goes through what we went The program also provides through, my heart goes out to scholarships for those who do them,” he said. “There’s nothnot have insurance or othering worse than getting your wise cannot afford treatment. son out of 32 days of treat“We have helped out othment, getting home and 18 ers who wouldn’t have gotten hours later two Sheriff’s Deinto a good treatment center partment (officers) show up had they not come to our orat your house.” ganization, and we got them The project is exceptionally into treatment centers faster personal for Melle because it than they would have on their is also literally a way to keep own,” Melle said. his son’s memory alive. Melle credited the Chandler Shortly after joining the Police Department for providgroup, he found out that it was ing support for the program in search of a new name, so he since its inception. suggested I AM – representing Melle said he immediately his son’s initials. felt a kinship with Walters and The name has a duel meanCommander Edward Upshaw, ing as “I AM” is also a reference both of whom serve on Chanthe idea that while addiction dler I AM’s Board of Directors. can afflict anyone, it is only “The impact that (Chandler one aspect of their identity. I AM Project) can have for the (Kimberly Carillo / GSN Staff Photographer) For example, someone could Randy Melle helped start a Chandler-based opioid addiction treatment program after his son died of an overdose less than a day after community is tremendous,” say “I am salesman and I am leaving a month-long treatment program. Walters said. “Having worked also an addict…It incorporates in narcotics for a good portion everyone into that circle,” of career, I don’t know how Melle said. “I’m one parent and to all the parents crisis cost the country $504 billion in 2015 many times I ran into families that didn’t The rest of the group loved the idea it and family members who are afraid to alone, according to White House estimates. have a methodology for treatment for their embodied and adopted the moniker mov- admit that they have a loved one with an Melle, his wife and three daughters knew kids or family members.” ing forward. opiate problem, people need to know that they wanted to do more to combat the disHe said that the program is aiming to adThe concept the name represents is an there is help and there is hope for those ease that took their son and brother’s life. dress the addiction problem by providing important one for Melle as he works to people,” he said. They considered starting their own charity access to information and treatment. dispel the myths and misinformation that He added, “Don’t be afraid to discuss any but ultimately looked for an existing orgaWalters added, “The reality is that in my surround addiction. drug problem that you have with family. nization to help. line of work it is easy to see that we can’t “Addiction is not specific to any gender Don’t try to hide the fact that you might Melle asked a counselor at the treatment arrest our way out of this.” or any ethnicity. It is not specific to wealthy have a family member or a loved one who center Adam had attended for suggesMelle said he credits all the board mempeople or people who don’t have money,” is an addict. Do everything that you can to tions. The counselor said he should attend bers with committing to put the lion’s he said. “It hits every one of our families.” help them to save a life and to save the per- a meeting of the organization that would share of donated funds towards treatment Chandler Police Department Assistant son. It is really nothing to be ashamed of.” become Chandler I AM project, which in- for patients. Chief Dale Walters, who serves on the proMelle also stressed the importance of en- cluded members of the Chandler Police “We all have the same open heart for gram’s board, said the group is working to gaging with the community and convinc- Department and other local groups inter- helping drug addicts and especially opiate combat the stigma associated with addic- ing them that supporting program’s like ested in providing resources for addicts addicts, because that is where the epidemtion, because it can affect anyone. Chandler I AM is worthwhile, because the seeking help. ic is,” Melle said. “The reality of it is it is this is impacting project is primarily supported by dona“After the first meeting I knew this was a He said that over 95 percent of the doAmerican citizens at every socio-economic tions. group that I wanted to get involved with,” nated money goes towards treatment level,” he said. That can be an uphill battle, though, as he said. while a small amount is used for marketMelle knows that lesson all too well. many people have a negative perception of He added, “Everyone had the same agen- ing the program. After Adam’s death, the newspaper in drug addicts. da that I have, which is to find a way to help Outside of the Chandler I AM Project itFargo, North Dakota (the Melles moved to “The misconception most people have, people and not sit on our thumbs and do self, Melle is more than willing to share his Arizona from there) ran an article stating especially if you’re a heroin addict, is why nothing. There is an opiate addiction out story with anyone who needs advice. that Adam Melle was one of five former should we care about you?” he said. there,” he said. “If any parent has any questions about Fargo South High School students who Melle combats this mindset by commuThe project is based out of Chandler a family member or what they can do, I died of drug overdoses within a couple of nicating that addiction is a disease, not a Presbyterian Church and partners with would gladly give them my phone number months. choice. treatment centers from around the Valley and tell them what I’ve been through and Through his work with the Chandler I “I can’t explain addiction to you other to provide a safe space where addicts can what the last two years has been like, and AM Project, Melle hopes he can inspire than saying you don’t wake up one morn- find the support and treatment options. what they can do to avoid a catastrophe families to seek help on behalf of their ing and say you want to be an alcoholic or The Chandler I AM Project holds intakes like we had.” loved ones who are struggling with drug an addict.” every Tuesday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Chandler Donations to the Chandler I AM Project addiction, because too many families are He also stressed that the cost to fund Presbyterian Church, 1900 S. Arrowhead can be made through the program’s webafraid to address the problems head on the program pales in comparison to the Drive. Volunteers from local treatment or- site at due to the negative social implications that financial burden the opioid epidemic has ganizations are on hand to provide assessaddiction carries. put on Arizona and the nation. The opioid ments and referrals for treatment.







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Gilbert conductor plays Carnegie Hall with son BY WAYNE SCHUTSKY GSN Managing Editor


hen David Thye conducted his first concert at Carnegie Hall in 2005, he never realized that the performance would propel him to a residency at the famed venue or that he eventually would return there to perform alongside his son. Thirteen years later and the Gilbert resident has now performed 25 times at Carnegie Hall as a conductor with MidAmerica Productions, and on May 29 he shared the stage with his son, Desert Vista High School Director of Bands Josh Thye, at the venue’s Stern Auditorium. The performance – their second at Carnegie Hall together – featured David and Josh separately conducting the New England Symphonic Ensemble and Desert Vista’s Wind Ensemble, respectively. Despite performing at Carnegie Hall dozens of times, David acknowledged that this concert felt different. “I’ve had 25 concerts in the hall and I don’t think I have ever experienced what we experienced,” David said. He added that even his performers

and collaborators, some of whom he had not worked with before, recognized how special the event was for the father and son. “One after another, they came up to me. They were inspired and very heartfelt about it,” he said. “It really seemed to stir everyone and obviously us.” The concert had a similar impact on Josh, who has now conducted three times at Carnegie Hall. (Special to GSN) “As (conductors), we David Thye, left., of Gilbert and his son Josh, director of bands for Desert Vista High School in Ahwatukee, conducted their separate have done a lot of things orchestras on the same day at famed Carnegie Hall in New York City. parallel to each other over “There all these times in life like are you the years,” he said. “I have attended a lot be teachers, and they wrote that having of his concerts over the years, and he’s at- the honor to perform at Carnegie before going to step onto the stage or not,” Josh tended all of mine over the years. I guess even starting their path in college was said. “Are you going to take your chance when it intersects that’s a neat moment.” a really neat experience for them,” Josh when you have it? In that moment will you rise up and have courage?” Though the event had a significant ef- said. When talking about the effect that muThe father-and-son conductors share fect on the two conductors, that impact was felt doubly by Josh’s young perform- sic has on students, the Thyes sound a lot that sentiment that their profession goes ers, many of whom left him notes after like sports coaches – and emphasize the well beyond the music itself. To David, music is a unifying force in an the last day of school to let him know character-building aspects of live performance that will remain with the kids long increasingly divided world. how important the trip was to them. “I have two students that are going on after the concert is over. see CARNEGIE page 12

EV students carrying a tune all the way to Australia



atalie Garrett says she is still in disbelief that she gets to fly more than 20 hours to perform in a world-famous venue. Emily Baxter just hopes to hug a koala. The two are among 34 East Valley students in the 110-member Phoenix Children’s Chorus now on a 12-day tour of Australia. The highlight will be their June 22 concert performance at the Sydney Opera House. The children’s choir takes trips every year to perform; however, they travel internationally only every third year. “When we heard it was Australia for this year, I was so surprised, kind of in shock,” said Garrett, 19, of Chandler, who attended Chandler Preparatory Academy. “It was like, wow, amazing. Then

Students must audition for the touring choirs. Garrett and Baxter were in the group that sang in New York’s Carnegie Hall last year. Garrett, who has been in the chorus for seven years, is among the few remaining from its last international trip, to Argentina, three years ago. Natalie Garrett Emily Baxter The choir, stuwhen they added that we get to sing in dents ages 12-19, have been preparing the Sydney Opera House, it was disbelief.” all year for this trip of a lifetime. They will Among the contingent are 18 students share the Sydney Opera House stage with who live in Chandler, six each from Mesa the Colorado Springs (Colorado) Youth and Tempe, three from Gilbert and one Symphony and a Temecula, California, from Gold Canyon. high school band.

Choir members will be immersed in Australian culture while being homehosted by local families. Baxter and Garrett hope to learn about a different culture, meet new people and discover new things while touring the country. Neither plans to study music in college, but both are grateful for the opportunities that auditioning for the chorus and making it have given them. Both plan to continue singing informally in choirs as an activity that they enjoy. Garrett is headed to Arizona State to major in biology in hopes of preparing for a career in the healthcare industry. Baxter, 18, of Gilbert, who attended Prima Vera High and East Valley Institute of Technology, has been with the choir for five years. She plans to attend Northern Arizona University this fall to study biol-

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To illustrate, he pointed a piece he conducted at the concert in May featured seven languages, including Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, Zulu, Latin and English. “It was fun to bring the world onto the stage,” he said. “It is important for music to be that language and voice of hope in the world.” As accomplished as he is now, David did not grow up in a musical household. Neither of his parents played instruments, and it was not until he began playing trumpet in the fifth grade that he realized he had an aptitude for the craft. He ended up working his way to first chair. “I just kind of fell in love with music,” he said. “I had no idea where it would take us.” It ended up taking the Thye family all over the U.S. as the group moved 22 times throughout David’s career. He got his start at a large high school in the Kansas City area and has since worked at universities, large churches and the Fort Worth Symphony. Unlike his father’s path to conducting, Josh’s journey to music had an air of predestination. The younger Thye performed in the 2005 chorus that David conducted at Carnegie Hall along with

his mother, brother Jake and their wives. Josh then attended University of Arizona to study music and began working at Desert Vista, his alma mater, immediately after graduation. He remembered finally feeling comfortable in the job at the beginning of his fourth year when his first class of freshmen became seniors. “They were pretty special, and I still remember a lot of them,” Josh said. One student, Andrew Worden, went on to the Eastman School of Music and debuted an original composition titled “Bolt” — an allusion to Desert Vista’s mascot — at the Carnegie Hall performance. As professional accolades add up, conducting remains an intensely personal experience for the Thyes, a physical manifestation of the bond between the father and son. “I go to Josh’s concerts and I am the guy in the back row crying my eyeballs out, whether it’s in Carnegie Hall or in Desert Vista’s auditorium or on the marching field,” David said. “I can’t tell you what it means. Words can’t express what that means to me that my son would not only love music so much but that it would impact his world and also produce that kind of performance attainment.”

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wo rescued cats and a dog are turning to warm hearts in Ahwatukee in the hope of finding a permanent home. Jennifer Berry of Arizona Rescue is offering a cat named Pasha, whom she described as “a gorgeous gal with one of the shiniest, sleekest and softest fur coats you’ve ever had the privilege of petting.” Berry said Pasha likes “cuddling in your lap, lying on your chest or snuggled into your neck. “Be prepared to be smothered by endless kisses. We’ve never known a cat to give so many kisses. Combine her kisses, which have a tendency to tickle, with her rumbling purr motor, and you can’t help but fall in love with her. She’s so endearing – we guarantee she’ll bring a smile to your face and cause you to forget all of your cares,” Berry said. The cat likes to jump high in pursuit of wand toys that taunt her and “gets some impressive hang time.” “She is also great at entertaining herself – she enjoys playing with the track ball toy and if there’s brown packing paper lying on the floor, she’ll dive right in to play/ hide,” Berry said, adding she gets along with other cats. Pasha was turned over to Arizona Rescue because her owner became too ill to care for her. Information:


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ogy. She hopes to become a naturopathic physician. The Australia trip was announced just before the group performed a year ago in New York. “All the seniors who graduated last year were Sydney Opera House, Australia super-jealous,” Baxter said. “I felt so lucky. I’m ecstatic. I don’t Prescott, weekly rehearsals, music litknow how I’m going to be able to sleep. eracy and two advanced touring choirs “New York was one of the best things travel nationally and internationally. AuI’ve ever experienced. It was so amazing. dition information is available at phoeRiding a crowded subway was a culture shock, with so many people in a close, Cheryl Mollerup, executive director tiny space. Seeing Times Square and of Phoenix Children’s Chorus, said that all the buildings, then getting to sing in each student was charged with raising Carnegie Hall, honestly, it was breathtak- the $3,500 necessary to make the Austraing. And now this. I am so fortunate.” lia trip. Some obtained sponsors. Some The award-winning touring Phoe- received help from parents. Some made nix Children’s Chorus has performed in posters and set up fundraising kiosks Austria, Germany, Ireland, Russia, Can- outside supermarkets. Some held jobs. ada, Mexico, China, Italy, Argentina and And for those with economic hardship, throughout the United States, as musical assistance was given. ambassadors representing Arizona. “As an organization, we did not want While learning the fine art of choral any of them to miss this,” Mollerup said. music, members participate in profesBaxter says she is ready to soak up evsional performances throughout the ery minute of it. year and learn the basic elements of vo“And I hope to hug a koala,” she said. cal technique, performance and musi- “Isn’t that what everybody wants to do if cianship skills. Summer music camp in they go to Australia?”

Singing down under

More than 30 students from East Valley schools are among 110 on the Phoenix Youth Chorus 12-day tour of Australia, which includes a June 22 performance at the Sydney Opera House. CHANDLER • Amelia Crago, Payne Junior High • Isabella Navarro, Aprende Middle • Paige DeCoster, Arizona College Prep-Oakland • Julian Lee, Santan Junior • Hannah Reeves, home school • Charlotte Ruth, Willis Junior • Noelle Garrett, Chandler Preparatory • McKenzie Kyte, Arizona School for the Arts • Elizabeth Simmons, home school • Ariel Teo, home school • Maren Wenger, Dobson High • Kylie Chung, Dobson High • Karli Dieu, Dobson High • Madison Henson, Perry High • Shakthi Srinivasan, BASIS Chandler • Natalie Garrett, Chandler Preparatory • Camryn Palmer, Corona del Sol High • Ruthanne Teo, home school

GILBERT • Megan Baggs, Cooley Middle • Lily Birosh, Desert Ridge Junior High • Emily Baxter, Prima Vera High/EVIT GOLD CANYON • Victoria Mitchell, Apache Junction High/EVIT

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Banner Health plan eyes serving south Gilbert GSN NEWS STAFF


outh Chandler will get its own hospital – the city’s second – after Banner Health announced plans to move into the turf that long has been the sole province of Dignity Health. The announcement came only about two weeks after Dignity announced a massive expansion of the Chandler Regional Medical Center. Both companies attributed their moves to population growth not only in Chandler but throughout the East Valley. And both companies’ projects will pour tens of millions of dollars into the local economy. Banner said it’s spending $150 million to build the 120-bed facility; Dignity is spending $194.8 million on its new tower. Banner will build a four-story, 240,000-square-foot hospital on the southwest corner of Alma School Road and Loop 202 Santan Freeway, next to its Banner Health Center, a full-service doctor’s office that does not offer urgent care but does offer primary care services, rotating specialists, X-ray labs and extended hours. Its so-far-unnamed hospital seems aimed at part of Dignity Health’s market, which also runs Mercy Gilbert Medical

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The new hospital will go up on land adjacent to Banner Health Center on the southwest corner of Alma School Road and Loop 202 Santan Freeway.

Center. Banner noted in a release that the facility “will help fulfill the healthcare needs of area residents, including those who reside in Ahwatukee, Chandler and Gilbert.” Banner also stated: “The Southeast Valley is one of the fastest-growing segments in Maricopa County, with Chandler and Gilbert representing a significant portion of the growth. The

growth rate in these communities is outpacing that of the rest of the Phoenix metropolitan area and will require additional health care services. “In addition to the rapid growth of the overall population, Banner also has more than 80,000 members in its Banner Health Network insurance organization that reside in the Southeast Valley. They participate in value-based health plans

provide SEVRAR members and the public with a more centrally located facility,” she added. “Currently, our demographic research shows that, overwhelmingly, both members’ home and offices reside in the Gilbert and Chandler areas – south of the 202 Santan Freeway and further east of our current location,” Pendle said. She added that the new digs allow the group to “expand our resources and infrastructure to provide additional classes, events and services. In addition, the potential of upgrades in meeting space, technology, lease space, and a public facing conference center will allow SEVRAR a more prominent place in the community.” SEVRAR was established to give area Realtors “a voice in support of private

property rights and the American Dream of homeownership,” group President Liz Harris said. The group counts more than 12,500 members. The association was incorporated in 1961 and serves Apache Junction, Ahwatukee, Chandler, Gilbert, Guadalupe, Mesa, Queen Creek, Gold Canyon, Sun Lakes and Tempe. “We work to create healthy communities and a strong business environment for the benefit of all. The new building will provide continued education to Realtors by day, and the ability to transform the venue into a dynamic event destination by night,” Harris added. The state-of-the-art 21,064-squarefoot office building will feature a 4,079-square-foot conference center,

that require convenient and affordable care.” Becky Kuhn, Banner’s chief operating officer, echoed that sentiment: “We want to provide convenient care that is close to home for our patients and their families. The surrounding Southeast Valley is growing fast, and we want to make sure our patients and health plan members have care when and where they need it.” The hospital will open in fall 2020 – about a year after the South Mountain Freeway will open – and will provide Ahwatukee residents with far quicker access to a hospital than either Dignity Health hospital offers. It will include an emergency room, imaging and surgery facilities and a maternity ward. “The hospital will have room for expansion as the community needs require more services,” Banner added. Mayor Jay Tibshraeny hailed Banner’s announcement: “I have seen the preliminary plans for the project and I am very excited to see this new hospital complex built in our community. “Banner has an excellent record in providing high-level care across the Valley. This location will serve our

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East Valley Realtors group moving into new complex GSN NEWS STAFF

The SouthEast Valley Regional Association of Realtors – which includes many Gilbert Realtors – is leaving its longtime headquarters in Mesa to take up in a new building with a conference center in south Chandler. The association, the largest in Arizona, is opening its office headquarters and its Avion Center at 1733 E. Northrup Blvd., near the Loop 202 Santan Freeway and Cooper Road, on Monday, June 18. The office building will house 20 employees and it and the conference center are on a 3.1-acre site that SEVRAR purchased because it was “driven by progress and a vision for the future,” spokeswoman Laurel Pendle said. “The newly purchased property will

additional executive suites for smaller classes and meetings, a large exterior patio, an indoor pre-function area ideal for networking events and an expanded store. The Avion Center ballroom can host up to 300 guests and includes the more intimate Red Baron suite, which can accommodate up to 40 guests. The new building was designed by John Douglas of John Douglas Architects and was constructed by Haydon Construction. SEVRAR is leaving a relatively obscure site on South Vineyard, a few blocks away from the intersect ion of Country Club Drive and U.S. 60. Pendle said that building – which SEVRAR has occupied for 30 years – will close Monday.




Gilbert Leadership graduates 26th class BY NAME GSN title


ilbert Leadership celebrated the graduation of Class XXVI at a formal ceremony earlier this month, recognizing 24 students who have contributed to the community. Gilbert Leadership, a program of the Gilbert Chamber Foundation, serves to raise up local leadership by promoting and inspiring action on issues that impact the Town of Gilbert. The program influences the community by building leadership capacity, increasing knowledge and awareness of community concerns, and nurturing future leaders. Over the past nine months, class participants have worked together to discover the infrastructure of Gilbert, including an inside look at our town’s history, fine arts, local government, education, social services, healthcare, and more. “Gilbert Leadership was a great experience,” said program graduate Traci Frederickson, of Fountain of Life Christian Fellowship. “Learning what it takes to make our town so great

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For their community service project, members of the Gilbert Leadership class built two exchange centers that provide safe environment for consummating online sales between private parties.

and meeting amazing people who are invested in a lifestyle of personal growth and giving back to their community was priceless. Gilbert Leadership gave me insight and tools to which I would have never experienced.” Gilbert Leadership brings together individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences to develop their

leadership potential. Participants experience personal growth and gain a unique perspective as they take an inside look at the workings of their community. Graduates and their affiliations include: David Baldwin, Via Circuits Inc.; Blake Bentley, Ready Logistics; Irma Bressler, CertaPro Painters; Mike Burkhart, Gilbert Fire Department; Judy Cato, Arizona

State University/Victory AME Church; Kristen Drew, Town of Gilbert; Kellen Escoto, HD South/Gilbert Historical Museum; Traci Frederickson, Fountain of Life; Robert Gardner, Banner Health; Erik Gray, Leading Edge Academy; Vicki Kettner, Town of Gilbert; Also, Randy Mahlerwein, Higley Unified School District; Caryn Mannheimer, Orbital ATK; Justin Martz, Wells Fargo; Bryanna McHenry and Brendan O’Connor, both Salt River Project; Cris Parisot, Town of Gilbert; Shannon Powell, TotSpot Preschool; Jonathan V Reece, Geneva Financial LLC; Brian Sexton, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority; Vincent Thomas, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center; Mike Thomason, Higley Unified School District; James Walker, Higley Unified School District; and Nicole Washington, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center. Members attended full-day sessions once each month for nine months; complete a series of local tours; and work together to select, organize, and execute a class service project.

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The class constructed; two “Exchange Zones” – one at each Police Station in Gilbert – to create areas for residents to exchange goods purchased on-line and for parents to conduct child custody exchanges in a well-lit environment and under the watchful eye of digital surveillance. Gilbert Leadership is currently accepting applications to participate in the program’s 27th class and will begin interviewing applicants in July. Gilbertarea residents and/or employees are eligible to apply. Interested candidates should submit a

completed application by July 6. Program applications can be found online at Gilbert Leadership is a 10-month program of the Gilbert Chamber Foundation. Candidates are required to live or work in Gilbert, possess a commitment to community involvement and personal growth, and a desire to improve the Gilbert community. “More than 530 people have discovered leadership opportunities and fostered lasting relationships through this program,” the Chamber said in a release.

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more surface parking to fit more than 1,100 vehicles. Tower D will likely be finished in early 2021 and new hospital inpatient beds will open by then. Renovations also will be made to an existing building to add six more operating rooms. The upgrades to the existing structure will be complete and ready for patient use in 2022. Tower D will add 132 more patient beds, bringing the hospital’s total bed count to 429. Tower D will house 36 more ICU beds for the hospital’s critical care patients. It will also contain 60 telemetry beds mainly for brain or spine-related case and cardiopulmonary patients, who need a higher level of care with constant monitoring. Those patients might include ones recovering from complex procedures or strokes, neurosurgery or thoracic surgery. Once it is built, Tower D will also have space for 36 more beds in the future, bringing the total to 132 more patient beds. Chandler Regional opened in 1961 with 40 beds and it has steadily increased over the last nearly 60 years.

residents well, while adding valuable new jobs to the workforce,” the mayor added. Banner Health is one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country, owning and operating 28 acutecare hospitals in six states. The Chandler Regional expansion also is being driven by population growth, particularly what Dignity called “the quickly growing number of patients in the East Valley who need complex, serious treatments.” The overall population in the area is growing, the number of “aging” residents is increasing and Chandler Regional has increased its “specialization and our abilities to take on more complex patients” within the last few years, Dignity CEO Mark Slyter said. The expansion will create about 200 new jobs. Banner did not say how many jobs its hospital will generate. Chandler Regional is planning to break ground later this year on a new campus building project that includes a new, fivestory patient-care tower, called Tower D, as well as a new parking structure with


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America is bigger than legislator’s racist rant proclaims BY DAVID LEIBOWITZ GSN Guest Writer


here are days when it’s kind of mortifying to be a white person. Last Thursday was one of those days. Thursday was when a grainy 50-second videotape surfaced showing Arizona legislator David Stringer, R-Confederacy, expounding on immigration to the Yavapai County Republican Men’s Forum. Per Stringer, a Prescott conservative, immigration represents “an existential threat” to the United States because America’s current wave of immigrants refuses to “assimilate” to his satisfaction. That they don’t, Stringer explained in the video, tracks back to our public schools. “Sixty percent of public school children in the state of Arizona today are minorities,” he told the crowd. “That complicates racial integration because” – wait for it – “there aren’t enough white kids to go around.” Yep. Like I said, not exactly a shining

moment for us white folks. Mostly because Stringer’s perspective on immigration frequently appears to be the white perspective when it comes to what America is and what it is not. Let me explain. At the heart of Stringer’s speech – and his various half-assed follow-up explanations – resides the notion that being American requires following in the footsteps of this nation’s white Founding Fathers and subsequent white generations. Rather than immigrants changing America, America must change – and whiten – its immigrants. We must all speak the same language. We must all share the same values. We must all worship the same deity. And we must all strive for the same American Dream. America, Stringer hypothesized to Howie Fischer of Capitol Media Services, has long been “a melting pot for people of European descent.” “If you’re a Swede, a Norwegian, an Irishman and a Frenchman, after the second or third generation, your kids are all alike,” said Stringer. “They don’t have

any accents. They’re indistinguishable.” Indistinguishable. The same. White. Or, at worst, a light shade of beige. Consider Stringer’s words and their implications when it comes to public schools. In his view, the role of white kids in an integrated school is to rub off on non-white kids, to provide an appropriate example of how Americans look and behave and what Americans value. I don’t think I’m paraphrasing wildly to suggest that Stringer believes public schools exist to white-ify non-white Americans – or else the country will face the “political implications of massive demographic change and displacement.” Meaning there will soon come a time when Americans won’t look like David Stringer wants them to look, and they won’t believe what David Stringer believes we all should believe. As the great-grandchild of European immigrants who came to this country through Ellis Island during the great migration of the 20th century, I’d like to point out the flaw in Stringer’s logic. America, a nation literally founded by

immigrants, has never been set in stone. For 242 years and counting, there has never been one correct way to be an American. Literally, our Declaration of Independence cites a few self-evident truths: “That all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” America has always been bigger than David Stringer’s small mind would have it, more capable of embrace than his shrunken heart will allow. Elected to represent all the people, Stringer seems to believe his mandate is to protect those who resemble him from anyone darker than him. And if he fails? Then America will crumble before our eyes. Stringer warns: “We could be facing national dissolution in a decade or two if we don’t get control of the immigration issue.” David Stringer fears his days are numbered. To which I say, let’s hope so. Let’s really hope so.

Mentors make the world of difference for foster kids BY LAURA PAHULES GSN Guest Writer


oster care. Two words that evoke a variety of emotions and so many questions: How can I help? Can I make a difference? How do we have so many kids in care? While there may not be definitive reasons so many kids enter the foster care system, there are agencies that systemically work to improve their lives once they are in care. Arizonans for Children is a nonprofit founded in 2002 to help families reunify by having locations to visit outside of case managers’ offices. No matter what trauma brought the kids into the system, these centers encourage bonding and healing Arizonans for Children two visitation

centers, one in Phoenix and one in Mesa, that allow children in foster care to spend time with their parents in a fun, safe but supervised environment. Some families will never reunify, and if they do not, the time spent at these centers offers the chance to create positive memories and allow the families to heal. The visitation centers are staffed by volunteers who want to make a difference in these families’ lives. Each center has a variety of toys, games, books, play grounds, and activities: classes including dance, cooking, literacy, STEM, crafts and much more. Arizonans for Children has a program that matches volunteers from the community to mentor school age children in foster care. Mentors pick up the child from their foster placement

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Mentors commit to spending eight hours a month for a year with a foster child, becoming the one consistent person in a kid’s life as they transition from home to home.




Chandler man’s grandfather forged the GI Bill 74 years ago BY JOHN D. LEWIS GSN Guest Writer


hen I was growing up, my grandfather – who everyone called Mac – taught me an important lesson about honesty. We were in the waiting room of a hospital when I shook a newspaper rack and quarters began to fall everywhere. I told Mac about my newfound fortune. He asked to see the quarters and then slowly inserted each one back into the coin box. He didn’t say a word. He didn’t scold me. He simply led by example. My grandfather was Ernest W. McFarland (1894-1984). If you don’t know the name, Mac served as senator, senate majority leader, Arizona governor, chief justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, founded KTVK in Phoenix. Those are just a few of his accomplishments. A farm boy from Oklahoma, he came to the state with only $10 in his pocket and went on to win the Triple Crown of Arizona politics. Mac was down-to-earth, likeable, drank 20 cups a coffee and day and

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Ernest W, MacFarland’s grandchildren include, from left: Del Lewis Jr, Kara Lewis, Leah Lewis, Bill Lewis and John D. Lewis.

worked across the political aisle to get things done. He wasn’t a celebrity politician and was so plain spoken that the press of the era would call him “Homespun Ernie” or “Stumpy McFarland.”

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He overcame many tragedies, including the loss of his first wife and three children to illness within a twoyear period – something he would never talk for the rest of his life. People that knew him always tell

my siblings and I that they loved my grandfather and that he was a workhorse – not a show horse. One of the achievements he is most remembered for, and that he was most proud of, was his efforts to get the GI Bill, or Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, passed into law 74 years ago on June 22, 1944. What many today don’t know is the history of the GI Bill. After WWI, Mac, who had served briefly in the Navy, saw firsthand how poorly vets were treated. Returning soldiers were paid back for their sacrifice with long unemployment and soup kitchen lines. There were few jobs to be had and even fewer benefits. As a young senator during wartime in 1943, Mac was determined that returning WWII vets would have opportunities to readjust to civilian life to thank them for their service. An initial Omnibus Bill was first presented by the American Legion which Mac felt wasn’t adequate. Working with the Legion, Veterans of

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and take them into the community, to places like the park and library. The mentor becomes the one consistent person in the child’s life as they transition from placement to placement. Kids in foster care are frequently moved which means a new home, new kids, new staff, new school, new neighborhood. When these kids can count on their mentor to pick them up from that placement, even if only for a short visit, it gives them something to look forward to, something that has not changed. Mentors do a variety of activities with their mentee while including life lessons in to the visit. Think about all the things you learned from your parents, teachers, neighbors that these kids are likely missing out on. Who taught you how to tip at a restaurant? Or how to order at a restaurant? Was there someone that showed you how to take public

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Foreign Wars, disabled American Veterans and representatives from education and other walks of life, the resulting bill included important provisions drafted by Mac to provide educational benefits and zero-down home and business loans to returning military. For his relentless efforts, Mac, along with the National Commander of the American Legion, Warren Atherton, is considered a “Father of the GI Bill.” The impact of the GI Bill was staggering. According to Arizona historian Vincent Murray, from 1945 until 1956 when the initial program ended, the bill served over 15 million servicemen and women. Based on numbers from the U.S.

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Arizonans for Children train volunteers to mentor foster children and teach them basic things they have never been exposed to.

transportation or pump gas? How often did you see “please” and “thank you” modeled as a child? These are things many of the children we meet at Arizonans for Children have never been exposed to.

State Department, approximately 7.8 million veterans took advantage of the educational provisions; 2.2 million of the provisions for business and home loans; 2.2 million were able to attend college; 1.5 million OJT (i.e. journeymen, etc.); 3.5 million vocational; and 700,000 farm training. The GI Bill generated 450,000 trained engineers, 91,000 scientists, 67,000 doctors, 22,000 dentists, 238,000 teachers, and 1 million-plus additional college educated professionals. In addition, the VA backed nearly 2.4 million home loans for World War II veterans from 1944 to 1952. Today, many call the GI Bill is the most successful piece of social legislation ever written. It made educations and home ownership attainable by the common

The goal for the Arizonans for Children Mentor program is that 90 percent of the kids that have a mentor for six months will see improvement in their attendance, their grades will improve, their behaviors will get better

man – and not just the elite. Seventyfour years ago, no one could have imagined how Mac’s foresight would end up affecting the nation’s veterans, educational system, and workforce for generations to come. As the bill’s anniversary draws near, if you, or someone you know, went to school or bought a home through the GI Bill, think of Mac. A new book written by Gary L. Stuart, Call Him Mac, is being released by the U. of A. Press this September. My siblings and I hope you will take a moment to learn more about our grandfather – a humble and honest man who sought to make the American Dream possible for so many. – Chandler businessman John Lewis is the grandson of Ernest W. McFarland, an Arizona leader who helped create the G.I. Bill.

but most importantly their self esteem and self worth will improve. In 2017, the goal was missed, coming in at 89.75 percent of the kids improving in those areas. But when a child in foster care has a mentor for a year, that statistic changes dramatically: 100 percent of the kids with a mentor for a year see improvement in their attendance, grades, behavior as well as their self-esteem and self-worth – which is incredible. Eight hours a month and a year commitment changes the kids from statistics to successes. So who can be a mentor? The requirements are over 21, able to pass a background check and willing to spend eight hours a month while committing to a year with a specific child. Anyone can be a mentor – they just have to care. Start the process by filling out our volunteer application at -Laura Pahules is the executive director of Arizonans for Children.

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Ernest W. McFarland was a towering figure in Arizona history and forged the GI Bill 74 years ago on June 22.

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Highland Hawks hope to �ly among 6A’s football elite BY BRIAN BENESCH GSN Sports Editor


he bar has been raised at Highland High, where the Hawks had their first wining record in four years last season. But if they thought their 8-4 mark was good enough, check with Coach Brock Farrel. “Eight-and-four is good, but we want to be great,” Farrel said. “Let’s strive for excellence. We use that as motivation. We’re going to compete hard regardless of our opponent.” Going into his second year, Farrel believes that Highland could take that next step and contend for a 6A state title this fall. “I think I benefited from excitement, since the school hadn’t had a new coach in 10 years. I think the kids were hungry for a change, and I just benefited from bringing a different energy,” Farrel said. Farrel followed the 10-year run of Pete Wahlheim, whose teams went 4660 during a decade. While Wahlheim put together three winning seasons, the school seemed ready for a change. It apparently found its man in Farrel. He’d been an assistant coach at Liberty Christian Academy in Lynchburg, Virginia. Farrel then moved closer to family in the Valley and coached under Shaun Aguano in one of the

state’s premier football programs at Chandler High. Farrel eventually landed the head coaching job at Shadow Mountain, where the team’s record improved in each of his three seasons. His tenure with the Matadors led to an opportunity at Highland. The Hawks stormed through last season with impressive victories over Skyline and Cesar Chavez. They scored 41 points in a statetournament win over tough Desert Mountain before falling to topseeded Mountain Pointe, which it nearly upset during the regular season. With a talented roster returning, Farrel expects even more great things from his Hawks. That roster includes quarterback Kaleb Herbert, linebacker Griffin Nielson and dual-threat senior Kohner Cullimore. “On defense, he just has great instincts,” Farrel said of Cullimore. “He arrives physical and makes tackles in the

backfield. He’s a great weapon at safety. If we need it, we go to him.” Farrel’s past in Chandler’s huddle and the wealth of talent on the Hawks’ roster have them ready to take the leap into 6A football’s hierarchy, he believes. “There is a little bit of experimenting,”

Farrel said of the team’s summer practices. “You want to work on timing and the mental part of your scheme. I want to see how we compete against other teams.”

USC as a baseball player. Now Todd is passing along what he learned from his dad to his son, Ryan, a budding athlete headed to Desert Vista High in August after an impressive multisport career with the Altadena Middle School Panthers. Todd’s Father’s Day message to dads and sons connected by sports is simple: Just let it happen. No pressure. The Santino family has a history of athletic success on both sides, but Todd and wife, Keely, didn’t want to push their son into competition. “When we moved here nine years ago, I coached a little bit. But I kind of got out

of that right away,” Todd said. “I wanted to support the kids when they were younger, then I wanted them to do their own thing and just support them in the background.” As Ryan gets ready to focus on basketball and baseball at Desert Vista, his parents understand there is far more to life than sports. The family has stressed the importance of schoolwork to go along with athletic achievements. That approach has paid off, as Ryan graduated from Altadena last month an honor-roll student. “We’ve really raised Ryan to be respectful. We try to make sure he doesn’t

grow up arrogant,” Todd said. “We’re school-first. That’s most important.” Inside the Santinos’ Phoenix home is a room dedicated to the family’s rich history of athletic triumphs. Game-worn jerseys, signed equipment and trophies scattered on the walls are enough to breed success on the court and diamond. The plethora of USC Trojans memorabilia is hard to ignore. And as Ryan gears up for his freshman year at Desert Vista, he can’t help pondering his collegiate future. “I would love to go to USC. We go there

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The Santinos’ Father’s Day message: Keep sports in perspective BY BRIAN BENESCH GSN Sports Editor


he links that sports create between fathers and sons can enrich a relationship or turn it toxic, especially when dad was a star athlete. Todd Santino knows. His dad, Tony, was an All-American baseball player at the University of Southern California. Todd liked sports, too, but he is grateful that Tony never pushed him to follow in his footsteps. Yet Todd, now a business-development manager with the Arizona Cardinals, did find his own way and followed his dad to

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all the time to see games,” Ryan said. “Arizona and ASU are great schools, too.” Todd Santino has had a long career as a professional sports executive. He’s held positions with the Golden State Warriors and New Orleans Hornets of the NBA, but he’s found a permanent home in football with the Cardinals. Ryan seems to have found a home on the baseball diamond. The 14-year-old was dominant for Altadena this past season, starring at shortstop during the team’s title run. Prior to the spring, Ryan could be found leading his basketball team in scoring as a shooting guard. He helped Altadena win its first-ever championship. And Ryan was a top runner on the cross country team. It’s not out of the ordinary for the talented Santino family. Todd was a pitcher at USC, his career cut short by an arm injury. Todd and Ryan, however, claim they are not the superstars of the family. That honor belongs to Ryan’s grandfather, Todd’s father, Tony. Tony Santino went on to play major league baseball for three years with the Milwaukee Braves. “He was the best,” Todd said of his

father, who resides in California. “I knew there was always an expectation when you grew up with a dad who was an AllAmerican, but it was always unspoken. He didn’t put pressure on us.” Todd and Keely’s choice to take a similar approach with Ryan has paid off. Ryan found his own way. Ryan’s record-setting performances include a 75-point day in a three-game basketball tournament in San Diego last summer. “I like baseball and basketball equally,” Ryan said. “I pitched a lot in club and am waiting for high school to see how my arm develops.” “I think playing multiple sports makes him a better athlete. He’s a much better shortstop because he plays basketball,” Todd added. As he sat next to Ryan on the couch, Todd took the opportunity to compare his son to another star athlete: himself. “I think he’s a better overall athlete in basketball than I was, but we were both known as shooters. I think he has picked that skill up. I was always a really good control pitcher. He has a very accurate arm from shortstop or on the mound,” he said. Todd believes that his son has a ton of untapped potential. “He’s not very mature physically yet.

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Ryan Santino, 14, who plans to play sports at Desert Vista High, and his father, Todd, a former star athlete and now a front-office employee with the Arizona Cardinals, say they benefited from having fathers who did not push them to follow them into sports – yet they both did, on their own.

So, to still be able to dominate like he has is impressive,” Todd said. “I think he has the ability to explode as he goes through high school.” Ryan isn’t the last in the Santino

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Historical museum more than a bunch of old stuff BY SRIANTHI PERERA GSN Contributor


ince rebranding as HD South, Gilbert Historical Museum has speeded up implementing its “Communities for All Ages,” which aims to build a sense of community by bringing together generations for programs and activities. As with many things new, the public has been slow to latch on to the wealth of new offerings available on the southern end of the Heritage District. For the most part, they still see the building dating to 1913 as the repository of Gilbert’s history. The public may still walk the creaking floorboards looking at displays of historical memorabilia. But that’s not all they’ll find. “We’ve got really great, quality programs,” said Kayla Kolar, executive director of the center. “People are still having a bit of an issue looking at us and seeing that it’s not just a history museum.” During the past two years, the range of offerings has included an art exhibition on Arizona’s first motorcycle club, The Dirty Dozen; how to create a spring garden, and chair yoga for those with limited movement.

fulfills the center’s mission. Some events are free and some have low admission charges. Still, attendance has been spotty, unless the center collaborates with another organization, which generally has a ready audience of its own, said Thom Hulen, program coordinator. He (HDSouth) formerly was muThis artistic interpretation of HDSouth may harken back to the old days of the Gilbert seum educator Historical Museum but in reality, it is now a more vibrant destination. at Pueblo Grande History and science cafés, genealogy Museum, where he formulated non-profit classes, art workshops, health and wellness programming. A quilt workshop was cancelled because talks, storytelling, bluegrass jam sessions and cultural workshops have been part of of low registration, but on the morning of the workshop, people showed up for it, Huthe mix. Certain events, such as a workshop on len said. Kolar added: “If people don’t have to pay building a Harry Potter wand, making Christmas decorations out of salt dough anything for it, they’re not as committed to and a lecture on forests and watersheds, show up. It’s an ongoing dilemma.” Recently, HD South did a marketing surwere attended by teens and seniors, which

vey to research what types of programming is needed, whether it was offering programs on convenient days and times of the week, and how much people are willing to pay for them. Kolar said it received a 7 percent response, but with many comments, which are being evaluated. Program suggestions included an author series. “We were pleasantly surprised to see that people thought we were doing the right kinds of things, but not necessarily at the right times,” Kolar said. For example, many people wanted programs on Saturdays and Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. “We were doing a lot of programs on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 7 p.m. so maybe we’d want to adjust the time,” she said. As for fees, the director noted that people didn’t really ask for free programs as 50 percent of respondents indicated they were willing to pay $10. The survey results will be taken into consideration in future programming, Kolar said, adding, “It was really good feedback.” For the most part, programming for the

Clever Koi’s new items will delight foodies BY NIKI D’ANDREA GETOUT Staff


he Asian-inspired food at Clever Koi is adventurous. Dining at Clever Koi, 384 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert, is paradise for epicurean explorers, and many new adventures were added to the menu this past spring. Traditional Asian dishes like fried rice, ramen and dumplings get punched up with exotic ingredients like duck fat sriracha, black garlic, Japanese whiskey glaze, wasabi guacamole, yuzu aioli, ponzu tofu cream and especially pickled daikon. The white, mild-flavored radish appears all over the menu. That’s not to say there’s nothing on the menu for the unadventurous eater. The pad thai is familiar and flavorful, and also avail-

able in a vegan version. Korean fried chicken, curry, chow mein and short ribs also are quite satisfying and safe. The new menu items also include things that could please any palate, like the updated vegetable ramen, bobbing with roasted tomatoes, chayote squash, Jerusalem artichokes and pickled daikon. The savory soup gets a boost from a leek-compound butter. Dover sole will delight seafood lovers – the pan-seared, flaky white fish falls off the fork and is served over summer corn curry, chayote, bok choy, roasted corn and white rice. And then there are the XO Noodles – wokroasted yakisoba noodles with snow peas, bean sprouts, pickled daikon, scallions and fried shallots. The dish is named after two

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Experienced teen actor to direct ‘12 Angry Jurors’


recent Hamilton High School graduate with lots of theater experience under his belt is directing a play coming to Limelight Performing Arts. Connor Brigola, 18, of Chandler is the director of “12 Angry Jurors,” a play based on the movie “12 Angry Men.” The show is coming to Limelight Performing Arts June 19-23 and 13 youths are in the cast. “It’s such an honor for me to be able to direct, to work with such talented kids and to also be on the other side,” Brigola said. “I grew up acting. It’s really cool to be able to help shape their skills. My favorite part is watching the growth of the actors and seeing how they embody the roles.” Despite his young age, it’s the second time he has served as director. Brigola directed “The Lion King Jr.” last year at Limelight Performing Arts. He has performed in shows at Limelight for about five years, doing about 15 productions. Brigola has also

a Hollywood Hills camp, working with professional actors, the summer after his freshman year of high school. His favorite role at Limelight Performing Arts was the title role in “Tarzan the Stage Musical” between his junior and senior years of high school. “It was a blast,” Brigola said. “That character is such a wellknown character. It was just fun to step into the character’s shoes, to experience the Disney magic behind shows, sing lyrics of Phil Collins.” He said “12 Angry Jurors” is about one day in the life of jurors debating over a trial for a man accused of stabbing his father to death. “There are tons of twists and (Special to Gilbert Sun News) turns and funny goings on, back Connor Brigola, 18, of Chandler is the director of “12 Angry and forth between characters,” Jurors.” Brigola said. “Parts of it are full of performed at Chandler Center for the tension. Parts of it are comedic.” He is not the only Chandler youth who Arts theater camps. He even had a chance to perform in will be part of “12 Angry Jurors.”

The following children and teens who live in Chandler will also perform in it: • Jenna Jackson: 16, will enter 12th grade at Perry High School in the fall, playing the role of Foreman • Jaelyn Brown: 17, will enter Grand Canyon University in the fall, playing the role of Juror No. 6

• Shayna Padjen: 16, will enter 11th grade at Campo Verde High School in the fall, playing the role of Juror No. 12 • Ciara Bogan: 11, will enter 6th grade at Kyrene Middle School Dual Language Academy, Juror No. 9

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Gilbert dancer aiming for $1M in ‘World of Dance’ BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI GetOut Editor


veteran robotics trio, teenage girls and a performing duo—all from the Valley — are in line for a $1 million grand prize on NBC’s World of Dance. The robotics trio Elektro Botz, the allgirl Elektro Elite and Avery & Marcus are dancing across the TV screen on the Jennifer Lopez-helmed show. “The show is wild,” said dancer Phoenix Banuelos of Gilbert, who’s one-third of Elektro Botz. “There is a crazy level of talent and it has some of the craziest combination of dancers anywhere.” Elektro Botz, who previously competed as the Outlawz on Season 11 of America’s Got Talent, is looking to tackle World of Dance’s upper division. Banuelos is joined by Mesa Red Mountain High graduate Max Thompson, and Dominic LaRovere of Chandler. World of Dance gives dancers the platform to showcase their talents and compete in front of a judging team of dance superstars, including Lopez, Derek Hough, NE-YO and host/mentor Jenna Dewan. It airs Tuesday evenings on Channel 12. “We set out to make World of Dance a competition series of the highest caliber — every act that hits the stage gives their all and challenges themselves against the most elite athletes in the world,” Lopez said. “As an executive producer and judge, I’m constantly reminded of the heart and determination it takes to rise to the challenge and become the best of the best. I can’t wait to see the talent that

comes across our stage for Season 3.” The first season, the French hip-hop duo Les Twins were crowned champions. During the series, solo dancers compete against duos and crews in an unlimited range of dance, including hip-hop, popping, locking, tap, ballet, break dancing, ballroom and stomping. Handpicked from qualifying events around the nation and thousands of online submissions, competitors are divided into junior and upper divisions. The competition consists of five rounds: qualifiers, duels, the cut, divisional final and world final. In the first four rounds, dancers compete within their division, but in the world final, the winner from each division will compete against each other for the $1 million prize.

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The three Valley girls began their dance training in ballet, contemporary and jazz, but a few years ago discovered hip hop. After their mentors won America’s Best Dance Crew Season 7 with Elektrolytes, the girls are aspiring to follow in their footsteps. They’re participating in the junior division. “It’s a little nerve wracking to be on TV, but it’s mainly fun,” said 14-year-old Alyssa Suarez of Chandler. “It was such a great experience meeting new people. I’ve wanted to dance since I was a kid. I love to perform on stage in front of people. I use my body to express myself. It’s like acting.” She will attend Hamilton High in the fall, after graduating from Elite Performance Academy on the CTA Humphrey campus.

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The Elektro Botz hope to move on in the “World of Dance.”

When 16-year-old Gilbert resident Tayla Rodriguez started dancing as a youngster, the Basha High student never expected to come so far so quickly. “You never hear about people making it right away,” she said. “It’s a dream. You expect it to happen to you way later in life. For it to happen at 16 is insane.” Ironically, Rodriguez wasn’t interested in dance. But when she saw the moves of her sister, Alexsys, she joined in. “I was super shy, but I fell in love with it,” she said. “You have to have a certain mentality to go in front of a lot of people.” Mesa resident Aspyn Morrell, who attends Elite Performance Academy, strives to “aspire to inspire before we expire.” She was inspired by her mother, Jolene, who doubles as her dance teacher. “She’s probably the person I look up to the most,” the 13-year-old girl said. “She’s taught me everything I know.”

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Max Thompson of Mesa and Phoenix Banuelos of Gilbert are two-thirds of Elektro Botz.


Competing in the junior division, Avery Gay of Scottsdale and Marcus Sarjeant of San Clemente, California, came together thanks to their coach, balletRED’s artistic director Josie Walsh. They’ve only been working together for about 18 months, but Gay, 13, and Sarjeant, 17, have developed a love of contemporary and ballet styles. They call themselves “daredevils.” “I train really, really hard and I believe to be the best, you have to work the hardest,” she said. “To be the best in the class, you have to work even harder. That’s my method. Of course, I have to

give up a lot, but it’s worth it in the end. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.” Set to attend State University of New York at Purchase this fall, Sarjeant explains the duo works well together, by melding the home-schooled teen’s ballet moves with his athleticism. “There is a lot that goes into dancing,” Gay adds. “We have to do side training. We have to eat a certain diet. My friends are ordering hamburgers, and I’m sitting there eating a chicken salad. It’s a lifestyle. It’s not a diet. There’s a lot that goes into it. It’s not easy.”

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The long-time robotics trio has been popping its way through the competitive dance scene for years. “Like everyone else, we’re doing the best we possibly can,” said Banuelos, who is preparing to move from Gilbert to Los Angeles to pursue a dance career. It’ll be his second relocation, as he came to the Grand Canyon State to follow in his family’s dancing footsteps. “I had older cousins who were dancing as well as teaching,” he said. “I wanted to come here to train. Then I met the other guys and we all just fell in love with dancing. All of the Botz are passionate. We do really creative work, with dancing and music and mixing. We are addicted to creating something from scratch and seeing it come to life. We’re doing a bunch of robot moves and sounds that didn’t exist before.” For more information, visit



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summer and fall have been planned. A cohesive series titled “Sustainable Gilbert” will incorporate history, the environment and culture. It’s part of HD South’s overall program of “Preserving the Beauty and Quality of Arizona Resources and Life” and is scheduled in the fall. “I’m really excited about how some of these programs are going to play out,” said Kolar. “We’ve been kind of throwing things at the wall to see what would stick. This is all under one heading.” The goal of the series is to empower residents with the tools to improve the air and environmental quality of their neighborhoods, conserve water and provide education and outreach on preserving natural resources. It will be presented by local leaders from water and power providers, and industry and environmental organizations. Also, with the Mesa Family History Center closed for renovations, the center will offer more genealogy assistance, as well. Next year’s quilt show, in association with American Quilt Study Group, will feature basket quilts, which are quilts with baskets on them. Meanwhile, HD South is trying to increase its membership. Discounted programming

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Steak sandwich with cheese spread is a dad’s meal BY JAN D’ATRI GSN Contributor


k, time for dad stories in honor of Father’s Day! My father was a butcher all of his life – one of the first meat cutters at Safeway back in the 1930’s. Through the years I’ve talked a lot about my childhood and that I was the only kid in school who had prosciutto and mortadella hanging on hooks in the garage. I certainly was the only kid whose parents bought parmesan cheese shipped from Italy in 80-pound wheels. My biggest “meal memory” growing up is how we gathered around our massive butcher block in the kitchen to eat meals, standing up side by side, diving into slices of meats, cheeses, olives, pepperoncini and big slices of crusty Italian bread. The Chianti never too far from reach. Steak sandwiches were dad’s favorite. We’d pan

Ingredients (for 4 sandwiches):

- 1 16oz. steak - 1 loaf French or Italian bread, cut in four sections - 2 large vine ripened tomatoes, sliced thin - 8 -10 leaves lettuce - 1/2 cup sour cream or Alfredo Sauce - 1/2 cup gorgonzola cheese - 1/2 cup olive oil for (for steak and tomatoes) - 1-2 teaspoons salt, divided - 1-2 teaspoons pepper, divided


Drizzle steak with about 2 tablespoons of olive oil on both sides. Salt and pepper steak on both sides. Sear in a hot dry skillet or grill. Cook until medium,

fry a steak then slice it up and lay it open face on olive oil-brushed slice of bread with tomatoes from Momma’s garden that were also soaked in olive oil, salt and pepper. I’ve recreated my dad’s sandwich for you including an incredible two-ingredient cheese slather that brings the sandwich to life. I used a sirloin steak sliced thin, but you can use any cut of your favorite steak. Or even better, one that’s on sale. Buon appetito!

about 4-5 minutes on each side. Set aside to rest, about 10 minutes. When rested, slice in thin slices. In a bowl, add about 1/4 cup of olive oil. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Coat tomato slices in olive oil and set aside. Make gorgonzola slather. In a bowl, combine 1/2 cup sour cream or Alfredo sauce and 1/2 cup gorgonzola. Mix until lumps are gone. Grill bread.

To Assemble:

Spread cheese mixture evenly over eight pieces of bread. For each sandwich, begin with lettuce leaf. Then layer tomatoes, steak, another lettuce leaf and finish with bread.

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ELLIS, Babara Rowe (January 1932 - May 2018)

Barbara was the much-loved mother of five sons: Christopher, Jeffrey, Jonathan, Michael and Kevin. All of them give their mother credit for much of their success in life, and they, in turn, have passed down her strength, humor, and loving spirit to her eleven grandchildren.

Barbara was born in Springfield, Massachusetts and was the oldest child of Floyd and Emma Rowe. She attended Endicott College, where she earned an Associate’s degree in accounting. She married John Ellis, Jr. in 1952 and they had five sons over the next ten years. The family moved from Wolfeboro, New Hampshire to Levittown, New York in 1960 and then to Massapequa, New York in 1966. Although she sometimes referred to those as her “maniac years,” she provided a loving, nurturing environment that resulted in preparing her sons for successful academic and professional careers. During the summer months, she would often load her sons into the family station wagon to spend the day at Jones Beach. Among so many other things, she passed her love of the wild ocean on to her sons and grandchildren. Even while raising five sons, Barbara contributed financially to the family’s well-being. For many years she worked from home as a bookkeeper, and when the “boys” were all in college or high school, she embarked on a career as a financial manager. In that capacity, she worked for Flush Door, Inc. and Cousins Metal Industries, where she was promoted to CFO. Then to help care for her father, Barbara moved to Mesa, Arizona in 1986, where she worked as CFO for Precision Power, one of the largest distributors of automobile sound systems in the US. In 1996, she was elected by her peers to serve as President of the Auto-sound/Electronics Accessories Credit Association. Wherever she lived, Barbara made friends easily and was valued for her giving spirit and supportive nature. She expressed her artistic side through ceramics and pottery and her wild side by driving a sporty Datsun 280Z. She loved to travel and often did so in the company of her family and many friends. She will be remembered and missed by all of those who had the privilege of knowing and spending time with her. In her later years, Barbara lived at Jasmin Terrace, an assisted living home in Bakersfield, CA, where she received excellent care from the dedicated staff. She enjoyed weekly visits and spent holidays with her son, Kevin, his wife, Vickie, and her two grandsons, Jacob and Shay. Barbara and Kevin were regulars at Lengthwise Brewery, where the staff knew without asking that she would like a hotdog with a Centennial Ale. In her final days, she received exceptional care from the good nurses at Optimal Hospice and final arrangements were made with Greenlawn Mortuary. If you wish to make a donation in Barbara’s honor, please make a memorial gift to the Optimal Hospice Foundation at If you would like to contact her sons and extended family, you can do so at

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Elizabeth Morgan passed away at her home in Mesa on April 30th, after suffering a stroke. Elizabeth ( Liz to friends, Betsy to family) was a long time resident of Arizona.

Living in Douglas as a child, then moving to Bloomington, IN as a teen, she graduated High School, met and married her first husband Lambert Herman who was an Intelligence Officer in the Air Force. The couple lived in Germany, where their first child, Gwendolyn was born. Getting transferred back to the states, they later divorced. Several years later, Betsy married Michael Ebert, former Navy Seal. They moved to Tucson in 1968. From Tucson, Betsy moved to Prescott, where she worked for a Dr. until his retirement. She then moved to Mesa, being offered a position as nutritional counselor for a doctor. During this time she also did therapeutic massage, sought after by her clients for her Psychic abilities in massage. Later, moving to Apache Junction she lived at, and managed the Ted De Grazia Superstition Gallery until it’s closure after Ted’s death. From the Gallery Betsy moved back to Mesa where she managed a popular Bowling Alley until her retirement. Elizabeth was a talented writer. She had two books she had finished with offers to publish, which she refused. She wrote beautiful Prose for her grandchildren, Elizabeth was talented for whatever she did. whether it was teaching dancing at her dance studio, or being a weather girl at the local TV station, or the positions she held during her lifetime Elizabeth attended Pinal and Central Arizona colleges before going on to Ottawa University in Phoenix. Born Betty Jane Strunk in Fredericksburg, TX, September 24, 1936, she was one of six girls. She is preceded in death by her sisters, Regina, Naomi, and Delores of Indiana. Survived by two sisters Rachel (Ivy) Strunk Vesecky MT, Mary Linda Strunk Rogers, MT; three children, Gwendolyn Hamel, CA, Cynthia Fassett, WA, David Ebert, AZ; grandchildren, Michael Ebert, Meagan Jenkins,WA; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She will be missed by her family, friends, and close neighbors who always lent a helping hand, for which we say thank you.

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Phx Brazas Soccer Club 7650 S. McClintock Dr, #103-313, Tempe, Az 85284,6024323400; Two Temp F/T, Coaching seasonal positions start 8/15/18 - 6/15/19 in Chdlr, Tempe area. 35 hrs a wk. No OT. $16.67 hrly. Mon- Thu 3pm - 9pm, Fri 9am- 2:30pm & Sat 8am1:30pm. Coach & teach 2-3 soccer teams using Brazilian style soccer technqs thru theoretical & practical classes, lectures & fld exp to youth players. Monitor & track player perf & implement corrective action as needed to enhance player participation, skills, knowledge & appreciation of the sport. Req. 1 yrs exp coaching youth soccer players. Single workweek used for computing wages. Emplye paid every two weeks; will make all deductions from the wkr’s paycheck req’d by law. No addt’l dedcts will be made. Submit resumes directly to the nearest AZ Job Connection office & include SWA contact info. Emplye must have own transp to/ from work. Emplyr will pay all costs associated with emplye obtng work visa which includes visa procsng, border crossing & other related fees incldng those mandated by the gov. Emplye not need to front these costs. Emplyr will provide worker, w/o charge or deposit charge, all tools, supplies & equip req’d to perform the duties assigned. Emplyr will offer the worker emplymnt for a total number of work hours equal to at least ¾’s of the workdays of each 12 week period, if the period of emplymnt covered by the job order is 120 or more days or each 6-week period, if the period of emplymnt covered by the job order is less than 120 days. If the wrkr completes 50% of the work contract period, emplyr will reimburse the wrkr for transp & subsistence from the place of recruitment to the place of work. Upon completion of the work contract or where the wrkr is dismissed earlier, emplyr will prov’d or pay for wrkr’s reasonable costs of return transp and subsistence back home or to the place the wrkr originally departed to work, except where the wrkr will not return due to subsequent emplymnt with another emplyr. The amount of transp payment or reimbursement will be equal to the most economical or reasonable common carrier for the distance involved. Daily subsistence will be prov’d at a rate of $12.07 per day during travel to a maximum of $51.00 per day with receipts. Inquire about the job opportunity or submit resumes directly to the nearest AZ State Workforce Agency office which can be found at or Gilbert Employment Service 735 N. Gilbert Rd, #134, Gilbert, Az 85234 Job order #3064899.

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Phx Brazas Soccer Club 7650 S. McClintock Dr, #103-313, Tempe, Az 85284,6024323400; One Temp F/T, seasonal position start 8/15/18 - 6/15/19 as Dir of Coaching in Chdlr, Tempe area. 35 hrs a wk. No OT. $28.85 hrly. Mon-Thu 3pm - 9pm, Fri 9am- 2:30pm & Sat 8am-1:30pm. Provide soccer coaches Brazilian style soccer methodlgy thru theoretical & practical classes, lectures & fld exp with & w/o youth players. Sprvs, eval, monitor, track & report coaches perf throughout the season & implement corrective action as needed. Hire/fire coaches & coaching assists, sprvs & monitor quality of perf of teams & coaches. Plan intnl youth soccer tournmnts. Create team & coaches schedules for the season, create & implement youth progs. Devlp & implement player assessmts at the begng of the season thru the try-out process as well as thru-out the season to measure, monitor & track player perf & implement timely corrective actions as needed to enhance player participation, skills, knowledge & appreciation of the sport. Req. 2 yrs exp mngng & trng soccer coaches & staff. Single workweek used for computing wages. Emplye paid every two weeks; will make all deductions from the wkr’s paycheck req’d by law. No addt’l dedcts will be made. Submit resumes directly to the nearest AZ Job Connection office & include SWA contact info. Emplye must have own transp to/from work. Emplyr will pay all costs associated with emplye obtng work visa which includes visa procsng, border crossing & other related fees incldng those mandated by the gov. Emplye not need to front these costs. Emplyr will provide worker, w/o charge or deposit charge, all tools, supplies & equip req’d to perform the duties assigned. Emplyr will offer the worker emplymnt for a total number of work hours equal to at least ¾’s of the workdays of each 12 week period, if the period of emplymnt covered by the job order is 120 or more days or each 6-week period, if the period of emplymnt covered by the job order is less than 120 days. If the wrkr completes 50% of the work contract period, emplyr will reimburse the wrkr for transp & subsistence from the place of recruitment to the place of work. Upon completion of the work contract or where the wrkr is dismissed earlier, emplyr will prov’d or pay for wrkr’s reasonable costs of return transp and subsistence back home or to the place the wrkr originally departed to work, except where the wrkr will not return due to subsequent emplymnt with another emplyr. The amount of transp payment or reimbursement will be equal to the most economical or reasonable common carrier for the distance involved. Daily subsistence will be prov’d at a rate of $12.07 per day during travel to a maximum of$51.00 per day with receipts. Inquire about the job opportunity or submit resume directly to the nearest AZ State Workforce Agency office which can be found at or Gilbert Employment Service 735 N. Gilbert Rd, #134, Gilbert, Az 85234 Job order #3064165

General Clerk III - 32 hrs./week Florence, AZ US citizen, at least 21 years old, pass background check & drug screen, HS/GED, meet physical/health requirements, clean driving record. Resumes will only be accepted through June 26, 2018 Submit to Jacque Marsh, HR at Salary $25K+ - Vacation - Health Insurance APSS is an EOE/AAP Employer Verification Engineer sought by ARM Inc. in Chandler, AZ to contribute to the specification, microarchitecture and RTL design of high performance, energy efficient microprocessors that employs leading-edge modeling, design and verification technologies to design low-power high-performance products. Min Req: Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or Computer Science and knowledge of CPU microarchitecture (out-of-order execution, register renaming, reservation stations, processor pipelines, etc.; functional debug of errors in the RTL model; specification, creation and debug of SystemVerilog/UVM constrained-random testbenches; object oriented programming, data structures and algorithms; scripting languages such as Perl, Tel and Python; and, assembly language for ARM or other architectures. Send resume to: Reference #2021. VENDING ROUTE DRIVER NEEDED Company: Meg’s Vending and Food Services Location: Tempe AZ Hours: Monday thru Friday, 6am to 2pm. Health insurance not provided Must be able to pass background checks MUST have a good driving record Responsibilities: Loading and Unloading snacks and soda cases Putting orders away Rotating product Filling Vending machines with product Following a daily route independently Provide good customer service Please contact Megan Homrighausen at 480-5106196 to schedule an interview

FRAMERS & LABORERS WANTED Thorobred Framing Inc. is hiring skilled framers and laborers. Pay starts at $14.00 per hour and goes up based on skill level, knowledge and work performance. We have been framing residential homes in the valley for over 35 years, with most of the work in the East Valley and a reputation for loyalty and an ability to maintain during rough economic periods. Work can begin immediately and we do not with hold first pay checks. Contact Kim at 480-924-8953

Attention New or Experienced Real Estate Agents Are you a self starter? Do you want to be a part of a successful brokerage. Currently looking for Agents in East Valley to help our busy office. Accepting Newly Licensed or experienced. Send resume and cover letter to Fax 866-740-3350 or email

Employment General Arion Care Solutions, LLC is hiring for Direct Care Providers! PT/FT time positions available! Pay rate: $11.50-13.75 *Depending on the service* Requirements: Be over the age of 18 Have a Driver's License or State ID. 6 months experience working with children and/or adults with special needs. Pass a background check to obtain a DPS fingerprint card **CPR/First Aid **Article 9 Reliable Transportation. We provide training if you don't have CPR/First Aid or Article 9 Interested? Contact Barb at 480-721-1971

GIS Application Developer sought by Gistic Research, Inc. in Tempe, AZ. Dsg cd & dcmnt cmplx prdt applctins. Apply @ www. jobpostingtoday .com # 73845. Sr. Software Developer. Develop, design, document, implement, and maintain technical application-based solutions in SharePoint, TFS, and SQL Server for a provider of wellness products. Employer: Tivity Health Services, LLC. Location: Chandler, AZ. To apply, mail resume (no calls/emails) to B. Jones, 1445 S. Spectrum Blvd., Chandler, AZ 85286.

SUPPLEMENT YOUR INCOME P-T Independent Sales Rep For East Valley Area Premier Magazine. Home Based, With Flexible Hours and Days. If You Enjoy People, Are Energentic, Can Handle Cold Calls, And Are Tenacious, Then Join Our local Team - You'll Enjoy Working While Having Fun. Ask For Ron 480.513.8147

NOTICE TO READERS: Most service advertisers have an ROC# or "Not a licensed contractor" in their ad, this is in accordance to the AZ state law. Arizona Registrar of Contractors (ROC): The advertising requirements of the statute does not prevent anyone from placing an ad in the yellow pages, on business cards, or on flyers. What it does require under A.R.S. §32-1121A14(c), is that the advertising party, if not properly licensed as a contractor, disclose that fact on any form of advertising to the public by including the words "not a licensed contractor" in the advertisement. Again, this requirement is intended to make sure that the consumer is made aware of the unlicensed status of the individual or company. Contractors who advertise and do not disclose their unlicensed status are not eligible for the handyman's exception. Reference: _law.html As a consumer, being aware of the law is for your protection. You can check a businesses ROC status at:



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Deadline for Sunday's Edition is the Wednesday prior at 5pm. Please call Elaine at 480-898-7926 to inquire or email your notice to: and request a quote.

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OSM CODE: FOH STATE OF MICHIGAN ORDER FOR PUBLICATION COUNTY OF ST. CLAIR ON HEARING CIRCUIT COURT-FAMILY DIVISION CASE NO. T 17-397NA IN THE MATTER OF ADRIA DEANNA BERGEY (4/8/2006) A petition has been filed in the above matter. A hearing will be conducted by the Court on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 9:00a.m. in the Family Division Courtroom, Room 2700, County Building, 201 McMorran Blvd., in the City of Port Huron, Michigan, praying that further disposition be made in the matter of Adria Deanna Bergey, who was born on ( 4/8/2006) to Alicia Kusky and who were heretofore adjudged as coming within the provisions of Probate Act No. 54, P.A. extra session 1944, Section 2, as amended. IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Joseph Holton, father, personally appear before the Court at the time and place stated above. This hearing may result in the Comt exercising jurisdiction over the minor(s). /s/ John D. Tomlinson JOHN D. TOMLINSON, Judge 31st Circuit Court, Family Division Dated: June ____, 2018 PUBLISHED: East Valley Tribune, June 27, 2018 / 13634

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AT&T Mobility, LLC, is proposing to construct a new telecommunications tower facility near 5149 S. Signal Butte Rd., Mesa, Maricopa County, AZ. The new facility will consist of a 70-foot replacement steel light pole tower and associated equipment compound. Any interested party wishing to submit comments regarding the potential effects the proposed facility may have on any historic property may do so by sending comments to: Project 6118004291-MH c/o EBI Consulting, 6876 Susquehanna Trail South, York, PA 17403 or 785-760-5938.

RFP for The River at Eastline Village located at 2106 East Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ BIDS DUE: Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at 2:00pm PRE-BID MEETING: On Site on Monday, June 4, 2018 at 10:00 am PLANS: Hard Copies of plans available upon request and at subcontractor’s expense from Graphics, 602-393-3131, PRI OR for a link contact Linda at Contact Info: Linda Stache, Gorman & Company, Phone: 608-835-5177, Fax: 608-8353667 CERTIFICATIONS: SBE, MBE, EBE and SECTION 3 Please note: This is a prevailing wage rate project.

AT&T Mobility, LLC is proposing to construct a new telecommunications tower facility located at 1734 E. Apache Blvd, Tempe, Maricopa County, CA. The new facility will consist of a new 35-foot light pole with a top-mounted antenna. Any interested party wishing to submit comments regarding the potential effects the proposed facility may have on any historic property may do so by sending comments to: Project 6118003642 c/o EBI Consulting, 6876 Susquehanna Trail South, York, PA 17403, or via telephone at (339) 234-2597. AT&T Mobility, LLC is proposing to construct a new telecommunications tower facility located approximately 230 feet east of the intersection of Apache Blvd & McAllister Ave, Tempe, Maricopa County, AZ 85281. The new facility will consist of a replacement light pole with a top-mounted antenna with an overall height of 35 feet above grade. Any interested party wishing to submit comments regarding the potential effects the proposed facility may have on any historic property may do so by sending comments to: Project 6118003648-TC c/o EBI Consulting, 6876 Susquehanna Trail South, York, PA 17403, or via telephone at (339) 234-2597.


PUBLISHED: East Valley Tribune May 27, June 3, 10, 17, 2018 / 13066 Non-Discriminatory Policy Valley Christian Schools, a private Christian school, admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational and admissions policies, scholarship or other schooladministered programs. Published: East Valley Tribune, June 17, 2018/ 13640


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Public Notices AT&T Mobility, LLC is proposing to construct a new telecommunications tower facility located +/-240ft S of the intersection of Hardy Dr & Southern Ave (at SE corner of W Malibu Dr and S Hardy Dr intersection), Tempe, Maricopa County, AZ. The facility will consist of a new street light pole with a top-mounted antenna with an overall height of 38 feet above ground level. A meter pedestal and RRH cabinet will be installed northeast of the proposed pole. Any interested party wishing to submit comments regarding the potential effects the proposed facility may have on any historic property may do so by sending comments to: Project 6118003591-JD c/o EBI Consulting, 6876 Susquehanna Trail South, York, PA 17403 or via telephone at 203-231-6643.

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