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Hundley wins award for off-the-field efforts

Medium a middle man between loved ones, spirits

BY MIKE TULUMELLO

BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Brett Hundley is playing for big things these days. The 21-year-old Chandler High School graduate and UCLA quarterback is trying to lead his team to major college football’s first four-team playoff. He’s also playing for his sister, Paris, 22, who has epilepsy. Hundley is using his fame to draw interest to the Epilepsy Foundation. He has taken part in several events to raise awareness of the condition, including one just a couple of days after a bruising game against Washington last year. For this, Hundley has been named to the 2014 Allstate Good Works Team.

Chandler medium and intuitive reader Jeff McKeehan learned early on in his career to always bring tissues with him to his events. His readings can be emotional for McKeehan’s clients, who seek out his services to contact deceased loved ones. “I had a client who became very, very emotional,” McKeehan recalls. “One of the other mediums whispered to me, ‘Always have tissues.’ “I try to reassure my clients that this experience they’re having can be cathartic. They should let themselves feel what they feel. I’ve never had anyone become angry. It’s sorrow, joy and regret. Those kinds of things come through.” McKeehan has a strong code of ethics that calls for him not to discuss details about his clients’ readings. “I might speak about a situation that happens frequently,” he says. “I would not say, ‘So and so from Mesa said this in their reading.’ I wouldn’t do that. I try to allow people to feel what is coming through. Ultimately, it’s therapeutic for the client to have some closure, to have that catharsis, or say or hear those things unsaid when the person died. I can be very, very helpful.” Halloween is the busy season for mediums and psychics, according to McKeehan, who can be reached via www. jeffthemedium.com. A medium for 20 years, McKeehan started his full-time

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STAR ATHLETE: Chandler High School graduate and UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley was honored for his work off the field, too, by Allstate. Submitted photo

Shelter provides comfort for abuse victims BY GAVIN MAXWELL

A safe haven exists in the East Valley for all those who have become the unfortunate victims of domestic violence and abuse; it is called My Sisters’ Place. As a program within Catholic Charities community services, My Sisters’ Place provides safety and counseling to victims who can no longer stay at home. The shelter’s objective is to “empower women through education and selfdetermined services, helping them work toward an independent life free from abuse,” according to its website. Founded in 1985, the shelter has provided thousands of nights of safety to victims so far. In just last year, it cared for 312 women and children. One thing that sets My Sisters’ Place apart from other shelters is that families always receive their own room. This policy plays a big role in the shelter’s atmosphere, as most women who come in bring children as well. The average number of children per new guest at the shelter is about 2.3. “We really see the gamut,” says shelter director Sheryl Christianson. “We’ve had women with four children. We’ve had women with one child, and we’ve had women come in pregnant.” The shelter has 10 bedrooms so space is somewhat limited. This is OK, though, because it allows for a relaxing setting. “We want to provide a warm, comforting, more recovery-based and less-

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traumatic environment,” says Christianson. Because My Sisters’ Place aspires to be more than just a safe place to stay, it also offers a wide range of programs and services. The shelter aims to increase education and awareness regarding domestic violence and its effects. And provides case management and empowerment services to help move forward based on a resident’s individual needs. Case managers will work one on one with women at the shelter to accomplish these things. The shelter also helps residents to secure financial and medical benefits, and SEE ABUSE PAGE 11

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COMMUNICATING WITH THOSE BEYOND: Jeff McKeehan has been a medium for more than 20 years. STSN photo by Tim Sealy

business just after Halloween last year. “I left my corporate job,” he says. “That was a big jump. I was in a position where I could give myself a year to see where this was going to go. I decided to take the leap of faith. I’ve received good feedback from clients. I’m not ready to give up at this point.” McKeehan charges $125 for a one-hour session, either in-person or via phone. He also does “house readings,” when clients believe they have a house that is occupied. The fee is $300 for that. “I also do house parties, or some call SEE MEDIUM PAGE 4

Residents see increase in 2014 property tax bill 2013 override goes into effect BY TRACY HOUSE

Even though the City lowered its property-tax rate, some Chandler residents are seeing an increase in their property-tax bills because of legislative decisions impacting school districts and increases in property values. “When the council adopted the budget for this year, they did everything they could to decrease the rates so that property owners wouldn’t see an increase in the City part of the property tax,” says Greg Westrum, Chandler’s budget manager. “We did reduce those rates as far as we could.”

Westrum states that residents are seeing a higher property tax this year because the median value of homes in Chandler increased by about 14.5 percent based on the county assessment. He explains that the City portion of the bill is about 10 or 11 percent of the total bill. The City reduced its 2014 tax rate by 7.3 percent, or 9.22 cents, to 1.1792 dollars per $100 assessed. However, the values of the properties in Chandler have increased. “Property values went down for about four or five years in a row,

F E AT U R E STO R I E S City of Chandler Insider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .COMMUNITY . . . . . . . . . . Page 8 Customer happiness is key at LeBelle Salon and Spa . . . . . . .BUSINESS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 17 JDRF has ‘License to Cure’ diabetes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .YOUTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 25 Floral school planned for women of domestic violence. . . .NEIGHBORS . . . . . . . . . . .Page 43 Local filmmaker starts crowdfunding campaign for movie. .ARTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 57

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