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GET A TASTE: More than 30 restaurants will be participating in Taste: Chandler’s Culinary Festival with samplings of entrees, appetizers, salads and desserts. Submitted photo TASTE FROM PAGE 43

nonprofit American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy. “The American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy helped educate us as a family about awareness, dangers and symptoms and helped us to be prepared for something we weren’t even looking for,” says Ulibarri. Her nephew and grandson both have pacemakers and are doing well. She is grateful for the education she received through the American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy. This year, Taste: Chandler’s Culinary Festival is teaming up with the American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy. Proceeds from the event will go to the nonprofit. The partnership came about when Miller reached out to Landon Evans of HDE Agency, which produces Taste, set for 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in downtown Ocotillo, 2855 W. Queen Creek Rd. “I’m really excited to be working with Landon,” Miller says. “He’s a great professional when it comes to event planning and helping raise money.” With the funds raised at this year’s Taste and subsequent events, Miller is hoping to purchase a mobile unit that will allow his organization to provide free heart screenings. Miller says his organization works with other grassroots groups to bring awareness about cardiomyopathy and

try to get children screened to halt sudden cardiac death. Many people who suffer from cardiomyopathy do not know they have the disease and die of heart failure. “We educate the public about cardiomyopathy and how this heart disease has claimed so many young athletes’ lives,” Miller explains. Free youth heart screenings for cardiomyopathy are available. “We partner with Biltmore Cardiology in Phoenix and offer free screenings for youth 13 to 18 years of age. Statistics show that one in 500 people are carriers of this heart disease.” To schedule a free heart screening, sign up online at www.americanffc. org. If a church or youth group needs a defibrillator, American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy will work with them to raise funds for the lifesaving device. Call (800) 433-0774 for more information. Taste showcases more than 30 East Valley restaurants by offering food samplings, entertainment and a silent auction with spa items, sports memorabilia and other local gifts. Tickets, which range in price from $65 to $130, include unlimited tastings. For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit www.tastechandler.com. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be contacted at lynette@santansun.com.

“It further aligns our staff and gives them an opportunity to collaborate together to strengthen those areas of the city that we’re already working in. But now we’re provided an opportunity to say, ‘Oh, recreation staff, that’s what you’re doing at the senior center. I have a need to also do outreach there and provide services to people. From a neighborhood perspective, how can we do that together?’” she says. Now that the departments are aligned, she says she sees more of an opportunity to continually improve Chandler neighborhoods’ quality of life. Two neighborhood parks are opening Oct. 18—Valencia Park at 3710 E. Desert Jewel Blvd. and Centennial Park at 2475 E. Markwood Dr., both in southeast Chandler. “We really need to move from creating new neighborhoods to assuring that our current neighborhoods are maintained at the highest level,” Morrison says. For example, Tumbleweed Recreation Center will celebrate the grand reopening of its tennis courts in November. “I think that’s the dichotomy we’ll be seeing,” she says. “This mix of renovation and the creation of new parks.”

Housing focus Morrison earned a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State in housing and the near environment, which focused on housing needs, issues and trends. She says the course content touched on a lot of areas that have served her well in her career. She has a long history with the City of Chandler. She served as Chandler’s housing and redevelopment manager

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from 1993 to 1997; was an assistant to the city manager from 1997 to 2002; helped establish Chandler’s Human Relations Commission and Neighborhood Programs Division; served as Chandler’s acting downtown coordinator from 2005-06; and, after a brief departure, returned in 2009 as the City’s neighborhood resources director. Throughout the years, she has seen the city grow. Rich Dlugas, city manager, says Morrison brings a wealth of experience, as well as a lot of energy, to the position. “She most recently was our neighborhood division director and did an incredible job with that division.” Dlugas explains that neighborhoods are a core area of concern for the City Council with regard to quality of life and keeping neighborhoods vibrant. “She brings that knowledge with regard to that area,” he says. “It was kind of natural that with her experience and her success that she’s seen in neighborhoods to marry that with parks, recreation and aquatics in the quality-of-life areas for the residents of Chandler, and making sure that those continue to progress and provide those types of services.” “To go from a recreation room at a small complex, to now on the fourth floor of City Hall, it’s been an amazing journey,” Morrison says. “The City of Chandler, as it grew, has had tremendous opportunities for its public servants, like myself over the years, to really grow and look at new opportunities. I’ve had a tremendous career here. The City’s been great to me.” Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at tracy@santansun.com.

Welcome Back Community Fair to be held Oct. 25 Neighbors Who Care will host the annual Welcome Back Community Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the corner of Alma School and Riggs roads. The event, sponsored by Keystone Law Firm and AutoNation Toyota, will include 100 service providers and public service organizations, such as the fire department and sheriff posse and K-9

unit, a dunk tank, pumpkin decorating, games, raffles, hearing screening, flu shots and food. All ages are welcome. Tickets are $1 each for games, raffles and food. All proceeds will benefit Neighbors Who Care. Call Neighbors Who Care at (480) 895-7133 or www.neighborswhocare. com.

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