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Fulton Ranch resident keeps Phoenix Suns players healthy BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

As a high school student in Manning, Iowa, Aaron Nelson didn’t exactly know what an athletic trainer did. But by the time he was in his early 20s, he was so engrained in sports that he was already

AWARD-WINNING TRAINER: Aaron Nelson was named Joe O’Toole NBA Athletic Trainer of the Year and the Trainer of the Year by the National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association for 2009. Photo by Barry Gossage

working for the Phoenix Suns as a trainer. Now the Fulton Ranch resident serves as the team’s vice president of athlete care and head athletic trainer. Whether it’s a major injury or a stiff neck, the 43-year-old Nelson loves the challenges his position brings. “You never know what to expect,” Nelson says. “It’s not like a regular 9-to-5 job. Everything’s different every day.” Nelson, the brother-in-law of former Suns guard and current head coach Jeff Hornacek, is in his 21st year with the Suns. He spent seven years under the tutelage of Suns’ Ring of Honor member Joe Proski, before embarking on a 14-year-and-counting career as the head trainer. He says he appreciates the relationships that he has forged with Suns personnel. “I really enjoy all the people—the coaches, athletes, my staff,” Nelson says. “I have a really close relationship with my staff. Being able to interact with the players, the coaches and even management daily is probably the most fun part because it’s always different.” Included in his role are the SEE TRAINER PAGE 4

Joan Rivers helms Nov. 15 ‘Pain’ benefit at CCA BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Calling Joan Rivers in her Cleveland hotel room is like being thrown to the wolves—in a good way. “It depends on who’s calling,” Rivers says with a laugh, when the reporter asks for her. “No, I don’t think you can speak to me.” That is met with a hearty laugh from the legendary 80-year-old comedienne/actress. Rivers is set to entertain the crowd at the “Comic Pain Relief” benefit at 7 p.m. Fri., Nov. 15, at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Rivers says it’s a cause that’s close to her heart. “Every time I look in the mirror I have pain, so I know exactly what these people are going through,” she says laughing. Seriously, though, she says she feels that the benefit for the Power SEE JOAN RIVERS PAGE 8

RELATABLE: Joan Rivers jokes she can relate to those in pain, “Every time I look in the mirror, I have pain, so I know exactly what these people are going through.” Submitted photo

Veteran shares time in Pacific BY TRACY HOUSE

Walk into Stan Fagerstrom’s office of his Sun Lakes home and the first thing you notice is the numerous books and trophies he has on the shelves. The walls are covered with articles and pictures and his desk in covered in papers. Take a closer look and you’ll see that some of those books are about fishing, and some of the articles are his commendations from World War II. He’s laid out a wellpreserved knapsack, a tiny Bible with a metal cover and two blue boxes on his desk. Fagerstrom is 90 years old; one of just over 1 million surviving WWII veterans. He’s welcoming and soft spoken, willing to talk about his experience as an army corporal stationed in New Guinea, in the Pacific Theater. A journalist and “Master Caster” fisherman, Fagerstrom has traveled the world demonstrating his angling magic. He began writing in high school and went on to college in Longview, WA. One year after Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1942, he enlisted in the army. “I took my basic training in Camp

Corp. Stan Fagerstrom, 1943. Submitted photo

Roberts, CA, and then they sent me to Fort Ord, CA. I was an instructor on the hand grenade range—which was a SEE WWII VETERAN PAGE 6

Fitness Challenge raises money for Children’s Cancer Network BY MEGHAN MCCOY

For the first time since the PITT Fitness Challenge’s inception, the “Saturday After Thanksgiving Workout” will feature vendors in the hopes of attracting more participants, as well as increasing donations for the Children’s Cancer Network. Brian Clark, a 22-year cancer survivor who was diagnosed with Leukemia ALL at age 11, started the PITT Fitness Challenge eight years ago as a way of raising money and giving back to the Children’s Cancer Network. “I do this out of the kindness of my heart because this is what people did when I was sick,” explains Clark, who owns PITT, located at 2150 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. “It’s something we like to do and continue every year.” To celebrate the challenge’s conclusion, the “Saturday After Thanksgiving Workout” on Nov. 30 is also held for participants and their friends and family to work out. “They can come and donate a $1 for a workout for an hour,” Clark says.

EXERCISE: The PITT owner, Brian Clark, left, shows client Tom Peck an exercise at the Chandler facility. Submitted photo

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job as an assistant—if I wanted it,” he recalls with a laugh. That led to the position of head trainer; a career move that made him the youngest head athletic trainer at the time. “It was the start of a career, something that I aspired to do,” he says. “That was my goal—to be a head or assistant athletic trainer in the NBA,” Nelson says. It came to fruition.


prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and assisting in the travel operation of the team. But being based in Chandler is a joy. A 10-year Chandler resident, Nelson moved from Tempe to Chandler and fell in love with the city. “I love Chandler,” Nelson says. “Most of our players live in Scottsdale. When we get someone new in the organization, I tell them how great Chandler is. It’s clean. There are tons of things to do. There’s easy access to everywhere you want to go. It’s awesome. “Of all the places I’ve lived, it’s definitely my favorite place in Arizona.” A year ago, he and his family—which includes wife, Jessica, two sons and a daughter—moved down Ocotillo Road into Fulton Ranch so their children could attend school there. Jessica is a teacher by trade, however, she is taking time off until their daughter is older. The family regularly attends festivals throughout Chandler, including the Ostrich Festival at Tumbleweed Park and the fireworks. “Chandler has so many different things to do,” he says.

Admiration for family LENDING A HAND: Aaron Nelson, head trainer for the Phoenix Suns and a Fulton Ranch resident, works on basketball player Markieff Morris. Photo by Barry Gossage

Nelson learned his trade from the best, like Proski. Following graduation from Iowa State University in December 1992, Nelson spent the spring 1993 semester as a graduate assistant at Arizona State University. While an undergraduate, he was a student athletic trainer for four years under National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Famer Frank Randall. Nelson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education with an emphasis on athletic training and a minor in health. He then attended California University at Pennsylvania, where he earned his Master of Science degree in exercise science. He began his career with the Suns after his first semester at Arizona State University, where he initially pursued

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his master’s degree. He worked for the team from age 23 onward. He has also been employed by the Arizona Rattlers, Arizona Sandsharks, the onetime indoor soccer team, and the Phoenix Smash, a pro indoor tennis team with a roster that boasted the legendary Jimmy Connors. “My plan was to do soccer and tennis in the summer and then go to school to get my master’s degree,” Nelson says. “I started with soccer and Smash, went to my first semester at ASU and then it was the year the Suns went to the finals in ’93 that they asked me to help once the playoffs started. They found someone to cover my sports for me.” He began traveling with the team about two weeks before the playoffs began and continued through the finals. “After that, they offered me a full-time

Nelson truly admires his family, including his mother, who worked as a nurse for one of only two doctors in Manning. “The doctor she worked for covered all of our sporting events,” he says. “I really liked medicine and started out pre-med.” He yearned to be a small-town family practice doctor, but the tide turned when Hornacek schooled him in athletic training. His career didn’t go that route, however, the one-on-one care of the players echoes that sentiment. Nelson loves his job and says there isn’t a bigger challenge than missing his family during road trips. “I have a young family,” he says. “Being gone half the year, that’s probably the hardest part. Outside of that, everything is great.” Christina Fuoco-Karasinski is the editor of the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at



teams, Chandler Police Department, Chandler Fire Department and many resorts. Music, games, kids’ activities and raffles will be a part of the event. “We have every single person possible involved,” he says. Clark explains that they are still looking for vendors for the event. Those interested are encouraged to call 480855-3145. The event will kick off at 9 a.m. and will run as long as everyone is there. “Depending on the turnout, it should be fairly close to noon,” he says. Last year, the challenge generated $5,000 for the Children’s Cancer Network. Clark hopes to double, if not triple, that amount this year with the addition of the vendors during the “Saturday After Thanksgiving Workout.” Eighty individuals joined the eightweek PITT Fitness Challenge Sept. 30 to lose weight and maximize their health, while donating to a worthy cause. The challenge’s success, Clark says, he believes, is due to the individual diet plan provided for participants. Everyone begins on the same plan and then it is altered depending on how much weight is or is not being lost. “We teach them how to eat healthy,” he says. “We simplify it for people because people aren’t educated about proper eating.” The participants are given eight weekly goals to meet, which are recorded at their weekly weighins. When the challenge kicked off,

participants had their measurements done to record their body fat, weight and waist measurements. “We calculate how much fat they are storing and then we give them a goal of a certain amount of weight or body weight loss,” Clark says. Clark says he offers classes daily. Participants can join to help them meet their goals. “I have classes almost every hour,” he explains. They start at 5 a.m. and end with an hour class at 7 p.m. On average women typically lose 12 to 32 pounds during the challenge and men have lost between 20 and 65 pounds. If the participants meet their weekly weigh-in goals, they can win back a $25 credit from their $250 registration fee. A maximum of $200 can be earned. Those who participate in the challenge acquire pledges from family, friends and co-workers for each pound they lose, body fat percentage or straight pledges. That money is then donated to the Children’s Cancer Network at the end of the eight-week challenge. Once the challenge concludes, an end weight will be taken, as well as body fat to see how it fluctuated. Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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Meet and greet set for police chief finalists on Nov. 5 The City of Chandler is inviting the community to a public open house to meet the six finalists for police chief from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tue., Nov. 5, at the Vision Gallery in Chandler City Hall, 10 E. Chicago St. The city’s ideal candidate is expected to lead by example in engagement with the community and other city departments, as well as other police departments and related associations in the region and the state, according to a press release. This meet and greet will give candidates an opportunity to meet and interact with the public and community leaders. Candidates include: Landy Black, interim public safety director, Davis, CA John Cocca, assistant chief, Scottsdale Sean Duggan, assistant chief, Scottsdale Joel Fitzgerald, police chief, Missouri City, TX Don Schneidmiller, assistant chief/executive officer, Surprise Christopher Vicino, assistant chief, Riverside, CA This position will replace former Police Chief Sherry Kiyler, who retired in June. Assistant Police Chief David Neuman is serving as interim police chief. According to a brochure, the salary range for the police chief position is $124,956 to $174,937; placement within the range is dependent upon qualifications.

Local craft beer celebrated at Flanny’s Sat., Nov. 2 will mark Flanny’s Bar and Grill’s celebration of its third anniversary and the Arizona craft beer community from noon to 5 p.m. at 1805 E. Elliot Rd., Tempe. Live music from Shelby James and special brews from 29 Arizona breweries will be a part of the anniversary celebration. Attendees will have the opportunity to taste beer from Four Peaks, SanTan, Mudshark, Mother Road, Sonoran, Sun Up, Papago and Phoenix Ale brewing companies, Cartel Coffee Lab and more. Cost is $30 online or $35 at the door, which benefits Tempe firefighter charities. The admission price includes 20 pours of Arizona craft beer. To purchase tickets, visit For more information, call 480-659-0870 or visit


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good experience for me.” He was 20 years old. “Several months later they sent me overseas. They sent me as a replacement. I went to New Guinea and I joined Company G of the 167th Infantry Regiment of the 31st Dixie Division.” “They were in combat at the time. That’s where I saw my first action,” five days after he joined the outfit Fagerstrom explains. It was 1944. From New Guinea he went to Morotai, an island in the Halmahera group of eastern Indonesia’s Maluku Islands (Moluccas). Fagerstrom’s battalion traveled throughout the islands. On the Mapia Islands, Fagerstrom lost 17 of his comrades to the fighting. His division was one of four that was to have formed the 8th Army and on, or about, March 1, was to have landed in Tokyo Bay. “Thank God that didn’t happen,” Fagerstrom says. “One of the things you just do in wartime is look for souvenirs, something you can grab. One of the things guys in the South Pacific looked for was flags or swords.” Fagerstrom explains that when a Japanese soldier went off to war he was given a flag from his family. Fagerstrom took three flags while he was in combat. He brought them home, and 52 years later had the opportunity to travel to Japan for a casting demonstrating. Through his connections, Fagerstrom sent the flags to Japan and one was returned to the family of a Japanese soldier, the other two were enshrined. “When I got the invitation to go

HAPPILY EVER AFTER: Stan and Anita Fagerstrom, high school sweethearts, celebrated 70 years of marriage. They moved to Sun Lakes in 2004 to be closer to their son, Daniel, of Chandler. Their other son, Scott, lives in St. Paul, MN. Submitted Photo

to Japan, I thought ‘Stan you’ve been holding on to these flags all these years, this might be kind of a closure for you.’” The flag was regarded as the Japanese soldier’s burial. “I’m glad I did that,” Fagerstrom says. “It was just the right thing for me to do. It made a difference.” Fagerstrom has written about his experiences in WWII, poems and short stories—stories about his army buddies Joe and Billy, the Bible his mother gave him, finding the flags and finding his way alone along “Teardrop Trail.” He’s kept the knapsack he carried throughout the war. He unfolds the map he used in the

jungle. “This is what we had to use. There’s not another one of these in existence,” he explains showing the trail he walked alone when he was too sick to continue on with his company. “I got a couple of medals,” Fagerstrom mentions. They are Bronze Stars he keeps in the blue boxes. One letter of commendation, dated July 27, 1945, cites outstanding devotion to duty in action against the enemy. Under heavy enemy fire, he and five others evacuated all the wounded on a trail without regard for their own safety. Fagerstrom was overseas almost two years, in the Army for three and a half years. He spent the better part of a year in the hospital from a back injury he suffered on a ship. He came out a sergeant. When he returned, Fagerstrom worked for the Daily News in Washington; he was there for 37 years. In 1982, he began freelancing, and still writes every day. He has four Internet columns on fishing and has written four books on casting. Fagerstrom has been chosen for an Honor Flight departing early next year. America’s veterans are transported to Washington, D.C., to visit those memorials dedicated in their honor. An honor Stan Fagerstrom is most deserving of. Tracy House is the news editor for SanTan Sun News. She lives in Ironwood Vistas with her husband and four children and can be reached at tracy@

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From restaurants that are offering veterans free meals to parades and more, many events are planned around the Valley in honor of Veterans Day.

Third annual veterans Mass Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted will conduct the “Red, White & Blue Mass” at 11 a.m. on Sun., Nov. 3, at All Saints Catholic Parish, 1534 N. Recker Rd. in Mesa. The third annual veterans Mass invites people of all faiths to come and pray tribute to veterans and reserve, guard and active duty servicemen and servicewomen. A reception will follow the service.

Vets to be honored at Sun Lakes Church of Christ Veterans of all wars will be honored at Sun Lakes United Church of Christ at its 11:15 a.m. service on Sun., Nov. 10. The service is held in the Sun Lakes Chapel, 9240 Sun Lakes Blvd. Parking is available in the Sun Lakes Country Club. Following the service, everyone is invited to join members of the church for fellowship in SEE VETERAN EVENTS PAGE 9

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COMING TO TOWN: Legendary comedienne Joan Rivers is set to perform at the “Comic Pain Reliefâ€? beneďŹ t on Nov. 15 in Chandler. Submitted photo

so it’s not a tragedy. It’s wonderful to get up in the morning and say, ‘I’m busy. How great is this?’ I’m busy doing what I love.� At the Chandler Center for the Arts, Rivers will be joined by “American Idol� alums Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo, a married couple who met on the set of the Broadway revival of “Hair.� “I just heard their music and I thought they were wonderful,� Rivers says. “We have the same agent. Anyone who comes from Broadway is OK with me. They don’t even have to say ‘Broadway.’ They just have to say ‘Br’ and I say ‘Yes.’ “They met in ‘Hair.’ That means they have to be good looking. Oh my darling, I could have never been in ‘Hair.’� There’s nothing like live performance for Rivers. “You’re going to get what I am, what you see on ‘Fashion Police’ and ‘Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best?’ and what you see on ‘In Bed with Joan’ on the Internet,� Rivers says. “If you don’t know how rough or wild or outrageous I am, they’re going to be very surprised.� Joan Rivers headlines the Comic Pain Relief at 7 p.m. Fri., Nov. 15, at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Tickets are $55 to $100. For more information, visit

and a calendar full of live events, the comedienne is loving keeping busy. “It’s not like ‘Poor me, I’m working all the time,’� she says. “I love what I do

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of Pain Foundation is important. The organization provides communitybased support services that address needs of chronic pain patients with neuropathy conditions. “It’s a wonderful cause and it’s an overlooked cause,� Rivers says. “Chronic pain is awful. You wake up in the morning and you go, ‘Ouch’ and that’s not the way to start the day. “I have a friend, we go to a restaurant and he has to get up after every course. He can’t even sit through a full meal. It’s tough and let’s hope they have major control coming.� Rivers is in the prime of her life, helming three projects: “Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best?� on the WE; “Fashion Police� on E! and “In Bed with Joan,� an Internet interview show in which she talks with young comics. “With all the shows I’m doing, I’m very lucky,� she says. “Each one is so different. With ‘Fashion Police,’ we have the best time because we get to talk and laugh about fashion, which is so much fun. ‘Joan and Melissa’ is reality and we start again in March on WE. That’s fun. I get to work with my daughter and my grandson and all that. On ‘In Bed with Joan,’ I’m interviewing all the young comics on the Internet. That’s great. “I’m in a very lucky moment in my life.� After decades in the business, Rivers is still enjoying her work very much, thanks. Balancing three shows

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Free barbecue for veterans The four Famous Dave’s Barbecue locations throughout the Valley are thanking all military personnel for their dedication and commitment to the country by offering a free “Two Meat Salute” on Mon., Nov. 11. The deal is valid at the Chandler, SanTan Village Mall, Mesa Riverview and Peoria locations. Military personnel must show a valid photo ID and proof of military service. The “Two Meat Salute” is a choice of two different meats, including St. Louis-style ribs, Georgia chopped pork, Texas beef brisket, country roasted or barbeque chicken, traditional or boneless chicken wings, Southside rib tips, hot link sausage, chicken tenders or beerbattered cod, served with a corn bread muffin and a choice of one side. Famous Dave’s in Chandler is located at 3250 W. Frye Rd., and the SanTan Village location is at 2206 E. Williams Field Rd. in Gilbert. For more information, visit famousdavesbbq. com.

Free car wash for veterans Cobblestone Auto Spa is showing its appreciation to veterans by providing a free Express Car Wash to all veterans and service personnel on Mon., Nov. 11. This is the company’s fourth year of participating in the Grace for Vets car wash program, a worldwide group of 852 car wash operators

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The Phoenix Veterans Day Parade Tens of thousands of spectators are expected to be on hand at 11 a.m. Mon., Nov. 11, for the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade. The parade will begin at North Phoenix Baptist Church, located at 5757 N. Central Ave., at Bethany Home Road, in Phoenix. The parade will then head south on Central, turn east on Camelback and then go south on Seventh Street, where the parade will conclude at Indian School Road. For more information, visit http://

‘Souldier, The Documentary’ Film fans are welcome to attend the worldwide movie premiere of “Souldier, The Documentary” from 6 to 9 p.m. Mon., Nov. 11. The event, which includes the movie, banquet and wrap party, takes place at Harkins Valley Art, 509 S. Mill Ave., in Tempe. “Souldier,” is a film dedicated to raising public awareness for homeless veterans, veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, military sexual trauma and the various organizations devoted

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to making a change. Tickets are $70 for the full event; $20 for the screening, $50 for the banquet, and $10 for the wrap party. For information and tickets, visit

Free pizza for Veterans Day Humble Pie is offering a free pizza to all active duty and veterans on Veterans Day at all six of its Valley locations. Diners just need to present a valid military ID to get the free pizza. For more information, visit

‘Fly the Flag’ Campaign for Veterans Day Fulton Homes is remembering America’s veterans by encouraging people to display the American Flag this Veterans Day, while also benefiting the Wounded Warriors Project. The homebuilder has partnered with 100.7 KSLX for the “Fly the Flag for Veterans Day” campaign. Through Mon., Nov. 11, listeners who visit Fulton Homes’ Ironwood Crossing community in Queen Creek and tour a model home can purchase a full-size American flag kit for $10, with all donations going to the Wounded Warriors Project. Fulton Homes will match any $10 donation offered, up to a maximum of $25,000. For more information, visit

Apache Junction Veterans Day parade At 9 a.m. Mon., Nov. 11, a parade that honors veterans of the Korean War will begin at the corner of Phelps Drive and Old West Highway in Apache Junction.

The parade will go west on Apache Trail to Gold, and then turn and go back east to the starting point. Event organizers are planning a flyover by the Commemorative Air Force to start the parade, and the grand marshal is a veteran of the Korean War. Following the parade, people can gather for a ceremony at the Elks Lodge, located at 2455 N. Apache Trail.

Free entrées for veterans IKEA in Tempe is offering active, reserve or retired service members a free entrée between Nov. 9 and 11. To receive the sandwich, hot dish or entrée salad at no cost, diners must show a form of military ID. Soup, garden salads, drinks, dessert and taxes are not included in the offer. The free entrée has a value up to $9.99. IKEA is located at 2110 W. IKEA Way in Tempe. For more information, visit store/tempe/offers

About Care’s Veterans Day/ holiday event The About Care third annual Veterans Day/holiday event is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. 8. The event will include wine tasting and an art auction at Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler. Tickets are $25, which includes beverages and light appetizers. For information visit Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

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Project Connect helps residents get ahead Chandler City Councilman Kevin Hartke listened intently as a resident explained his need: A new ID card so he could secure a new job and get on the road to stability. Harkte and Councilwoman Trinity Donovan were among more than 200 volunteers who served as guest guides at Valley of the Sun United Way’s Project Connect Event held Oct. 15 at Chandler Christian Church. Their role was to connect more than 300 individuals to

vital health and human services that end or prevent their homelessness, from food, wellness checks and showers to employment and housing opportunities. “Sometimes people just need a little help to make life better,” Hartke says. “Whether that’s employment, a hot meal or emergency shelter.” United Way coordinates monthly Project Connect events throughout Maricopa County as part of its key Community Objective to End

Homelessness in Maricopa County. “When you end homelessness, you empower people to be able to lead independent and productive lives. This transforms individual’s lives and entire communities,” says Amy Schwabenlender, United Way vice president of community impact. To volunteer or learn more about Project Connect and United Way’s efforts to end homelessness, visit projectconnect.

Parking policies, code enforcement on council agenda Changes to a number of parking enforcement policies and other ordinances involving key neighborhood issues will be considered by the City Council at the Nov. 7 Council meeting. Amendments to chapters 12 and 30 of the City Code, which govern traffic rules and neighborhood preservation are intended to address a number of issues, including: vehicles continually being repaired in residential driveways; vehicles that remain parked on city streets for extended periods of time; inoperable vehicles parked in driveways, and; RVs, boats, commercial vehicles and utility trailers parked in such a way as to impede

visibility and traffic circulation. Other proposed changes will improve the city’s ability to enforce compliance with the revised parking regulations, plus introduce, expand or clarify the definitions of weeds, abatement and blight and establish an independent court ordered abatement process. A Parking Task Force comprised of Chandler residents, plus focus groups that included resident leaders, Neighborhood Advisory Committee members and city staff developed the recommendations. Descriptions of the proposed changes can be found online at code. Select the link entitled “Parking

Chandler strikes oil Since early 2010, Chandler has generated $2,400 in revenue and saved another $11,600 in disposal costs by recycling approximately 5,750 gallons of used motor oil. The oil is collected from Chandler residents who bring it to the city’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center located at 955 E. Queen Creek Rd. The oil is sold to a petroleum recycler. Prior to implementing the oil recycling program in 2010, Chandler was burdened with the cost of purchasing containers to store the oil, plus paying to have the containers hauled away and properly disposed of. The HHW facility was opened in 2006 to accept used motor oil and other household chemicals to discourage such chemicals from being thrown in trash containers, poured down drains or dumped at the curb. Appointments are required when dropping off household hazardous waste and can be made by calling 480-782-3510.

An example of an inoperable vehicle. Submitted photo

Enforcement Policy page”. Tentative approval of the code amendments by the City Council on Nov. 7 would be followed by final adoption at a subsequent council meeting and then a 30-day waiting period.

DROP-OFF: Worker unloads items brought to Chandler’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center. Submitted photo


Help soldiers by donating gently used cell phones Great Choice Chiropractic, who is partnering with Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc., is asking residents to help troops call home by donating their gently used cell phones. Cell phones can be donated to the chiropractic office at 6125 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 4, Chandler. “As a U.S. vet, I know the importance and the joy of being able to call home when you are deployed,” Dr. Greg Hauser says. “We’re proud to show our support for U.S. soldiers and to contribute to a worthy cause like Cell Phones for Soldiers.” The charity was founded in 2004 by teenagers Robbie and Brittany

Bergquist at the ages of 12 and 13. It has provided 192 million minutes of free talk time to servicemen and women stationed around the world. Funds raised from the recycling of cellular phones are used to purchase prepaid international calling cards. On average, Cell Phones for Soldiers distributes 12,000 calling cards each week to bases around the world, care package programs, deployment ceremonies and VA hospitals. “Each year we have been

humbled by the amount of people and organizations like Great Choice Chiropractic that take the initiative to support our troops,” Brittany says. “The communication gap between those serving and their families is a crucial need that Cell Phones for Soldiers is committed to addressing for years to come.” For every donated phone valued at $5, Cell Phones for Soldiers is able to provide two and a half hours of free talk time to deployed troops.

Startup Weekend Chandler set for Nov. 15-17 at Gangplank Those who are ready to learn entrepreneurial skills are invited to attend Startup Weekend Chandler from Fri., Nov. 15, through Sun., Nov. 17, at Gangplank Chandler, 260 S. Arizona Ave. Startup Weekends are weekendlong, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, the event asks attendees to bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday, teams

focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts. Co-organizers for Startup Weekend Chandler are Ben Hall and Shon Burton. Hall has been a developer for seven years at Benerino Studios, benerinostudios. com/. He focuses on developing minimal viable products for startup companies in Ruby on Rails. Burton is co-founder

of Hiring Solved, https://hiringsolved. com/, a talent search/recruiting company. The judges for the event are Troy Busot (@TroyBusot) from, Kyle Stewart (@KyleRStewart) from and Eric Schedeler (@ ClubSched) who is a media executive and angel investor. For more information and to register for Startup Weekend Chandler, visit events/chandler-startup-weekend-1115/.

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Learn backyard composting Master backyard composting in a workshop offered to Chandler residents by the city’s Solid Waste Services Division from 9 a.m. to noon. Sat., Nov. 9, at Chandler City Hall-East Lobby Entrance, 175 S. Arizona Ave. Beginners and seasoned composters alike should learn something from this class, which will review a variety of methods for compositing as well as uses for homegrown compost. In composting, microbes convert material like leaves, grass clippings, prunings and fruit or vegetable scraps into a nutrient-rich part of the soil. It’s an efficient way to help the soil as well as keep waste out of landfills. The workshop is free, but registration is required by calling 480782-3510. Enrollment priority will be given to Chandler residents receiving city-provided refuse service.



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Golf tourney benefits Phoenix Children’s Hospital

New chairwoman of library board elected Chandler Public Library Manager Brenda Brown was elected chairwoman of the Arizona State Library Advisory Board at the group’s Sept. 6 meeting. The 11 members of the LAB advise Secretary of State Ken Bennett in the supervision of the State Library. The board comprises community leaders, the Senate President and the Speaker of the House and other elected officials. The meetings are attended by representatives of all divisions of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records Division. The State Library serves the Arizona Legislature and Arizonans, providing public access to public information, fostering historical and cultural collaborative research, information projects and ensuring that Arizona’s history is documented and preserved. It is comprised of six divisions: History and Archives, Library Development, Braille and Talking Book Library, Arizona Capitol Museum, State Library of Arizona and Records Management. During her three-year term, Brown expects the LAB to continue to support public libraries

and museums through the development of a State Library Foundation, a public nonprofit entity that will be able to apply for grants to support the mission of the State Library. The LAB will NEW also strongly advocate for the CHAIRWOMAN: Chandler Public development of technology Library Manager that will assist the State Library in capturing and Brenda Brown, recently elected preserving Arizona’s public records which includes local chairwoman of the Arizona government records. State Library Brown has served as a Advisory Board. member of the LAB since Submitted 2011. In 2012, the LAB assisted photo Secretary of State Ken Bennett in the recruiting and hiring of its new State Librarian and Library Director Joan Clark. Clark is a Chandler resident. For more information about the Advisory Board of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records Division, visit

For the third year, Troon-managed facilities throughout Arizona are uniting to raise funds for Phoenix Children’s Hospital through Troon’s Hit the Green for PCH program, while giving golfers the chance to win exciting prizes. Now through Nov. 17, golfers are invited to take part in Troon’s Hit the Green for PCH contest held on designated par three golf holes at several Troon courses. With a $10 donation, participants automatically receive a certificate good for 15% off their next purchase in the host facility’s golf shop. Those that land their shot anywhere on the green are upgraded to a 30% off certificate, while those who stick their shot inside 10 feet of the hole win a 2014 National Troon TwoSome Card, valued at $595. All proceeds go directly to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. “So many families have been positively impacted by the care and work that Phoenix Children’s Hospital is committed to providing day in and day

out,” says John Easterbrook, executive vice president of operations for Troon. “Even within our own family of Troon associates you will find examples of how Phoenix Children’s Hospital has helped them or a loved one through a challenging time in their lives. That being said, we are honored to help raise awareness for their mission and also raise much needed funds for their cause.” In 2011, Hit the Green for PCH raised $20,000, which was more than doubled the following year with $45,000 raised. The fundraising goal for 2013 is expected to reach $50,000 during the course of the promotion. Funds will be presented to Phoenix Children’s Hospital during the 15th annual Phoenix Children’s Hospital Annual Golf Tournament held Fri., Nov. 22 at Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale. To find participating Troon facilities and specific program dates, visit

‘A Night on the Vine’ benefits needy families Two charitable organizations, Fans Across America and Pappas Kids Schoolhouse Foundation, are partnering to host the second annual “A Night on the Vine” from 4 to 7 p.m. Sun., Nov. 3, at the Bella Rose Estate in Chandler. Proceeds from the event will directly impact the homeless students in the East Valley trying to stay in school. Children, family, and corporate participation in the event are welcome.

Every day families struggle with balancing financial obligations and the daily living necessities of their family. Fans Across America Charitable Foundation is a Chandlerbased nonprofit that assists in providing daily living necessities for homeless students, homeless families in transition and families with seriously ill and special needs children. The Pappas Kids Schoolhouse Foundation is also

a local nonprofit that assists in providing educational opportunities to all of Arizona’s homeless, underprivileged and at-risk students by providing the necessary tools that will help them succeed in the classroom and at home. Tickets for this event are available online at, or by calling 480821-3013.

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Audiologist to speak at Sun Lakes Chapter meeting Nationally noted, licensed and dispensing audiologist Dr. Georgine Ray will speak at 1 p.m., Thu., Nov. 14 at Ed Robson Branch Library, Lecky Center, 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes. She will highlight hearing aid improvements and advanced technologies that have increased user satisfaction during the Sun Lakes Chapter meeting. The meeting, which is open for individuals, family members and friends who are challenged by hearing loss, will include education, sharing and refreshments. Contact Liz Booth at, Regina Milgroom at reggiefaith@gmail. com or call Scott Sjolin at 602-652-3000 for additional information.

Consumers now have a way to recycle coffee capsules Coffee drinkers with single-serve Nespresso or illy iperEspresso machines now have a way to keep their used coffee capsules out of the local landfill. Sur La Table stores nationwide have recycling receptacles for both brands, while Williams-Sonoma accepts Nespresso at select locations. In addition to the retail recycling option, Nespresso consumers can send their used capsules directly to TerraCycle by joining the Nespresso Brigade on Illy consumers can recycle directly through illy by using the pre-paid return shipping label provided to them when their capsule orders are shipped out. The capsules are sent to recycling pioneer TerraCycle. The leftover coffee inside the capsules will be sent to an industrial composting facility while the actual packaging from the capsule will be recycled into a variety of new products. “Since curbside recycling is not an option for the capsules, it is great that illy and Nespresso have worked with their key retail accounts to give consumers a way to recycle the used capsules where they purchase new ones,” TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky says. “It’s extremely important to consider the environmental impact of our daily coffee habits and make a difference where you can.”

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‘Southwest Tea’ offers food, fun Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities hosts its third annual Southwest Tea from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Nov. 16 at the City of Chandler’s Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., downtown Chandler. A light luncheon, scones and other desserts will be served. The event will feature live entertainment, including vocalist Melaney Moore, Gaelic harpist Hana Halverson and Irish dancers, and raffle prizes, including a Tiffany jewelry item. The event is open to the public; reservations are required. Admission fee is $15 for CTSC members, $18 for adult nonmembers and $10 for children 12 years and younger. Payment may be made online at; click on the Southwest Tea postcard. Checks can also be made payable to “ChandlerTullamore Sister Cities” and mailed to P.O. Box 1474, Chandler, AZ 85244-1474. All proceeds will further the CTSC mission of education, business and cultural exchanges. For more information, contact Sharon Anderson at or 480-2294974.

SanTan Sun-area high school juniors and seniors are invited to take a free SAT or ACT practice test Sat., Nov 16 at Tutor House Tutoring Services’ Chandler or Tempe locations. Testing is from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a welcome and registration from 9 to 9:15 a.m. Students should bring a calculator to the session. Participants will become familiar with test format, question types, timing and content tested on college entrance exams, and learn about their own strengths and weaknesses in a low-pressure environment. Test results and analysis are given at a separately scheduled conference. Tutor House is a familyowned and –operated learning center offering a wide range of oneon-one and small-group tutoring for students in grades K through 12, with locations at 100 W. Boston St., Suite 4, Chandler, and 6139 S. Rural Rd., Suite 102, Tempe. To sign up, visit To learn more, call 480-857-1222 or email

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Lions help vision causes The Sun Lakes Breakfast Lions Foundation is looking for new members to help with two service projects. Six Sun Lakes Breakfast Lions were recently certified by Arizona to be visions screeners, and they want to put their expertise—and new vision technology—to good use. Vision disability is a leading disabling condition among children and seniors. Blindness and vision impairment in children and older adults is often overlooked, and an undiagnosed or untreated vision disorder may leave a child behind in the classroom. Better treatment can be achieved through early detection. However, fewer than 22% of preschool children currently receive any vision screening. New technology like autorefractors might help significantly. A recent study revealed that photoscreening was superior to traditional vision screening in the pediatric office in detecting preschool-aged children and seniors with amblyopia—also known as “lazy eye,” characterized by an inability to distinguish details—or its risk factors. However, one autorefractor costs over $7,000, so financial support is needed. If you would like to become a Lion and help with this project or would like more information, contact Betty Manovsky at 480-895-6512 or the Sun Lakes Breakfast Lions Foundation at 480-252-4356. Donations are also accepted to help purchase this equipment by sending a check to SLBLF at P.O. Box 13352, Chandler, AZ 85248. Checks marked “VISION” will ensure

READING GLASSES: Lions Club member Joyce Davey reads glasses to be sent to Philippines. Submitted photo

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Eyeglasses collected, clean and read Volunteers are also needed for the Eye Glass Collection, Cleaning and Reading project. Members meet the second Thursday of each month in the Arts and Crafts Room, Sun Lakes Country Club, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to clean glasses and prepare them for reading. Reading is done in a Lions home, at their convenience, on a Lens Master. Eyeglass collection and preparation for foreign missions is one of the main projects of Arizona Lions. Thousands of pairs of Arizona glasses have been sent to Jamaica, the Philippines, Honduras, Haiti, Ghana and five other nations around the world. Sun Lakes Breakfast Lions Club collected, cleaned and read over 50,000 pairs of glasses just last year. To help with this project call Joyce Davey at 602-449-1268 or the SLBLC at 480-252-4356.


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Neighborhoods join in sale, Girl Scouts ask for help Three southeast Chandler communities of are coming together this weekend for a communitywide garage sale. Brooks Ranch, Old Stone Ranch and Quail Springs are hosting a garage sale covering the three neighborhoods, which include more than 1,000 homes, Sat., Nov. 2, and Sun., Nov. 3. The garage sale begins at 7 a.m. at Old Stone Ranch off Ocotillo Road, west of Lindsay Road, at Quail Springs west of Old Stone Ranch on Ocotillo Road, before Gilbert Road and at Brooks Ranch off Gilbert Road, south of Ocotillo Road, approximately 1/4 mile north of Chandler Heights Road. Girl Scout Daisy Troop 1793 will join in this year, and will set up at the main entrance to Old Stone Ranch on Saturday, to participate as both a fundraiser and a learning opportunity. Half of their earnings will go toward their year-end event and the other half will be donated to Friends for Life Animal Rescue as the troop supports animals through their “3 Cheers for Animals” efforts.

The Daisy Troop also welcomes gently used items for the Stuffed with Love Boutique, a yearly event created by a sister Girl Scout troop. The scouts collect, sort and deliver items to Improving Chandler Area Neighborhoods, an organization that provides free after school care to kids in need. ICAN children are invited to pick a few gifts for their family members and one for themselves. Their gifts are wrapped by Girl Scouts and volunteers. The boutique provides about 1,500 presents to more than 220 kids, many of whom would otherwise go without holiday gifts. Clean stuffed animals, toys, games, puzzles, jewelry, unopened lotions, unused gift soaps, books, DVD/ VCR movies, music CDs, small miscellaneous gift items, gift boxes, holiday wrapping paper and gift bags are all welcome for donation. Furniture and clothing are not accepted. Contact Tracie Younce at or Old Stone Ranch Social Committee at with any questions.

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Positive messages encourage children’s author BY MEGHAN MCCOY

Lynn Lusch published her first children’s book on Sept. 6, 2013—two decades after she began writing it. Twenty years ago, the Chandler resident says in order to get a book printed, she had to mail “Millie’s Lost Adventure� to a publishing company, hoping someone would receive it, read it and enjoy the storyline. Unfortunately, it did not happen and the book was placed on the back burner. “I forgot about it,� Lusch says. Her beloved story about Lindsey, a 7-year-old girl, and the secondgrade classroom pet hamster, Millie, resurfaced this year. She researched and discovered she could self-publish books. She began working with her daughter, Randi Gause, a technical publication editor for NASA, to prepare it for the Kindle version on Amazon. “I pulled the book back up and updated it and she (Gause) put it on there (Amazon),� Lusch says. “She is phenomenal. I couldn’t do it without her.� Lusch can relate to the story. The mystery includes an underlying lesson of never giving up. She said if one child reflects on what Lindsey did to find Millie after a macaw squeals and sets the hamster running, she will have succeeded in her mission. Lusch’s books encourage youngsters

to think out of the box. She wants the readers to think “we can throw the ball a different way� to get an outcome instead of thinking “that’s the way the ball bounces.� She decided to incorporate positive thinking into her series, “Lynn’s Girls,� which targets 6 to 8 year olds, because of her life experiences. She was in a horrible crash that caused extreme migraines for five years. Thanks to books she read, she was able to beat the migraines due to a change in thinking. Lusch says she wishes she always thought positive and had role models who encouraged her to do so. “When I was growing up it was, ‘Hey, that’s the way it goes or things happen,’� Lusch says. “If someone says keep thinking right, keep thinking positive, I think it would have helped a lot in different areas. I want to get across a positive attitude and positive thinking. I’m a big believer in that philosophy.� Lusch and her daughter spent four hours designing the cover of “Millie’s Lost Adventure,� and chose the format and font. It immediately went online. “And then my mind started going and I had another story,� Lusch said. “The books are always in my head. I will have the whole book together in my head, then I type it out.� Her imagination continued with her second book “Chloe Where Are You?� It takes readers on another adventure, as Lindsey sets out to find her 6-month-

SELF-PUBLISHED CHILDREN’S AUTHOR: Children’s author Lynn Lusch published her ďŹ rst book in September with the help of her daughter, Randi Gause, who edited the tome. Her fourth “Lynn’s Girlsâ€? series book will hit in early November. Submitted photo

old puppy who is lost. The underlying message of this book, which was published Sept. 12, is the community coming together to help find the puppy. Lusch’s imagination took shape when her two daughters were growing up. “When they were little, I was able to be an at-home mom for a good part of their (formative years) and then I went to work,� she says. “I was able to volunteer a lot at their schools. I paid attention and got an idea for something.� Although her daughters are now in their 30s, working in a dental

office during the week triggers her imagination. Her third book, “Lauren’s Angel,� was published on Amazon on Sept. 30. In this book, Lindsey visits her sister in the hospital, although it makes her anxious. It has a happy ending, like the rest of the series. Her fourth and fifth books of the series are coming together. Lusch explains the fourth book, “Lindsey and the Christmas Puppy,� will come out on Nov. 14 and the fifth book will be released after Christmas. “My dream is to have followers and have kids wait for the next book,� she says. The books are approximately 30 pages. They are easy reads for children who wish to read the story by themselves, or for parents who want to read it to their kids. All of the books can be purchased on for $2.99. Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at




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14th annual Thorobred Thunder All Chevy Car Show The 14th annual Thorobred Thunder All Chevy Car Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Nov. 2, at Thorobred Chevrolet on Arizona Avenue, just north of Warner Road in Chandler. The show, which is hosted by the Corvette Club of Arizona, will feature old to new Chevrolets, including the 2014 Corvette Stingray. An awards ceremony will take place at 1:45 p.m. to recognize the best car in each class.

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Admission is free and food will be available for purchase. Registration for the car show is $35. Information can be found at A portion of the registration fees is donated to Packages From Home. Representatives will be present at the show to answer questions. Call Garry Mion with the Corvette Club of Arizona at 480-363-2838 for information.

Sun Lakes Republican Club to meet Nov. 12 The Sun Lakes Republican Club will feature “Energy and Education Freedom” at its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tue., Nov. 12, in the Arizona Room of the Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes. The public is invited. Art Sloane will inform attendees about the AZ StandDown Alliance events held in Tuscon, Prescott, Flagstaff, Pinal County, Bullhead City, as well as the largest event in the United States—Maricopa County. Wish for Our Heroes Southwest Coordinator Gary Alexandar will speak about the nonprofit that provides assistance to deserving active duty personnel and their families. Doug Little will explain the issues

associated with net metering and how the current and proposed policies being considered by the Arizona Corporation Commission impact solar and nonsolar customers current and future electric rates. Arizona State Senator Steve Yarbrough will provide an important recap on Arizona legislation passed during the past session. The keynote speaker will be Diane Douglas, a candidate for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction. She will talk about the proposed solutions for improvement of Arizona schools. For information contact Mike Tennant at 480-802-0178 or visit




PARK LIFE: All volunteers are welcome for Veterans Oasis Park’s cleanup event from 9 a.m. to noon Sat., Nov. 2. Tasks for the annual Volunteer Day may include park clean-up activities, gardening, recycling or basic landscape maintenance. All ages are welcome; those younger than 14 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Veterans Oasis Park is at 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd. in Chandler. Call 480-782-2894 for more information or to RSVP. Submitted photo




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Tantra workshops held at Inner Vision Yoga in Tempe Join Inner Vision Yoga, 725 E. Guadalupe Rd., Tempe, for an empowering and soul stirring weekend with acclaimed yoga teacher Saul David Rayne Fri., Nov. 15, through Sun., Nov. 17. The Sacred Circle Tantra Yoga Workshop schedule is as follows: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Fri., Nov. 15, for Untying the Knots of the Heart: Healing Yoga & Meditation; noon to 2:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 16, for Sacred Fire: Healing & Balancing the Manipura Chakra; 3:30 to 6 p.m., Sat., Nov. 16, for

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Prana; 8 to 10 p.m. Sat., Nov. 16 for Anada Kirtran with special guest Jim Beckwith and noon to 2:30 p.m., Sun., Nov. 17 for Earth Prayer. `Cost is $189 for the weekend if paid by Mon., Nov. 4, or $249 thereafter. A single class is $55 if paid by Mon., Nov. 4, or $69 thereafter. Kirtan is $20 by Fri., Nov. 14 or $30 thereafter. For additional information or to sign up for the classes call 480-632-7899 or visit

Walk MS events planned around Valley Walkers will travel through Desert Breeze Park in Chandler, the Phoenix Zoo and Papago Park during the Valleybased Walk MS events, the rallying point for multiple sclerosis movement in Arizona. The 1.5-mile Chandler Walk MS kicks off with an 8 a.m. check in and 9 a.m. walk Sat., Nov. 9, at Desert Breeze Park, 660 N. Desert Breeze Blvd. The Phoenix walk includes a 2-mile route through the Phoenix Zoo, 455 Galvin Pkwy., and a 3-mile route beginning at the zoo and continuing through Papago Park. The check-in begins at 5:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 6:30 a.m. “We have seen an incredible increase in interest from communities across

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the state to help us raise funds to find a cure and provide expanded services and programs for the estimated 8,000 women, men and children with MS in Arizona,” says Arizona Chapter President of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Jim Elfline. “Nearly everyone knows someone directly affected or impacted by MS and we know that there are many people in Arizona who don’t know that they may have the disease or where to go if they do. Events like Walk MS and Bike MS help raise awareness about the disease and the support systems that are available.” For information contact Senior Development Manager Lisa Clearly at 480-455-3954 or email her at lisa.

Traffic is shifted to the west side of Gilbert Road, one lane in each direction, from approximately Mead Drive to just south of the Gilbert Road/Ocotillo Road intersection. Electrical crews are installing conduit for future street lights in the east side of Gilbert Road working in a northerly direction from Brooks Farm Road to the RWCD Canal (just south of Ocotillo Road). Traffic near the RWCD crossing under Gilbert Road, just south of Ocotillo Road, is shifted to the west side of Gilbert Road on temporary asphalt as crews work to construct the east half of the RWCD box culvert. The new RWCD box culvert is being constructed just south of the existing box culvert, one-half at a time to be able to maintain traffic on Gilbert Road. Crews will be forming and tying rebar to prepare for pouring of concrete of the box culvert floor. Once the floor of the box is complete, crews will work to form, tie and pour the

walls and deck for the east half of the box culvert. It is anticipated this work on the east half of the box culvert will take another 4 to 5 weeks. Tentatively scheduled to begin Nov. 11 through late January, Ocotillo Road east of Gilbert Road will be closed for crews to construct improvements to the RWCD canal where it crosses Ocotillo Road (just east of Gilbert Road) as part of the project. This work is being scheduled to prepare for the significant work which will coincide with a planned RWCD dry-up of the canal tentatively scheduled for December. More information will be provided as that work schedule is developed. Be cautious when driving through the construction zone, and continue to patronize local businesses during construction. For comments or concerns regarding the project, visit or call 480-898-4100.

DEADLINES FOR SANTAN SUN NEWS The deadline for news and advertising is noon, Wed., Nov. 6 for the Nov. 16, 2013 issue of the SanTan Sun News.All news must be submitted to News@SanTanSun. com by that day to be considered for the next issue or by filling in the “submit a news release” form on the newspaper’s website at To send an item for consideration in the SanTan Family Fun, email it directly to Send advertising files and information to account reps or contact Ads@SanTanSun. com. For deadline information, visit and click on “About us” and call 480-732-0250 for advertising rate details.


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