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Road to Sochi: Fry shoots for gold in women’s hockey BY MAX KRAUST

Chandler native Lyndsey Fry always dreamed of playing for Team USA in the Olympics, and now that dream has become a reality. Fry is in Sochi, Russia, preparing for the Winter Olympics as a member of the

FORWARD THINKING: Chandler native Lyndsey Fry will make her Team USA debut as a forward on Feb. 8 when the women play Finland. Photo courtesy of USA Hockey

women’s U.S. Olympic hockey team. Fry is one of 21 who will be representing the States Feb. 7 to Feb. 23. “As a kid, I always said I wanted to be an Olympian,” says Fry, 21. “But honestly, it wasn’t probably until the past year and a half to two years where I knew this was what I wanted and this was what I was going to do.” Fry, whose love affair with hockey began with a screening of “The Mighty Ducks” at age 4, is the first native Arizonan to be named to an Olympic hockey team. The official announcement came during the Jan. 1 NHL Winter Classic featuring the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. “I don’t know if it’s really hit me yet,” Fry says. “To hear your name finally be read—especially at the Winter Classic— was awesome.” This isn’t Fry’s first trip around the rink. She was part of the USA hockey team that won the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship by defeating three-time defending Olympic gold medalist Canada. The 5-foot 8-inch forward has also competed in two Four Nations Cups and two U18 IIHF

Chance of a lifetime: Students to perform at Carnegie Hall BY BETH LUCAS

The curtain will rise. Bright lights will shine down. And 500 talented middle and high school students will begin a performance that musicians the world over only dream about on the famed main stage of Carnegie Hall in New York City. Chandler is home to three students whose hard work has paid off at a young age: Daphne Guo, 16, a junior at BASIS Chandler; Trey Martin, 18, a senior at Corona del Sol High School; and Sammi Tam, 16, a junior at Hamilton High School. They are among 500 orchestra, band and choral students from 49 states and abroad, who have been selected for the fifth High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. The series is an opportunity for individual middle and high school students to perform on the famed stage, an expansion of a longer-serving program that

hosts entire music groups. “It’s certainly a once-in-a-lifetime event to be performing there,” says Morgan Smith, honors series program director. “It’s a bucket list item for many musical performers—the opportunity to perform on such a stage in front of such an audience is really pretty amazing.”



ASU Chandler Innovation Center opens downtown

Sports Hall of Fame to honor seven athletes BY MAX KRAUST

technological entrepreneurship and management, and product development and manufacturing technology majors will have classes that meet at the center, explains ASU spokeswoman Jessi Hibsman. “We are committed to engaging talent anywhere it can be found,” says ASU President Michael Crow.

Seven athletes who have represented Chandler with their excellence in sports will be inducted into the Chandler Sports Hall of Fame during a special ceremony on Sat., Feb. 8. “The idea is to induct people who have brought fame and recognition to Chandler,” says Jean Reynolds, public history coordinator for Chandler. “They bring back recognition to Chandler and we celebrate that part of Chandler’s history.” This year’s inductees include four former Hamilton Huskies: Jason Cascio, Eric Farris, Dontay Moch and Daniel Marshall. Other inductees include former Seton Catholic Sentinel Tiffany Pederson Berge, Chandler High badminton coach Lois Truman Emshoff and the 1999 State Champion Chandler Lady Wolves basketball team. A panel of Chandler athletic directors, school district representatives and other individuals choose the inductees, who must be five years removed from high school and consider Chandler as their hometown. One team is also usually selected. Cascio, who was an All-State soccer player and went on to play at the professional level, was surprised when he heard he was being inducted but is glad to see his hard work being recognized.




Chandler—and Arizona—students and innovators now have their own hands-on hub. The City of Chandler, Arizona State University and TechShop joined forces to open a first of its kind facility that Mayor Jay Tibshraeny says will revolutionize innovation not only in his city but statewide. “ASU’s Chandler Innovation Center and TechShop will inject a new energy into downtown Chandler,” he explains. “It’s a great day for Chandler and the state as we welcome this new collaboration to our region.” The ASU Chandler Innovation Center has two key components: ASU’s technology studio, community working space and two classrooms; and the member-based TechShop with $1 million in equipment for inventors to hobbyists to realize their visions. Students enrolled in engineering,

SAMMI TAM: Hamilton High School junior Sammi Tam, 16, joins the High School Honors Performance Series Feb. 9 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Submitted photo

GRAND OPENING: Celebrating innovation in downtown Chandler are, from left, Mitzi Montoya, ASU vice president and dean for entrepreneurship and innovation; Michael M. Crow, ASU president; Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, standing; and Jim Newton, chairman and founder of TechShop, kneeling. Photo by Andy DeLisle, ASU

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and that’s just what I did,” Fry says. Fry made the switch to an online high school to accommodate her hockey schedule when she made the USA Women’s Under-18 National Team. Upon graduation, she moved on to Harvard University. Fry had plenty of talent, but knew that in order to make the Olympic roster, she would have to step up her game. “In the past I was doing just enough. I made the senior team, which was great, but I knew that I needed to keep pushing


Women’s World Championships for USA. Fry grew up in Chandler and started playing ice hockey when Ice Den Chandler, formerly Polar Ice, opened. She competed against boys for much of her youth and also played for a girls’ travel hockey team in Colorado while attending Corona Del Sol High School. “I ended up playing boys until high school then had to commute to Colorado to play girls. I met a lot of great friends

and couldn’t settle,” Fry says. “Even in practice here, you are competing against the best players in the world. How awesome is that?” Fry is looking forward to her family watching her play in Sochi. “My family will be there and I’m going to be so happy to see them in the stands. It is all for them and everyone who is supporting me or who has ever supported me,” Fry says. “Just looking up and seeing them in the stands will be a great moment.” Fry and the rest of the USA Women’s Hockey team will kick off the Olympics by playing Finland in the preliminary round Feb. 8. They will then proceed to play Switzerland Feb. 10 and Canada Feb. 12 before playoffs begin. “I’m just so excited and it will be an amazing adventure.” Max Kraust is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at

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“I always played team sports so I was always concerned about the team and winning,” Cascio says. “As the cliché goes, there’s no ‘I’ in team, but this feels good and it’s nice to know all of the hard work paid off.” Cascio played at Seattle University and professionally with the Seattle Sounders and Kitsap Pumas until 2010. Farris and Moch have also played professionally in their respective sports. Farris made his Major League Baseball debut with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2011 and Moch his National Football League debut in 2012 with the Cincinnati Bengals. Moch played with the Arizona Cardinals during the 2013 season. Berge played collegiate volleyball at Fordham University and returned to Seton Catholic High School where she helped lead the girls’ volleyball team to five state titles as an assistant coach.

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HONORED: Former Hamilton High School athlete Eric Farris, who made his MLB debut with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2011, will be honored at this year’s Chandler Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sat., Feb. 8. Submitted photo

Marshall was a track and field athlete at the University of Arizona where he won the Pac-10 championship for the triple jump event in 2008. Upon graduation, Marshall started his career as a strength and conditioning coach and works for the Chicago Bulls. The Chandler Sports Hall of Fame will only continue to see more talented athletes be inducted in the future. High school athletics has grown immensely in Chandler as the city and its schools have continued to expand. “There are a lot of young people that have graduated in the mid-2000s that are

definitely on their way,” Reynolds says. “We will continue to see more and more talent as long as diversity in Chandler continues to grow.” The induction and luncheon will be at Chandler Center for the Arts from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 on ticketmaster. com. For more information, call 480-7822717 or visit chandler_sports_hall_of_fame. Max Kraust is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at



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honor to be selected out of the thousands of nominees. To perform in the renowned Isaac Stern Hall at Carnegie Hall, is an achievement I never thought possible.”


The auditorium hosts an already nearly sold out 2,800 seats, and acoustics renowned the world over. “We select students on an annual basis for the honors performance series,” she adds. Students are often nominated by their music directors, or are discovered after qualifying for state recognition. They also can nominate themselves – the idea is to open the opportunity to every student who works hard to be the best. Students send a resume and recording. “We are continually impressed,” Smith says. “It seems like the quality of students increase every year. This really does represent the top echelon of students performing at this age level. The sense of accomplishment they have after having gone through this experience is something they will never forget.”

Daphne Guo Daphne Guo began performing at the age of 6—inspired to play the violin like her older sister. The viola is her latest love, an instrument she embraced to offer a unique new sound to her school’s orchestra. Her family’s love of music will stay with her throughout her life, she says. While planning to major in chemistry or biochemistry to research drugs that combat infectious disease, she will continue to perform in her college and local orchestras. She doesn’t know who nominated her to play at Carnegie Hall. The excitement of the experience had her so nervous she says she had to tape her audition tape a second time after her instructor heard her “nerves.”

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TREY MARTIN: Chandler resident and Corona del Sol High School senior Trey Martin will display his baritone saxophone skills at Carnegie Hall on Feb. 9. Submitted photo

But she knows that once she steps on stage it will melt away into a memory she will cherish. “This will definitely be an unforgettable experience,” she says. “I have always loved playing in a symphony orchestra and getting the opportunity to play in a worldfamous hall with such talented fellow musicians is realizing a dream I hadn’t known I’d had.”

Trey Martin Trey Martin’s passion for playing the baritone saxophone has extended beyond his own performance. According to mom, Sharon Martin, he was instrumental in getting a bari sax section started at his school, and has been a section leader for

DAPHNE GUO: BASIS Chandler junior Daphne Guo, 16, will be among 500 student musicians selected from around the world to perform at Carnegie Hall. Submitted photo

three of his four high school years. Trey first studied piano, beginning in first grade. “Music has always been his talent and his escape,” Sharon adds. “He is a left-handed kid in what is mostly a righthanded world. Music doesn’t really have a ‘hand’ to excel.” Travel was on Trey’s mind when he signed up to play saxophone in middle school: he wanted to travel to Disneyland to perform. He never imagined the trip to New York that it would lead to. “I loved to play the saxophone and reading music came easily to me,” he says. “After my freshman year at Corona, I was hooked for good.” Trey, who plans to study engineering at Arizona State University, adds, “It is such an

When injury struck Sammi Tam last summer, she turned her focus from martial arts, to her music. To mom, Fannie Tam, that fateful decision led her to a new destiny, where she shines and has performed in many local orchestras. She has since been selected to play her viola even in local orchestral groups. “I discovered that music is a universal language that helps express one’s feelings and emotion,” Sammi says. “I enjoyed all the opportunities to share different types of music from classical music to holiday music with others.” In fact, she helped to form a quartet at her school that performs regularly for charities. “I’ve been given many opportunities to share my love for music with other people from performing halls to senior centers, hospitals, golf tournaments and holiday celebrations. Seeing the smile and happiness in the audience’s faces fills my heart with joy and encouragement.” Fannie also hopes her daughter can be an inspiration: “Never let circumstance get you down. There could be something better around the corner.” Beth Lucas is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at news@


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“We attract highly talented students from around the world to ASU, but they don’t always have access to what they need on as regular of a basis as we would like in order for them to make the things that their dreams are filled with. “So we want to create experiences and opportunities for them that go way beyond the classroom,” Crow continues. “For the next, let’s say, 50 years, citizens, students, teams, clubs and groups will be inventing and building things that they have created in their heads.” That is where TechShop comes in. The center houses Arizona’s first TechShop, which across the nation has been enabling inventors to see their bright ideas come to life. “I started TechShop in 2006 because I had the same problem that most inventors, creators and innovators have,” says Jim Newton, chairman and founder of the TechShop. “They have ideas in their heads, but they can’t get access to the tools they need to make those things into real projects.” TechShop Chandler General Manager Jon Barbara said the 16,000-square-foot fabrication workshop houses state of the art equipment that allows investors, hobbyists and engineers to dabble with their ideas. Equipment includes laser cutters, 3-D printers, water jet cutters, a full wood shop, metal shop, hot shop and textiles shop.

A LOOK INSIDE: The ASU Chandler Innovation Center will host university students and local inventors who can use the $1 million in equipment to make their visions reality. Photo by Andy DeLisle, ASU

“I think it’s going to do a bunch of things,” he says. “It’s going to bring a lot more creation and creativity to our region as a whole, not just the Valley. It’s a great place for people to start a new business, start new ideas. Also a great place for younger people to get good connections with industries they are looking to get into.” TechShop operates like a gym— with monthly or annual memberships. Members take basic safety and equipment courses before getting started. Already, there are 300

members since the November soft opening, Barbara explains. Members dove right into some unique projects, he adds. One is using pipe benders to build a unique motorcycle from scratch. Women enjoy using a program that creates a quilt they design. Another pair is bringing to life a Bluetooth safe case they designed. Chandler police officers are using etching equipment to add their names to equipment. “That’s the great thing about this,” he says. “It’s not just having the

equipment, but having the community built up with people from all different backgrounds. “They help each other connect the dots,” Barbara adds. “The Valley is such a great place for innovative thinking— so many people in the engineering field with so many great ideas that they didn’t have an outlet for.” Another inventor is working on a hand-held engine that operates with the motion of a hand. Engineers are making new technology from old, repurposing microchips. Chandler’s goal is to become the innovation and technology hub of the southwest, and will continue to seek ways to nourish and grow the local talent, explains Tibshraeny. “I just think (the center) brings energy and new energy synergy—a different kind of utilization of space in our downtown,” Tibshraeny adds. “What was our old public work yard has been converted into a state of the art facility. The opportunities are endless there. We’ll have a lot more people visiting downtown as a hub.” As for his own invention aspirations: “You never know...I’ll leave that for folks to kind of ponder.” ASU Chandler Innovation Center is located at 249 E. Chicago St., Chandler. To learn more visit or contact Beth Lucas is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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Chandler PD accepting applications for next Citizens Police Academy BY TRACY HOUSE

Chandler residents interested in taking a look inside the day-to-day operations of the Chandler Police Department can immerse themselves in the Citizens Police Academy, a 12week academy that runs Wed., Feb. 12, through April 30. Sgt. Greg Howarth, crime prevention unit supervisor in community resources, facilitates the citizens academy. “We’d really like to see anybody who’s interested,” Howarth says. “It gives them a good insight and one of the ways they can get a better understanding of what law enforcement is about, not only about policemen, but what these officers do and what the different specialty assignments do.” Howarth says this is class No. 52 and estimates that at least 1,300 people have participated in the academy. He’s had citizens from ages 18 to 70-plus participate in the academy, including couples and people interested in becoming a police officer. “We have room for 25 people. We will take some beyond 25 in case someone drops out,” Howarth says. Applicants must be 18 years or older, pass a basic background check in order to participate, and work, live or attend

school in Chandler. The free academy classes include media and the law, firearms training, gang awareness, patrol functions, K-9 functions, criminal investigations, school violence, traffic law and use of force. Different instructors from the various departments will be teaching the classes and expounding on their specialty. Howarth says the school resource officer (SRO) from Hamilton High School, who is the national school resource officers’ president, provides information about school violence. “Each topic that we cover, their instructors come from those specialties. We usually use the same instructors so they have experience teaching.” As each class continues, the most recent and relevant topics are discussed. “We want to make it the best possible experience,” Howarth says. “The current stuff is what they’re really interested in.” Chandler’s academy provides a comprehensive overview for participants. “This is one of the longer citizen police academies in the state,” Howarth says. “An average would be eight to 10 weeks…the feedback we get from the citizens is they wish they had more weeks, more time for

more classes and instruction by the officers.” The citizens academy program is a separate program from the volunteer program. “It’s an overview of everything the police department does and the services we provide to the community as well as those who work and live in Chandler,” Howarth explains. Howarth mentions that there are a lot of resources for the participants. This informational, educational academy offers citizens the opportunity to understand what they can do in their neighborhood and how to work as a team with the Chandler Police Department to reduce crime. “We are the lowest in the Valley and the state, for crime in Chandler and that says a lot about the partnerships we have,” mentions Howarth. “The better understanding they (citizens) have and the better we can educate them about what we do, then they don’t have misconceptions.” The academy is engaging and interactive for participants who will visit the fire arms range (although they are not allowed to fire a weapon) and the Special Assignment Unit (SAU) bay, for a tour including seeing the equipment and gear used by the department. Participants can also

choose to go on a five-hour ride along or sit on a four-hour dispatch shift to add to the citizens academy experience. Classes are 6 to 9 p.m. beginning Wed., Feb. 12, at the department’s Main Station, 250 E. Chicago St. Citizens who complete the academy receive a certificate and enjoy dinner and a guest speaker at the conclusion of the academy. The Citizens Police Academy is open for applications. Contact the department’s crime prevention unit at 480-782-4690 with questions. Applications are available online at or for more information visit it on Facebook at chandlerpd. Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at


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Jan. 23, Chandler City Council meeting recap The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. Thu., Jan. 23, and took action on 45 agenda items, including: • Approved a preliminary plat for a Staybridge Suites Hotel to be located at the northeast corner of Chandler Boulevard and McClintock Drive. • Approved a preliminary plat for a Circle K convenience store and fuel station to be located at the southeast corner of Arizona Avenue and Riggs Road. • Approved a design consultant services contract with Durkin Architects LLC for renovations to the Copper Room in the Downtown Library, in an amount not to exceed $46,180. The Copper Room is the space that served as the City Council Chambers prior to November 2010. • Approved an agreement with Lacor/Streetscape for the purchase of bus shelters and bus shelter furniture for a two-year period, in an amount not to exceed $350,972. • Approved a special event liquor license for the 11th annual Chandler Classic Car & Hot Rod Show on Sat., Feb. 22, in Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave. • Approved a special event liquor license for the Chandler Ostrich Festival on Fri., March 7, through Sun., March 9, at Tumbleweed Park, 2220 S. McQueen Rd.

• Approved a special event liquor license for the sixth annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival on Sat., March 15, in Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave. • Approved an employment agreement with Kay Bigelow as Chandler city attorney at a salary of $165,649. At the beginning of the meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and the council recognized two employees for their years of service to the city: Johnny Flippo, 35 years; and Kevin Collins, 10 years. The mayor proclaimed Feb. 7 as Pat McDermott Day in Chandler, and recognized the retiring assistant city manager for his nearly 25 years of service to the organization and the community. At the conclusion of the meeting, Tibshraeny thanked everyone who came out to the Multicultural Festival on Jan. 18, especially the more than 200 immigrants who took the oath to become naturalized U.S. citizens. He invited the public to purchase tickets to the Chandler Sports Hall of Fame luncheon and induction ceremony at 11 a.m. Feb. 8 at the Chandler Center for the Arts. The mayor noted that the State of the City Address will be at 6 p.m. Thu., Feb. 6, in the Council Chambers. Councilman Jeff Weninger thanked the organizers and participants of WordCamp Phoenix for holding their

event in Chandler for the fourth year. He also encouraged the public to support the Legends of Country Music show at the Chandler Center for the Arts on Sun., Jan. 26. It is a benefit for the Starbright Foundation. Councilman Jack Sellers announced that the city recently won the Patriot Peak Award from the Arizona Small Business Alliance for the Operation Welcome Home initiative, and he thanked Councilwoman Nora Ellen for her efforts to launch the program. He also congratulated the mayor on his skills operating a plasma cutter during the extraordinary ribbon cutting for TechShop Chandler at the new ASU Chandler Innovation Center on Jan. 17. Vice Mayor Rick Heumann reminded everyone that the Chandler Science Spectacular will be Feb. 20, 21 and 22, and it offers unique opportunities for residents to explore the discoveries and science engineered in Chandler. Councilwoman Trinity Donovan congratulated the Chandler Police Explorers for hosting another successful tactical competition for more than 1,000 young people. Councilman Kevin Hartke invited residents to represent Chandler at the annual Unity Walk in Tempe on Feb. 1 at Tempe Town Lake. Councilwoman Nora Ellen also thanked the Small Business Alliance for the recognition of the Operation

Welcome Home program. Tibshraeny and all members of the council also welcomed new Police Chief Sean Duggan to Chandler, and they congratulated Kay Bigelow for her selection as the new Chandler city attorney. The meeting was adjourned at 7:54 p.m. The next City Council meeting will be a study session at 7 p.m. Mon., Feb. 10. Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed, on Chandler Channel 11 and streamed on the Web at video. Note: These are not official meeting minutes of the City Council but rather a brief recap of the council’s actions provided as a courtesy of the Chandler Communications and Public Affairs Department. The City Clerk’s office posts official meeting results the morning following council meetings. For a complete list of actions taken, visit agendas. Throughout the agenda, items are posted in red to signify any changes made at the meeting, and who voted no, or abstained. For past City Council meeting minutes visit, or contact the City Clerk’s office at 480-782-2180. For any other information, contact the Communications and Public Affairs Department at 480-782-2000.


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Chandler PD issues sex offender notification The Chandler Police Department is releasing the following information pursuant to ARS 13-3825, the Community Notification on Sex Offenders Law. Notification must be made when certain sex offenders are released from the Arizona State Prison, accepted under an interstate compact agreement or released from a country jail back into the community. It is the responsibility of the chief law enforcement officer having jurisdiction where the offender intends to reside

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to inform the community. The person who appears in this notification has been convicted of a sex offense which allows the Chandler Police Department to make community notification. The sex offender has advised the Chandler police that he will be living at the listed location. This person is not wanted by the Chandler police or any other law enforcement agency at this time. On Aug. 14, 2000, Ismael Roman Mota, 381 W. Frye Rd., Unit A, Chandler, was convicted for attempted sex conduct with a minor in Maricopa County Superior Court. He was 18 and the victim was a 13-year-old female friend. On April 10, 2007, and Oct. 12, 2010, Mota was convicted for failing to register as a sex offender. His last sentence was three and a half years prison, no probation or parole. Mota has brown hair and brown eyes, and is 5-feet 6-inches tall and 140 pounds. He is a level three, or high risk, offender. This notification is not intended to increase public fear; rather it is to inform the community of a sex offender living in the city and to comply with ARS 133825, Community Notification on Sex Offenders Law in making the community an informed and safer community. Citizens’ use of this information to threaten, intimidate, harass or cause any harm to this person will not be tolerated and are subject to charges being filed

against anyone violating the law. The Chandler Police Department Crime Prevention Unit may be reached at 480-782-4960 to assist the community in starting or joining a neighborhood watch program as well as provide you with useful information on personal safety. If you have questions regarding current criminal activity on this or any other offense, please call 480-782-4130 or if an emergency dial 9-1-1.


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36,000 square feet leased in Chandler Airpark Tempe-based Commercial Properties recently brokered six leases totaling almost 36,000 square feet at Red Rock Business Plaza in the Chandler Airpark. Black Diamond Advanced Technology, a division of Roper Industries, took 24,196 square feet of flex industrial shell space. Chris McClurg with Lee and Associates and Eric Ramer with ICON Commercial Interests out of

Atlanta represented the Tenant. Mark IV Capital will deliver the space, ready for Black Diamond to move in, in early 2014. Black Diamond valued the high building standards of Red Rock Business Plaza as well as the great San Tan Freeway Corridor location as deciding factors. Other lease transactions with Generations Physical Therapy, Express Interlock, BBJ Rentals, Aptech Systems,

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Chandler celebrates Black History Month A variety of community events is slated for February as a celebration of Black History Month in Chandler, sponsored by the city of Chandler, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Chandler Men of Action and South Chandler Self-Help. Events include a free performance of the 24th annual Black History Celebration, featuring the Desert Dance Theater in a tribute to “The Birth of the Blues,” at 7 p.m. Fri., Feb. 7, at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., and a free family picnic and entertainment event at noon Sat., Feb. 8, at Folley Park, 301 E. Frye Rd. An African-American banquet celebrating the accomplishments of African-American men in the community, including a scholarship awards presentation, is presented by Chandler Men of Action at 7 p.m. Fri., Feb. 28, at the Chandler Community Center, 125

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S. Commonwealth Ave.; tickets are $20 if prepurchased or $25 at the door. Ticket and event information is available by contacting Stephen Carson at carson.stephen@cusd80. com or Victor Hardy at victorehardy@gmail. com. Chandler residents are also invited to join hundreds of Valley residents and students at a Unity Walk beginning at 10 a.m. Sat., Feb. 1, at Tempe Town Lake and sponsored by the cities of Phoenix, Tempe, Chandler, Mesa and Scottsdale as well as the town of Guadalupe and Arizona State University. Each group or city will wear a different colored shirt and start the walk together. The approximately one-mile walk will conclude at Tempe Beach Park. For more information about Black History Month, including sponsorship opportunities, call 480-782-2214 or visit diversity.

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The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has awarded two highway safety grants totaling $18,007 to the Chandler Fire Department. The grants will enable the department to continue its Child Safety Seat Clinics program, which gives parents and caregivers free car seat inspections and training to help ensure that the child safety seats in their vehicles are the right size and have been properly installed. The first grant of $15,000 will be used to staff the car seat clinics, which are offered most Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon, at various sites around Chandler. The clinics are conducted by Chandler fire personnel who have been certified as child passenger seat technicians through SafeKids International. The firefighters provide one-on-one instruction to caregivers on how to properly install and use their children’s car seat. The second grant of $3,007 will be used to purchase safety information for caregivers and materials needed to ensure proper installation of the car seats. Additionally, this grant will pay for 52 child safety seats, which will be given to families who cannot afford to purchase this lifesaving equipment on their own. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children ages 2 to 14, due in large part to child seats and seat belts being used incorrectly or not being used. The Chandler Fire

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Community Calendar Morning Lap Swimming WHEN: 5 to 7:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday WHERE: Hamilton Aquatic Center, 3838 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler COST: $2 INFO: 480-782-2631 or chandleraz. gov/aquatics Punch passes are offered to save swimmers 5 to 30% each visit, as well as an annual pass for only $200, which is valid at Hamilton and Mesquite aquatic centers. Night Lap Swimming WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday WHERE: Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, 5901 S. Hillcrest Dr., Chandler COST: $2 INFO: 480-782-2631 or chandleraz. gov/aquatics Punch passes are offered to save swimmers 5 to 30% each visit, as well as an annual pass for only $200, which is valid at Hamilton and Mesquite aquatic centers. ‘Love, Jewish Style’ WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 7 WHERE: Lecky Center of the Robson Library, 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes COST: Free INFO: Temple Havurat Emet is an egalitarian progressive community that welcomes all Jews as well as those exploring Judaism and those interested in conversion. The Chandler Portraits: The Fine Art of Tad Smith WHEN: Through Sat., March 8 WHERE: The Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler COST: Free INFO: 480-782-2695 or visiongallery. org Several prominent Chandler citizens were nominated to be represented in Tad Smith’s signature stylized portraits, to honor their hard work and setting an example in Chandler. Smith has developed his own graphic style in addition to his fine art, and has used it in creating this exhibition featuring likenesses of some of Chandler’s most respected citizens.

Oakwood Blvd., Sun Lakes COST: $25 INFO: 480-895-3168 or 480-305-0123 The event will feature lunch, a day of games and a chance to win door prizes and bid on gift baskets. All proceeds raised will be donated to local charities, including Hospice of the Valley, Chandler CARE Center and the Sun Lakes Fire Department.

Morning Lap Swimming Saturday, Feb. 10, through Feb. 22 WHERE: Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, 5901 S. Hillcrest Dr., Chandler WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, March 10, through March 14 WHERE: Nozomi Aquatic Center, 250 S. Kyrene Rd., Chandler WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, March 10, through March 14 WHERE: Desert Oasis Aquatic Center, 1400 W. Summit Pl., Chandler

‘Automotive Artifacts: The Fine Art Photography of Brenda Priddy’ WHEN: Through Sat., March 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler COST: Free INFO: 480-782-2695 or The display will feature fine-art photos of iconic automotive details. Many viewers might know Brenda Priddy’s photographs of test cars, taken as the cars are moved from the proving grounds in the desert. She’s often aimed her lens at auto details, such as nameplates, hood ornaments, architectural lines of car designs and more. Those details became the focus for this art exhibition.

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday March 17, through March 21 WHERE: Hamilton Aquatic Center, 3838 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler COST: $120 residents and $150 nonresidents INFO: An individual must be 15 years old by the last day of class. The course and activities prepare participants to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies and prevent drowning and injuries. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a certificate for lifeguarding, first aid, CPR AED, which is valid for two years.

‘The Cat in the Hat’ WHEN: Through Sun., March 16 WHERE: Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe COST: Tickets start at $12 INFO: 480-350-2822 or childsplayaz. org Everyone knows the tall red-andwhite hat and mischievous antics of the Cat in the Hat—especially Sally and her brother. Suddenly a rainy afternoon is transformed by the Cat and his antics. Will their house ever be the same? Can the kids clean up before mom comes home? With some tricks (and a fish) and Thing Two and Thing One, with the Cat in The Hat, the fun’s never done.

American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Course WHEN: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 17, through April 4 WHERE: Arrowhead Pool, 1475 W. Erie St., Chandler COST: $103 for residents and $127 for nonresidents INFO: The American Red Cross water safety course trains instructor candidates to teach water safety, including the basic water rescue courses, six levels of the progressive learn to swim program and parent and child aquatics. The American Red Cross course will also include five hours of the F.I.T. course and eight hours of instructor candidate practical teaching time. An individual must be 16 years old by the last day of class.

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Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation Sisterhood’s annual Card Party WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tue., Feb. 18 WHERE: Oakwood Clubhouse, 24218 E.

Temple Havurat Emet’s annual Fashion Show WHEN: 3 p.m. Sun., Feb. 23 WHERE: Palo Verde Country Clubhouse, 10801 E. San Tan Blvd., Sun Lakes COST: $24.50 INFO: 480-802-0185 or Tickets will be available for purchase at Sun Lakes ACE Hardware and Sun Lakes Phase One Country Club or home delivery. Proceeds will benefit Shelter Without Walls, a local home for victims of abuse. First Phoenix Bikefest WHEN: Fri., April 4, through Sun., April 6 WHERE: Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler COST: TBD INFO: or The first Phoenix Bikefest, presented by area Harley-Davidson dealers, welcomes riders, enthusiasts and spectators to explore the machines, clothing, gear, design and anything else surrounding the motorcycles and community that loves them. Food, drink and vendors of all kinds will be offered throughout the weekend to complement the bike show and live music. ‘Schoolhouse Rock Live!’ WHEN: Sun., April 20 through Sun., May 25, various times WHERE: Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe COST: Tickets start at $12 INFO: 480-350-2822 or childsplayaz. org The pop-culture phenomenon “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” follows a new teacher through learning classic lessons—and the love of learning— anew. Academic subjects will never seem boring again when presented through megahits like “Conjunction Junction,” “Just a Bill,” “Interplanet Janet” or “Three is a Magic Number.”

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Global Building acquires Chandler Mercado San Diego-based Global Building Inc., a private commercial real estate investment fund that also provides leasing services for the office buildings it owns, has acquired Chandler Mercado, a retail center located at the intersection of East Warner Road and North Arizona Avenue in Chandler for $4.3 million. Chandler Mercado was built in 1986 and has approximately 83,277 square feet of retail space. The center is shadow anchored by a PGA Tour Golf Superstore and is currently 35% leased. Global Building intends to provide almost $1 million in capital upgrades and tenant improvements to the retail center. Strategic Retail Group will represent Global Building in

leasing approximately 24,000 square-feet junior anchor store space, a freestanding restaurant and other space. “We are excited about the Chandler Mercado acquisition,” says Tucker Lewis, CEO of Global Building. “We like investing in anchor shadowed retail centers due to the long-term stability of the anchor and the customers that it attracts. The existing tenancy combined with the planned renovation will make the center very attractive to additional tenants.” With headquarters in San Diego, Global Building owns and operates multiple properties in Arizona and California and land development holdings in Texas.

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Chandler EEC presents lecture on the science of climate change on Feb. 22 The Chandler Environmental Education Center (EEC) will host a free public lecture titled “The Science Behind the Conversation: Climate Change,” from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Sat., Feb. 22. This introductory seminar will be given by Dr. Blaine Hannafin, RDMS, who will present information from the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and curriculum from the University of British Columbia to give a broad overview of climate science and observed changes in recent decades. The discussion will include a review of recent extreme weather patterns and how severe storms, droughts, heat waves, and other conditions can impact our future food security. This class will also present findings that have generated substantial debate; the likely effect of human fossil fuel emissions on Earth’s energy balance and climate. Hannafin, is a board-certified emergency medicine physician practicing in Chandler, who identifies himself as a lifelong learner. He has a deep interest in the issue of climate change and has recently completed a 10-week course through the University of British Columbia on the science of

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Suspects from 2008 Chandler homicide Cookies for Kids Cancer Bake apprehended Sale to be held Sun., Feb. 9 Two men have been arrested in connection with a 2008 homicide, according to the Chandler Police Department. Rory Gene Coriell, 29, and William Hayden Crawford, 27, were taken into custody in Phoenix by members of the Criminal Apprehension Unit and the U.S. Marshal’s Office. Coriell and Crawford were booked into the Maricopa County Jail on one count of first degree murder. The investigation is ongoing. Zachary Rowe, 25, was found dead by firefighters Rory Coriell. Submitted William Crawford. inside of a burning home at 1270 W. Gail Dr., Submitted photo photo Chandler. He was the victim of a gunshot wound.

Suspect arrested in string of vending machine burglaries The Chandler Police Department has arrested a suspect in connection with a string of burglaries that began in August of last year. Christopher Jon Ash, 32, of Mesa was arrested on six counts of third-degree burglary, four counts of possession of burglary tools, and one count of theft-control of stolen property. On the morning of Jan. 26, 2014, Ash was located at the Villamora Apartments clubhouse, at 2150 S. Arizona Ave. While inside, Ash allegedly forced entry into a Coca-Cola vending machine an attempt to remove its currency and coin. He then fled the scene before police arrived but was later located and both he and his girlfriend, Erin Brandley, were arrested. Ash has been charged with three additional burglaries in Chandler, two of which were in January of this year. This case is still under investigation.

The Caribbean neighborhood of Fulton Ranch will host its fourth annual Cookies for Kids Cancer Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun., Feb. 9, with a theme of Valentine’s Day. The sale will be set up on the corner of Fulton Ranch Boulevard and Sunland Drive in front of Fulton Elementary School. The sale will include homemade baked goods, Mylar balloons and a Valentine’s Day-themed photo booth. A Breville Smart Oven, OXO Cookie Press, as well as other items, will be raffled off during the event. All donations will go to the Cookies for Kids Cancer charity, which funds pediatric cancer research. For more information, visit

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February 1 – 14, 2014

Gilbert Road improvements update Improvements to Gilbert Road, from Queen Creek Road to Ocotillo Road, have wrapped up closing phase one of the Gilbert Road Improvements Project. Construction has begun for the next phase of improvements, the widening of Gilbert Road, from Ocotillo Road to just south of Chandler Heights Road. It should be noted that, while the widening extends to just south of Chandler Heights Road, construction will be taking place as far south as Riggs Road for installation of water, sewer and reclaimed water pipeline. The first phase of the project widened Gilbert Road between Queen Creek Road and Ocotillo Road from two lanes to six lanes (three lanes in each direction), and included landscaped medians, bike lanes, curb, gutter, sidewalk, and extensive work on water, reclaimed water, and sewer pipe lines. The current phase of the Gilbert Road Improvements Project includes widening

Gilbert Road to four lanes (two lanes in each direction) from Ocotillo Road to just south of Chandler Heights Road, transitioning to three lanes north and southbound at the Gilbert Road/Chandler Heights Road intersection. The Gilbert Road-Chandler Heights Road intersection will also be widened to two lanes in each direction for Chandler Heights Road. Remaining improvements at the intersection of Gilbert and Ocotillo are continuing. Improvements will also include landscaped medians, bike lanes, curb, gutter, sidewalk, and any utility relocations necessary for the improvements. Dedicated right-turn lanes, bike lanes and Americans with Disabilities Act improvements, such as installation of handicap ramps at corners, are being installed in the project area. Retention basins are being excavated in

the project area to accommodate storm water flows. Access to homes and businesses will be maintained throughout construction. Drivers are advised to use caution in construction zones, but may continue to patronize local businesses during construction. For additional project information, visit or call 480-898-4100.

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