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Tax decrease highlight of 2014-15 Slip, slop, slap summer proposed budget sun safety BY JOAN WESTLAKE


The Chandler City Council is hosting a series of public meetings in May and June to review and adopt the City’s proposed 2014-15 budget, which begins July 1. Neighborhood parks, repaving roads, added fire and police personnel as well as a decrease in City property taxes are some of the notable items in a budget that is 2.5 percent lower than the previous year’s. “The proposed budget represents what I believe is a very prudent spending plan for the coming year,” Mayor Jay Tibshraeny said after the May 2 budget and capital improvement program City Council briefing. “We are able to balance the needs of maintaining our infrastructure while delivering quality services and accelerating the projects residents are asking for. Additionally, our ability to lower the city portion of the property tax rate will help to offset rising property values.” Budget Manager Greg Westrum elaborated that at the May 2 meeting. He said the City will proceed with a proposed property tax decrease of 9.22 cents per $100 of assessed value, reducing the primary rate from .3292 cents per $100 to .2992 cents per $100 and the secondary rate from .9422 cents per $100 to 88 cents per $100. The General Fund is the main focus of the budget meetings. It supports many priority services including police and fire, libraries and maintenance of streets, parks and other infrastructure.

Public forums on budget schedule Chandler City Council Chambers, 88 E. Chicago St. • Budget amendment discussion with the city council: 7 p.m. Monday, May 19 • Tentative budget adoption by the city council, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 22 • Public hearing regarding the adoption of the final 2014-15 budget, 2015-2024 CIP and 2014-16 property tax levy with vote on final budget and CIP adoption, 7 p.m. Thursday, June 12 • Property tax levy adoption by the city council, 7 p.m. Thursday, June 26.

Neighborhood parks priority With six years of experience working with Chandler’s budget, Westrum says this proposed edition reflects a process that began two years ago when the City was able to start moving out of economic belt tightening. As the fiscal recovery emerged, Chandler residents communicated that they wanted a renewed focus on creating parks and other neighborhood enhancements. SEE TAX


Living in the Valley of the Sun has a lot of perks—mild winters, outdoor activities year round and on average, more than 200 clear and sunny days a year. But those clear blue skies are also cause for precautions and a growing number of cases of skin cancer are reported each year. May is Skin Cancer Awareness month, and according to information from the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. And while that may seem frightening living in sunny Arizona, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer. Dr. Catherine Chen-Tsai of East Valley Dermatology offers some suggestions and safeguards against the sun’s harmful rays based on the American Cancer Society’s Slip! Slop! Slap! awareness campaign.

Slip! Chen-Tsai says to slip into the shade and sun protective clothing. “A lot of the kids will wear a very thin white T-shirt, but that only gives the equivalent of an SPF 3. A lot of people don’t know that…a thin T-shirt only gives you a low protective shield and so what we advocate is for people to wear a thicker cotton weave or to put some kind of a pigment into their shirt, like pink or green or blue and that will increase the SPF factor.”

6-year-old girl supports others with Teddy bear program BY MEGHAN MCCOY

Six-year-old Charlotte Gould’s birthdays have turned into something bigger than opening pretty packages. When she celebrated her first birthday, her parents encouraged friends and family to make donations to a local charity that helps children, like Charlotte, who were born with a cleft lip and palate. “On my birthday, I don’t get presents. TEDDY BEARS: Born with a cleft lip and palate, Charlotte I get donations to buy presents,” Gould was given a Teddy bear Charlotte says. for support. She and her family She buys Teddy bears for children like recently started the Charley her. Her quest began when Charlotte Bear Hug Program. Submitted visited a team of surgeons and therapists photo

at St. Joseph’s Hospital, including Drs. Stephen Beals and Patricia Glick. She was given a little Teddy bear by the Cleft Palate Foundation. “It became her best buddy,” Nicole says. Brown and furry with little stitches on his face, “Charley,” as she calls it, kept Charlotte company at night. Charlotte curiously asked why the bear had stitches, which led to a conversation about cleft palates. Charlotte replied that all babies should have a bear and thus the Charley Bear Hug program was born.

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Slop! She explains this is basically putting on sunscreen. “The SPF on the bottles only addresses UVB, which is the burning rays... Just last year the FDA started measuring for UVA effectiveness in sunscreen.” Chen-Tsai says to look for ‘Broad Spectrum’ on the label, right beside the SPF. It will say ‘Broad Spectrum’ if it is UVA protection. Chen-Tsai continues if the bottle doesn’t have Broad Spectrum labeled it is inadequate for UVA. She also explains that the sunscreen should be SPF 30 and to read the label to look for zinc oxide and titanium. Don’t just buy a sunscreen because it has a SPF 60 to 120 which could have added chemicals, such as octocrylene, that could cause an allergic reaction. SEE SLIP! SLOP! SLAP! PAGE 4


FANCY DRESS: Cherry dressed to impress and took the crown as Queen Chihuahua. STSN photo by Tim Sealy. See more photos on page 51




SLIP! SLOP! SLAP!: Before the kiddos head into the summer sun don’t forget to have them slip into protective clothing, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat. STSN photo by Tracy House

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Slap! Put on a hat, Chen-Tsai advises. Using a parasol, umbrellas and seeking shade account for 30 percent of UV protection. “People definitely, even when they put on a hat, they really should put on sunscreen,” she says. Chen-Tsai also suggests eye wear that offer UVA and UVB protection. Chen-Tsai says she would like to see schools have children wear widebrimmed hats during recess to avoid sun exposure. “Kids’ skin is immature and they don’t have the layers of skin that can truly protect the pigmented cells from ultraviolet light and so when kids go out in the sun they’re getting more ultraviolet effects than adults get.” There are three types of skin cancers; basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma (most common and nonmelanoma skin cancers) and melanoma (the most deadly form of skin cancer). The main area men develop cancerous melanomas is the back and for women it’s the legs. “The statistics now are probably that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime,” Chen-Tsai says. Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25 to 29 years old. “It’s the No. 1 form of cancer,” Chen-Tsai says. “And it’s the second most common form of cancer for kids 15 to 29 years old.” Another point she mentions is that the rate of melanomas is rising faster

among the 15 to 29 year olds females than males and may be related to using tanning beds.

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A-B-C-D-E A is for asymmetry, where the one half of the mole doesn’t match the other B suggests border irregularities where edges are ragged, notched or blurred. C refers to the color not being uniform, with shades of brown, tan and black present D is for diameter and darkness. Chen-Tsai says to look for anything greater than 6 mm, but melanomas have been found in moles that are 2 mm with real black dots on the skin. So another thing the American Academy of Dermatologists urges is to be aware of the darkness of the mole. “E is evolving,” Chen-Tsai explains. “Anything changing, itching or bleeding.” She also mentions there is one other criteria, the “Ugly Duckling” sign—any moles on the body that don’t look like the others. Chen-Tsai is a provider at East Valley Dermatology, 1100 S. Dobson Rd., Suite 223, Chandler. For more information, visit or call (480) 8218888. For more information about sun safety, go to news/features/stay-sun-safe-thissummer. Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

For Brigette Thompson the reality of skin cancer hit home when her then, 11-year-old son, Dylan Zadakis, was diagnosed with melanoma. “It was the beginning of the school year, it was still warm, like in September and he was jumping in the pool and swimming and I noticed that he had a mole in the middle of his back and it looked like it had changed to me,” Thompson says. “I looked at it, put sunscreen on it, let him play and then the next week I looked at it and it was grossly different. It had changed color and the borders were irregular on it. In one week it had changed.” Thompson is a nurse and probably more aware than most people, but she says the things she noticed are the signs that everybody should be aware of. “Something about the mole stood out for me that first week and it must have changed color or shape because it was not something I noticed before and when I looked at him it looked different to me, darker. It looked like there was something wrong with it, like it was alive.” Thompson called the dermatologist to say she had noticed the irregularity of the mole and because Dylan had been diagnosed with leukemia when he was 4 years old. Because of his history he was seen immediately. She says she was nervous after seven days when she hadn’t heard anything from the dermatologist. The specimen was sent to Harvard to have a pathologist look at it. “We did get the phone call that it was

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“Every baby born with a cleft and palette gets a bear,” the kindergartner explains. The Gould family purchased more than 100 Teddy bears from the Cleft Palate Foundation to kick off their program last month at the Barrow Cleft and Craniofacial Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital during a Teddy bear picnic. “Luckily the birthday parties have been able to fund the project,” Nicole says. “The Craniofacial Center has been able to use Charlotte’s dream.” Charley is placed into a reusable tote with hospital and treatment information and given to parents with infants and newborns with cleft and palate at their first doctor’s appointment. The tote, Nicole says, is a welcome bag full of information and something soft for the child to keep throughout their childhood. Before Charley is placed into the tote, Charlotte hugs and kisses the bear and says “good luck Charley.” “I think it’s important because every girl and boy would really like to have a bear when they grow up to remember,” Charlotte says. Although her mother provides the totes to parents, Charlotte was able to give one to a young boy, which she says made her feel happy. Nicole, a certified volunteer at St. Joseph’s, spends time at the hospital every other week talking to parents and sharing

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BEAR HUGS: Born with a cleft lip and palate, Charlotte Gould was given a Teddy bear for support. She and her family recently started the Charley Bear Hug Program. Submitted photo

her story while putting “a warm Teddy bear in their hands before they have to reach out for information themselves.” Nicole says she sees about three to six new families every month. “I get to answer mom questions,” she says. “It’s nice to have that very casual banter between the patient and myself. It’s a nice time for them to feel comfortable and not the only ones going through it.” Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at meghan@

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Kevin Hartke officially declared his intent to continue to serve Chandler residents and re-run for the Chandler City Council by being the first to both open a political committee for the 2014 election on Sept. 16, 2013, and by being the first to turn in petition sheets to make him eligible to be listed on the Aug. 26 ballot. One thousand signatures are required. Hartke turned in more than 1,900. Hartke, a pastor at Trinity Christian Fellowship, has lived in Chandler for more than 29 years. He was elected to city council in 2010. Hartke chairs a regional Maricopa Association of Governments commission, serves on a Governor’s and a Congressional task force and directs a nonprofit: For Our City–Chandler, a citywide initiative bringing faith communities, nonprofits, businesses and the City together to implement solutions to help Chandler. He also reads and tutors weekly at a local elementary school and serves on the Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona. Hartke has previously served as a commissioner on the Planning and Zoning Committee and Chandler Human Relation Commission. He was the chairman of Chandler’s 2010 Census Committee. He and his wife, Lynne, have four children; Nate,

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The accelerated funding that began two years ago resulted in the recent opening of Roadrunner Park. Centennial and Valencia parks are in the construction process and were in last year’s funding. This year included the maintenance of the new parks as well as the building of Citrus Vista Park. Westrum pointed out another priority in this year’s budget is the continued repaving and repairing roads by the City’s Streets Department; $2 million in the first three years was added. The proposed budget is $783.5 million, which is a decrease from slightly less than $804 million in 2013-14. Westrum says the reduction is mostly due to projects that were completed last year such as the parks and some street repaving. Operating costs increase 6.5 percent under the proposed budget, and the total capital budget decreases by 15.3 percent. The City’s general fund, which represents 38 percent or $294.8 million of Chandler’s total budget, increases by 10.9 percent.

Budget process “We start with the previous year’s budget as our baseline,” explains Westrum. “Definitely we consider the public input from our survey process and their conversations with our mayor and city council.” As part of the budget development procedure, the City’s Budget Office conducted an online survey of residents last December and January, and presented the results to the mayor and city council. In addition, Budget Connect, an

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interactive community budget meeting, was held in February. “The City departments also have an opportunity to identify what they think they need to continue to provide services, whether it is a new fire truck or more people or whatever is required,” adds Westrum. This budget would add seven positions to City departments: two in police, one in fire, one in code enforcement and three in municipal utilities. The final part of the process after wants and needs are examined is to balance the budget with the income from sales tax, funds from the state and with what is generated locally. The budget is designed to ensure that the City is able to balance its operating and capital budgets over the short term as well as the long run. The proposed budget is available for review online at budget and at the Downtown Chandler Library, 22 S. Delaware St. or City Clerk’s Office, 175 S. Arizona Ave. Anyone with questions about the budget or budget process are invited to call the budget office at (480) 782-2252. There are a variety of ways to voice your opinions about the budget. Email the mayor and council at Mayor&Council@ or call (480) 782-2200. The public is invited to attend the scheduled public forums through the June 12 final budget adoption. Joan Westlake is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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Chandler Regional adds new surgery residency program Chandler Regional Medical Center will soon begin training general surgery residents as part of its new provisional Level I Trauma Center status. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical RESIDENCY Education and PROGRAM: Dr. Forrest “Dell” Moore, medical the Residency Review Committee director and section for Surgery has chief of trauma at Chandler Regional, has approved Chandler been named associate Regional as an program director for integrated site Chandler Regional for the William and sister hospitals Beaumont Army Mercy Gilbert Medical Medical Center’s Center and St. Joseph’s General Surgery Hospital and Medical Residency Program, Center. Submitted effective June. photo Dr. Forrest “Dell” Moore, medical director and section chief of trauma at Chandler Regional, has been named associate program director for Chandler Regional and sister hospitals Mercy Gilbert Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.

Moore will serve under the direction of Lt. Col. Kurt Davis, program director for WBAMC’s General Surgery Residency Program. “We are honored to be associated with the doctors who will be healing our heroes,” says Moore. “Our residency program will train the very Army surgeons who will be treating and caring for our Armed Forces.” Two to three post-graduate surgical residents will rotate through Chandler Regional’s program every two to four months. These surgical residents will be trained in trauma and critical care, general surgery and thoracic surgery. “The residents will get a broad surgical caseload,” says Davis. “Dr. Moore and his staff are very dedicated to education. Chandler has a brand-new center, in a fastgrowing area, which lends itself to regional referrals.” Chandler Regional recently received provisional status as a Level I Trauma Center by the Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services. The American College of Surgeons requires educational and research components in addition to state requirements for their Level I Trauma accreditation. The WBAMC residency program will fulfill the educational requirement. To learn more, visit www. or www.wbamc.

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Chandler City Council meeting recap from May 8 The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8, and took action on 39 agenda items, including: Adopted a resolution authorizing the issuance and sale of Water and Sewer Revenue Refunding Bonds in an amount not to exceed $20 million. Current interest rates have provided the City with an opportunity to refinance a portion of the City’s debt by refunding bonds previously issued. The refunding is expected to generate a net debt service savings to the City of approximately $1.4 million. Approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Town of Gilbert to reallocate to the City of Chandler from the Town of Gilbert, $184,251 in housing subsidy funds provided by the federal HOME Program. Tentatively adopted an ordinance approving the rezoning of a 6.5-acre parcel located on the east side of Dobson Road, south of Warner Road to allow for a dog day care, grooming and boarding facility instead of the existing uses related to industrial warehouse and manufacturing. Tentatively adopted an ordinance approving a preliminary development plan along with the rezoning and platting of a new residential development proposed for a 19-acre parcel located near the northeast corner of Riggs and Gilbert roads. Tentatively adopted an ordinance approving an Airpark Area Plan

amendment and preliminary development plan along with the rezoning and platting of a new clusterstyle residential development proposed for a 14-acre parcel located at the northeast corner of Arizona Avenue and Queen Creek Road. Approved a Preliminary Development Plan for a car wash to be located at the Carmel Village Plaza at the southwest corner of Gilbert and Queen Creek roads. Approved an agreement with Madara Engineering Inc. and Willdan Engineering for an amount not to exceed $131,000 to perform building plan review services. Awarded a $1,572,480 contract to Wilson Engineers LLC for engineering design services for rehabilitation and process improvements at the Ocotillo Water Reclamation Facility located at 3333 S. Old Price Rd. Awarded a $915,481 construction contract to Citywide Contracting LLC for improvements to the water main system beneath Chandler Boulevard between McQueen and Cooper roads. The work consists of tie-overs of water mains, water services, and fire hydrants from an older 12-inch diameter water main to a newer 16-inch diameter water main. Awarded a $983,791 construction contract to DNG Construction LLC to remove and replace the existing asphalt courts at the Chandler Tennis Center

with post-tension concrete courts, adding a hitting wall for practice and updating the facility’s landscaping. At the conclusion of the meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny lauded FedEx’s recent announcement to build a facility in Chandler that will bring 200 new jobs to the Chandler Airpark area and help diversify Chandler’s job base. He also invited entrepreneurs to attend a free small business development workshop to be held Tuesday, May 15, in the City Council Chambers. The workshop will explain resources available in Chandler and offer expert advice for small businesses. Visit for more information. The mayor and council also wished Chandler resident Maynard White a happy 107th birthday. The meeting was adjourned at 8 p.m. The next City Council meeting will be a study session at 7 p.m. Monday, May 19. Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed, on Chandler Channel 11 and streamed on the Web at During a study session on Monday, May 5, Tibshraeny proclaimed Monday, May 5, 2014 as Si Se Puede Day in Chandler in recognition of Si Se Puede’s 20th anniversary. The mayor presented Si Se Puede President and CEO Alberto Esparza with an honorary key to the city. The mayor also proclaimed May 8

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Way cool things for Chandler teens to do this summer Temperatures in Chandler are about to heat up, but for Chandler teens, the City has a number of cool things to do this summer.

Teens to the rescue The City has an extensive aquatics recreation program, including an American Red Cross Junior Lifeguard Program for teens between the ages of 11 and 15 and a Guard Start Program for 9 and 10 year olds. Both programs are being offered at Arrowhead Pool, Hamilton Aquatic Center, Nozomi Aquatic Center, and Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center. The American Red Cross Junior Lifeguard Program teaches water safety and the duties and responsibilities of a lifeguard. Participants will be introduced to first aid and CPR/AED and build a foundation of knowledge, attitudes and skills in preparation for the American Red Cross Lifeguard course. The Guard Start Program is a great opportunity to introduce pre-teens to the Junior Lifeguard Program. Participants are introduced to water rescue skills used by lifeguards as well as methods of surveillance. Participants receive a certificate and T-shirt upon completion of the program. For more information, visit the City of Chandler Aquatics’ website at

Teens in touch Teens can have a great time together while learning about science and

SILKCREENING: Teens get the opportunity to design and print a T-shirt using silkscreen printing. Submitted photo

LIFEGUARD PROGRAM: Youth ages 9 to 15 can take a lifeguarding classes through the City of Chandler Aquatics’ programs. Submitted photo

technology by attending ongoing weekly programs such as Minecraft Mondays and TeenSteam2.0. Teens can attend one session or all of them. The library also has special one-time science related programs such as Hands On Robot Basics and Dr. Sky: Enjoying Our Great Arizona Skies. If teens are looking to be creative, there are teen summer crafting sessions scheduled with projects such as Sharpie tie-dye, nail polish marbled terracotta pots, comic bookmarks, DIY temporary tattoos, and pop-culture button-making. The session Silk-screen Printed T-Shirts

for Teens! has teens creating a design and printing it onto a T-shirt using silkscreen printing. Teenspace is for kids who are interested in just hanging out and playing video, card or board games. And free snacks are provided. In addition, a monthly Teen Book Lover’s Club is offered for teens wanting to discuss what they’re currently reading or what they’re going to read next. Visit or call (480) 782-2800 for specific dates, times and locations of library programs for teens. Volunteer opportunities are available

at the library all summer long for teens focused on community involvement. Story time and craft helpers, STEAM Club leaders, and Techno-Teens are just a few of the many engaging positions being offered. Teens interested in volunteering can attend a Volunteer Overview; dates and locations can be found at

Teens at Tumbleweed Youth ages 13 to 17 can find a lot to do at Chandler’s Tumbleweed Recreation Center (TRC). Beginning in June, the 9,800-square-foot gymnasium will be available after 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for After Hours Sports that will include volleyball, basketball and other SEE TEENS PAGE 11

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Phyllis Saunders, Hamilton Library branch manager Imagine keeping hundreds of teenagers busy and engaged all summer long. Sounds like fun, right? Phyllis Saunders thinks so. Saunders is the branch manager at Hamilton Library and head of the “Teen Team” managing system wide teen programs. One of her major initiatives for teens this summer is using them as volunteers to help with programming for younger kids. The Fizz, Boom, Read program focuses on Science, Technology, Arts and Math (STEAM) and will be run by teenagers at all four Chandler Library locations. Saunders’ love for her job and respect for the teens she works with shines through every conversation she has. She thinks giving teens more responsibility is a great way to keep them involved over the summer. “Get the right teenager who is bright and passionate, and they can do anything, fantastic things, and we want to give them that opportunity,” says Saunders. “We want to give them a higher level of volunteering. Not just shelving books or helping with the summer reading program table; we want to give them experience in leadership and teaching.” Saunders says forget the idea that books are out of style with teens. “Books are very 2014,” she says. “Lots of books that teens read, like

MEET THE LIBRARIAN: Phyllis Saunders is the Hamilton Library branch manager and head of TeenTeam managing systemwide teen programs. Submitted photo ‘Divergent’ and ‘Hunger Games’ are made into movies because they are so popular. Teens are still reading— maybe in different ways like on a tablet or a phone, but they are still

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and the library. But some of the most fun stuff is the systemwide programming, such as the LibCon event for teens held recently. The libraries collaborated with the Boys and Girls Club for an all-day conference that drew more than 300 people. LibCon is a pop culture convention with everything from anime, manga, comic books, science fiction, fantasy and gaming. Twentyfive different sessions went on during the day, including things like gaming and CosPlay, which is dressing up as a specific character. The event was so popular, she already has a date for next year’s event—April 25, 2015. Teens looking for something to do this summer need to look no further than the local library. They’ll be in good hands. “I love working with teens. They are fun and they are real, and they have real needs—you can make an impact in the lives of teens.” Saunders has made such an impact that a teen volunteer from 10 years ago is on staff at Sunset Library, working with teen volunteers of her own. Saunders says she’s happy at Hamilton, and invites teens and their families to come check it out. “I have a fantastic staff completely dedicated to serving our neighbors here in Chandler.”



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sporting activities. This is a drop-in program, so participants do not have to preregister, but teens must show a current school I.D. and have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian to participate. Cost is $3 for residents and $5 for nonresidents. Parents looking for a camp to keep their “tweens” (10-13 years) busy this summer have the perfect option in CLUB TRC. This seven-week camp offers weekly full-day and afternoon half-day sessions. Days are packed with a variety of activities including sports, games, crafts, video games, music, projects, trips, swimming and more. Weekly themes and field trip information is available on the TRC website, Camp staff will be introduced and questions answered at a parent meeting to be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, at the TRC’s Cotton Room South. The cost for full day camp is $117 for residents/$158 for nonresidents. Half day camp is $79/$107. For more information, contact Abel Mendoza at (480) 782-2912 or email abel.mendoza@

Teens into tech If you’re between the ages of 12 and 17 and love technology and making things, consider attending a workshop at TechShop, a do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio located downtown in the new ASU Chandler Innovation Center. Teens can design their own dog tag and have it laser cut or design and print a vinyl sticker/label. Pre-registration is required and there is a $50 supply fee, plus a $14 registration fee for residents and $19 fee for nonresidents. The workshops will be held from 9:30 a.m. to

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Leaders in Training TECHSHOP: Teens can create and print a vinyl sticker/label or their own dog tag at the TechShop’s studio this summer. Or take a class at the EEC to learn more about water science and engineering. Submitted photo

11:30 a.m. on June 10, June 19, July 8 and July 17. Register online at registration. Teens interested in water science will be intrigued by a program at Chandler’s Environmental Center called Water Science and Engineering. The series of two-hour classes is for youth ages 13 to 18 and will be held on Saturdays beginning June 7. Students will learn how ecologists, hydrologists and engineers see water by participating in hands-on experiments and demonstrations. The course will conclude with a visit to ASU where participants will see cutting-edge water research in action. Pre-registration is required and there is a $5 supply fee, plus a $47 registration fee for residents and $64 fee for nonresidents. Register online at www.

Teens on stage Chandler’s Center for the Arts gives teens a way to express themselves through short-form, scene-based improvisational acting using games and exercises. The

EXPRESS YOURSELF: Teens can learn the art of improv at the Chandler Center for the Arts’ improv class. Submitted photo

classes teach the fundamentals of improv while encouraging creativity and helping them develop self-confidence for stage performances and auditions. By the end of the five-class program, students have a good foundation in improv, character development and storytelling. The classes will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, June 9, through Friday, June 13. Cost is $175. Teens interested in learning the ins and outs of acting for film and television should check out Teen Film and Television Acting Intensive, a course focusing on commercial, film, and television techniques, as well as scene study, blocking and audition preparation. By the end of the class students will learn the differences between theater and film acting, and be able to translate any previous theatrical acting training to film. They will also gain a confidence in front of the camera and finish the week feeling audition ready. The classes will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 9, through Friday, June 13. Cost is $175. Visit to register for the improv or acting classes.

Teens looking for work experience this summer are encouraged to check out Chandler’s Leaders in Training Program (LIT). Participants are placed in an actual work environment within the City and gain valuable job experience. Several workshops are included that teach leadership and interviewing skills. The hours can be counted towards scholarships and the program looks great on job or college applications. The LIT program starts Tuesday, June 3, and ends Friday, July 11. Applicants are accepted and placed based on their application and interview. Visit for more information and to print an application.

FOCUS ON JOB READINESS: Leaders in Training Program helps teens gain work experience and leadership and interviewing skills. Submitted photo

Contractor, worksite recognized for safety The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) Consultation Department presented McCarthy Building Companies, the City of Chandler Airport Water Reclamation Facility, as a “STAR Site” through the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). Companies and job sites that are awarded the STAR designation demonstrate exemplary and comprehensive safety and health management systems. This marks the first City of Chandler-owned facility to receive STAR designation by ADOSH. McCarthy Building Companies, a Phoenix-based general contractor, is managing a large-scale expansion project at the site, taking the facility from a 15 MGD wastewater treatment


plant to 22 MGD. The $105 million project, located at 905 E. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler, is slated for completion in September. VPP STAR designation is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) highest program of safety recognition across all federal OSHA and state plan state OSHA offices. It recognizes employers and workers in private and federal workplaces who have exemplified effective safety and health management systems that achieve injury and illness rates more than 50 percent below the national average. “The McCarthy Chandler Airport Wastewater Treatment Facility project is a great example of a safe working

environment,” says Jessie Atencio, assistant director and consultation and training program manager for ADOSH. “Their team should be proud to be the first wastewater treatment facility in the state to be recognized as a VPP site.” To qualify for VPP status, employers must submit an application to OSHA and undergo an onsite evaluation by a team of safety and health professionals. VPP participants and sites earning the “STAR Site” designation are reevaluated every three to five years in order to remain in the program. VPP participants are exempt from OSHA programmed inspections while they maintain their VPP status. “McCarthy’s detailed planning has

allowed the project to thrive during the construction and execution of high risk tie-in and bypass activities,” says John Pinkston, wastewater facilities superintendent for the City of Chandler. “Safety is the highest priority for McCarthy. Their safety record is outstanding and results in a safe workplace for City of Chandler employees.”



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Our Stories speaker series concludes until fall Explore the roots of Ocotillo, a prominent South Chandler community dating back to the early 1900s, when the City’s Our Stories guest speaker series concludes Saturday, May 17, at the Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Rd. This free event, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., will feature a documentary film and several guest speakers providing firsthand accounts and historical insights into the area’s unique development. Ocotillo began as its own town, known as Goodyear, in the early 20th century—when the cotton industry and tire manufacturing played a huge role in developing large areas of the Salt River Valley. The longtime Chandler company Bashas’ also traces

its early history to this area, which was also the Spring Training home of the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team in the 1980s and ‘90s. Through the decades, the original town of Goodyear and the surrounding farmland became Ocotillo, a Chandler development of beautiful homes, man-made lakes and pristine golf courses. Our Stories is hosted by the Chandler Museum, Chandler Historical Society and the Chandler Public Library. The series will begin again in the fall. For more information on these and other museum events, call (480) 7822751 or visit museum.

EXPLORING HISTORY: Chandler’s Our Stories guest speaker series concludes on Saturday, May 17, at the Sunset Library. It explores the roots of Ocotillo, formerly known as Goodyear in the early 20th century. Submitted photo

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With a goal to collectively sell 10,000 pints of beer, five East Valley breweries are teaming up during American Craft Beer Week to raise awareness and money to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley. Participating breweries include SanTan Brewing Co., Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co., The Perch Pub and Brewery, Huss Brewing Co. and Desert Eagle Brewing Co. American Craft Beer Week runs for one week each May. This year it is from May 12 to May 18. In 2013, breweries in all 50 states organized a total of 1,269 events in

The Chandler Police Department hosted the graduation of the 52nd session of the Citizen Police Academy, which was held on Wednesday, April 30, at the Main Station. During the free, 12-week program, 24 graduates learned about department operations and police work through classroom instruction, role-playing and accompanying officers during a ridealong during a patrol shift. The course provides citizens with information on how the criminal justice system and their police department operate, and how

celebration of American Craft Beer Week. “Breweries are supported by their communities; they’re an extension of the people who support them. The Boys and Girls Clubs represent the community and their efforts change the lives of the children that will one day be the leaders of our communities. For us at Arizona Wilderness, it’s a no-brainer to support them,” says Jonathan Buford, owner and brewer at Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. During American Craft Beer Week, for every pint of beer sold, the breweries will donate a penny to Boys and Girls Clubs.

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Bonded Logic, a national supplier of home products made from recycled textiles, is taking a giant step to become even more environmentally friendly by building a major solar energy system. The Chandler-based company broke ground Tuesday, April 29, on the company’s Talons Solar Field. The 65,000-square-foot system will use 1,300 solar energy panels to harness one of Arizona’s great resources. Bonded Logic is best known for its UltraTouch Denim Insulation, a popular home insulation made from recycled denim.

Chandler residents can schedule child abuse prevention speakers free of charge. The Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Coalition helps educate neighbors, friends, family and citizens about child abuse. Membership in the coalition is open to any area resident who has a dedication and commitment to the prevention of child abuse. The key focus of The Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Coalition is to empower communities to prevent child abuse through reporting. Membership meetings are held quarterly, with the next meeting being held at 12 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, in the third-floor meeting room at 63 E. Main St., Mesa. To schedule a speaker, free of charge, for a meeting, call or email Sgt. Joe Favazzo at (480) 782-4108 or joseph.favazzo@

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RIGGS ROAD WELL DRILLING: The new Riggs Road Well will be approximately 1,500 feet deep and is expected to produce between 1,200 and 1,500 gallons of water per minute. Submitted photo

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