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Hope rising from blighted Elevation Chandler site BY JOAN WESTLAKE

From the south side of Chandler Fashion Mall, there are signs of hope that from the blighted Elevation Chandler site could rise Chandler Viridian, a multiuse development with the hotel, office and retail elements of the original project plus studio, one- and two-bedroom residential units. Brandon Dillingham, Arizona director of development for Hines Interests Limited Partnership, says the seeds for

this rebirth were sown back in late 2012 when the Houston-based, international development, investment and property management firm entered into a contract to purchase a 15-acre adjacent property owned by John Propstra of Propcor Associates and Macerich Company. They entered into a contract to purchase the 25.6 acres which houses the abandoned shell last year. Since 2006, the bones of the failed see HOPE page 6

GOING AWAY?: Construction of apartments could begin in late 2014 with the demolition of the remnants of the former project being hauled away simultaneously. Submitted photo

PROUD TO SERVE: In the shirt commemorating his Honor Flight, Stan Fagerstrom was part of Company G of the 167th Infantry Regiment of the 31st Dixie Division during World War II. Fagerstrom has two Bronze Stars for his service. Submitted photo FOR A COOLER ARIZONA

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Si Se Puede means “Yes, we can.” The phrase aptly describes the foundation of the same name as well as its founder, president and CEO Alberto Esparza. He started Si Se Puede Foundation in 1994 with a vision of engaging kids in education and focusing on the area of social services while encouraging youngsters to become peaceful leaders. “Even as a young child I was involved in some type of service. When I was in high school, I also got involved in service,” says Esparza. “When I graduated college, I knew there was something I wanted to do. I wanted to create a foundation and wanted to create a program to serve others.” He worked as a probation officer after graduating college, but left that profession and, despite arduous struggles, created Si Se Puede. The organization focuses on helping those associated with Title 1 schools in Chandler. “The Chandler Unified School District is very important to us because they allow us to work with their kids,” Esparza notes. The organization is expanding into the Florence Unified School District and the Town of Guadalupe. “It gave us an opportunity to expand our STEM program which is science, technology, engineering and math,” Esparza says. “That’s what we’ve become known for throughout the years.”

A LEADER WITH COMMUNITY VISION: Alberto Esparza founded Si Se Puede, which features programs designed to enrich and assist the community. Submitted photo

In 2006, an after-school tutoring program was created at Galveston Elementary School. The program mentors are Chandler High School students who assist younger students with homework, reading and math. The tutoring program will also be offered in Florence and Guadalupe beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. Programs through Si Se Puede are free to participating families. “We work in communities that are in ‘survival mode.’ see SI SE PUEDE page 4

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WWII veteran ‘honored’ for service The recipient of two Bronze Stars, 91-year-old Stan Fagerstrom recently traveled to Washington, D.C., with 26 fellow World War II veterans as part of the Honor Flight network. Honor Flight’s mission is to transport U.S. veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices. Fagerstrom, who lives in Sun Lakes, served in the Pacific Theater in the Army for three and a half years. Originally slated for his Honor Flight at the beginning of the year, Fagerstrom

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Private land route alternatives for a power line project needed to address continued economic development in the Chandler area known as the Price Road Corridor (PRC), have been further reduced by Salt River Project officials. After collecting public comments and considering electrical requirements for substation siting, the PRC transmission project team was able to narrow the proposed areas for substation sites within the corridor in south Chandler. By reducing the potential locations for substation sites, the following north-south transmission line

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• Two north-south route segments, one along McClintock Road and one east of the Loop 101 • A route segment along Ellis Road • Several other small route segments within the corridor

F E AT U R E STO R I E S Chandler upgrades its utility billing system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . community . . . . . . . . . . . Page 8 Gardens at Ocotillo to offer engaging lifestyle . . . . . . . . . . . . business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 13 Great Play of Chandler offers fun and safe camps for kids . youth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 25 Area exploding with July 4 festivities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . neighbors . . . . . . . . . . . Page 45 Chandler singer aims for top with forthcoming EP . . . . . . . . . arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 57

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A lot of our parents at this point are more concerned with putting food on the table and don’t have a lot money.” The Scholars program through Si Se Puede gives selected high school seniors a leg up on their college and life skills. “They go through 12 weekends of a class at Chandler-Gilbert Community College and we provide them workshops on leadership, resume writing, scholarship information and they listen to guest speakers,” Esparza says. The students also visit college campuses and learn how to apply for financial aid. Maria Romero-Morfin, Si Se Puede Scholars president, has been in the program since 2011. “We organized trips to ASU and Grand Canyon University and we give back to the community as much as we can,” Romero-Morfin states of her time with the organization. She also credits Esparza with boosting her confidence. “You could say he’s like a mentor to me. I used to be really shy like a turtle and he helped me come out of my shell.” Romero-Morfin was recently accepted to Harvard University where she will begin studying kinesiology this fall. Although she will have to give up her position as president of the Scholars program at Si Se Puede, she reflects on the value and opportunities she has been provided. “It will take you above and beyond,” she states of the organization. In addition to the after school tutoring and Scholars programs, Si Se

IMPORTANT SKILLS FOR SCHOOL AND LIFE: A group of students learns concepts in science, technology, engineering and math in the STEM program offered at Title 1 Chandler schools. Submitted photo

Puede created a recreational soccer league in 1999, offered to thousands of students attending CUSD. “It’s a quality program and with everything we do, there is no cost,” Esparza notes. “We’ve been very successful in creating a nice league for the kids and their families.” A dance program is also offered. “We have about 100 kids who participate and they learn various forms of dancing from Mexican dancing to jazz, country western, hip hop to big band and they go out into the community at no charge and perform for schools, hospitals and

youth programs and this gives us an opportunity to create something for the kids who really love the arts,” Esparza explains. The organization produces the annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration and Chihuahua Races, as well. To volunteer or donate to Si Se Puede, visit or call (480) 310-2018. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be contacted at

The annual Achen-Gardner Construction “Rock the Block!” will return to downtown Chandler for the fifth year. The event will include a variety of festivities and entertainment from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, on Arizona Avenue between Chandler Boulevard and Frye Road. Rock the Block is an annual, family friendly block party that celebrates the fun, dynamic lifestyle that Chandler offers while promoting Chandler-based businesses. The event is free to all. Last year Rock the Block! garnered more than 18,000 attendees and is expected to attract even more this year. The community stage will feature “Chandler’s Got Talent,” an annual variety act talent show. Online submissions will be accepted via YouTube or Vimeo and the top acts will be chosen to compete on the day of the event. For more information on how to submit, email gottalent@slentertainment. com. Individuals interested in being volunteers or who have inquiries about military or promotional trailer space can contact rtbvendor@slentertainment. com. For information regarding vendor applications and sponsorship opportunities visit For more information about Rock the Block! visit or contact Jennifer Lindley at Jennifer@



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left May 20 for the three-day trip. He says the experience was tremendous, from the Honor Flight coordinators, to the crew of Southwest Airlines and the accommodations and monuments visited. Departing and returning, Fagerstrom says he and the other Honor Flight honorees were saluted and cheered through the airport by volunteers and other travelers in the concourse. “Everywhere we went there were young people who asked questions,” Fagerstrom says. “There were groups of them, primarily coming in to say thanks. On the way home they gave us a package full of letters thanking us.” The veterans’ tour included the Capitol, the Washington Monument, and the Lincoln, Korean, Vietnam and Iwo Jima memorials. Visiting the World War II Memorial was one of the primary objectives of the trip. The group visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery and witnessed the changing of the guard. Fort McHenry, where Francis Scott Key wrote the “Star Spangled Banner,” was one of the last stops on the tour, Fagerstrom explains. “War is a dreadful thing and also is an adventure that is pretty hard to top,” Fagerstrom says. “What most people don’t realize is you take eight people who were in the service only one of them is going to have been in combat.” There were others who traveled with Fagerstrom who saw combat, but all were there with one thread that binds them together, having served in WWII.

HONOR FLIGHT: Stan Fagerstrom at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., was a corporal stationed in New Guinea in the Pacific Theater. Submitted photo

Guardians traveled with the Honor Flight veterans at their own expense. Steve Suhajcik volunteered to go with Fagerstrom. “He knocked himself out to help me. I can’t say enough about him,” Fagerstrom says. Suhajcik is an amateur WWII historian. “He’s a very gentle man, for everything he’s gone through,” Suhajcik says of Fagerstrom. Through their conversations about WWII, Suhajcik asked Fagerstrom if he could accompany him on his Honor Flight trip. Once the date was set, Suhajcik says he was like a kid in the candy store. “What an honor this is for me, to be honored to take this winner of two Bronze Stars to Washington, D.C.,” Suhajcik says. Throughout the trip, Suhajcik’s sole responsibility was to take care of

Fagerstrom, including helping him get on and off the buses and walk around with him at each of the sites. On the guided tours, Suhajcik says they were in awe. “I got a kick out of seeing him enjoy and be happy and be in awe of what he’s looking at.” While at the World War II Memorial, Suhajcik says, “Stan sat there and looked at it like this is a memorial to me. He didn’t say that, but I could see it in him. He was very proud when I was wheeling him in the wheelchair—he just soaked in everything that was there...I just wanted to hug him and say ‘Stan this is all for you. This is for you. Remember what you see here.’” At the Iwo Jima Memorial, Suhajcik says Fagerstrom saluted. “Nobody really wanted to leave. None of the veterans wanted to leave.”

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Of Fagerstrom’s Bronze Stars, Suhajcik says, “He plays it down, as all veterans do. They say they are not heroes. The men that they left behind are the heroes.” Suhajcik says of the experience with Fagerstrom, “I took care of him. I hope I made him happy. I tried to show him more stuff then was basically being shown to us. I had him front and center...I am more grateful for him asking me. I’ve done a lot of neat things in my life and things I was proud of, but this does not compare to anything I’ve ever done.” Knowing he was appreciated for his service, Fagerstrom says of the Honor Flight, “It’s the beginning of something really special. We were first. We lost more than 460,000. Can you imagine that?” As time progresses other servicemen and women from other wars will be honored. The experience, Fagerstrom says, was emotional. “When we flew into Washington, D.C., and we were finally on our way out there, I felt like America was waiting to embrace me and that she took me in her arms and held my hand all the rest of the time I was there.” Honor Flight is looking for WWII veterans to take part in the experience which happens 10 times a year from Arizona. There were 16 million who served in the armed forces during WWII. The average age of WWII veterans today is 91 to 92 years old. Less than one million are still alive. For more information about Honor Flight, visit Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at



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Elevation Chandler project, have stood as a glaring reminder of the recession on the edge of 25.6 acres on the corner of the Loop 101 Freeway and Frye Road. This eyesore on the gateway to Chandler’s Price Corridor began in 2005 and stopped with construction barely begun in April 2006 when developer Jeff Cline ran into financial troubles. Foreclosure and legal battles ensued with Price and Fry Investments LLC, owned by Point Center, currently holding the property but its sale is pending approval of a trustee. The purchase of the Propcor/Macerich acreage to the south requires only City of Chandler approval of the project.

Public Meetings As SanTan Sun News goes to press, Chandler Viridian went before the City’s Planning and Zoning Commission on June 18 requesting rezoning that would allow the addition of approximately 335 residential units in seven four-

story buildings. Chandler Planning Administrator Jeff Kurtz says that no surprises were expected at the meeting because Hines has been working with the City and recently met with neighborhood groups to craft the project. “This has been a collaborative effort with Hines and our staff and City departments such as traffic and engineering to be certain the project is in compliance with city ordinances, landscaping requirement, etc.,” says Kurtz. “The project is meeting the city’s expectations for development at that site and received positive feedback at recent neighborhood meetings hosted by the developer.” Kurtz points out that the hotel and offices will be a complement to the adjacent mall and that the multifamily units provide a new living opportunity for the area where residents can walk to their jobs in the offices on site as well as to shopping, dining and entertainment in Chandler Fashion Center. When questioned about the likelihood this project will come to fruition, Dillingham acknowledges there is some skepticism in the community that reflect angst over the numerous failures to deliver on this very visible site. But, he points out that was a different economy and Hines wasn’t leading the project. “Our time, staff and financial investment in this project speaks to our commitment to it,” Dillingham says. “Not too many folks would have stayed the course and fought the legal battles we did to get this done. We feel this is the best piece of real estate in Chandler. And that commitment is backed by Hines, a 57-year-old company with total assets valued at more than $28 billion with properties in 110 cities around the world. Our reputation is built on delivering quality projects.”

The next public meeting is Chandler Viridian’s first consideration by the Chandler City Council on Thursday, July 10, in the council chambers at 88 E. Chicago St. A series of required public meetings follow, the number and dates depend on council actions and approvals. Details of the project are available from the planning department. Call Kurtz at (480) 782-3054 with questions.

Proposed Schedule Pending City approvals, Dillingham says that purchase of the 15-acre plot is expected to be completed this summer, followed by the acquisition of the main property. Construction of the apartments could commence as early as the final quarter of 2014 with the demolition of the remnants of the former project being hauled away simultaneously. He adds that Hines plans to host a big event to celebrate the clearing of the site and kick-off of Chandler Viridian construction.

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City Council adopts 2014-2015 budget 10-year capital improvement plan OK’d BY JOAN WESTLAKE

The Chandler City Council unanimously approved the 2014-15 budget on June 12. As required by law, the council first met to discuss the budget, immediately followed by the special session to vote on its adoption. A verbal invitation was made

by the mayor at both meetings for public comment but no citizens came forward. Management Services Director Dawn Lang gave the staff recommendation saying the budget was fiscally strong but with the services and funding to keep Chandler on the move.

The budget was approved at $783,474,647 for the period July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015. A 10-year capital improvement plan from 2015 to 2024 was approved at $918,401,732. Lang explains that $99,977,319 of the decade-long budget is targeted toward a variety of city improvement this fiscal year such as:

• Constructing Citrus Vista Park • Improving the final segment of McQueen to Riggs roads • Purchasing fire/rescue vehicles • Designing the water treatment plant that is a joint venture with the Town of Gilbert • Maintaining infrastructure including streets, parks, recreation centers and aqua facilities. Vice Mayor Rick Heumann points out that in addition to funding city services and SEE BUDGET PAGE 12


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Council candidates converge on Chandler BY TIM J. RANDALL

Local government is where real action can be taken and results measured. It is that most fundamental tenet of governance; citizens taking time from their work and home lives to serve their city and make their community stronger and more vibrant. On June 5, six dedicated men and women met at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce-sponsored City Council forum to discuss how, if elected, they would serve and make a difference. The primary is set for Aug. 26. Due to term limit considerations— which subject sitting council members to no more than two consecutive terms—the election will see those two seats up for grabs, previously held by Jeff Weninger and Trinity Donovan, with the third seat held by incumbent Kevin Hartke who is vying for reelection. With some 100 concerned Chandler citizens assembled in City Council Chambers, there was applause as the six hopefuls entered for a 90-minute question-and-answer session. Introductions were made by Chandler Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Terri Kimble, followed by opening statements from each of the candidates, and questions posited by moderator Debbie Jennings of the SanTan Sun News. Chelle Daly, a 15-plus year Chandler resident who has served as an airport commissioner since 2007, said her

vision for her hometown is “safe neighborhoods, quality jobs and a world-class community.” A former Mesa police sergeant, Terry Roe, spoke about the importance of “economic growth, accountability in government and safety, quality neighborhoods.” Roe has lived in Chandler for 26 years and previously ran for council. Incumbent Hartke, a 29-year Chandler resident, cited his directives as “creating jobs, demanding fiscal responsibility and safe neighborhoods.” Born in Taiwan, Sam Huang, Ph.D., has spent seven years in Chandler. His mission is “fiscal accountability, economic opportunity and quality of life...with a strong focus on quality of life.” The former mayor of Fountain Hills, John Beydler, spoke next. A nine-year Chandler resident, Beydler said his focus is on “great schools and education and a strong focus on small business.” Lastly, Rene Lopez spoke to “Chandler as a great community to work, live and play,” while noting his desire to promote the city as the “Silicon Valley of the Southwest.” A former naval officer, Lopez has resided in Chandler for seven years. For the next 75 minutes, the candidates answered questions like “Under what circumstances would you support increasing City taxes or fees?” Huang said, “Doing more with the same,

doing the same with less and doing more with less.” On “What are your fiscal priorities for the City,” Beydler said, “To me public safety is the No. 1 fiscal priority...I want to make sure that our police, fire department and first responders are adequately trained, have the right equipment and are properly funded to do the job.” Daly offered her take on “What do you see as Chandler’s biggest challenge in five years? “Continuing to operate and maintain the things that we are building today. We need to be wise as we build them so that we always have funds to maintain them.” Lopez offered a cogent response to “What tools would you use to attract and retain businesses in the city of Chandler?” “All the tools we have in the of the things that Chandler has done with the infrastructure buildouts, the roads the park improvements; that is one of the main attractions that is attracting a lot of the businesses here.” Lastly, Roe stressed the need for mass transit in answering “What is your vision for the future of downtown Chandler? “The downtown area is a hub, and I recognize that this is an area of Chandler where mass transit does need to come.” Tim J. Randall is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at

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Schrader to RS-28 component • The northern portion of a route segment along Dobson Road • Several small connector route segments within the corridor. In the meantime, a separate but parallel process to secure the alternative transmission line route on the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) continues in earnest. “SRP is committed to making every reasonable effort possible to secure a GRIC route alternative,” says PRC transmission project manager Tom Novy. “It is an extremely complex process that requires approval from multiple federal agencies as well as individual Allottees, but we are hopeful that we will be successful.” SRP extended the project schedule last fall to continue to pursue the GRIC alternative. So far, SRP has received approval from the Community’s District 4 Council and endorsement from the Community’s Utility Authority. SRP has completed land surveys and is well into appraisals for the United States Department of the Interior’s Office of Appraisal Services (OAS) to review. To secure the alternative GRIC route, SRP still must: • Meet National Environmental Policy Act requirements, as determined by an environmental assessment conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA); findings are expected to be published before the start of summer • Complete an agreement between SRP SEE SRP PAGE 11

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Chandler upgrades its utility billing system, offers more payment options On Monday, June 30, the City of Chandler will make the transition to a new online utility billing and payment system that is easy to use, highly secure, and will allow registered customers to conveniently access and manage their accounts. The new system is part of a broader citywide initiative to make paying for City services simpler by using a common payment portal that is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, using any computer or mobile device. “This new utility billing system is an example of the City Council’s commitment to being responsive to the needs of our residents and the business community,” says Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “A city’s infrastructure today is more than roads, pipelines and facilities; it’s also computer hardware and software that can help a municipal organization like Chandler be as efficient, fiscally responsible, and service oriented as possible. This new system is a smart investment in our future.” After a brief system shutdown later this month to implement the hardware and software transition, the new utility billing system will be operational June 30. In early July, all Chandler utility customers will receive a letter in the mail containing new account and customer numbers that will serve as unique identifiers when using the online or touch-tone phone payment systems. Once the new account and

customer numbers are received, customers can register online at utilitybill. During the transition to the new utility billing system, the City has tried to minimize the overall impact on customers. However, those customers who currently pay their Chandler bill through their bank’s website must update the payee information to include the new customer and account numbers. This action must be taken to ensure that payments are electronically applied to the correct account. If this is not done, the electronic payment from the customer’s bank to the City may be delayed, which might affect the status of the account with the City’s Utility Services Division. July utility bills will also include a flier introducing some of the features of the new billing system, along with a list of payment options and a link to Frequently Asked Questions on the City’s website, The back of the flier has a section titled “How to Read Your New Chandler Utility Bill.” It includes a graphic of the redesigned bill and highlights several of the enhancements made to the bill, such as a 36-month water consumption graph and a more detailed summary of fees and taxes. “We redesigned the bill with the customer in mind,” says Stephen White, manager of the City’s Utility Services

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Division. “It is easier to read, contains more detailed information, and lets us add important messages on the bill that are specific to each account holder. For example, customers who are surprised by a high water bill may be told about the City’s water conservation programs, including how to check for a water leak or how to request a free on-site water audit.” More information about the new utility billing system is available online at www. In addition, customer service representatives are available during normal business hours by phone at (480) 782-2280, through email at, or at the Customer Service Center in City Hall at 175 S. Arizona Ave., Suite A.



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Chandler residents and utility customers will be unable to use the City’s online utility billing and payment system, the touch-tone phone payment system or obtain inperson assistance at the Customer Service Center in City Hall beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 26, through 8 a.m. Monday, June 30. The online utility billing system outage will not affect other City e-services. The temporary closure is due to the implementation of a new utility billing system. Customers with utility payments due during this maintenance period will not be penalized; a brief grace period will be in effect. However, the Utility Services Division encourages all customers to keep this closure in mind when making plans to pay their utility bills. For more information or to speak with a customer service representative, call (480) 782-2280 or visit

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City of Chandler Insider Multiple ways to pay your Chandler utility bill: • Electronic payment: Set up the payment through your financial institution’s online banking system. • One-time online: Make a one-time, online payment by credit card or e-check with or without creating a customer profile. • Automatic payments: Sign up for AutoPay (formerly SurePay), which authorizes the City and your financial institution to handle the transaction for you through an automatic withdrawal from your checking or savings account or with a major credit card. • Pay by phone: Credit card payments and checks are accepted through the automated touch tone phone system by calling (480) 782-2280. • Pay by mail: Your billing statement will include a return envelope if you choose to mail your payment using a credit card, check or money order. Do not send cash. • Pay in person: Pay by cash, check or major credit card at the Customer Service Center, located at 175 S. Arizona Ave., Suite A, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Customer Service Center, located on the first floor of Chandler City Hall, is a shared facility between the City and Arizona Public Service (APS). • Drive-up drop box: City of Chandler and APS payments (check or money order) may be placed in the drive-up drop box located on the south side of City Hall, in the westbound median of Chicago Street, between Arizona Avenue and Washington Street. For security purposes, do not place cash in the drop box.

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Stephen White, Utility Services Manager New system expected to enhance customer service, increase e-billing On June 30, the City will implement a new utility billing system that will integrate many of the City’s internal databases and systems, streamline business processes and place the latest tablet technology in the hands of field staff. By improving organizational efficiency, this system upgrade will ultimately translate into better customer service. “One of the goals of the Utility Services Division is to fairly and accurately provide information and services to Chandler utility customers with a high level of customer satisfaction. I think this system upgrade will help ensure that we meet that goal, and that’s why we are so excited to see this project come to fruition,” says Chandler Utility Services Division Manager Stephen White. Each month, the six customer service representatives of his division manage nearly 80,000 utility accounts, take more than 6,500 phone calls, and collect more than $830,000 in City water, wastewater and solid waste fees. They help new residents or businesses set up accounts, provide assistance to existing customers and often serve as the City’s front-line ambassadors, providing the highest quality of service possible to a diverse, multilingual customer base. “Our new utility billing system

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automates many of our internal business processes, provides real-time data communication between office and field staff and lets customers manage their own accounts online,” White says. “We anticipate that time saving benefits like these will reduce the large volume of calls our people take each day, and free them up to provide more personal customer service.” According to White, the first feature most customers will notice with the City’s upgraded utility billing system will be the look of the new bill, followed by a more user friendly website with self-service features for registered account holders. “The new bill provides so much more information and account detail in an easyto-read format,” White says. “Customers also have greater payment flexibility in a familiar shopping cart-style online payment portal that will safely store their payment data so they don’t have to reenter the same information each month.” The new utility billing system offers many other customer service enhancements, including giving account holders the ability to “Go Paperless.” By opting into the eco-friendly option of e-billing, instead of receiving a paper bill in the mail each month, customers get an email with the amount due and notification that their utility bill is ready

Utility Services Manager Stephen White. Submitted photo to be viewed online. E-billing means customers will spend less time writing checks, mailing payments and tracking due dates. It also reduces paper use and clutter and impacts the planet in a positive way. “Our new and improved system is faster, easier to use, more secure and even offers environmentally friendly billing options,” White says. “I think Chandler utility customers will like what they see in their new bills and online at chandleraz. gov.”



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and the GRIC, which requires Tribal Council Approval • Obtain consent for a long-term transmission line right-of-way easement from the ownership of every allotment along the GRIC route. Following SRP’s completion of the land appraisals, the OAS will review the appraisals for approval by the BIA. Once approved, SRP will distribute consent forms to approximately 4,500 Allottees, or landowners. If the Allotee consent efforts are successful, and the Project receives BIA and Tribal Council approvals, SRP will proceed with the transmission line route alternative on GRIC land. “For more than a year, SRP has been conducting a line siting and public process to identify routes for the new transmission lines that are needed to bring power to new and expanding businesses in the area,” says Chandler Vice Mayor Rick Heumann. “We support SRP’s commitment to diligently pursue the route alternative on the Gila River Indian Community. We understand the complexities involved in this endeavor and appreciate SRP’s decision to conduct a transparent process.” SRP initiated the PRC transmission line project in January, 2013 to site new overhead 230-kilovolt (kV) power lines and two new 230-kV substations that will provide capacity to meet the projected economic growth of the Price Road Corridor. SRP intends to file its application to the Arizona Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Committee in August for a permit to build the Project components. If SRP receives the necessary approval for locating a portion of the Project on GRIC land, SRP’s application will only include the portion of the transmission line route from Schrader Substation to the GRIC boundary, and for the 230kV circuit from the Kyrene substation to the Knox substation. Without the GRIC alternative, SRP will need to pursue the private land route alternatives for the entire project. SRP will now work to refine the remaining route segments and identify the exact locations for two proposed substations before presenting them to the public in a final round of open houses tentatively scheduled for July. The public process will culminate with a hearing before the Arizona Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Committee. A final decision on whether to grant a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility for the project will be decided at an open meeting of the Arizona Corporation Commission. SRP is the third-largest public power utility in the nation, serving nearly 990,000 customers in Maricopa and Pinal counties.

Update on Price Road Transmission Project concern for Sun Lakes community BY TRACY HOUSE

Sun Lakes residents converged on a recent Chandler Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee meeting to hear the newest information regarding the SRP Price Road Corridor Update from presenter Janeen Rohovit, local government relations representative with SRP. Also in attendance were Chandler’s Vice Mayor Rick Heumann, Councilman Kevin Hartke and Councilwoman Nora Ellen for the update which is now in Phase 3. Sun Lakes residents were concerned about the proposed power lines which while running on Gila River Indian Community land, will be visible from the homes along the route in Sun Lakes. Citizens worry that the property and resale values of those homes will be affected. John Porter, board member on the Sun Lakes’ IronOaks HOA, heard the presentation. “One of the problems we’ve had through this whole thing is our ability as a community that’s really not being represented in Chandler,” Porter says. “Most of our community, outside of about 400 homes is in Maricopa County. The original plans by SRP, was to put this down multiple routes and there were alternatives all over the place. Everybody is going to be affected by it, but the problem is now it looks like they’re going to limit it to the Indian reservation, mainly because the Indian reservation needs power. Currently their power company, APS, isn’t reliable, so SRP is now focused strictly on the reservation, but instead of pushing into undeveloped land which would be down along Route 10, their pushing it along our west and south boundaries and essentially wrapping that whole 230kV line around our properties, directly affecting us. This is almost directly on our property lines—

Cottonwood, Palo Verde, Sun Lakes 1 and 2 and Iron Oaks.” The concern is not only about the towers with wires and radiation but the property values. He comments that “if our values go down, our tax base goes down. Let me assure you we’ll represent that to them (Chandler City Council).” He says he feels it’s unfair that “SRP is essentially forcing this on us because of the Price Road Corridor. It really has nothing to do with Intel. They stated that yesterday at the Intel meeting at Oakwood. Our position is, don’t put it there. There are other alternatives that will take it completely away and there’s alternatives that won’t even force it into other communities now. Focus on those particular locations.” In a phone interview, Tom Novy, PRC transmission project manager, explains about the route that runs through the GRIC, adjacent to the Sun Lakes community “When they say it will impact them, there’s a very small portion of the alternative on the Gila River Indian Community that is adjacent to homes in Sun Lakes. There’s actually 16 homes. If we build the GRIC route, there’s visually only 16 homes in Sun Lakes. That starts at the very northwest corner of Sun Lakes. Immediately south of Intel on the Gila River Community boundary, there’s 16 homes from the beginning of Intel’s property going south.” Novy explains there is a storage facility, parking lot, ball fields and retention along this southern route as well. Additional information on the routes and the PRC project is available at Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at tracy@santansun. com.


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Patience a virtue as summer roadwork begins The month of June will bring construction activity to several major streets in Chandler. Access to homes, neighborhoods and businesses will be maintained during the work, but officials are asking motorists for patience and to remain alert to traffic control changes.

Chandler Boulevard Lane restrictions on Chandler Boulevard between McQueen and Cooper roads began in June to accommodate a water main tie-over

project. The five-month project involves the abandonment of an old water main and the installation of new service connections to an existing, newer water main. Two westbound lanes of Chandler Boulevard will be maintained throughout the construction, but eastbound traffic on Chandler Boulevard will be restricted at times to a single lane, except during rush hour when at least two lanes will remain open. Minimal restrictions will occur on McQueen and Cooper roads at Chandler Boulevard.


amenities, the budget increases the contingency reserve, which he characterized as the City’s rainyday fund, from 12 percent to 15 percent. On June 26, the council is voting on the adoption of the City’s Property Tax Levy. The proposal is to decrease the rate from $1.2714 per $100 to $1.1792. Mayor Jay Tibshraeny says although some may see a decrease in their property tax rate, the City’s portion is only 12 percent of the overall fee so has only so much impact. He urged the entities contributing to 82 percent of the bill to follow Chandler’s lead and help contain the property tax increase many will face due to rising home values. The detailed budget and video of the council sessions are available on the City’s website, www. Joan Westlake is the community editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at joan@

Queen Creek Road Roadwork associated with a commercial development (FedEx) on the northwest corner of Queen Creek and Gilbert roads will result in lane shifts through the intersection. Westbound traffic on Queen Creek Road will be shifted to the south side of the existing center median on the west side of the intersection until it passes Emmett Drive, at which point traffic will be shifted back to its normal alignment. Left turn lanes will be maintained for

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both eastbound and westbound traffic at Gilbert Road. The work is expected to take 30 days to complete. For more information, call (480) 7822225.


The Chandler Police Department is accepting applications for police cadet or lateral police officer positions. Interested parties should visit www.chandlerpd. com for more information, including automatic disqualifiers. Users will find the online application under the “Careers” tab. The first 450 applications will be accepted. Successful candidates will begin at an annual salary of $51,875. Lateral officers can make 5 percent to 15 percent above this rate, depending upon experience. This recruitment runs through June 27. Additional recruitments will occur throughout the next year. For more information, contact Det. Chris Emmons at (480) 782-4123 or Det. Mark Stevens at (480) 782-4114.

The deadline for news and advertising is 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, for the Saturday, July 5, 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 For deadline information, visit and click on “About us” and call (480) 732-0250 for advertising rate details.

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Gardens at Ocotillo to offer engaging lifestyle BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

Gardens at Ocotillo Senior Living is set to open its doors in May 2015, marking Spectrum Retirement Communities’ 27th neighborhood. The continuum of care center will include 68 independent living apartments, 59 assisted living apartments and 24 memory care apartments all in a secure neighborhood. “The weather has been cooperating

beautifully, construction is going very well and we are pleased with the progress we’re making,” says Kathleen MacDonald, president of marketing for Spectrum Retirement Communities. Gardens at Ocotillo Senior Living will also feature a Residence Club for transitional memory care. “If you live in a memory care community and you need that security that’s one thing, but if you’re starting

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to get the initial stages of dementia and don’t need to live in a secured neighborhood but do need the extra service and extra attention, we have that program,” says MacDonald. Respite care will be available on a daily, weekly or monthly basis for those whose families may be planning to be away for vacation or who need a temporary living situation during a transition. The community is pet friendly and will include a pool, a concierge for special requests, a workout center, a salon with a barber and assorted activities and events. “We have a very robust activity calendar,” MacDonald notes. “We have signature programs, wellness programs and we have speakers... Literally anything a resident is interested in doing we can accommodate.” Independent and assisted living area residents have their own dining rooms that operate as full-service restaurants with a generous menu of made-to-order food. “It’s a full menu for all three meals,” MacDonald says. “It’s anytime dining. There is no specifically scheduled dining time and there are daily and weekly specials.” Additionally, there is a European-style bistro with grab-and-go sandwiches, fruit, cookies, coffee and tea. SEE GARDENS PAGE 15


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“Anybody is welcome and we frequently have families in the dining room,” she says. “We have a very nice Sunday brunch and in our other communities it tends to be the big family day.” Apartments are rented on a monthly basis, allowing residents to be more in control of their own finances. Roundthe-clock caregivers and a nurse are on staff at all times. For those who are no longer able to drive, transportation is available. Care needs are completely personalized, specific to an individual’s needs and are assessed on an ongoing basis. “People’s needs change and you want to make sure that your care plans change as well,” says MacDonald.

Fully refundable deposits are being accepted and apartments are available on a first- come, first-serve basis. There will also be approximately 70 full-time and part-time employment positions available at the new community. Gardens at Ocotillo Senior Living is located at 1601 W. Queen Creek Rd. (east of Dobson Road). Call (480) 3593088 to inquire about employment or visit www.gardensatocotilloseniorliving. com for additional information. To see an existing Spectrum Retirement Communities facility, visit the Mountain Park Community in the Ahwatukee area, located at 4475 E. Knox Rd., Phoenix. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be contacted at

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Design professional Christine Hippensteel, owner of the Decorating Den Interiors franchise in Chandler, Gilbert and surrounding areas, was honored for business achievement and elected to a franchise leadership position at her company’s 45th annual conference and supplier market held earlier this month in San Diego, California. Hippensteel received a Director’s Award for having achieved 2013 sales that placed her in the top 70 in the organization, which is North America’s largest interior design and home furnishings franchise company. She also was elected by franchise owners to serve on their Leadership Council, an advisory board to the company’s executive management. “I’ve returned from conference with an extensive library of before and after high resolution digital photographs featuring the top room makeovers that were discussed in design sessions, which makes for an ideal workshop or seminar program for organizations looking for meeting programs,”

TechShop Chandler, 249 E. Chicago St., Chandler, will host its next regularly scheduled open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 5, in the Arizona State University Chandler Innovation Center, to showcase its vibrant, creative community that provides access to tools, software and

Hippensteel says. “I have great ideas I can share. We represent more than 85 home furnishings suppliers and offer our customers furniture, case goods, accessories, lighting, floor and wall coverings, draperies and other hard and soft window treatments. We bring samples directly to the client’s home or office and provide complimentary design services and installation.” Decorating Den Interiors’ room makeovers have been featured in such publications as Good Housekeeping, Arabella, the Canadian magazine of art, architecture and design, Better Homes and Gardens, Women’s Day, House Beautiful and House and Garden. In addition, the company has been featured in a variety of design segments on HGTV and The Discovery Channel. Decorating Den Interiors was founded in 1969 and has interior design professionals and decorators throughout the United States and Canada. Hippensteel has owned her franchise since October 2006.

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National Academy of Sports Medicine recognized with two awards Chandler-based National Academy of Sports Medicine, the nation’s premier certification body for fitness professionals, was recently recognized with two awards at the annual American Marketing Association, Phoenix Chapter Spectrum Awards. The categories won were broadcast-radio and broadcast-television. NASM earned awards in both categories for the use of a creative media testing strategy, a first for the professional

training certification and fitness education industries. The radio and television spots focused on enticing offers, specifically a no cost, 14-day trail of the NASM Certified Personal Training program. The advertising campaign generated nearly 20,000 leads and contributed to 40 percent year-overyear revenue growth. “We have exceeded our expectations and business goals over the past year, due in large part to the innovative approach we

take with our marketing. It’s an honor to be recognized for our broadcast initiatives,” says Andrew Wyant, president of NASM. On the heels of a successful 2013, NASM has continued to make strides in expanding its marketing initiatives, by launching its first national infomercial. The spot aired in multiple markets on cable networks throughout March. The Spectrum Awards are presented annually by AMA Phoenix and showcase

exceptional marketing and public relations efforts. Campaigns from the 2013 calendar year were reviewed across 45 categories and judged by an expert panel based on objectives, strategies, tactics and results achieved. NASM was one of just 40 other Valley based companies that were finalists this year. To learn more about NASM certifications, visit

Firehouse Subs opens first restaurant in Ahwatukee Firehouse Subs held a grand opening for its first location in Ahwatukee on May 19. The award-winning fast casual restaurant chain is famous for serving premium meats and cheeses steamed piping hot and piled high on a toasted sub roll, which is served “Fully Involved” with fresh produce and condiments. Founded by former firefighting brothers, the restaurant’s firehouse decor is based on the founding family’s decades of fire and police service, and the new location is decorated with firefighter memorabilia from the Phoenix Fire Department. The restaurant is located at 4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 68 and is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Local owners Michael Trifari and Shu Chan are thrilled to bring Firehouse Subs’ unrivaled taste and flavor to Ahwatukee. Firehouse Subs restaurants boast a

custom, hand-painted mural that pays tribute to the local community. The Ahwatukee mural depicts local firefighters putting on their gear and heading to their trucks as a new Firehouse restaurant opens across the street. Chief Mural Artist Joe Puskas and his team paint every mural from his studio at Firehouse Subs Headquarters. Since the opening of the first Firehouse Subs in 1994, Puskas has painted more than 770 murals. Firehouse Subs extinguishes guests’ hunger with medium and large hot specialty subs, including the No. 1-selling, Hook and Ladder sub, served with smoked turkey breast and Virginia honey ham smothered with Monterey Jack cheese. Other top sellers include the Smokehouse Beef and Cheddar Brisket loaded with USDA choice beef brisket, smoked for at least 16 hours in an authentic Texas smokehouse,

and topped with melted cheddar cheese and a special combination of sauces, including Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce. Launching this year is Firehouse Subs’ new “Hearty and Flavorful” menu: six subs and four chopped salads under 500 calories. The Hearty and Flavorful menu is the largest and most significant menu addition in Firehouse Subs’ 19-year history and is available at Firehouse Subs restaurants nationwide. Unique to Firehouse Subs is Captain Sorensen’s Datil Pepper Hot Sauce, named in honor of the founding brothers’ father, Rob Sorensen, a 43-year retired fire captain. The sauce has a spicy-sweet flavor from the datil pepper, a hot pepper similar to habaneras, but with a sweeter taste. Firehouse Subs’, the largest user of datil peppers in the world, will produce more than 60,000 gallons of its signature

hot sauce this year. Additionally, each restaurant offers an assortment of more than 50 complimentary hot sauces. In 2005, Firehouse Subs created the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations. Many first responders make do with older equipment and have limited or no access to needed resources, but Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has given $9 million to hometown heroes in 40 states and Puerto Rico, including more than $202,200 in Arizona. Local fundraising initiatives include recycling empty fivegallon pickle buckets and selling them to guests for $2 each, a Round Up Program allowing guests to “round up” their bill to the nearest dollar and spare change donation canisters.


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Chandler dentist hosts open house Not long ago the thought of braces brought images of teens with mouthfuls of metal, but today’s patients are just as likely to be adults with no visible hardware. While a great smile can be the most obvious payoff, braces are also an important health issue. “Crooked teeth can be harder to clean and maintain, which increases the risk of decay and diseases,” says Dr. J. Phillip. “They can also alter the bite and strain the jaw and muscles.” From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 26, Phillip will hold an open house at the Chandler office, 3230 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 4. The open house will share information about Invisalign, a popular, proven system that involves wearing virtually invisible aligners to straighten teeth. Refreshments will be served and guests can enter a raffle for the chance to win $2,000 off a full Invisalign case, a ZOOM professional whitening session or a take-home whitening kit. For more information, call (480) 306-5506, or visit


Because the home’s interior has to satisfy two people, try to find the point of compromise. If one likes a traditional plush carpet and the other prefers a hardwood floor, choose an oversized area rug to display on a hardwood floor surface. Sometimes couples have to put aside their differences, in another room or space, that is. If there’s no reconciling certain points of design disagreement, the couple might opt for a designated room or area for each person, filled with their favorite collectibles or furnishings. It is also important to create traditions. He’s not into her collection of pressed butterflies and she’s not too keen about his beloved baseball cards. Create your own tradition of collecting something that both treasure,

perhaps souvenirs from travels together or personal collection of holiday ornaments or a music library of favorite CDs. Conformity in decorating can be dull and boring, so embrace the different tastes into an eclectic mix that gives the home a unique style. For example, merge his contemporary leather furnishings with her vintage pillows and rugs and create a habitat that works for the both. To keep your new home cohesive overall, keep a piece from each of you in each space. Don’t be too quick to consign his sports paraphernalia or her antique book collection to the trash or thrift store. There’s no rush to find your happy medium. Keep sifting through accessories and rearranging your combined furniture for as long as it takes until it feels right for both of you, which could be anywhere from six months to a year. Throughout the decorating process, keep in mind that you’ll be sharing wonderful memories in your first home together, regardless of the color of the walls or the design of the ceramic tiles. And as you grow together, your tastes will likely change and possibly converge, so don’t fret. For ideas, inspirations and expert advice, visit Carpet One Floor and Home’s Beautiful Designs Made Simple Blog http://beautifuldesignmadesimple. com. Toliver’s Carpet One Floor and Home is located at 275 W. Warner Rd., Chandler. For information call (480) 899-2272 or visit www.

New health club and spa to open in April 2015 On Wednesday, June 18, Valley-based Village Health Clubs and Spas, hosted a groundbreaking celebration for its latest state-of-the-art fitness facility, the Ocotillo Village Health Club and Spa in Chandler with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Located at the southwest corner of Alma School and Ocotillo roads, the standalone 82,000 square foot health club and spa is scheduled for completion in April 2015. The Ocotillo Village will offer members such amenities as two pools; seven tennis courts; a full service

spa, salon and med spa; cafe and outdoor patio; kids club and nursery; kids gym; men’s, women’s and family locker rooms; an indoor basketball court and running track; two racquetball and two squash courts; cardio, weight and functional training rooms; hot yoga studio and traditional yoga studio; pilates and group fitness studios. Owned by Village Health Clubs and Spas, the Ocotillo Village will join existing Village Clubs in Phoenix and Scottsdale.

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Local Fry’s Marketplace store adds apparel department Wrangler, Carhartt, SKECHERS, Levi’s, FILA, Jockey and other national label clothing brands are available at two Fry’s Marketplace stores in Arizona, including one located at 985 E. Riggs Rd., Chandler. Apparel will have two main seasons, spring and summer, and fall and winter.

There are selections for women, men and children. Look for athletic wear, shoes, casual items, dressy items and more. “Stop by your newly remodeled Fry’s Marketplace and you’ll find everything you need to make your life a little easier,” says Fry’s President Steve McKinney.

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Courtyard Interiors of Chandler opens second location Courtyard Interiors of Chandler offers a second location in Scottsdale at the Pavilions at Talking Stick, 8960 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale.

Both locations offer kitchen remodels, flooring, countertops, lighting, tile, fabric and window treatments. The Chandler location is at 2625 W. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler. For more information, call (480) 434-6611.

Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant to offer 25 cent enchiladas July 1 Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant will celebrate 25 years of business Tuesday, July 1 by offering 25 cent enchiladas with the purchase of any entree on the menu. “We are thrilled to reach 25 years of business and we want to invite our communities to celebrate with us because they are the reason this is possible,” says Robert Lin, president of Food Concepts International, Abuelo’s parent company. “We are very thankful to all our guests, operators, managers and team members across the country.” Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant will offer a special, limited time 25th Silver Anniversary Menu, Tuesday, June 24 through Monday, Aug. 4. The celebratory, three-course menu starts with fresh guacamole, then guests may choose

from three classic entrees including the Laredo, sautéed chicken zucchini and ribeye steak and enchiladas and finish with the ward winning flan. Patrons may also enjoy the Silver Celebration Margarita with Cuervo Silver Tequila, St. Germain Liqueur and lime juice. Abuelo’s is located at 3440 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, in the Chandler Fashion Square. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information call (480) 855-0960 or visit



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Busy schedule for Chandler Chamber of Commerce The month of June provides an abundance of events to keep businesses busy this summer.

help members’ network and grow their businesses by developing sources and contacts that can help generate sales for their business.

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Join others every Monday, Tuesday and the first three Fridays in June for small business counseling from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. The counseling is free and open to the public. Need help starting, or growing a business? Experienced business counselors will provide advice, knowledge and insight to help individuals start and grow their business. The chamber office, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, provides the small counseling Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment only, through the Maricopa Community Colleges’ Arizona Small Business Development Center network. Schedule an appointment by contacting the Chandler Chamber of Commerce.

A group that connects businesses one meeting at a time will meet from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 24 and July 1. The Chandler Business Connections Leads Group will meet at BLD, 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. Two free visits are allowed. Get connected with other business men and women in the community by joining the connections leads group.

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Success Dynamics Leads Group From 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Mondays, June 23 and June 30, the Success Dynamics Leads Group will meet at Brunchies, 17 E. Boston St., Chandler. Two free visits are allowed. The groups have been created to

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Sun Lakes Networking Group will meet Wednesday, June 25, and July 2, at Pecan Grove Restaurant, 4960 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Two free visits are allowed. The networking group will focus on building relationships in the Sun Lakes area with the support of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. Its mission is to develop trustworthy relationships in the Sun Lakes community while promoting ethical business and returning to the basics of doing business on a handshake.


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Friday Cafe Leads Group Join others from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Friday, June 27, at Chompie’s Delicatessen Restaurant, 3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler, for the Friday Cafe Leads Group. Two free visits are allowed for participants before deciding to join the group. The Chandler Chamber Leads Group has been created to help business members’ network and grow their business. Members have the opportunity to develop sources and contacts that can help generate sales for their business.

Member Welcome Breakfast June 26 The Member Welcome Breakfast will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursday, June 26, at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201. Are you a new member? Or thinking about becoming a member? Have a new employee you’d like to introduce, or maybe you’d simply like to meet more members? Learn more about the chamber. Feel free to bring business cards and brochures to share.

Go-Getters Lead Group The Go-Getters Leads Group will meet from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Thursday, July 3, at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, 25 S. Arizona

Pl., Suite 201. The group meets every Thursday with the exception of the fourth Thursday at which time members will attend the Members Welcome Breakfast. Two free visits area allowed.

Economic Update Series Luncheon will feature speakers The Economic Update Series Luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, One N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler. Tickets are $25 for members; $35 for nonmembers. This Economic Update Series Luncheon is about commercial and residential real estate forecast. This month’s speakers include CEO of De Rito Partners Marty De Rito; Realty Excellence Group LLC and President of SEVRAR Pamela Frestedt and Economic Development Specialist with the City of Chandler James Smith.

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The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce hosts many events throughout the year.

Business Academy accepting applications for September A new academy, which begins Friday, Sept. 12, walks solo and entrepreneurs through all aspects of business and personal goal setting. The Business Academy participants will meet twice per month at workshops and mastermind sessions to cover a variety of topics, including business

Ribbon cuttings A ribbon cutting will be held at Von Hansen’s Meat and Spirits, 2390 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 24. Global CRES, 2081 N. Arizona Ave., Suite 126, will have a ribbon cutting from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26.

The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is at 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201. Unless otherwise specified, for more information and to register for these programs, call (480) 963-4571, visit or, or email No refunds are available within 72 hours of an event.

The Chandler Business Alliance holds a weekly breakfast meeting at BLD, 1920 W. Germann Rd., from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. every Thursday. All member and guest businesses will be allowed to present themselves to other local businesses who care about Chandler. The Chandler Business Alliance is working toward assisting two causes in the coming month. It will be participating in a book drive until July 31. Books will be going toward the Cops

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education, collaboration and visibility to student business owners. Sessions begin in September and electronic applications can be found at www. Participants may receive three course credit hours at ChandlerGilbert Community College. The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is located at 119 N. Gilbert Rd., Suite 101, Gilbert. For more information, call (480) 892-0056 or visit www.gilbertaz. com.

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development of its members and the Chandler community as a whole. Its mission will be accomplished through establishing a network of businesses owned and/or operated by members of Chandler neighborhoods. Members will demonstrate their commitment to the mission through the patronage, referral and recommendation of fellow members. In addition, members will provide financial and other support to local charitable organizations.

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Engineering firm celebrates 25 years In celebration of its 25th year in business, Littlejohn Engineering Associates has changed its name to Littlejohn to reflect the firm’s growth and expanded services. “Our new name illustrates our broader reach and expanded services,” says President Jim Littlejohn. “Just as in planning and engineering, we always try to remember that the simplest solution is usually the best solution. We’re taking the same approach looking ahead with our name and our brand—efficient, understandable, straightforward and collaborative. We want our name to be synonymous with professionalism and quality service delivery.” Founded in 1989 in Nashville, Tennessee, Littlejohn works with public and private clients across the country to plan and engineer infrastructure for notable projects and progressive communities. Consulting services in surveying, engineering, planning, landscape architecture, environmental services, industrial hygiene, health and safety and the core components of Littlejohn’s expertise, and in just 25 years, the firm has grown from a sole proprietorship, to a national firm with eight offices in Tennessee, Florida, Arizona and Alabama. Littlejohn, a multidiscipline professional service firm, has completed more than 6,000 projects

in 42 states and employs more than 125 engineers, landscape architects, planners, surveyors, environmental scientists, industrial hygienists and support personnel. Using innovative and sustainable ideas, Littlejohn solves complex environmental and land development challenges and delivers progressive and efficient design solutions. “We have some of the most talented individuals and creative teams in the business,” says Littlejohn. “To us, a project is much more than just concrete, steel, brick and mortar— it represents the core of who we are.” In Arizona, Littlejohn, and its predecessor Evans, Kuhn and Associates, has worked on thousands of projects from Phoenix City Hall, to the University of Phoenix Stadium and numerous health care campuses across the state. The company is providing surveying and civil engineering for a Chandler behavioral health care facility. It also provided civil engineering for several additions to the Chandler Regional Medical Center. “For 25 years, we have been working to build a better Arizona, both as Littlejohn and more recently with the expertise of the former Evans Kuhn team here in Phoenix,” says Ross Lucas, Littlejohn’s southwest regional manager. “Our expertise and willingness to collaborate has been an important part of our success. We

CELEBRATING: Jim Littlejohn, president of Littlejohn, a nationwide planning, engineering and environmental firm, in front of Littlejohn’s Nashville, Tennessee, office. Submitted photo

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Great Play of Chandler offers fun and safe camps for kids BY ALISON STANTON

As the parents of four children, Patrick O’Halleran and Jen Howell understand how important it is for kids to have fun while staying physically active. Although their kids now range in age from 17 to 21, they remember how challenging it could be keeping young children busy and happy during the long and hot summer months. As co-owners of Great Play of Chandler, O’Halleran and Howell are committed to helping foster a love of physical activity in children, while also providing their parents with a welcoming place to come and meet other moms and dads. “We provide great activities for kids, but we’ve also seen many parents making new friends while they are here,” O’Halleran says. From classes for young kids to summer camps, birthday parties and more, O’Halleran says Great Play of Chandler offers something for all kids age 6 months to 12 years. “The beauty of Great Play is our inside gym,” he says. A patented “Interactive Arena” on three of the four walls uses a combination of computer technology, image projection and directional sound so kids feel like they are part of their own Wii game while taking part in physical fitness activities. “We also have open gym times six days a week for $10 a session, which is a

great opportunity for parents and their kids to drop in.” The summer camps, which Howell says run through July 31, are especially popular. These include adventure camp for kids ages 3 to 6 and sports skills camps for kindergartners through fifth grade. To help make sure that kids are playing with others close to their size and age, participants in the classes are 18 to 24 months apart, and the curriculum changes every 19 weeks. O’Halleran and Howell took over as co-owners of Great Play of Chandler last December. “I had worked for both Honeywell and American Express, and just wanted to do something different,” O’Halleran says. “Jen and I are both passionate about working with kids, so I left the corporate world, and within a month we went from not knowing what a franchise was to owning one. It’s been a nice opportunity for us and really exciting.” One of the first things they did, O’Halleran says, was repaint the gym and renovate the lobby. “We put in a lot of time cleaning the gym, and there’s been a lot of effort to make Great Play really clean,” he says. There’s also a strong emphasis on safety, with a 5 to 1 coach to child ratio. Both adults and kids are impressed with Great Play of Chandler’s bright, cheerful and welcoming interior, Howell says.

LEARNING TO THROW: Great Play of Chandler’s sports skills camps are a great way for young kids to learn the basics of baseball and other sports. Submitted photo

“When people walk in, I often hear them say, ‘Oh, I want to go here!’” she says. “It’s so different, and so alive with all of the music and colors.” Great Play of Chandler is located at 2855 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. For more

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Operation Back to School Chandler accepting donations BY ALISON STANTON

Thanks to the efforts of Operation Back to School Chandler, thousands of the City’s children will start school July 21 with new backpacks filled with much-needed supplies. Operation Back to School Chandler allows area organizations to coordinate their efforts to provide low-income elementary, middle school and high school students with supplies, uniforms, underwear, shoes and other items, according to Kevin Hartke, director of For Our City-Chandler which is coordinating the supply drive. In 2013, more than 3,200 backpacks were distributed to local students. This year’s goal, Hartke says, is to distribute 5,000 backpacks at a donation event in July. “About four years ago, we realized that many organizations were handing out backpacks, and so we wanted to do something that would get rid of the duplicity,” says Hartke, who is also a Chandler city councilman. “We target Title One schools and summer lunch programs to get information to the students and their families about the event, but every student who shows up will receive help,” he says. “If we have anything leftover, we will make the items available to the schools throughout the year, as new kids might need them.” Hartke says local organizations

are welcome to work with Operation Back to School Chandler to pool their efforts and donations and reduce the chances of some kids receiving multiple donations while others might miss out. Local residents may also donate backpacks and other supplies, but shoes are especially needed. Through July 14, donations can be made at the Fulton Homes’ “Stuff the Bus” campaign, which is being organized along with ICAN. A full-sized school bus is parked inside Chandler Fashion Center, and volunteers are on hand to accept donations. Several other Chandler locations are accepting donations through July 1. For a complete list, visit www.forourcity. org/Back_to_School_Drive.html. To make a cash donation via PayPal, visit and click on the “donation” tab before July 1. Steve Hewitt, the Chandler Unified School District’s director of community education, says that Operation Back to School Chandler definitely helps. “We saw hundreds of smiles last year,” Hewitt says. Having a new backpack gives kids a sense of pride. “I even overheard one new kindergartner tell his mom, ‘Look mom, my very own back pack.’” Organizations that want to plan a school supply drive or who want

HELPING THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS: During last year’s Operation Back to School Chandler distribution event, thousands of kids and their families lined up to receive a free backpack and other school supplies. Submitted photo

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AZ Scorpions live the Cooperstown dream BY TIM J. RANDALL

Bart Giamatti, former Major League Baseball commissioner, reverently spoke of baseball as a “Homeric” journey in which the batter must leave home with their ultimate destination to return there. This “Odyssey” around the bases was the very definition of a life lived, opportunities seized and risks taken. The 12 young men of the Arizona Scorpions baseball team took a journey on May 30 to Cooperstown, New York, to win a championship and post their name in the pantheon of the national pastime. While the Scorpions’ dream of a Cooperstown championship fell a bit short, Manager Jeremy Stawiecki indicates: “I couldn’t be more proud of these 12 exceptional ball players, who play their best game each and every day.” Established in 1996, Cooperstown Dreams Park pays tribute to the game with an induction ceremony annually to the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame. Since 1999 the organization has played host to the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invitational, the National American Tournament of Champions and the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame “Cooperstown Classic.” Every week from May through August, 104 teams are invited from around the country to compete and share the love of the game with other

young players. “It’s not every day you get to play ball in Cooperstown for the chance at a national title,” Stawiecki says. The team learned of its future peripatetic to the home of baseball in late fall of 2013 after Stawiecki entered the team for the tourney and was accepted. The Scorpions are Todd Stawiecki, Kaiden Frees, John Wiston, Steven Losefsky, Bo Brown, Ryan Stark, Sebastian Gongora, JD Willis, Tyler Smith, Ethan Galetti, Mason Cope and Davis Hubble. “It is really quite an honor to be chosen as it is a competitive application,” he indicates. The boys, 10 from Chandler and two from Tempe, play for the Scorpions under the U.S. Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), as well as compete in Little League. Over the last months, they worked tirelessly raising money for the trip with designs on playing the best baseball they could and winning for their families and coach. Stawiecki, who played college ball at Tufts, has enjoyed managing the squad and impressing on them the fundamentals of the game. Arriving on Friday night, the first games were to begin on Sunday May 31, with the Saturday open for moving into the barracks that house the boys for a week, as well as a spirited skills competition that afternoon. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday saw each of the 104 teams play six games,

ultimately leading to a seeding in a full team win-or-go home tournament staged Wednesday and Thursday. In that opening sextet, the team went 4-2 with crushing wins of 12-0 over the Brighton Bulldogs, and a 14-2 thrashing of the Erie Outlaws. Its record was good enough for a four-way tie for 30th out of 104, and an opening match in the one-and-done contest against the Memphis Tigers. The seeding would have been higher if not for a heartbreaking first-game loss against the Margate Titans on Sunday 10-9. Wednesday’s tourney matched the Memphis Tigers and Arizona Scorpions, as the Tigers took the game 14-7 and advanced. Yet, for Stawiecki and his team, they were content with the quality of the effort and for the chance to compete at Cooperstown. “These kids played their hearts out and I could not be more proud them, they proudly represented their team and state,” Stawiecki says. Tim J. Randall is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at

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Open house for online school A free information session for Arizona Connections Academy, a tuition-free, fully accredited K-12 online public school, will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at the Courtyard Phoenix Chandler, 920 N. 54th St., Chandler. The information session will cover a variety of topics, including the school’s program and curriculum, how teachers interact with students in a virtual environment, social events, such as field trips and clubs and other relevant topics. Arizona Connections Academy is available to K-12 students who reside anywhere in Arizona; tuition is free and enrolled students receive a computer and books at no charge. “This is a terrific opportunity for families to learn about our online program and individualized approach to education,” says Kerri Wright, ACA principal. “We follow the same curriculum as a traditional school, but students have much more flexibility in terms of when they attend live lessons and when they do class assignments. Students can work at their own pace, advancing quickly or taking extra time with teachers on subjects that are more challenging.” Visit or call (800) 382-6010 to learn more.


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Sister Cities announces grand prize winners Hamilton High School student Brandon Thornton has been chosen as the grand prize essay winner for the Sister Cities International Young Authors Showcase. He participated in the contest after winning the Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities’ (CTSC) Young Artists and Authors Showcase. Along with the recognition, Brandon will receive a $1,000 check from Sister Cities International. In his essay, “Unity,” Brandon expresses that the “bonds of respect for man and friendship forged during the course of a life open our hearts to communities of any scale.” For more than two decades, the Young Artists and Authors Showcase has given youth from around the globe the opportunity to express their vision for a more unified, peaceful world through original artwork and literature. The 2014 Showcase encouraged youth to submit entries inspired by what Sister Cities International’s tagline, “Connect globally. Thrive locally,” means to them. Brandon’s essay, along with the other national winners, will be on display at the annual Sister Cities International (SCI) Conference in San Jose, California, this summer. Following the conference, the entries—art, essays and poems—will go on a tour to several cities across the United States. Chandler’s Young Artists and Authors Showcase and Reception at Chandler’s Vision Gallery in April was due in large part to a grant from Chandler’s Special Events Committee and the Chandler Cultural Foundation. This is the third consecutive year that entries from CTSC have received grand prize recognition at the national level. “The Young Artists and Authors Showcase is one of the events sponsored by SCI, and is an amazing opportunity to expose our students—at young and impressionable ages—to Sister Cities,” states Ellen

Harrington, president of Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities. As President Dwight D. Eisenhower envisioned, these sister city organizations are the hub of peace and prosperity by creating bonds between people from different cities around the world. By forming these relationships, Eisenhower reasoned that people of different cultures could celebrate and appreciate their differences and build partnerships that would lessen the chance of new conflicts. The 2014 Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities’ Young Artists and Authors Showcase was a collaboration with the City of Chandler’s Creative Expressions competition, offered through the Diversity Office. Besides Brandon, essay winners included Valerie Navarrete, second place; Payton McLeod, third place; and Lily Wayne, Rebecca Godbout and Maggie Harrington, all of whom won honorable mentions. Young Authors Poetry winners are Matthew Rapier, first place and student at Seton Catholic Preparatory; Emily Hammer, second place; Alina de la Cruz, third place; and Teresa McBryan and Isa De Guzman, both of whom won honorable mentions. Young Artists winners are Sabrina Leung, first place and student at Hamilton High School; Jessica Liu, second place; Gaby Diaz, third place; and Astha Chourasia and Charlotte Hunter, both of whom won honorable mentions. All 2014 essays, poems and artworks can be viewed on For information on the 2015 Young Artists and Authors Showcase, please contact Barbara Olivieri, CTSC education chairwoman, at For more information on Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities, contact Ellen Harrington, (480) 600-8509 or chan.


In a culture often dominated by self-improvement, one of the most coercive unifying forces is a commonality, whether it is an interest, station in life, far-reaching goal, or important task in need of completion. These likenesses lay the basis for cooperation and conversation, but there is potential for something much richer when the groundwork for a community is laid. Respect and trust are bred through collaboration, while comfort and social fulfillment grow through positive interaction and the outpouring of conversational trivialities. A wholesome connectedness nestles within ourselves, and we form a web of interdependence and interrelation, linking those in our respective communities together with ties of friendship. Through it, we can rejoice together when spirits are high, support one another when they are low, and expedite group as well as individual improvement. Small and large manifestations of thoughtful kindness and communication, from students helping each other understand a concept, to volunteer firemen rushing to extinguish life-threatening flames, can both arise from and further strengthen a sense of unity. A few personal relationships, a common cause, or a willing heart can spark transcendence from just making it through life on one’s own to thriving in a constructive community. Even though our focuses may often narrow to those within our smaller social spheres, we all are most fundamentally connected through our humanity. The mantra of the current day is far from the one of isolationism held in the past. As a nation and as a world, we set up extensive education and nourishment programs to assist those in third world countries, draft legislation to protect the welfare of entire nations of people, and seek to understand the complexities of various altruism—an undying and perhaps

Youth growing passion for others ingrained in the human spirit that unifies us with those around the world. It is what allows us to commiserate with and unselfishly aid victims of poverty, starvation, natural disaster, and any of the tragically diverse woes thrust upon the mortal kind, while the bonds of respect for man and friendship forged during the course of a life open our hearts to communities of any scale.

POETRY WINNER First place poem: ‘Ready for Takeoff’ BY MATT RAPIER

A humble pigeon strolls the city block The others they all strut and gawk, striving for the envy of the flock Though this pigeon may seem complacent, out of sync with the masses He fears none of humiliation, his spirit as sturdy as a rock Although he wasn’t always like this, to boast he had a myriad of reasons With a golden speckled head and chiseled beak, to be reserved would be treason However he learns the truth, he finds his way, every year when autumn passes For he sees the world in a different light, as the frost brings in the season Three winters ago, back in his youth, he headed for the Keys

He saw sights of scintillating beauty that brought him to his nonexistent knees There were cardinals of a cherry red, and jays of an ocean blue That winter he found his golden dome more rustic, so he lay incognito in the trees The proceeding spring found him in a stupor, filled with an unsettled yearn Nostalgia soaked in every limb, he knew he must return He had seen a world outside Manhattan, his spirit was anew He must prepare for every winter, another chance he must earn So he stayed loyal to his feeder, the trumpeter with the plain white bread When the other birds jumped from loaf to loaf, he stayed with the musician instead The man admired the bird’s devotion, he sought that it never miss a meal While others went hungry with dreams of croissants, with strength he could work ahead While other birds were absorbed by the city lights, our pigeon made sure to get his rest And when the leaves fell again that year, he put his efforts to the test He secured his twigs inside his oak, as now he knew the deal For one to span the globe abroad, you must first care for your nest SEE WINNERS PAGE 31

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Chandler-Tullamore books multitude of events Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities (CTSC) has announced the schedule of upcoming events for the rest of 2014. The organization strives to share the Irish heritage through cultural, education and history activities. “We are especially pleased to announce our inaugural CTSC members’ trip to Ireland, with focus days in Tullamore, Chandler’s Sister City,” says Ellen Harrington, CTSC president. “This will be a wonderful opportunity to experience Ireland, with concentrated stops of historical and cultural significance. Upon arrival in Tullamore, we will enjoy the hospitality and sights of our Sister City and County Offaly.” For more information, visit or contact Harrington at or (480) 600-8509. Visit its website,, or on Facebook at “Chandler Irish.” Upcoming events for Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities: • Wednesday, July 23: Genealogy 101, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Chandler Police Committee Room, Chandler. Miles Davenport, genealogist at the McClelland Irish Library, will acquaint participants with the basic genealogical process along with goal-setting, research source selection and documentation requirements using numerous resources available for discovering Irish ancestry. Donations are accepted for the CTSC Student Ambassador Program. • Monday, Aug 25, through Friday, Sept 5: CTSC members’ trip to Ireland, with special time in Tullamore and County Offaly. Contact Ellen Harrington for trip details at or (480) 600-8509. • September, date and time to be announced: Quiz, Coach and Willie’s, Downtown Chandler. • October, date and time to be announced: Dining Fundraiser for Student Ambassadors. • October: Young Artists and Authors Showcase 2015 theme to be introduced; open to all Chandler students between the ages of 13 and 18. • Saturday, Nov. 1: Annual Southwest Tea, 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Chandler Community Center. • Monday, Nov 17: Wine and Design, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Gangplank Chandler. Artist/singer/ entrepreneur Laurie Fagen will instruct budding “artists” in the art of polymer clay, making pendants, ornaments, window hangers, etc. using Celtic designs. • December, date and time to be announced, Irish Connection Holiday Social, Coach and Willie’s, downtown Chandler.

TO A BEAUTIFUL SELFIE SMILE… From Dr. Chamberlain’s Desktop am sure most of us have heard the additional entries that were added into the Webster’s dictionary in 2013. The words, hashtag and selfie are Dr. Thomas Chamberlain so common now that they appear in the dictionary. The current definition of selfie is, “an image one has taken of oneself using a digital camera especially for posting on social networks.”I hadn’t heard of the term, selfie until about 8 months ago, but the word has been in use since 2002. It’s rise in popularity comes from a correlating rise in the need to show off your best self. I have wondered what is the reason for this increase in the need to show your photo off so often. It might be to show off the background setting in which you are taking the photo, so as to say, “look where I am!” Or could it be to include others


in your life experience? Perhaps you just want to see yourself and it’s easier than going to a mirror! Regardless of the reasons, a selfie shows a lot about a person. Both in the quantity and the quality of the photos. Believe me, I am not judging anyone about taking a selfie. I think they can be fun and engaging when appropriate. As a matter of fact, we have begun a selfie contest in our office over the summer. The rules are to take a selfie and post it on either our Facebook page, our Instagram or email it to us at (Don’t forget to TAG us with the following- @chamberlainorthodontics, #smilestraight, #braces, #selfie, #chamberlainorthodontics). The contest begins when your friends start to “LIKE” your photo. The most likes at the end of the summer wins a fabulous prize. Remember, I’m the guy who gave away a car this May, so I like giving

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Classes vary at City facilities this summer Leisure and lifestyle classes, such as film, dance, sports, art, cooking and swimming for individuals of all ages are some of the summer session activities offered in June, July and August. Copies of Break Time can be picked up at City facilities or online at to find a complete listing of classes. Registration can be done online at www., by mail or in person at Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave.; Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd.; Snedigar Recreation Center, 4500 S. Basha Rd., and Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd. Call (480) 782-2727 for more information. Registration for swimming programs can be done at the Aquatics Administrative offices at 650 E. Ryan Rd.

New reservation software system ACTIVENet will go live Saturday, Aug. 2, replacing the existing registration and reservation software system, for fall classes. New customer accounts will be provided to all customers as the transition to the new system is made. Additional information about the program can be found online at or in the newest Break Time edition.

Club Building Blocks Club Building Blocks, a new five-day a

week, three-hour program, will be held until Friday, June 27. The class is offered from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Cost is $209 for residents; $283 for nonresidents. This style of class offers activities and themes that provide children with the opportunity to grow and develop, both socially and educationally, in a fun, yet structured classroom environment. Basic curriculum will be creatively expanded upon, in detail, to help build the foundation for the child’s classroom experience. The classes are held at the Community Center.

Youth Summer Camp underway Youth Summer Camp is held from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with full-day and halfday options. The Community Center has qualified staff that will engage kids, ages 5 to 12, in sports, games, arts and crafts, ceramics, field trips, archery and computers. Lunch will be provided for full-day campers, but half-day campers should bring a snack. Fee is $117 for residents; $18 for nonresidents for full-day campers and $79 for residents and $107 for nonresidents for half-day campers.

La Petite Fleur is offered for 6 to 12 year olds The Environmental Education Center is offering La Petite Fleur on Wednesdays and Thursdays through July 7. Learn why roses have thorns, how to make flower food and how to design a beautiful flower arrangement. Discover bio-mimicry through

projects inspired by the Desert Botanical Garden. This class will teach 6 to 12 year olds how to enjoy, care and create floral designs. Every child makes a bouquet on the last day of class to take home. The class is held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and is $7 for residents and $10 for nonresidents. There is a $25 instructor fee and $15 supply fee.

Summer Nature Camp underway The Summer Nature Camp is held Monday through Friday for full-day and half-day campers at the Environmental Education Center. The seven-week camp is held from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for kids ages 6 to 12. Campers will explore the natural world through fun games, activities, experiments, hikes and crafts. Each week is individually themed to fit various topics and subject matters that relate to the natural world. Cost is $117 for residents and $158 for nonresidents for the full-day camp; $79 for residents for half-day and $107 for nonresidents.

SRC Kids Clubhouse Looking for a fun and safe place for your child to play, while you go out on a date, play in an adult sports league or run some errands? Bring them to the SRC Kids Clubhouse for games and crafts on Fridays in June from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The Clubhouse is open to children 3 to 12 years old. Fee is $14 for residents and $19 for nonresidents at the Snedigar Recreation Center.

Club Building Blocks at Snedigar Recreation Center Club Building Blocks is held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Thursday until July 11. Cost is $251 for residents; $339 for nonresidents. This camp style class offers activities and themes that give children the opportunity to grow and develop, both socially and educationally, in a fun, yet structured classroom environment. Basic curriculum will be creatively expanded on, in detail, to help build the foundation for a child’s classroom experience.

Youth Summer Camp for 5 to 12 year olds The Youth Summer Camp is held from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday until July 18, at Snedigar Recreation Center. A full-day camper is $128 for residents and $173 for nonresidents. It is $87 for half-day camper residents and $118 for nonresidents. Qualified staff will engage kids’ ages 5 to 12 in sports, games and arts and crafts.

After Hours Sports at the TRC Teens are encouraged to take advantage of After Hours Sports at the TRC on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in June and July. It is $3 for residents and $5 for nonresidents. Teens can experience a whole new night life at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center this summer. Sports and activities will include basketball, volleyball, dodge ball, ladder ball, duct tape crafts, crazy looms and more.

Youth Teen Wiffle Ball Tournament The Teen Wiffle Ball Tournament will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 27. The team fee is $15 for residents; $21 for nonresidents. Put together a team of two to five friends and come out to the first Wiffle ball tournament. Sign up for the free agent list if you don’t have a team. For more information, call Kathy Worrell at (480) 782-2746.

Creative Cooking classes offered through July Creative Cooking will be held on Thursdays through July 24, at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center. Classes are from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and are $20 for residents and $27 for nonresidents. Are you hungry when you get home from school or work? Do you want to learn to make some good snacks that you can enjoy quickly? Come to the creative cooking class where individuals will learn about summer snacks that are easy and fun to make.

Therapeutic-style Zumba On Tuesdays through Aug. 15 Zumba, therapeutic style, will be held from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. It is $20 for residents; $27 for nonresidents. Stretch, bend and get a great workout while being with friends. Bring a mat and be ready to work hard while dancing.

Personal training at TRC The Tumbleweed Recreation Center offers personal training for 30-minute, 60-minute and small group sessions. Personal training session pricing begins at

$21 per session. Stop by TRC Guest Services or call (480) 782-2900 for details.

Youth Summer Camp at Tumbleweed Recreation Center Youth Summer Camp at Tumbleweed Recreation Center is seven fun-filled weeks for youth ages 5 to 12. A variety of exciting activities, such as arts and crafts, sports, science discovery, swimming and field trips are planned. The camp is held from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday through July 18. It is $128 for residents and $173 for nonresidents for full-day campers. The cost for half-day campers is $87 for residents; $118 for nonresidents.

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Applications being accepted for youth Leaders in Training Program Applications are being accepted for the Leaders in Training Program. It is $17 for residents; $24 for nonresidents. The program, designated for youths, places them in a work environment within the City of Chandler to gain experience while learning about real jobs. The program builds a resume, as well as hours used for scholarships. For more information, call

Tony Baumann at (480) 782-2710 or email him at

Adult Summer Bowling offered through August The Adult Summer Bowling, which will run through Saturday, Aug. 2, will take place at Chandler AMF Bowling Lanes. Escape the heat on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and bowl with friends for a few hours. Cost is $7 per week for bowling.

After Hours Sports at the TRC Teens are encouraged to take advantage of After Hours Sports at the TRC on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in June and July. It is $3 for residents and $5 for nonresidents. Teens can experience a whole new night life at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center this summer. Sports and activities will include basketball, volleyball, dodge ball, ladder ball, duct tape crafts, crazy looms and more.



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Chandler aquatics programs abound Chandler aquatic facilities offer numerous activities throughout the summer at its five locations—Arrowhead Pool, 1475 W. Erie St.; Desert Oasis Aquatic Center, 1400 W. Summit Pl.; Folley Pool, 600 E. Fairview; Hamilton Aquatic Center, 3838 S. Arizona Ave., and West Chandler Aquatic Pool, 250 S. Kyrene Rd.

Summer hours All Chandler pools are open for the summer season. Seasonal hours are established on an individual facility basis and end in relation to the school district, in which each facility is located. Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Hamilton Aquatic Center is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Nozomi Aquatic Center is open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Arrowhead Pool is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Desert Oasis Aquatic Center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 6

p.m. Sunday. Folley Pool is open from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday; 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and closed on Sunday. All six facilities have at least one lap lane open during public swim times. The year-round lap swim program continues throughout the summer at Hamilton and Mesquite Groves. Admission for lap swim is $2 a person, regardless of age.

$1 Family Swim time Looking for some family fun time? Each facility offers a $1 Family Swim time when admission for the entire family is only a buck. It’s a great opportunity to get the family together for some fun in the sun, without breaking the bank. Family Swim is from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays at Mesquite Groves; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays at Hamilton; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at Nozomi; 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays at Arrowhead; 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays at Desert Oasis; and 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays at Folley.

Free swim times Having fun in the sun can only be improved in one way, having fun in the sun for free. Each Chandler aquatic facility offers weekly free swim times when admission is free for everyone. Free Swim Times are from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays at Nozomi; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Hamilton; 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays at Desert Oasis; 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays at Folley

and Mesquite Groves; and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at Arrowhead.

Chandler Parks and Recreation receives a new look The Chandler parks, recreation and aquatic departments received a makeover for its logo. The nature displayed in the logo is to represent the San Tan Mountains; Chandler’s oldest tree, a cork oak; all six of the Chandler aquatic facilities and programs, and the parks, conserved land and recreation centers ran by Chandler. The new tagline “Discover. Imagine. Grow” makes a promise to Chandler residents and visitors that Chandler Parks and Recreation will always be a fun and happy place to explore, learn and grow in a positive way.

Staff offers free evaluations for swim lessons A free evaluation will be conducted by staff members to help place a child in an appropriate level swim lesson at each one of the aquatic centers. Parents and guardians can stop by at any of the centers during swim hours to seek staff assistance. After arriving at a pool, ask the cashier or pool manager for a swim lesson. One of the qualified water safety instructors will take the child into the pool, where he or she will be asked to perform several exercises demonstrating skills for no longer than 10 minutes. A recommended class level based on the child’s performance will be given by the staff member.

The published class description guide online at provides parents with the opportunity to estimate a class level themselves for their child. The parent is asked to put their child in a course based on their skills and ability levels, rather than age. The ages listed on the course descriptions are basic guidelines to help place a child, except seahorse, otters and surfer classes. The child may be more or less advanced than the suggested age. A general rule of thumb is that children will remain in the same level for at least two sessions. The description on the class lest are available to assist in educating customers on the variety of classes that the Aquatics Department has the capability of offering. Some classes may not be offered during each session or at each location.

Summer lessons offered at all facilities There are a variety of lessons offered throughout the summer at all six Chandler aquatic facilities. Morning lessons are available at all six locations, and evening lessons are available at Arrowhead, Desert Oasis, Folley and Mesquite Groves. Saturday morning lessons are offered at Folley and Hamilton. For more information, consult the Break Time magazine.

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Youth Wednesday, June 25, for Chandler residents. Nonresidents can begin to register at 10 a.m. Friday, June 27. Don’t know which class to register for? Talk to your child’s instructor for a recommendation, or come to any of the facilities during public swim hours and ask for a swim lesson evaluation. The eight-day weekday session is $15.55 for a 25-minute class for residents; $21.55 for nonresidents and $19.55 for a 50-minute class for residents and $26.55 for nonresidents. The four-day Saturdays, one week sessions, are $9.55 for a 25-minute class for residents and $13.55 for nonresidents and $13.55 for a 50-minute class for residents and $17.55 for nonresidents. Semi-private eight-day weekday sessions is $34.55 for a 45-minute class for residents and $46.55 for nonresidents. The four-day Saturdays, one week sessions, are $19.55 for residents for a 45-minute class and $26.55 for nonresidents.

Springboard diving classes offered The City of Chandler has introduced springboard diving classes. Two classes will be offered: Learn to Dive class, which teaches participants the basics of springboard diving in a fun and safe environment; and the Advanced Springboard Diving class, which will teach participants back, inward, reverse and twist/flip dives. Classes will be held at Nozomi and Mesquite Groves.

American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course The American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course trains instructors candidates to teach water safety, including the basic water rescue course, six levels

of the progressive learn to swim program and parent and child aquatics. This is a 43hour course. It includes five hours of the F.I.T. course and eight hours of instructor candidate practical teaching time. It is $103 for residents; $127 for nonresidents. The prerequisites include demonstrating proficiency in front crawl freestyle, back crawl backstroke, breaststroke, elementary breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly; maintain position on back one minute in deep water; tread water for one minute and must be 16 years old by the first day of class. The upcoming sessions will be held at Desert Oasis from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, July 26 through Aug. 3.

Aqua Fit classes are back Aqua Fit is a 50-minute class. Participants must be 16 years old or older. Resident fee is $35; nonresidents is $48. Drop in resident fee is $5; $7 for nonresidents space permitting. The fee is based on eight classes. Drop in participation is limited due to class size and may not be accommodated if class registration is full. Classes must meet minimum enrollment levels. Classes will be cancelled three days prior to start of class date if minimal enrollment required is not met. Drop in registration is held at the pool where class is conducted, please register with class instructor. The tAQUAta Shallow class, 3.5 to 5 feet deep, is based on the Tabata workout, which uses high intensity interval training to improve cardiovascular and metabolic systems. This course uses the natural resistance of shallow and deep water to provide power moves without impacting joints. The class offers a balanced emphasis on cardio, strength, and the core

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throughout the session. Aqua Fit Deep uses deep water jogging and exercises to challenge and strengthen the entire body including the core. This class is held in 6 to 12 feet of water, in a vertical position, feet not touching the bottom to improve overall fitness. Flotation belts, noodles and other equipment are used, but comfort in the water is recommended. The classes are held at Arrowhead Pool, Nozomi Aquatic Center and Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center.

New Guard Start Program offered The new Guard Start Program is held for 9 and 10 year olds. This is a great opportunity to introduce pre-teens into the Junior Lifeguarding Program. This program requires dedication and commitment. Upon completion of this program, the participant will receive a certificate and a T-shirt. This program will be offered at four of the six aquatic centers, Arrowhead Pool, Hamilton Aquatic Center, Nozomi Aquatic Center and Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center. Enrollment is limited to 10 participants. It is $47 for residents and $64 for nonresidents. To participate in the Guard Start Program, the following skills must be demonstrated: swim the front craw for 35 yards continuously while breathing to the front or side; tread water for one minute; float on the back for 30 seconds and submerge and swim a distance of 10 feet underwater. The skills evaluation will occur on the first day of the program. Participants should bring a swimsuit and towel for the skills evaluation and for every class.

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Lifeguarding Program for 11 to 15 year olds will teach water safety and introduce participants to the duties and responsibilities of a lifeguard; however this course will not certify anyone to be a lifeguard. Participants will have an introduction to first aid and CPR/AED and build a foundation of knowledge, attitudes and skills in preparation for the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course. Successful completion requires participation in skills practice. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants and is $57 for residents and $74 for nonresidents. To participate, the following skills must be demonstrated: swim the front crawl for 25 yards continuously while breathing to the front and side; tread water for one-minute; float on the back for 30-seconds and submerge and swim a distance of 10-feet underwater. The skills evaluation will occur on the first day of the program. Participants should come prepared to swim and bring a towel for every class. Upon completion of this program, the participant will receive a certificate of completion and T-shirt. Upon turning 15 years old, they will be prepared to enroll in the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course, where the knowledge and skills of a lifeguard will be taught.

Year round lap swimming From 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday Hamilton Aquatic Center, 3838 S. Arizona Ave., offers lap swimming and Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, 5901 S. Hillcrest Dr., has lap swimming from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $2 per visit, regardless of age. Be sure to purchase a punch pass, a 5 percent to 30 percent savings on admission fees, or an annual pass, only $200.

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Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Wade Miley is set to host the Wade Miley Celebrity Charity Camp and VIP Luncheon on Monday, June 23, at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale. The camp is from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for boys and girls ages 5-17. Directly following the camp, fans of all ages can purchase admission to lunch with Miley in the dugout. During the camp, participants will learn conditioning to become the best in the game from Celebrity Fitness Trainer and Motivational Speaker Felicia Romero, and then break into appropriate groups led by instructors who will provide focused, intensive training that is essential to improvement for all skill levels. Every facet of the game will be covered, with an emphasis on advanced skills and fundamentals to help players become valuable team members. Each camp director, including Miley and former major and minor league players, will do their best to advance players to the next level, keeping in consideration each camper’s experience and desire to improve.

The Downtown Chandler Public Library is offering Magic Hours Movies for families to enjoy this summer. Join the library on select Tuesday nights throughout the summer for this variety pack movie series featuring major blockbusters, hidden treasures, comedy classics and movies based-on-books. Downtown Chandler Public Library is located at 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Movies are: “Ping Pong

Campers can receive an autographed Miley jumbo exclusive Topps baseball card, Under Armour exclusive camp T-shirt, and other great items in a “swag bag” for all paid campers. The camp is a benefit for several charities that Miley supports. Check in by 7:30 a.m. at Salt River Fields located at 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale. The camp will be on Field D-3. Park in the Desert Parking Lot, and enter through the pedestrian walkway. Campers should bring their bats, gloves and appropriate shoes. Tickets are also available for the VIP “Dugout” Luncheon with Miley and special guests. Mix, mingle, take photos and possibly even ask him to autograph your item. Tickets are $92.50 for the Wade Miley Camper tickets, and $75 for the VIP “Dugout” Lunch Meet and Greet following the camp. To register visit www.eventbrite. com and type in “Wade Miley.” For more information, contact info@ EliteDCBaseball. com.

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Fostering executive functions in children

Pencils, Parents, Precepts and Practicalities

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This is the third installment in an eight-part series about helping your child succeed in school.


Children are born with great capacities to learn. However, we are also finding out that parents and teachers can play a large role in nurturing the skills necessary to acquire knowledge, think critically, analyze and manipulate information. These high-level skills are identified by educators and researchers as “executive functions.” Executive functioning skills are those used to execute everyday tasks such as organizing, prioritizing, planning, goal setting, time management, remembering, shifting, flexible problem solving and selfmonitoring and self-checking. The part of our brains that manages these executive function skills essentially acts much like an “air traffic controller,” managing incoming information and making sure that tasks are successfully accomplished. It takes several different executive skills to perform a single task. For example, getting dressed for school involves planning ahead for the weather, logically beginning the task in a timely manner, managing emotions about wanting (or not wanting) to wear a certain outfit,

and maintaining sufficient attention to complete the task. Executive functions help children complete chores and homework, save money for a desired toy, follow rules, keep track of belongings, do mathematical problems in their heads, and think logically, among many other important things. By understanding the crucial value of executive functioning, parents can encourage their children to become adept at them in many different ways. A productive year at school is linked to a productive year at home. So here are some tips that will help you instill some of these high levels skills within your own children: • Have your children keep their bedrooms and activity areas neat and clean. This takes organization. Parents can guide their children how best to accomplish this by breaking it down into smaller tasks and by establishing regular schedules for this activity. You should follow through to make certain this is done to completion. Keep the experience positive not punitive: “You are welcome to do your favorite activity when this is done.” “Please pick up the toys you want to keep.” (Anything left behind must be collected and stored out of sight. Your child can earn them back doing other chores.) • Set up a nightly routine for your child to pack their own backpack and lay out clothes for school the next day. Put the assembled backpack next to the door from

which your child will leave. • Talk to your child about what they need to do to be on time for school in the morning. Make a list of what they have to accomplish then talk about the amount of time they need to complete these tasks and still be on time. By working backward your child can then determine what time they need to get up in the morning—a time they have decided. • Establish a routine for leaving for school in the morning. Teach your child how to make a checklist for items to bring to school in the morning: lunch bag, backpack, signed papers to go to the teacher, jacket, shoes for P.E., etc. • Expect children to perform simple chores such as bed making, setting the table for meals, folding dishtowels, or rinsing dishes. Help them understand that they have an important part in keeping the family running smoothly. • Homework can provide opportunities to instill executive functions, as well. For young children, homework should be completed in a designated area that is visible to you. Keep the space free of clutter and stock it with the basics—paper, pencil, ruler and protractor, etc. Eliminate all distracting audio-visuals like radio, TV, phones and iPads. You can inspire your child through your own example by using homework time to quietly fold laundry, pay bills, prepare dinner or read a book or


newspaper. • Help your child form a check list, establish a calendar of due dates, write todo lists, or utilize a day planner. Help them think about scheduling “have tos” first and then filling in “want tos.” • For older students, discuss how they plan to manage their time throughout the week. This includes balancing study time with outside activities. Let them establish a written schedule that to which they can adhere. For many students, these skills develop by trial and error over time, but parents can help their children master proficiency in these executive functions and thus increase their skills to manage life’s tasks. Brains mature at individual rates—even among children of the same age or grade. Working with each child on appropriate skill development allows for increasing success and the ultimate development of a skilled “air traffic controller.” Linda McFadyen is the reading and curriculum coordinator at New Vistas Center for Education, a private preschool and elementary school located in Chandler. NVCE is designated a Top 10 School by Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. For more information, call (480) 963-2313 or visit



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YOUTH CHRONICLES Joshua Garrett of Chandler is on the Spring 2014 Dean’s List at University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana. To qualify, a student at UE must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Joshua is majoring in theater.

Devin Barnes of Chandler is a May 2014 graduate of Park University in Parkville, Missouri. Devin earned a Bachelor of Public Administration/Marketing. Haley Barraza of Chandler is on the Spring 2014 Honor Roll at CulverStockton College in Canton, Missouri. To qualify, students must earn between a 3.2 and 3.49 grade point average while enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours, with no grade lower than a C.

Klohe S. Harrion of Chandler is on the Spring 2014 Dean’s List at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. To qualify, students must be enrolled fulltime with a 3.25 or better grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Michael Anthony Castellano of Chandler is on the Spring 2014 President’s List at Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Kentucky. To qualify, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or above for the semester with a course load of at least 12 hours.

Alaina Haws of Chandler is on the Spring 2014 Dean’s List at University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. To qualify, fulltime students must achieve at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Alaina is a senior at UMW.

Samuel Curl of Chandler is on the Spring 2014 Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering Dean’s List at Arizona State University. To qualify, students must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Staci Eagleton, Brooke Huppenthal and Bethany Seifert of Chandler are on the Spring 2014 Dean’s List at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a grade point average of 3.5, with no grade below C.

Jonathan Heckart of Chandler is a Spring 2014 graduate of Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee. Jonathan graduated with a Bachelor of Science. Alexander Frederick Larsen of Chandler and Michelle Josephine Chan of Gilbert are on the Spring 2014 President’s Honor Roll at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. To be eligible, undergraduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of nine graded hours with a grade point average of 3.75, or earn a 3.5 cumulative GPA based on 15 cumulative hours of graded work.

Allyson Marie Latsch of Chandler is a 2014 South Carolina Corps of Cadets graduate of The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.

Naiya Soetan, Alyssa Thomas and Ashley Holley of Chandler are Spring 2014 graduates of Rice University in Houston, Texas. Naiya earned a Bachelor of Science in bioengineering; Alyssa earned a Bachelor of Arts in biological sciences, and Ashley earned a Master of Business Administration in business administration.

Kalyn Marquez of Chandler is on the Spring 2014 Dean’s List at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Katrina Ottesen is on the Spring 2014 Dean’s List at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. To qualify, a student must be a fulltime undergraduate with a 3.5 semester grade point average.

Bryan Timmer of Chandler is the recipient of honors, men’s basketball and theater arts scholarships as an incoming freshman at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Jacqueline Price of Chandler is a May 2014 graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Jacqueline earned a Bachelor of Social Work.

Jane Wang of Chandler is the Level 2 National Honor award winner in the 2014 Letters About Literature Program, a national reading and writing program, sponsored by the Library of Congress’ Center for the book, that asks young people in grades fourth through 12th to write to an author, living or dead, about how his or her book affected their lives.

Dhivya Sankar of Chandler earned a Master of Science in electrical and computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia.

Madyson Wellcome of Chandler is on the Spring 2014 Dean’s List at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. To qualify, students must carry a semester grade point average of 3.6 or better in no fewer than 15 credit hours. Madyson is majoring in public health.

Rachel Saunders of Chandler and Alexandra Smith of Ahwatukee are 2014 graduates of Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Rachel earned a Bachelor of Arts with a major in philosophy; Alexandra earned a Bachelor of Science with a major in information systems, finance.


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347 Grill Ak-Chin 16000 Maricopa Rd., Maricopa (520) 233-2426 Here’s the deal: Sunday Brunch 6 and younger eat free with paid adult. On Tuesdays, all kids 12 and younger eat free with purchase of adult entree. Apple Dumpling CafÊ 3076 E. Chandler Heights Rd. Suite 101, Gilbert (480) 279-3879 Here’s the deal: Mondays are Family Value night, where kids eat free with each adult meal and two drinks purchased. On Family Fun night, kids receive free ice cream with a meal. After-school coolness is from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, where kids buy one ice cream, and get one free Chompie’s 3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler (480) 398-3008 Here’s the deal: All day Tuesday, children 10 and younger receive one free item from the kids’ meal menu with adult meal purchase of $8 or more. Dine in only. Connect5 Family Centers Corp. 222 E. Warner Rd., Chandler (480) 699-2122 1495 S. Higley Rd., Gilbert


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Copper Still - Moonshine Grill 2531 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 101, Gilbert (480) 242-1258 www.CopperStillMoonshineGrill. com Here’s the deal: Every Tuesday, kids ages 10 and younger eat for free with the purchase of an adult meal. Dilly’s Deli 2895 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 5, Chandler (480) 722-0644 Here’s the deal: On weekends, get one free kids’ meal for each adult meal purchased for $4.79 or more. El Palacio Restaurant and Cantina 2950 E. Germann Rd., Chandler (480) 802-5770 Here’s the deal: Wednesday kids 12 and younger eat free with paid adult. Fat Willy’s 4850 S. Gilbert Rd., Chandler (480) 883-1356 Here’s the deal: From 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, dine in and get a free kids’ meal with every adult entrÊe


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Nabers Music Bar and Eats 825 N. 54th St., Chandler (480) 705-0288 Here’s the deal: Kids eat free every Monday and Tuesday, with the purchase of an adult meal and two beverages. NYPD Pizza 2580 W. Chandler Blvd, Chandler (480) 722-0898 Here’s the deal: Kids eat for free on Wednesday and Sunday after 4 p.m. Pittsburgh Willy’s 1509 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler (480) 857-2860 Here’s the deal: Every day except Sunday breakfast, kids younger than 10 eat free with each paying adult. Additional kids eat for 50 percent off; Wee Willy menu only. Planet Sub 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler (480) 245-6503 Here’s the deal: Monday kids eat free with paid adult. Sidelines Grill 2980 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler (480) 792-6965

Here’s the deal: Kids eat free from kids’ menu after 4 p.m. Thursdays with adult entree. Dine-in only. Cannot be combined with any other offers or specials. Someburros! 3461 W. Frye Rd., Chandler 2597 S. Market St., Gilbert 1335 E. Baseline Rd., Gilbert Here’s the deal: Every Tuesday night from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. kids 12 and younger eat free with purchase of combo or specialty meal. Dine-in only. The Cove Grill 5070 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 400, Chandler (480) 802-9070 Here’s the deal: Tuesday kids younger than 12 receive one free meal per adult entrÊe purchased. The Sushi Room 2475 W. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler (480) 821-9000 Here’s the deal: Sunday Funday means kids 12 and younger eat free, two kids per paying adult. Uncle Bear’s Grill and Bar 1980 W. Germann Rd., Chandler (480) 722-1555 Here’s the deal: Wednesday kids eat free with each full price entrÊe purchased.

Whiskey Rose Bar and Grill 135 W. Ocotillo Rd. Chandler (480) 895-ROSE (7673) Here’s the deal: Kids eat free every Tuesday and Sunday with purchase of an adult entree.

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Community Commentary

Letters to the editor

County facing financial issues head on BY DENNY BARNEY

On June 23, Maricopa County supervisors will adopt a $2.2 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. I see four things about this budget that really will stand Denny Barney. Submitted out as positives and photo a couple worrisome trends looming, that if we don’t follow closely could cause us problems in the future. First, the good news: • Overall spending is actually down. Maricopa County will spend less next year than this year. The total County budget will be $2.211 billion, which is $8.6 million less than the current year. And this year’s budget is about $70 million lower than last year’s budget. • Let me share with you a single statistic: 93 percent of all County spending springs from mandates—services required by federal, state, constitutional or court-ordered provisions—or administrative support for these mandated services. The supervisors don’t go around looking for pet projects. We are keenly aware that we are stewards of the taxpayers’ money. The 7 percent that is not mandated is comprised of services Maricopa County residents have asked for, such as check enforcement, County parks and support for mainly grant-funded programs, such as Head Start. • For the first time, Maricopa County has implemented zero-based budgeting. County Attorney Bill Montgomery and I first discussed this as a way to build our budgets from the ground up, with departments justifying all their spending, rather than just justifying changes from the previous year. This way, departments set priorities and focus on their

key strategic goals. County Manager Tom Manos expanded the concept to include several other agencies, mostly in criminal justice and public safety. Because the process went so well this year, more departments have been asked to use zero-based budgeting next year. • This year’s budget allocates $60 million for cash reserves. We believe it is prudent to build those cash reserves back up because the economy is still unpredictable and it is sound finance to always be prepared for the future. I did mention, though, that there are a couple of things that worry me on the horizon: • Yes, the economy has improved. The national unemployment rate is back down to 6.3 percent, a tad higher in Arizona. But the good old days of brisk economic expansion and escalating property values resulting in rising government revenues are gone. We have to adjust to this new reality of modest revenue growth and apply the same discipline in the good years as we have in the down years. Unfortunately, I don’t see revenues rising back to previous levels any time soon, so we must continue to plan accordingly. • In addition, more than 51 percent of our budget is allocated to criminal justice and public safety and the service needs in these areas are growing. For example, in the public defender’s office, a capital murder case costs more than $500,000 if it goes to trial. In contrast, a noncapital case is less than $30,000. As volumes and backlog grow, it gets costly. Even though Arizona is a great place to live, we still face numerous challenges. In Maricopa County, we are trying to face these issues head on so we never are caught by surprise. Denny Barney is a Gilbert resident and chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

Abandoned home problematic to neighborhood Dear editor, Attached you will find pictures of a house abandon by the owner, the bank and the Ocotillo Homeowners Association. The yard has not been cared for in the last six months. There was an attempt at the end of April to mow down the weeds by someone (caused major allergies in our home for three days). On the advice of a lawyer, we (neighbor and I) stopped mowing the front and trimming the trees and bushes in January of this year. The gate is finally locked after an entire year of being left unlocked. The house was open with the back sliding glass door left unlocked (I had a person looking to bid on the house in early February lock the sliding glass door).

A problem is we can’t add chemicals to the pool water left in the pool. Mosquitoes are more evident in the area. God forbid a case of West Nile virus affects the neighborhood this summer. We have witnessed what appears to be individuals canvassing the home. Intent unknown but when we approach, they quickly leave. Our suspicion is they might remove the copper and interior fixtures. Why doesn’t anyone seem to care? The Ocotillo HOA seems at a loss and unable to provide the necessary services to at least maintain the front of the house. The bank has an unreal expectation on value. Now we are getting yard signs placed in the front “We buy homes for cash.” Really? Oh well I got, this off my chest. I don’t expect anything to come of this email. Sincerely, Brent Stark Chandler

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Neighbors Area exploding with July 4 festivities BY ALISON STANTON

To help celebrate the nation’s 238th birthday, many organizations are planning festive events filled with fun, food and—of course— fireworks. Here’s a sampling of some of the celebrations taking place on or around Friday, July 4:

Chandler’s Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration Last year’s event was scaled down, but the organizers of this year’s Chandler’s Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration are raring to go with an event that is back to its usual size. The Chandler Lions Club, in partnership with the City of Chandler, is hosting the family friendly event from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, July 4, at Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd. Admission to the park is free, and on-site event parking is $5 per vehicle. A 20- to 25-minute aerial fireworks display will begin at 9:30 p.m. In addition to fireworks, the event features live music, a free kids carnival, a bike parade and food and beverage vendors. Activities include a 35-foot water slide, 24-foot rockclimbing wall, dunk tank, and assorted water games and interactive amusements for kids. Three local bands will perform live music SEE 4TH



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Supervision, precautions key to fireworks safety BY TRACY HOUSE

Water boils at 212 degrees. Glass melts at 900 degrees. And metal sparklers, like those used by children to write their names in the sky, burn at 1,200 degrees. Fireworks are a time-honored tradition for the Fourth of July, and even the biggest kid enjoys setting them off. But, they can also be dangerous if not handled properly. Tom Dwiggins, battalion chief, community relations division with the Chandler Fire Department, says consumer fireworks are usable in Chandler from Tuesday, June 24, through Sunday, July 6. “Those times of year SEE FIREWORKS SAFETY PAGE 46

FOURTH OF JULY: Exercise precaution and always supervise children when using any type of firework this July 4 holiday. Metal sparklers can burn at 1,200 degrees and cause serious injuries. STSN photo by Tracy House

Amalfi Ristorante Italiano impresses with quality BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

READY TO CELEBRATE: Kids decked out in patriotic and festive attire are ready to enjoy a fun evening of food and fireworks at Red, White and Boom in Ahwatukee. Submitted photo

Amalfi Ristorante Italiano is one of the bestkept secrets in the East Valley. Located on the northeast corner of Alma School Road and Chandler Heights Boulevard, Amalfi Ristorante Italiano boasts a generous menu and outstanding food quality. The owners, executive chefs and brothers, Giuseppe and Sergio Miele hail from Naples, Italy, where they amassed many family recipes. They brought them to Chandler 14 years ago upon relocating from New York. The business also includes family members JoJo, Max and Isabella. The menu includes appetizers, soups and SEE AMALFI RISTORANTE PAGE 47

ALL IN THE FAMILY: Brothers Giuseppe and Sergio Miele love cooking up hospitality and tasty Italian dishes for their customers, whom they treat like family. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

Hypnotherapy assists with range of issues BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

Susan Tapp was plagued by bouts of anxiety and panic attacks that left her with very little confidence—until she met hypnotherapist Lynn Gasser. For seven months, Gasser treated Tapp and successfully restored her sleep patterns. “She gave me my confidence back,” Tapp states. “I don’t feel trapped anymore and it’s almost gone.” She continues to visit Gasser for sessions to help keep herself centered. “I’m completely at peace, but I know I can call on Lynn at any time and she’ll help me out.” Gasser runs Lifecare Hypnotherapy, located inside Lifecare Chiropractic

at 1830 S. Alma School Rd., north of Baseline Road, Suite 135. She offers complimentary hour-long consultations. Call (480) 688-6813 for more information. Lifecare Hypnotherapy is a proven tool in assisting patients with a variety of issues. “There is a wide range of people who can receive help and be set free from different emotional behaviors and anybody that finds themselves doing a behavior over and over again that they don’t want to do anymore,” Gasser says. Issues that can be addressed include weight loss, smoking, gambling, pain, stress and anxieties. During

her free consultations, Gasser will refer potential clients to medical practitioners if she feels she cannot help. “There are so many of us who don’t go to a place of relaxation and don’t get renewed and rejuvenated,” she says. “Hypnosis gets that conscious part of your mind out of the way so that you can focus in and change the things you want to change.” Gasser says that she does spend a lot of time explaining to people what hypnosis can’t do. “It cannot make a person do something against their will,” Gasser explains. SEE HYPNOTHERAPY PAGE 48

HYPNOSIS FOR CHANGE: Lynn Gasser works with hypnotherapy to help clients achieve success in changing unhealthy or negative behavioral patterns. Submitted photo



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throughout the event. Attendees may bring their own food and beverages, but grilling and alcoholic beverages are not allowed. The use of personal fireworks of any kind within the park is also prohibited. For more information, call (480) 782-2735, or visit www.chandleraz. gov/special-events.

Ahwatukee’s Red, White and Boom Fireworks Festival On Thursday, July 3, Ahwatukee will host its 39th annual Red, White and Boom Fireworks Festival. Hosted by the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce and presented by Vision Community Management, the Red, White and Boom Fireworks Festival is produced by HDE Agency and is held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Ahwatukee Country Club, 12432 S. 48th St. The family friendly and free event features live music by Daisy Train, food, drinks, eating competitions, patriotic games and a colorful fireworks display starting at 9 p.m.

Family Fun Night at Chandler Fashion Center Folks who didn’t get their fill of fun on July 4 can head to Chandler Fashion Center the following night. From 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 5, Chandler Fashion Center is hosting its first Family Fun Night in its new outdoor village and splash pad. The event includes music, juggling, arts and crafts and the Chandler Police Department and

Chandler Fire Department teaching about summer and fire safety. Free train rides, balloon artists, face painters and a stilt walker will help to make the evening memorable. The first 300 attendees receive a free beach ball. Chandler Fashion Center is located at 3111 W. Chandler Blvd. For more information, visit www. Events/Outdoor_Village

Fourth of July Block Party Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa is hosting a July 4 block party. Starting at $129 a night, the block party package includes accommodations in a guest room and entrance for two adults and two kids into the event on Friday, July 4. The party includes an aerial viewing show of nearby Rawhide Western Town’s fireworks, live musical performances, a dual slip and slide, a large scale sports challenge, face painters, watermelon eating contests, tug of war, sack races and a water balloon toss competition, all complete with prizes. Guests can also enjoy backyard treats and patriotic themed concessions. The resort is located at 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd. in Chandler. For reservations, call (866) 837-4156 and mention rate plan JULY14 or visit resortspecials.php.

Fire in the Sky Central Christian Church in Gilbert is hosting Fire in the Sky from 6 p.m.

to 9 p.m. Friday, July 4. The community is welcome to attend the event, which features a variety of food and beverages for sale from vendors and a lively fireworks display at 9 p.m. The church is also collecting nonperishable food items. The fireworks will be launched from the church’s Gilbert campus at 965 E. Germann Rd. in Gilbert. They may also be viewed from two additional locations: Campo Verde High School, which is just northeast of the campus, and Gilbert Soccer Complex, south of Germann Road on Greenfield Road. The event also features free beach balls, music and a watermelon eating contest.

Republic Services Arizona Celebration of Freedom The Mesa Convention Center complex is home to Republic Services Arizona Celebration of Freedom from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday, July 4. Presented by Chicago Cubs and KOOLFM, the event features live music on three stages, patriotic displays including an Arizona Fallen Soldiers memorial, safety and military vehicles and displays, inflatable water slides, carnival games, classic car show, beer gardens and food booths, cool misting fans throughout the event and indoor activities. Fireworks will start at around 10 p.m. The complex is located at 263 N. Center St. in Mesa. For more information, visit Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at


you can purchase fireworks, consumer fireworks, and utilize them.” Dwiggins explains consumer fireworks emit showers of sparks— nothing is rocket propelled and does not include firecrackers, Roman candles or projectiles. The legal age to buy fireworks is 16 years or older. “In the City of Chandler, our fire inspectors do an inspection on every tent to make sure that they are selling the proper types of fireworks and make sure they are also storing the fireworks properly on the site.” There are three tiers of fireworks that become part of the enforcement issue in Arizona: deregulated novelties such as sparklers, smoke devices and novelties legal for sale and use; permitted “nonaerial” consumer fireworks; and prohibited “aerial” consumer fireworks. Sparklers, caps, poppers and snakes are novelty items and can be purchased and used throughout the year. Consumer fireworks, such as ground-based sparklers that emit showers of sparks are what are available at the tents and stores. These are the restricted fireworks for use only between Tuesday, June 24, and Sunday, July 6. Finally, the prohibited “aerial” consumer fireworks are the types used in the permitted public fireworks displays only. These include skyrockets and firecrackers that are not allowed by law to consumers. To safely use consumer fireworks,

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Neighbors Dwiggins says parents should always supervise children. “It’s a dangerous thing. You are using some kind of lighting device, so there’s always a risk of injury.” Next Dwiggins says to stay in an open area. “We believe you should be away from any structures, any type of vehicles, where any of these sparks may hit.” He cautions, light the firework then stand back. “Don’t stand over it looking at it. Light it and stand back.” If a lit firework does not detonate, Dwiggins says do not try to relight it, but to place it in a bucket of water to defuse the defective firework. Even after a firework has gone off it can be a fire hazard. “Don’t walk up right away and handle it. At the end when you’re done, have some kind of bucket of water or some way to douse the spent fireworks in water. Do that, before you throw them into your trash can.” There is still a risk of fire directly related to fireworks after it has been detonated. Lighting fireworks in a public area, such as a school, parking lot or park is prohibited. Fireworks can only be used on private property with the property owner’s permission. Another precaution—stay out of the street. “We don’t advocate doing it in the street,” Dwiggins says. Visibility can be reduced and children may not be watching for cars. “It’s definitely an area of concern for us. The street is the street, and the dangers of the street are there and they’re actually increased when you have people all up and down

the street lighting fireworks off.” When it comes to sparklers, Dwiggins is adamant about safety. “Sparklers cause by far, the most injuries on an annual basis that send children to the emergency room.” He explains that wooden sparklers burn at 300 degrees, whereas metal sparklers can burn at 1,200 degrees. “A lot of times we give them to our kids. You see them playing with them in the air, all it’s going to take is that tip to touch their skin and they’re getting burned.” Caution begins with treating sparklers as if they are fire. “Maybe twirling around is not a good idea... people start to get complacent and let the children play with them unsupervised.” “We understand in the fire department that people enjoy using fireworks...we expect to see an increase in the use of fireworks, but it’s so important people remember that these fireworks send thousands of people to the emergency room each year and contribute to a lot of injuries, most commonly in the face and hands. We’re really asking the parents to be involved and have that supervision. If you are going to light fireworks, to do it as safe as possible,” Dwiggins says. Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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salads, hot and cold heroes, pizza, calzones, desserts and a kids’ menu. In addition to the regular menu, there are entree selections that rotate on a bi-weekly basis along with daily specials. “We shop local, definitely,” says Giuseppe Miele. “A lot of our recipes are from my mom and a lot of them are developed to suit the tastes of our customers.” The homemade bread is addictive. The food quality is superb and the portion size is generous. The seafood risotto ($16.99) is stuffed full of fresh mussels, baby clams, calamari and shrimp sautéed in white wine and a light sauce atop homemade risotto. The wild-caught salmon ($13.99) is also light, tender and flaky with an orange beurre blanc sauce drizzled over the salmon, chopped tomatoes and artichokes and set atop a bed of tender spaghetti. “That dish is really popular,” adds Miele. Another unique dish is the beef braciola ($16.99), featuring a thinly sliced steak rolled with Italian prosciutto and mozzarella and baked for five hours, sealing in all the juices. “I love to meet the customers and see the look on their faces when they taste our food,” Miele gushes. The Miele brothers have a fun sense of keeping one another on their toes. “I push him on certain things and he pushes me on other things. Rather than just have a partnership with somebody who always agrees with you, this works better,” states Sergio Miele. Soon, he will head to Naples and Florence, Italy, where he’ll visit restaurants,

FRESH ITALIAN DISHES WITH FLAIR: Seafood risotto and wild-caught salmon are two fresh seafood dishes at Amalfi Ristorante Italiano. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

study their menus and recipes and implement new dishes at Amalfi. Catering selections include Amalfi’s famous homemade bread and salad. Pasta trays ($55) include lasagna with meat sauce, baked penne, penne pasta with pesto chicken, penne primavera and meatballs with marinara. Dinner trays ($75) include eggplant parmigiana, chicken parmigiana, chicken gorgonzola, chicken marsala and sausage with peppers and onions. Happy hour runs all day Sunday and Monday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with bottle or draft domestic beer for $2.50, house wines for $3 and well drinks for $4. Amalfi Ristorante Italiano is located at 4991 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 12. Call (480) 895-8200 or visit for additional information. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be contacted at


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“I can’t make a person do something morally or ethically that wouldn’t normally do...they won’t do it under hypnosis.” Hypnosis is all about relaxation, Gasser says. “It takes a person down to a different brainwave activity,” Gasser explains. “It’s the brainwave activity that is right before sleep and it’s known as ‘beta.’ It’s that place right before you fall asleep or right when you get up in the morning and you think, ‘Oh, that’s such a great idea, I have to write that down.’ It’s a place of hyper-activity in your brain where you can think clearer and so your experience with hypnosis is very relaxed. Your body comes into a deep state of relaxation and you’re able to focus on the behavior that you want to change and you’re able to change the mantra that you use that makes you habitually do those behaviors.” She continues, “We can speak to that part of the mind I call the sub-conscious part, but it’s where our heart is, our habits, behaviors and emotions, that’s where all those things lay,’ Gasser states. “There are no ill side-effects whatsoever.” Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be contacted at

High Tide offers interactive dining experience BY ALISON STANTON

Fragrant cioppino, prepared with shrimp, mussels, clams, Alaskan cod and calamari. Fish and chips, made from Alaskan cod. Louisiana gumbo, lobster macaroni and cheese and shrimp po’ boys. These are just a few of the tasty selections available at High Tide Seafood Bar and Grill in Gilbert. Chris Glass owns the restaurant, which opened earlier this year. Chef Eric Emlet brings 20 years’ of experience to the kitchen. The two met when Glass was working for Sysco, a restaurant supply company. “I was raised in the restaurant business for all of my life, and opening my own restaurant had been on my mind for some time,” Glass says. Describing the food as “contemporary American, with a southern twist to it,” Emlet says the House Steam Pots are already especially popular with customers. “Our steam pots are an interactive and unique experience where our guests sit at the bar and their meal is prepared right in front of them,” Emlet say. Fish and chips, gumbo and calamari are also top sellers. “We’ve gotten a lot of comments from customers telling us that it’s the best calamari they’ve ever had. We cut it from the steak so it’s really tender.” “I just felt that interactive seafood

cooking was a concept that the Valley was really lacking,” Glass explains. For diners who are not into seafood, or are in the mood for something else, Glass says the restaurant offers plenty of other options, including burgers, salads and chicken dishes. “We have something for everybody.” Emlet says he is also happy to work with customers who are dealing with special dietary restrictions like gluten allergies, or those who are on a low-carb diet. “Every day, we are here to do whatever we can for our diners, so if it’s possible, we will do it,” he says. “Our staff works really well with people with allergies.” For those who are looking for a special place to host a party or other event, Glass says the location’s Sunset Room can be booked. Although the restaurant has only been open for a short time, Glass says business has been “crazy busy,” with plenty of diners returning. “We already have a lot of regulars,” he says. “Every day, we have people ask us ‘how is it possible to have fresh seafood in Gilbert?’” he says. Fish and shellfish are continually brought in from places like California and British Columbia. “We take pride in our quality and freshness, and I’ve been in the industry for years, so I know how to do it right,”

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Cork to close; will reopen in July as Earnest Chompie’s sets Customer Cork is turning over a new leaf after an accomplished six-year run. Since its 2008 opening in South Chandler’s affluent Fulton Ranch and Ocotillo areas, Cork has become one of the Valley’s best kept fine-dining secrets, but its decadent cuisine and esteemed wine list is about to be traded in for craft beers and comfortable, creative fare to match. During the restaurant’s regularly scheduled twoweek summer hiatus starting Tuesday, July 1, Chef Brian Peterson, along with co-owner and pastry chef Danielle Morris, will begin a complete and thoughtful transformation—of everything. Upon reopening Wednesday, July 16, the entirely new restaurant will reveal Peterson’s fresh menus, new interior decor and, of course, a new name to match; Earnest. “We’ve been planning for months,” says Morris. “It’s a fun ride to make new menus, design a new space and craft a new experience that fits the way people love to dine.” The name itself, a wholesome clue to both the early agricultural history of Chandler and the East Valley, as well as a reference to the art of classic American storytelling, evokes an earlier time, but in a new light. Morris, Peterson and team are approaching the new concept thoughtfully and sincerely to preserve the art of their craft, both through the kitchen, bar, interior and experience as a whole with a dramatic $80,000 makeover. Peterson presents the fundamentals of solid, seasonal American cooking with a reimagined spin on tried-and-true “meat and potatoes” classics. Expect the likes of organic beef Carpaccio style with watercress, crispy chickpeas and goat cheese;

the shareable rolled rabbit with housemade rabbit sausage, seasonal vegetables and risotto; and venison pot pie made with local veggies, handmade flaky crust and a roasted bone marrow “chimney.” “They’re familiar eats,” says Peterson. “But you’ve never had them this good. It’s elevated homey cooking you’ll want to revisit weekly.” Earnest will pour an extensive number of craft beers from beloved Arizona-based and national breweries alongside a list of signature and classic craft cocktails made exclusively with American spirits. And wine lovers need not fret; a punctuated but worldly list of both by-the-glass and bottle options on the TasteVin iPad interface will be available. Elements of a lively supper place make Earnest a nest for casual happy hour or dinner. Comfy tufted booths and banquettes lend to a casual, lingerworthy dining room wrapped with weathered barn wood and wooden light fixtures. Graze on Peterson’s menu served upon steelite and cast iron, enveloping his hearty inspired menu throughout. Upon Arizona’s Autumn, the airy and terraced patio complete with a fireplace for winter evenings will be the ideal setting for a refreshing al-fresco dinner out. Earnest is located at 4991 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 1, Chandler. For more information, visit www., or The phone number is (480) 883-3773.

Appreciation Day

Chompie’s, Arizona’s NY Deli, in conjunction with its 35th anniversary, scheduled its fifth annual Customer Appreciation Day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 16. Chompie’s full regular dining menu will also be available that day. On Customer Appreciation Day, customers can purchase one to four Jewish Sliders for half price, regularly $3.99. Chompie’s award-winning Jewish Sliders consist of homemade challah rolls filled with Chompie’s moist lean brisket, mini potato pancakes and jack cheese served with a side of brown gravy. Chompie’s and its Jewish Sliders were made famous on the Travel Channel’s “Man v. Food” program when host Adam Richman attempted Chompie’s Ultimate Slider Challenge on Wednesday, July 14, 2010. Richman was not able to finish the 5-pound plate of a dozen Jewish Sliders and a mountain of crispy fried onion strings in less that the allotted 30 minutes. Chompie’s was founded 35 years ago by Lou and Lovey Borenstein and their children Neal, Mark and Wendy, after moving to Arizona from Queens, New York. The first Chompie’s was located at 32nd Street and Shea Boulevard. Today there are four locations in the Valley in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and Chandler. “We want to say thank you to our customers because we know we wouldn’t be there without them. It is because of their loyal business that we got to do what we love,” says Neal Borenstein, chef. In 2013, Chompie’s set a record by selling 11,620 Jewish Sliders on Customer Appreciation Day. Rules include: dine-in only; not valid with promotional gift cards or with any other offers, discounts or coupons; no rain checks; no substitutions and no P.M. points. The offer is for the purchase of a minimum of one and a maximum of four Jewish Sliders per person. For more information, visit




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SanTan Brewing to introduce signature beers With plans for distribution in Texas this June, SanTan Brewing Co. is teaming up with the Ben E. Keith Beverages to introduce its uniquely southwestern style ales, including Devil’s Ale, HopShock IPA, SunSpot Gold, Mr. Pineapple Wheat Beer and a SanTan variety pack. SanTan has teamed up with Ben E. Keith to successfully launch into on- and off-premise accounts throughout Texas. “We believe in true partnerships with friends that are committed to educating, serving and selling craft beer in America,” says SanTan Brewing Co. founder and brewmaster Anthony Canecchia. “Ben E. Keith Beverages has undisputedly dedicated their houses to the development of the American craft revolution, which is part of our mission at SanTan Brewing.” Social media will play a key role in gaining public awareness of the launch. SanTan Brewing has set up a dedicated Facebook page at santanbrewingtexas to keep thirsty fans in Texas updated on where to find SanTan beers on draught and in cans. “We are very excited to be partnering with SanTan Brewing in Texas. We have had consumers reach out to us for several years, asking if SanTan brands might be coming to our state soon. What we are most excited about is that SanTan’s entire ‘Southwestern Style Ales’ portfolio will resonate well with our ever expanding consumer base,” Kevin Bartholomew, president of Ben E. Keith Beverages says.

SUNSPOT GOLD: SunSpot Gold is brewed with light amounts of hops and American ale Barley. It boasts a deep, rich golden color and delicate hop character. Submitted photo

TEAM: The SanTan Brewing team will produce 25,000 barrels of their signature ales and lagers in 2014. Submitted photo

SanTan Brewing Co. is the second largest craft brewery in Arizona and the 14th fastest growing craft brewery in the nation, according to the Brewers Association data of 2012. In 2013, SanTan reached classification as a regional brewery, as defined by the Brewers Association. They will produce 25,000 barrels of their signature ales and lagers in 2014. SanTan recently launched the southern California market. It received a great response and is on the way to completing


its regional footprint, making SanTan the premier brewery throughout the Southwest.

SunSpot Gold now available SanTan Brewing Co. has officially launched in southern California and is headed to Texas in June with its core beers and summer seasonal, Mr. Pineapple. Now, adding to its canned beer lineup is SunSpot Golden Ale. SunSpot Gold is described as an American take on a traditional Blonde Ale. SunSpot Gold is

brewed with light amounts of hops and American ale Barley. It boasts a deep, rich golden color and delicate hop character. Canecchia describes SunSpot Gold as having a light malt profile, very dry with a kiss of hops and a slight corn chip character “I became fascinated by Mesoamerican civilizations like the Aztecs, Mayans and Olmecs while studying archeology in college and wanted to create a brew that captured the essence of these ancient cultures,” Canecchia says. SunSpot Gold will be available in cans and on tap throughout Arizona, southern California and Texas in June. To locate a pint or can of SunSpot Gold, visit SanTan Brewing Company’s Beer Detective online at www.

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Teen Summer Crafting: Sharpie Tie Dye Teens got to experience a whole new way of tie dying using Sharpie markers and rubbing alcohol to create one-of-a-kind designs. The summer crafting class was held at the Sunset Public Library. STSN photos by Tim Sealy

IN SESSION: The Sharpie Tie Dye class gets underway at the Sunset Public Library as part of the Teen Summer Crafting series.

COLOR CRAZY: Rebecca Poole used several different approaches - they all seemed to work.

SEEING SPOTS: Lilly Welter meticulously engineered a colorful spotted print.

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DIRECTORY City of Chandler Parks and Recreation Summer Camps

ROCK: The School of Rock, with campuses in Scottsdale and Ahwatukee, offers lessons in vocals and instruments for kids as young as 8. In summer camps, children learn everything from the basics of rock ‘n’ roll to advanced skills like songwriting.. Submitted photo

Your kids rock, so let them hit the stage BY KIMBERLY HOSEY Is your kid rocking out in the kitchen? Stage diving from the couch? Maybe it’s time they hit the stage for real. Two Valley day camps offer the opportunity to do just that, and provide kids with solid musical training at the same time. The Scottsdale School of Rock at 13610 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale and Ahwatukee School of Rock at 4645 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix, are part of a nationwide group of campuses known for taking kids from all skill levels and musical backgrounds and making them into bona fide stage performers. Advanced students even perform at professional venues like the Crescent Ballroom, playing everything from The Beatles, The Who and Pink Floyd to Jimi Hendrix and Boston. The prevailing philosophy at the School of Rock is that the best way to learn music is to play music—so they get kids rocking out as soon as possible. “It’s amazing to watch these young musicians come in and know nothing on day one, and they are playing a rock show by the end of the week,” said Alexis Hernandez, guitar instructor and

School of Rock camp director. In addition to robust music lessons, the school instills confidence in kids as they learn to find their own styles and be comfortable in their own skin. Through instruction, practice, activities such as making posters and performance, kids learn lessons in music and in life. The most popular camp is the school’s Rock 101 Camp. The introductory camp gives students a taste of performance without the stage fright—a perfect opportunity to get comfortable on stage and with their instruments in a lowpressure environment. Staff members guide new musicians through everything from learning notes and rock tunes to performing their signature stage moves. The camp is offered to students who want to play guitar, bass, keys, drums and vocals. Building on the social environment of music making, Rock 101 also brings its “senior” students in on the instruction, allowing them to share the stage with newcomers and lead by example, as musicians seasoned and fresh build confidence with each performance. Rock 101 Camp still has openings for the week of July 14 to 18 at both

locations. The Ahwatukee campus is also still accepting students for its Songwriting and Recording Camp set for July 7 to July 11. The more advanced day camp is perfect for students with more than a year of experience who are looking to continue to grow and branch out in their musical training. The camp, for ages 10 and older, is geared toward students who have experience on their instruments, but who need guidance and tools to start writing music. Students will learn chord theory and will cover different song structures and musical styles, regardless of their musical knowledge or background. The course culminates with recorded samples of the students’ own music that they take home. Students for both camps meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Camps are $400 for the week. Visit camp-signup for Scottsdale camps, or call (480) 483-7625. Visit www. for Ahwatukee camps, or call (480) 753-3266.

WHEN: Mon., June 2, through Fri., July 18; Seven sessions WHERE: Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd.; Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Snedigar Recreation Center, 4500 S. Basha Rd. COST: $116-$128 full-day/resident, $157-$173 nonresident per session; $53-$87 half-day/resident, $72-118 nonresident per session. INFO: Community Center, Manny Padia (480) 782-2746,; Tumbleweed Recreation Center, Abel Mendoza (480) 782-2912, abel.; and Snedigar Recreation Center, Susan Richardson (480) 782-2641, susan.; www. Chandler youth camps provide a fun and engaging camp for kids. Activities vary by location: sports, games, arts and crafts, skits, computers, cooking, computers and science discovery.

Boys and Girls Club of East Valley WHEN: 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Friday WHERE: Various East Valley locations COST: Less than $100 per week INFO: 480-820-3688; www. Summer program offers fun, safe activities at 10 East Valley locations, including Chandler and Gilbert.

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Chandler Christian Church offers support and recovery ministries BY MEGHAN MCCOY

With nearly 2,000 adults attending weekend services at Chandler Christian Church, the need to form support and recovery ministries is great. Pastor Larry Daily, who oversees Chandler Christian Church support and recovery ministries, says it offers nine support groups, some of which are ongoing. Daily says the church helps individuals who are seeking God or comfort during some of life’s storms. “We want to help people in dealing with that,” he explains. “We are not going to fix people. They will work on their issues. We want to support them and give them the tools.” One of the longest-running programs, Divorce Care, which is a 13-week session, is offered three times a year. For the past four years, in the spring and fall, Daily says the church has offered Divorce Care for Kids. When parents attend the course, children ages 5 to 12, take part in the kid’s program. “It helps children see that they are not alone in this,” explains Daily. “There are other children going through similar types of things. They learn to be able to share and talk about things that they normally

wouldn’t be able to talk about. That’s been a good program for us.” Career Networking, which is an ongoing support group, offers job search strategy, as well as help with resumes and interviews. Daily says the group helps those who are sometimes underemployed or stuck in a job, so they can support their family. Grief Share, a group that helps others comfort one another after a loss of a loved one, is a 13-week program that will begin again in the fall. Hope Keepers, a weekly daytime group, provides support for those suffering from chronic illnesses and disabilities. The Waiting Room is offered for families who are coping with samesex attractions. “If a son or daughter comes to their parents (and says) ‘I am gay and I want you to know that,’ it’s a very stressful time and families don’t know how to deal with that,” Daily explains. “They just don’t know how to have a relationship.” The group, which returns in September, helps people stay in contact with their loved ones, if they accept the lifestyle or not. Women who are trying to find themselves in life’s changing

directions have the opportunity to join the group Women in Transition. Daily says the transition can be such events as the loss of a spouse, empty nesters or a career change. “As they go through this transitional period, they have support from other women,” he explains of the group that meets twice a month. An Anxiety Support Group will also start up again in the fall. The church has also offered a Recovery Ministry, Celebrate Recovery, for 11 years in April. Daily says it is a faith based 12week program that meets on Friday evenings. “It deals with hurts, hang-ups and habits,” he says. Anyone who has questions about the ministry, can contact Daily at or call (480) 963-3887. Chandler Christian Church is located at 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at PASTOR: Pastor Larry Daily oversees Chandler Christian Church’s nine support ministries and one recovery, which are offered at various times throughout the year. Submitted photo

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June 21 - July 4, 2014

Sun Lakes church celebrates ‘Freedoms’

CCC ‘You Make Me Crazy’ series

Sun Lakes United Church of Christ will host a special worship service open to everyone at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, July 6, on the Four Freedoms set forth by President Franklin Roosevelt in a 1941 speech to Congress. The speech described fundamental freedoms as the freedom of speech, the freedom of worship, the freedom from want and the freedom from fear. Sun Lakes United Church of Christ celebrates worship at Sun Lakes Chapel, 9240 Sun Lakes Blvd., Chandler. Call (480) 895-6317 for more information.

Chandler Christian Church is offering a series entitled “You Make Me Crazy” discussing how people can make others crazy. It may be a spouse, kids, boss, family, friends or co-workers. People can affect attitudes and lives—sometimes in the most negative and frustrating ways. This series explores relationships and how to deal with them in the most positive ways to benefit everyone: June 21-22, A Roadmap for Resolving Conflict! Biblical conflict resolution; June 28-29, Setting Boundaries! How to establish personal and relational boundaries; July 5-6 Patriotic Weekend; July 12-13, The “People Pleasing” Trap!

Upcoming summer sermon, book study Pastor Vernon Meyer, Ph.D., of Sun Lakes United Church of Christ will lead a weekly seminar discussing the historical and cultural world of the Bible from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays in July, beginning July 9. A summer book study of “Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life” by Karen Armstrong will be held at 9:30 a.m. Sundays, starting July 13. To learn more, call (480) 895-6317.

The dangers of being a people pleaser and how to overcome it; and July 19-20 How to Handle “Crazy Makers”! Dealing with difficult people and surviving. Chandler Christian Church is located at 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Service times are 5 p.m. Saturday; 8:15 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. Sunday; 11:15 a.m. Sunday ASL interpretation; and 11 a.m. Sunday in Spanish. Children’s programs are at all services; 11:15 a.m. Sunday, junior high; and 5 p.m. Sunday high school. To connect with Chandler Christian Church visit www.chandlercc. org

Save the dates for Temple Havurat Emet Sisterhood Temple Havurat Emet Sisterhood (S.H.E.) hosts a variety of activities this summer and fall. Regularly scheduled lunch meetings will be held at 12 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at Mimi’s Café, 2800 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler; 12 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at Cheddar’s, 2530 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler; and 12 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Nando’s Mexican Café, 1890 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. S.H.E.’s annual “Paid-Up Membership Potluck” is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 19, at

the home of Margo Philbrick; time, address and directions to be announced. The “Bring Someone Special” dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, at Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa. To learn more, members can contact S.H.E. Co-Presidents Linda Brooks or Margo Philbrick, or visit

T.H.E. schedules services Temple Havurat Emet (T.H.E.) holds informal services during the summer months. The next

summer service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 18, in the Phoenix Room of the Cottonwood Country Club in Sun Lakes. Normal Friday night services resume at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at the Lecky Center of the Robson Library. Rabbi Janet Madden and Cantor Nancy Cohen will lead the service, which will be preceded by a “Welcome Back” picnic dinner. Call Linda at (480) 588-1827 for picnic reservations or for more information; visit

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‘You are a Masterpiece’ presented by Knights of Columbus The Fr. Patterson Knights of Columbus Council No. 3121 has joined with the AZ East Valley Pro-Life Alliance in providing another summer presentation of the award-winning “You Are A Masterpiece”—teaching your child about life before birth—with Matthew Tennant, high school student and volunteer. The event takes place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at the Knights of

Columbus Hall at 644 E. Chandler Rd., Chandler, with an ice cream social to follow. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Bring friends and family to this “friendly, family-orientated” pro-life educational event. To RSVP, call (480) 216-7217 or email “You are a Masterpiece” DVDs will be available for a $15 donation.

June sermons at VUU Upcoming sermons at Chandler’s Valley Unitarian Universalist (VUU) Congregation include “Don’t Imagine There’s No Heaven: Emotional Maturity and Faith,” Sunday, June 22, and “A Pathway Home,” a lay-led service Sunday, June 29. VUU services begin at 10:30 a.m. Sundays and last approximately an hour and 15 minutes. VUU is at 6400 W. Del Rio St., Chandler. To learn more, call (480) 899-4249 or visit

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Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If you have a recurring monthly support group or meeting you would like listed in Spiritual Connections, email complete details to Bible study Meets twice a month Members of the Women’s Life group study the Bible and discuss how the lessons can relate to their lives. Sun Lakes United Church Of Christ in Chandler Info: Jan Olson at (480) 802-7457 or Joy King (480) 588-1882 Christian Business Networking, TriCity Chapter – Chandler, Tempe, Mesa 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Crackers and Co. Café 535 W. Iron Ave., Mesa Info: Maia, (480) 425-0624, www. Christian Business Networking, Chandler Bi-Monthly Chapter 7:30 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays of the month Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Chandler Christian Church, Room C100

1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Maia, (480) 425-0624, www. Christian Business Networking, East Valley Chapter 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Mission Church Seminar Room 4450 E. Elliot Rd., Gilbert Info: Maia, (480) 425-0624, www. East Valley JCC Parent and Child Playgroup 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Fridays Playgroup for parents with children ages 12 months to 2-1/2 years old. East Valley JCC 908 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Emily Malin, (480) 897-0588, East Valley Jewish Couples Club Offers once-a-month social activities such as dining, movies, plays, etc. for Jewish couples in the 45- to 65-yearold age range. Info: Melissa, (480) 785-0744, SEE SPIRITUAL CONNECTIONS PAGE 56

Our church family already loves you. We just haven’t met you yet. Worship: 10 a.m. Sunday Hamilton High School Auditorium 3700 S. Arizona Ave.



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Forever Marriage Ministries Marriage Restoration Support Group for Wives 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Mondays Support group for wives committed to their marriages. Offering hope, encouragement, biblical truths, fellowship and prayers to stand together for the restoration of marriage. Sozo Coffee House, private room 1982 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Lisa (602) 377-8847, Marriage@, www.lisacmyers. com, forevermarriages. Grief Care 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays A place to come share your feelings or just listen to others as we try to navigate through our grief. You don’t have to do it alone. Epiphany Lutheran Church, south campus old church building 800 W. Ray Rd., Room 325, Chandler, a quarter mile south of Alma School Road on the north side of Ray Road. Info: Grief Share 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays A combination seminar and support group that meets weekly with people who understand because they have “been there” themselves. Fee for materials is $15, but scholarships are available. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 739 W. Erie St., Chandler Info: (480) 963-4127, www.htlutheran. com H.O.P.E. – Help Overcoming Painful Experiences 7 p.m. Tuesdays Free weekly small-group sessions helping people overcome emotional pain caused by divorce, grief, addictions and more; free child care for children ages 10 and younger. Desert Springs Church, Room 106 19620 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler Info:, www. helpovercomingpainfulexperiences. org Jewish Women International, Avodah Chapter 1581 Monthly luncheon Iguana Mack’s


1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler RSVP: (480) 802-9304, (480) 655-8812

23914 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Joan, (480) 883-8871

JumpStart 11:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays JumpStart is a sidewalk Sunday school community outreach program serving “some of the poorest neighborhoods” in Chandler, offering snacks, games and teachings about Jesus to area children. Participants meet at Faith Family Church 11530 E. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler Info: Joanne Sweeney, (480) 539-8933

Re|Engage marriage program 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays Whether you’d rate your marriage a two or a 10, this class will help you reconnect. Chandler Christian Church 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info and registration: www.chandlercc. org/reengage

Kids’ Sunday School 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Sundays Unity of Chandler 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info: (480) 792-1800, www. Lift Your Spirit 10 a.m. Sundays Hear inspirational messages and music. Unity of Chandler 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info: (480) 792-1800, www. Moms in Prayer International A group of mothers who meet one hour each week to intercede for their children and schools through prayer. Info: Liane Wright, (480) 699-7887, Monthly Women’s Fellowship 6:30 p.m. fourth Tuesday of each month The monthly fellowship Bible study of the East Valley Chapter of Christian Women’s Devotional Alliance “ministers to women’s spiritual, emotional and physical needs.” Best Western-Mezona 250 W. Main St., Mesa Info: (480) 232-3773 National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) – Chandler Chapter 10 a.m.-12 p.m. first and third Wednesday of each month Faith-based “Caring Connection” for those who have loved ones with a mental illness, i.e., schizophrenia, depression, bipolar or anxiety disorder. Find support and share experiences with others. Risen Savior Lutheran Church


Rosary Prayer 3 p.m. second Friday of each month St. Steven’s Catholic Church 24827 S. Dobson Rd., Sun Lakes Info: (480) 895-9266 Shalom Chapter of Hadassah 11:30 a.m. second Tuesday of each month Iron Oaks (Oakwood) Clubhouse 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd., Sun Lakes Info: Cyril, (480) 802-0243; Kathy, (480) 895-5194; Shirley, (480) 883-9159; or Joyce, (480) 802-4902.

WebXtra: For a complete list of Spiritual Connections, SanTan Sun area monthly support groups, study groups and spiritually stimulating meetings, visit and click on “Spirituality.”

Chandler Vacation Bible School set for summer A Vacation Bible School for children ages 4 to 12 is being held this summer from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, July 7, through Friday, July 11, at Desert Palms Church, 4265 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. This year’s program is the Go Fish Guys’ “Shine.” Cost is $10 with preregistration. Sign language interpretation for the hearing-impaired will be available. To learn more, call (480) 422-2499 or visit

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Chandler singer aims for top with forthcoming EP BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

The energy is palpable when Chandler singer Levi Waskom walks into TallCat Studios in Phoenix. With a wide smile, he slaps hands with Grammy-nominated producer Ben Franklin, and welcomes any chance to talk about his forthcoming EP, which he is wrapping up at the facility. Long gone are the days when Waskom, a two-time “Arizona Idol” finalist, would play acoustic songs behind his guitar. Now he’s a certified frontman of a band that is headed toward pop and R&B. “We found that that’s where I’m most comfortable, where I can really do my best—singing and performing together,” Waskom says. Fans can get the chance to hear Waskom’s new sound, along with selected covers by the likes of Tracy Chapman, Maroon 5 and OneRepublic, at the July 4 Tempe Town Lake Festival. His 45-minute set begins at 6:05 p.m. Last year, he sang “Stand By Me” as part of the “Arizona Idol” competition. “I’ve been known as an acoustic artist, just playing guitar and singing on stage,” Waskom says. “I’m really more of a performer than anything. I’m kind of tired of being strapped to a guitar, actually. I’m ready for it to be just me and a microphone. I like to be able to

move around, do something on stage besides just standing there.” The first single from his EP is “Roll With Her,” which he is hoping will hit radio soon.

Humble beginnings A fan of John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Bob Marley and Maroon 5, among others, Waskom traded a promising sports career for music while in high school. “I picked up my first guitar around freshman year of high school,” says Waskom, who works at Starbucks. “I was definitely not a good singer at that point. I could not sing a tune for my life. I really practiced at it because I really enjoyed playing my guitar. I wasn’t good at that, either. It became something I really loved doing. I ended up quitting everything and devoting my time toward becoming a musician and perfecting what I love to do.” The Basha High School graduate, who also attended Williams Field High School in Gilbert, worked hard to perfect his craft, playing gigs at SoZo Coffeehouse and other smaller venues around town. But now he’s going for the national stage with the EP he hopes to have out in July. “We want to take our time with this

WRAPPING UP: Chandler singer Levi Waskom is putting the finishing touches on his debut EP at TallCat Studios in Phoenix. He has recruited some high-profile help for the collection, which is due out in July. STSN photo by Kelli Tresgallo.

project and make sure every little detail is perfect,” he says. “We’re taking our time with it to make sure it fits us and fits me and where I want to take the music.” Waskom, with the help of Franklin and co-producer Kay Boogie, has been working on the EP since December. Collaborating with the duo has been inspirational, as Franklin’s credits include Usher, Booker T. Jones and Snoop Dogg. “He’s so creative and he has an ear for where to put things musically within a song,” Waskom says about Franklin. “We’ll just bounce ideas off each other

back and forth until we find a common medium that works. He’s a musical prodigy. He’ll sit down and play any instrument he can get into his hands.” Franklin has aided Waskom with vocal production, such as deciding if he should extend words or throw vibrato in the mix. The two are also collaborating on songs. Franklin, a performer in his own right, releasing a self-titled album next week. He is also tentatively slated to open for Keith Sweat at the AVA Amphitheatre in Tucson on July 26. SEE LEVI WASKOM PAGE 58



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“He reminds me of me when I first started making music,” Franklin explains. “I had dreams and aspirations of being a great artist, great producer, great writer. I needed someone to open the door and show me the way. “I was fortunate to have a lot of influential people do that for me. It feels good to see it coming back. He’s so much younger than I am—I don’t want to say I’m an old man. But to see him go after his passion, it’s so inspirational.” A self-proclaimed “Army brat” who grew up in Texas but spent time in Alaska and England, Franklin says Waskom’s voice blew him away when he first heard it. “I was like, ‘No way. Are you serious?’” Franklin says with a hearty laugh. “On top of that, he’s a musician? If you’re doing music, you have to learn how to play an instrument. I learned that way.” With Franklin, Waskom and Boogie working on the EP, Waskom promises a quality product. “You can expect it to be an upbeat, fun EP,” Waskom says. “We’re looking to have fun, be creative and make music that people can really connect to and enjoy. We’re definitely making sure it’s an enjoyable experience for the listener.” Christina Fuoco-Karasinski is the executive editor of the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at christina@

Copperstar alumni headed to New York BY ALISON STANTON

As artistic producing director for Chandler’s Copperstar Repertory Co., Mary-Jo Okawa has seen scores of talented kids. When she was asked by iTheatrics in New York to nominate several students to audition for its prestigious Broadway Academy, she says she had no trouble coming up with suggestions. Three local teens—Lois Zozobrado, 14, of Chandler, Leah Henthorne, 13, of Ahwatukee and Jake Bonar, 13, from Tempe—were chosen to participate. Lois, Leah and Jake share more than a love of acting and natural talent. The trio has also taken part in Copperstar’s Summer Theatre Academy. Okawa says that hundreds of kids have participated in the summer camps over the years, and many are now “going on to great things.” “We’ve been offering the Summer Theatre Academy camps for about six years now, and many of the participants have gone on to do stage shows around the Valley,” Okawa says. Some of the older alumni are attending college on acting and theater scholarships. The Summer Theatre Academy features certified personnel and professional actors who teach kids of a wide range of ages and ability levels a “really organized and curriculum-based experience” that focuses on technique. Lois, an incoming freshman at Perry High School, says she’s been acting

since she was about 10 years old. She remembers seeing a flier for Copperstar’s summer camp, and telling her mom that she wanted to try it. “I thought it would be fun. After that I was just hooked,” adds Lois, who has taken part in multiple summer camps. “I really liked being in the shows, and the staff and Mary-Jo were just awesome. Everyone was so supportive and nice.” Lois, who wants to be a singer and a Broadway actress, credits Copperstar’s summer camps for helping her get selected for the Broadway Academy. “They definitely trained me, and taught me how to audition.” In addition to the three former campers being selected to go to New York City, Copperstar has received additional good news. For the second consecutive year, it was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Arizona Community Foundation. Okawa says the money is helping Copperstar kick off its newest program, a teen intensive camp called Broadway Bound for students who want to develop their dancing, singing and acting abilities. “The grant money will also allow us to add a third session of summer camp, and also award three times as many scholarships,” Okawa says. “I’m delighted that we always have kids from the first summer camp sign up for the second and even the third session.” For more information on Copperstar’s

Summer Theatre Academy, visit www. Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at PROUD OF HER ACTING STUDENTS: MaryJo Okawa says hundreds of kids have participated in Copperstar Repertory Co.’s Summer Theatre Academy. Submitted photo

HOOKED ON ACTING: Lois Zozobrado says she has loved acting since she participated in her first Summer Theatre Academy several years ago. Submitted photo

Short Story Fiction Writing Workshop Saturday, June 28 | 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Brush up your short story writing skills or learn to write a short story in a half-day session at the Vision Gallery in downtown Chandler. Leading the writing workshop will be Dana King-Esquer, a master teacher and author of Becklaw’s Murder Mystery Tour, Murder at The Miramar and her latest, Legend under her pen name “Dane McCaslin.” Come ready to practice with hands-on exercises, and leave with a finished short-short story. $20 per person Register online at by clicking on the “Events” page or by sending a check for $20 to Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter, P.O. Box 9352, Phoenix, AZ 85068 by Monday, June 23.

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Fagen of Chandler will attend, and some authors will speak about their stories. The anthologies will be available for purchase with the authors signing them. Participants in a youth mystery writing contest are also invited to the reception, when certificates will be given as part of the “FIZZ, BOOM, READ” Maricopa County Reads and Chandler Public Library program.

Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter is part of an international organization that exists to promote the professional development and advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry, and raise professionalism and achieving equity among crime writers. For details, visit and or email

WRITING WORKSHOP: Dana King-Esquer, an accomplished writer and author of several mystery genre books, will lead a June 28 writing workshop at the Vision Gallery. Submitted photo





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The show schedule has been announced for the 2014-2015 season at The Palms Theatre, 5247 E. Brown Rd., Mesa. The ďŹ rst performance—“Two By Two,â€? a retelling of the Bible story of Noah that shows other challenges faced by the ark builder—begins Thursday, Oct. 16. The show includes music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Martin Charnin. The theater is also gearing up to present “Miracle on 34th Street,â€? “Annie Get Your Gunâ€? and “Menopause The Musicalâ€? on the main stage. The Marquee Theatre will host comedies such as “Run for Your Wife,â€? “Caught in the Net,â€? “Nana’s Naughty Knickersâ€? and “Love, Sex and the IRS.â€? Tribute concerts are planned for the main stage and Marquee Theatre, including favorites like AbbaFab, Piano Man One of These Nights, Strait Country, Flipside-45, Man in Black and December ’63. The full concert schedule includes new shows as well, featuring everything from show tunes to rock. The Palms also presents its ďŹ rst children’s theater production, “The Elves and the Shoemaker,â€? this season, with two more productions to be announced in the fall The Palms Theatre 2014-2015 schedule includes more than 30 tribute shows and concerts, as well as the

The Springfield Adult Community at 6495 S. St. Andrews Blvd., Chandler will host the Springfield Arts and Crafts Fair from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in the SanTan Ballroom, as well as the card room, lobby and patio.

following performances: • “Run For Your Wife,â€? Thursday, Oct. 9, through Saturday, Nov. 15 • “Caught in the Net,â€? Thursday, Oct. 16, through Wednesday Nov. 19 • “Two By Two,â€? Thursday, Oct. 16, through Saturday, Nov. 22 • “Miracle on 34th Street,â€? Thursday, Nov. 27, through Tuesday, Dec. 23 • “The Elves and the Shoemaker,â€? Friday, Dec. 5, through Sunday, Dec. 28 • “Nana’s Naughty Knickers,â€? Friday, Jan. 2, through Saturday, Feb. 14 • “Annie Get Your Gun,â€? Thursday, Jan. 15, through Sunday, Feb. 22 • “Menopause The Musical,â€? Thursday, Feb. 26, through Saturday, March 28 • “Love, Sex and the IRS,â€? Thursday, Feb. 26, through Saturday, April 4 All tickets will go on sale Monday, Sept. 2. For more information, visit the, check out its Facebook page “The Palms Theatreâ€? or call (480) 924-6260. The box ofďŹ ce will be open on a limited schedule during the summer to answer questions and give out information only.

The fair will feature homemade arts and crafts of many types, and is currently welcoming arts and crafts vendors to reserve a table for $15. Vendors are asked to call Marilynn at (480) 883-3312 to reserve a space or with any questions.

Orchestra welcomes volunteers, community input The Chandler Symphony Orchestra wrapped up its 2013-2014 performance season at its ďŹ nal concert May 4 and already has the 2014-2015 season planned out, which will begin 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at the Chandler Center for the Arts. In the meantime, the organization is working to plan details for the performing season to ensure smooth performances. The board of directors is welcoming feedback in an online survey, available at www. The Chandler Symphony Orchestra is also seeking volunteers for a range of duties. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to apply. Anyone actively involved with members of the community may also inquire about openings on the board of directors. For more information, visit www. The Chandler Symphony Orchestra brings free classical concerts to the general public in Chandler. The music is performed by professionally trained musician volunteers. For more information, call (480) 899-3447, email or visit

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Botanical beauty, dress highlighted at gallery Work by local artists focusing on nature and plant life will be “flourishing” Friday, July 25, through Saturday, Aug. 30, at the newest exhibit at the Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler. The display “Flourish: Artworks Inspired by Our Gardens,” is inspired by everything from our native cacti and trees to green grass and family gardens The art will include mixed media, ceramics, photography and textile work. Exhibiting artists are: Betsy Aguirre, Sherri Spidle Aldawood, Leslie Austin, Marsha Blumm, Jeanne Bosarge, Barbara Brandel, Sarah Brodie, Mary Bruns, Craig Cheply, Heather Coen, Quetzally Hernández Coronado, Tal Dvir, Kathleen Escobedo, Cheryl Fecht, Jill Friedberg, Lisa Harnish, Gini Heywood, Sam Hodges, Natalia Highson, Karen Hymer, Melinda Jennings, Margit Kaegerer, Dale Kesel, Heather J. Kirk, Brenda Kleppe, Derrick Lafferty, Genevieve Leach, George Lenz, Sandra Luehrsen, Constance McBride, Andrea Merican, Nancy Christy-Moore, Chris Morningforest, Emily Palomino Ortiz, Jana Peterson, Brenda Priddy, Andrea Rogers, Judith Rothenstein-Putzer, Helen Norsigian Rowles, Nicole Royse, Pat Scheurich, Betty Schlueter, Diane C. Taylor, Cari Updike, Nancy Nowak Utech, Steven Velazquez, Kim Walker, Sandra Neumann Wilderman, Timothy Wong and Randy Zucker.

ARTISTIC FLOURISH: Botanicals by Betty Schlueter and “Summer Garden” by Gini Heywood. Works of all kinds celebrating nature and gardens will be on display at the exhibit “Flourish.” Submitted photo

Iconic dress, many styles A quintessential fashion staple will be on display at the Vision Gallery from Friday, Sept. 5, through Saturday, Oct. 25, at “The Little Black Dress: Through the Decades,” with an artist’s reception 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5. The exhibit, which showcases the beginning of the “LBD’s” rule in 1926 with an exhibit of the Coco Chanel dress spotlighted in American Vogue, will chronicle the dress’s evolution in style throughout the years, from lavish to simple styles. Various tastes and approaches to the dress will be showcased through the exhibit’s examples, examining how it has been reinterpreted throughout the years. The exhibit will also include dresses from Gilbert Adrian, Geoffrey Beene, Mr. Blackwell, Bill Blass, Donald Brooks, Pierre Cardin, Victor Costa,

Hubert de Givenchy, Christian Dior, Tom Ford for Gucci, James Galanos, Jean Paul Gaultier, Rudi Gernreich, Howard Greer, Roy Halston, North Beach Leather Michael Hoban, Peggy Hunt, Marc Jacobs, Norma Kamali, Patrick Kelly, Bud Kilpatrick, Don Loper, Franco Moschino, Todd Oldham, Emilio Pucci, Helen Rose, Maggie Rouf, Alfred Shaheen, Gloria Swanson, William Travilla, Emanuel Ungaro, Gianni Versace, Dan Werle, Yohji Yamamoto and local designers Galina Couture, Angela Johnson and Joy Li. All examples of the little black dress in this exhibition are on loan from Fashion by Robert Black of Scottsdale. The exhibits are free and open to the public. For more information about the Vision Gallery, call (480) 782-2695 or visit

FASHION FLAIR: Displays of the iconic “Little Black Dress,” from the original Chanel to a work by designer Roy Halston and much more, will be on display. Submitted photo

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The Crafty Chica visits Chandler Chandler’s Downtown Public Library will present an appearance by Kathy Cano-Murillo, also known as The Crafty Chica, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 28, in the library’s Copper Room. Cano-Murillo is an awardwinning artist, author, blogger, speaker and instructor. Her books, artwork and product lines have been sold all over the world including Bloomingdale’s, Target, Hallmark and most recently at Michaels Stores. Many of her “Chicano Pop Art” designs show a love for her Mexican-American culture. “My mission is to spread positivity through creativity,” says Cano-Murillo. “I like to call them empowerment crafts. I don’t care where you come from or what kind of skill level you have, there is an artful experience waiting for you. You just have to make the effort to find it. I’ve made it my life’s mission to inspire others to bring out their inner sparkle—and to see the sparkle in others. I believe in paying it forward and setting a positive example of how it can be done.” In 2001, Cano-Murillo launched, to inspire women to brighten their lives with clever craft ideas. With flourishing for 13 years, CanoMurillo is planning to talk in Chandler about how to thrive by diversifying while staying local. “This free event will be a sort of homecoming for Kathy as we welcome her back to the Chandler community,” says Librarian Ted Liebler. “Kathy and the Downtown Library collaborated in the past, before she emerged to make waves at the international level with her vibrant artwork, product lines and overall inspirational message.” The Chandler Downtown Public Library is located at 22 S. Delaware St. For more information, check the calendar of events at or call (480) 7822800.

ON STAGE “beta: an evening of new and exciting dance choreography,” Sat., June 21, PCA. Innovative and captivating dance works submitted by artists and companies in the Phoenix community, including two unique performances.

“7 Minutes in Heaven,” Sat., June 21 and 28, S55. “7 Minutes in Heaven” is a random, raucous assortment of music, mayhem and merriment with diverse 7-minute acts; including music, comedy, poetry, dance, magic, yodeling and more. “The Most of Lit Lounge,” Thurs., June 26, SMOCA. The popular showcase of the museum’s monthly “Lit Lounge,” which consistently


presents to a sold-out crowd, returns to the stage in the Virginia G. Piper Theater for its second year. Lit Lounge is the museum’s acclaimed monthly event created by playwright and author Tania Katan featuring a fusion of performers telling true stories meshed with live music. “Peter Pan,” through Sun., June 29, HTC. To close out its 25th anniversary season, Valley Youth Theatre presents a musical adaptation of the classic story about a mischievous boy who flies with a fairy named Tinkerbell and leads a gang of Lost Boys on Neverland—and his arch-nemesis, Captain Hook. “Hollywood Costume,” through Sun., July 6, PAM. See your favorite film characters in a blockbuster exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum, showcasing costumes from films like “The Big Lebowski,” “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Gangs of New York” as well as interviews and behind-the-scenes insights from costume designers. Desmond Ng, Fri., July 11, TN. Evening performance by accomplished trombonist Desmond Ng, who was a member of the Young Sounds of Arizona, a youth all-star jazz program in Phoenix.

“Pictures of Cake,” Fri., July 18, TN. This eclectic jazz quintet features five ASU jazz studies students and is known for its interesting original compositions. Ryan Stigmon, Fri., July 25, TN. Ryan Stigmon is a tenor saxophonist whose style brings a powerful sound with high-energy solos. Arizona Sketch Comedy Festival, Wed., June 25, through Sun., June 29, OCC. Study and celebrate comedy in this festival with six shows, three workshops and four venues over five days. Check the website for locations and details. Aubrey Martin and Dalton Danks, Fri., Aug. 8, TN. Take in a performance by Martin on tenor saxophone and Danks on drums, both members of the Tucson Jazz Institute. “West Side Story,” Fri., Aug. 8 through Sun., Aug. 24, HTC. In this classic Broadway musical, “Romeo and Juliet” is retold on the streets of 1950s New York City. Ross Lewicki, Fri., Aug 15, TN. Lewicki, an up-and-coming pianist enrolled in the Jazz Studies program at Arizona State University, leads a piano trio of fellow Valley musicians.

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PCA—Phoenix Center for the Arts 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix Tickets: (602) 254-3100, www.

“Charlotte’s Web,” Sun., Sept. 7 through Sun., Oct 12, TCA. Back by popular demand, one of Childsplay’s most beloved productions brings the endearing piglet Wilbur, the winsome spider Charlotte and their friends to the stage with a brilliant version of E.B. White’s American classic.

Australian Pink Floyd, Thurs., Sept. 25, MAC. Taking its tour title from “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun” from the album “A Saucerful of Secrets,” this show presents Pink Floyd classics including “Another Brick in the Wall,” “Comfortably Numb” and “Wish You Were Here;” as well as a few surprise tracks.



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Service • Installs • Repairs Faucets: $60 Toilets: $60 Garbage Disposals: $65 Water Softeners: $150 Shower Valves: $125 Sinks Tubs/Showers Re-Pipes 100% Customer Satisfaction

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Readers Notice: Under Arizona Law, all residential and commercial contractors are required to be licensed by the state unless they fall under the handyman exemption for projects which require no building permit and are less than $750 for the total contract price. In addition, homeowners using licensed residential contractors may have access to the Residential Contractors’ Recovery Fund, if the contractor is unable and/or unwilling to perform the job and if alternative dispute resolutions available through the Registrar are unsuccessful. For more info or to verify the license status of an Arizona contractor call 602-542-1525 or visit

Publisher’s Notice: All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or intention to make any such preference limitation or discrimination.” We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis.

SanTan Sun News ONLINE Classified Ads Each ad starts at $22 plus Chandler tax per issue Special: Buy 3, get 4th for free for only $66 You get up to 50 words - more than other classifieds! All classified ads entered online by the customer. Choose from a variety of options and other attention-getting online icons. Your online ad will be published on the website within two business days of your submission ~ and it will also appear in the printed version of the paper as well (“start date” refers to next newspaper distribution day; format of the printed ad will vary). All on secure, encrypted and SSL secured sites for your protection. All sales final. Questions? Phone: 480-732-0250; Email:

PEST CONTROL VARSITY TERMITE & PEST CONTROL Termite and Pest Control. Home Sealing. Residential and Commercial. Over 22 years of experience. AZ License #8918 Tony 602-757-8252.

NEW SAINT JOHN COMMUNITY FELLOWSHIP AME Church invites all to attend Worship Services: 10:30am & Sunday School 9:30-10:15am at Crowne Plaza Resort 1 San Marcos Place, Chandler - 2nd Floor. The Rev. Dr. Rosalind Palston is the Pastor.

EMPLOYMENT HELP WANTED Village Health Clubs & Spas is coming to Chandler and is now hiring for the New Sales Team! We offer competitive compensation, Medical, Dental, Vision, 401(k), Free Village Choice Health Club membership, employee discounts on goods and services and a dynamic, fast-paced environment. Visit to apply and learn more!





Experienced Home Repairs. Includes: Ceiling Fans, Lighting, Picture Hanging, Some Carpentry, Plumbing, Drywall (minor), Painting (minor), Sink Stoppages, Water Back Flow, Sprinkler Valves. Most all home repairs. All Honey-Do Lists. For prompt, clean and reasonable services, please call Gary at Cell 714-412-1762 or Phone 480-699-8574

IN THE EAST VALLEY Licensed, Bonded, Insured. ROC 243297 - General Handyman Repair - Doggie Door Installation (doors and walls) - Electrical (Minor) - Plumbing (Minor) - Irrigation Repairs - Drywall Repairs - Stucco Repairs - Door & Trim - and more! Specializing in “The Small Job” Gerald Fox, owner, 480-278-5529. Please see website:

MIGHTY MEN MAINTENANCE Painting Interior/Exterior, Drywall & Stucco Repair, General Home Repair, All Carpentry/Trim, Remodel, Electric/Plumbing (Minimal), Small Welding Jobs. Licensed/Insured. 40 Years Experience. Call Dan 480-371-5531

ALL HONEY-DO LISTS! General Handyman Services. One Call, We Do It All! Owner does all work. Free Estimates with Pride & Prompt Service. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. ROC 118198. S&I General Contracting, Inc. Steve 602-339-4766.


KING MATTRESS SET FOR SALE Like new king mattress and box spring. Paid $1,700—asking $600. 480-963-2783

ALTERATIONS ALTERATIONS: Women’s and Men’s Attire, from mending to Bride’s Maid dress to Suits. 20+ years of experience, located on Chandler/Gilbert border. Rush service available. Call Denise 480-794-0400 for appointment

Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on April 8th. You are no longer receiving the updates that were keeping you protected from viruses and other malicious programs. Please see Veteran Personal Computing Services in the business directory section or call 480-361-8101 for your free on-site assessment. WWW. VETERANPCS. COM





QUIN’S COMPUTER SERVICE/REPAIR Most affordable way to repair, get more memory, better speed and/or graphics. Microsoft is no longer providing security updates for XP users, leaving you vulnerable to hackers. Have your computer checked today. Call Joe 480-612-1475. Certified Technician. 15+ years experience.

Husband / Wife Team - Owner Operator. Pool/Spa Service, Cleaning and Repair, Equipment Installation, Certified Pool Operator, Member IPSSA. East Valley Specialists. 480-369-4540 www. Many references Available. Licensed/Bonded/Insured ROC#283791

DM POOL SERVICE AND ESTATE MAINTENANCE Owner Operator. Weekly Pool Service. Equipment Repair. Filter Clean (all types). Household Repairs. Landscape Lighting. Many Other Services. $25 towards 1st Service or Repair. 480-295-2617

HENNESSY POOLS LLC Tile Cleaning/Acid Wash. Vacation Service. Weekly Service & Repair. Filter Clean (All Types). Salt Systems. Sand Change. Green Pool Fix. FREE Estimates. Insured. $40 OFF Service, Repair or Filter Clean with Mention of this Ad., 480-577-2719 Member of Home Advisor.

MOTOR RESCUE Is your POOL PUMP motor making noise or failing? Instead of spending for a new pump, if it only needs bearings, I replace them for just $89.95, including all labor. Call: Motor Rescue 602-448-8334. Email: Not a licensed contractor

APPLIANCE REPAIR TIP | TOP APPLIANCE REPAIR Providing quality service and repair on all major brands of Washers, Driers, Refrigerators, Ovens, Microwaves and Dishwashers. We provide a full 1 year warranty on all repairs. Certified, Licensed, Insured. Visit us at For service call: 480-907-4080.

HOME HEALTH SERVICES PRIVATE DUTY NURSE Do you care for a family member in your home? Need a break sometimes? Licensed nurse available for in-home care. Prefer Sun Lakes, Trilogy areas. Licensed, fingerprint background check, CPR certified. Dependable, honest, care available. Call or text for more info. 480-529-6493


Remodeling, Drywall Repairs, Garages, Patios, Additions, Entertainment Centers, Popcorn Removal, Water Damage. Residential and Commercial. Lowest Prices Guaranteed. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. ROC254546. 480-223-2816 www.

HOME REMODELING CAFARELLI CONSTRUCTION Residential since 1974. Interior/Exterior, Kitchen & Bath, Room Additions. Dedicated to the beauty of your home. Licensed-Bonded-Insured. ROC#088929. 480-839-4452.

Family Owned and Operated. Servicing Chandler/Gilbert for 15 years. We provide quality work at DISCOUNT PRICES! WE INSTALL: - Water Heaters $139 (includes new supply line and ball valve) - Faucets $60 - Toilets $65 - Garbage Disposal $60 - Water Softeners $125 - Kitchen Sink $150 - Our special right now is a 50 GALLON WATER HEATER WITH INSTALL $430. Call us today @ 480-570-7769 to get your over the phone lowest price quote on other installs and repairs. All installs include a 5 year warranty on parts and labor. No job too big or too small!

ELECTRICAL OHERREN ELECTRIC Our Work is Our Advertising! Electrical Contracting. Service, Repair, Troubleshooting. Certified Apprenticeship Trained. BBB Accredited Business. A+BBB Rating. MasterCard, Visa. ROC K-11160755. 480-855-1403.

THE ROOF MEDICS Residential/Commercial. Repairs and Reroofing. Tile, Shingles, Flat, Walk-Decks. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. ROC #256001, K-42. 480-284-7338.

MOVERS IN OR OUT MOVERS Professional, hard working, excellent service. No hidden fees. Whether you are moving in or moving out LEAVE THE LIFTING TO US! Serving the East Valley. or Call Terry at 602-653-5367.

PLUMBING PLUMBING MEDIC LOCAL PLUMBING COMPANY. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Call a Plumber who cares. No Job Too Big Or Too Small. Free Estimates available in Gilbert & Chandler area. Mention SanTan Sun News for an Additional Discount at Time of Service, Guaranteed! 480-734-1745. Licensed Contractor, ROC257806.



CHILDCARE CREATION STATION Home Preschool has openings for 15 mo’s-4 yr olds. 7:00-5:30 M-F. 24 yrs exp. Large preschool room and outdoor play area. Daily art, songs, worksheets, flashcards, centers and stories. Weekly themes, learn colors, shapes, letters, numbers. Lunch & snack incl. Riggs/Cooper. Call Lynn at 883-9306.

IN HOME PRESCHOOL Current openings for 3-4 year olds. Now offering 5 day Pre-K program. M-F 8:45 - 11:45 3 day program also available (T/W/Th). Caring Mom w/Teaching Degree. Separate Preschool Classroom. Small Class Size. ABC’s, Music, Arts/Crafts, Group Time, Worksheets, Peer Interaction & More! Call Angela, 480-899-0553. Alma School & Germann area. and read the great reviews!


ABC PLUMBING & ROOTER CHANDLER/GILBERT *$50.00 OFF with this ad* *NO SERVICE CHARGE* 110% Guarantee*/OWNER OPERATED Small & Large REPAIRS 24/7 Slab leak, water main, hot water heaters, & sewer repair specialist. Water softening specialist, water filters, and reverse osmosis. 100 year warranty on parts & labor.* BBB A+ Rating. BBB Ethics Award Winner. Chandler Chamber of Commerce Employer of Choice Award. *Call for details. 480-726-1600

Want to learn how to ride horses, or improve? Offering English and Western instruction. Horses and tack provided. Instructor is experienced and certified. Ages 6 to adults. Night lessons also available to beat the heat. Located near Queen Creek Rd & McQueen. text, email or call 480-980-1696

HOME SERVICES OVERWHELMED? GETTING READY TO MOVE? Need help clearing clutter, but don’t know where to start? I can help! Experienced, Friendly Service. Retired Social Worker. Call Julie at 480-229-1138


DRAPERIES & MORE Specializing in custom window treatments: Draperies, valances, cornices, bedding, pillows and sew much more. From fabrics to drapery hardware to installation, let this be your one stop shop. For a free consultation call: Tracy Marquez 480-895-2094 SATISFACTION GUARANTEED! **I accept VISA, MC **

GLASS, MIRRORS, SHOWER DOORS Family Owned with 33 years EXPERIENCE. Shower and tub enclosures. Install new one or repair what you have, insulated units, window glass, mirrors, patio door glass, table tops to protect table. QUALITY SERVICE at Competitive Prices. FREE Estimates. WESLEY’S GLASS & MIRROR Call 480-306-5113,

A2Z GARAGE DOOR SERVICES, LLC Honest, Reliable and Simply the Best! Family Owned and Operated. 7 days a week/24 Hour Emergency Service. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. ROC243721. AFFORDABLE - Price Match Any Licensed Competitor. ANY make or model of Door/Opener. Spring Replacement. FREE Safety Inspection. $50 OFF ANY REPAIR. CALL 480-361-9700.

CLEAN CASA CLEANING Reliable house cleaning done right the 1st time! One-time, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, move-in/move-out, etc. Same 2 person crew every time at your house! We bring all our own supplies and equipment. Will customize. References. Take $10 off your first cleaning. Call today! Amy 602-284-3579.

AFFORDABLE AND ECO FRIENDLY SUMMER SPECIAL! $25 OFF 1st Service. House Cleaning Services. Residential and Commercial Cleaning. Move-In/Out. Window and Carpet Cleaning. Organization: closets, cabinets, garages and more! 20 years of experience. Impeccable references. Business owned and operated. Same Day Services available. Member of BBB. Licensed. Bonded. Insured. Alert Cleaning Services, Inc. Ecoquality Cleaning Every Time! 480-786-3838



House cleaning specialists offering weekly, biweekly, monthly, or one time cleanings. Also providing move in/out cleaning service, windows and patios. We only use GREEN environmentally friendly products. High quality services at a great price. Very dependable, insured and with excellent references. $10 off first service with mention of this ad. Call for free estimate. Gary or Sheri, 480-802-1992.

No size limit. 3 hour service $79. Weekly, Bi-Monthly, Vacation Homes. 480-201-6471



MAGIC TOUCH CARPET CLEANING PROFESSIONAL HOUSE CLEANING 35 Years Experience - 20 years in the Valley. Free estimates, local references. All work done by non-smoking meticulous owner. Call Shirley 480-433-4945

“FINISHING TOUCH” INDEPENDENT OWNER Mother/Daughter TEAM expanding 18 year business in Chandler & Gilbert. METICULOUS W/AN EYE 4 DETAIL, we provide an Unsurpassed, Consistant, Quality SERVICE with EVERY cleaning! Weekly, bi-weekly, monthly. We provide our own supplies and LOVE PETS! Long-term Client References avail. Please Call or text Rita 480-250-9744

HOUSEKEEPING BY JENIFER SAILER Back servicing the SanTan News Area. Owner Operated - Independent housekeeper all supplies included unless you have special products you prefer. Floors are steamed instead of mopped. All wet rags are disposed of. Don’t bring dirt from another home into yours. Call for pricing. Only 5 spaces available. weekly/bi- weekly- monthly split it you have a friend to split the appointment with. 480-203-8267

Deep Steam Cleaning of Carpeting, Area Rugs, Tile/Grout & Upholstery for residential and commercial. Carpet stretching and hot water pressure washing also available. Expect quality service with no hidden fees. Steam cleaning of baseboards included. We are locally-owned in Chandler. Call for an estimate at 480-370-3333.







1-story=$115; 2-story=$135. Price includes removing all screens, cleaning windows, inside and out, with screens replaced. Screens cleaned $2.50 each. Sunscreens and rescreening. Same day service. Call 480-201-6471

A Professional and Reliable Maintenance company. Contact us for weekly and biweekly service, one time clean ups, weed control, tree work and more. Call Rick for a free estimate 480-250-6608 or email and Visit

In perfect condition, totally upgraded, 3bedroom, 2.5 bath + second floor loft. Granite counters, stainless steel appliances. Desert landscape, large yard with trees. Gary/Hunt Hwy. $160,000 owner will carry 2 or 3 years with $10,000 down. No qualifying means you can move in quickly. 480-839-2611.

“MOM WAS RIGHT” Appearance Counts! PROFESSIONAL WINDOW CLEANING Detailed service and tidy inside your home! 1 story - $85 2 story - $125 - up to 35 panes. Price includes inside and out. Screens cleaned $2 each. Pressure washing and fixture cleaning also available. 15 years of accumulated references! CALL RON at 480-584-1643.

MUSTANG CARPET & TILE CLEANING Carpet, Tile & Grout, and Upholstery Cleaning. Family owned, truck-mounted steam cleaning. We offer 1/2 hour appt time frame, so no waiting around. We include pre-spraying, mild deodorizer and degreasers for high traffic areas at no charge. Member BBB with A rating! “We clean like it’s our own!” 480-688-3003


TREE WORK SPECIALS FISH WINDOW CLEANING Let us do the work, your windows and screens will look great: WINDOWS, SUNSCREENS, TRACKS, Mirrors, Ceiling Fans and Power Washing driveways, sidewalks and patios. Call 480-962-4688 now to secure your spot on our cleaning schedule. Accredited Member BBB

All types of tree work performed. Thinning, pruning, removals, palms. You name it we do it. Arborist on staff. Best prices in town! Free estimates. Mention this ad to receive 10% off. Call Tom at 480-436-2337. Licensed, bonded and Insured.


PAINTING SERVICES VILLAGE PAINTING - Interior/exterior painting - Drywall patches and texture matched - Faux finishes. Small jobs welcome. Call for a free estimate. 35 years in the Valley! ROC# 069679 - 480-814-1588.

SAGEBRUSH PAINT CO. We are your Sun Lakes premium painters with competitive pricing for all of your Interior and Exterior painting needs. We were established in 1989 and love what we do. We are an Accredited BBB member We also do Venetian Plaster finishes, Power washing, epoxy floors, and wood staining. Licensed Bonded and Insured. ROC 146231 www. Please call Doug for your free Estimate. We accept credit cards 602-373-6306

Aqua Masters. System Check-Ups, Troubleshooting, Repairs, Maintenance, Leak Detection, Low Pressure, Valves, Timers, Heads, System-Add-ons. Call 480-478-0073. 30 YRS EXPERIENCE.

COMPLETE YARD CARE Lawn & Landscape Maintenance (weekly, biweekly & monthly). We Actually Show up! English speaking crews. Servicing your area since 2001. (480)753-4703

A+ SPRINKLER REPAIR SERVICE 17 years experience repairing valves, drip systems, wire troubleshooting, timers. All Repairs! Honest and Reliable. East Valley Native. Call and Compare Prices! 602-826-4717. www.


BIG JOHN’S CARPET CLEANING Our truck-mounted steam cleaning system will deep clean your carpets, ridding them of unwanted dirt, bacteria, fungus and chemical residues. Upholstery cleaning also available. Tile and grout cleaning. For a clean and healthy carpet, call 480-786-6610 or 602-989-8311. John Downs, Owner/Operator, Ocotillo Resident. Call for monthly specials.


EAST VALLEY PAINTERS Voted #1 Repaint Specialists! Clean, Friendly Crews. Interior/Exterior. Drywall Repairs. Textures. Concrete Staining. Pool Deck Coatings. Garage Floors. Free Estimates. All Credit Cards Accepted. ROC 153131. 480-688-4770

A CUT ABOVE PAINTING, LLC Your quality repaint specialist. Interior/Exterior. Epoxy Floors. Roof Coatings. Stained Concrete. New Construction. FREE ESTIMATES! References available. Owner will be on job. Commercial/Residential. 30 years experience. Licensed-Bonded-Insured-ROC 257167. MENTION this ad to receive 5% OFF! 480-244-9119

WWW. AZ55.COM Search for Active Adult (55+) homes for sale in the greater Phoenix area by city and community name. View addresses, photos, tours & amenities. Updated daily in real time. Call Dave Richter, CRS, Realtor at 602-432-5253 for a personal tour. HomeSmart Real Estate, Gilbert, AZ 85295


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COOL PRESCOTT GETAWAY Lovely 4 Bedroom 3 Bath Craftsman’s Style Home in Historic Downtown. Covered porch, huge deck, on quiet dead-end street, high-speed internet, washer/dryer, fully furnished/equipped. Fenced in yard, Pine treed lot. Hiking & fishing nearby. Call Today! 2bdrm/1bath downtown remodeled cottage also available - ask for Details. 928-273-1702

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Where to Eat

June 21 - July 4, 2014

Complimentary Early Bird Special with Every Adult Entree With ad. Children 12 and under only. Expires 7-19-2014

Monday - Friday Golf & Breakfast Before 8:30 am

2556 S. Val Vista Dr. #101 • Gilbert • 480-821-7020 • NOW OPEN! New Casa Grande location—Next door to the Harkins Theater Mon.-Thurs. 11am-9pm Fri. & Sat. 11am-9:30pm Sun. 11am-8pm


Fresh Ingredients and Woodfire Flavor! B.Y.O.B. BEER OR WINE! GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS!


As low as $45 per person Book Online at Limited Times Available 3751 S Clubhouse Drive Chandler, AZ 85248


4040 S. Arizona Ave., #17 • Chandler • SW Corner of Arizona Ave. & Ocotillo


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MON. - FRI. 11 A.M. - 3 P.M. ★ SAT. & SUN. 10 A.M. - 3 P.M. Expires 6-30-14

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Lunch dine-in only. Daily specials not included. Does not apply to large parties. Expires 6-30-14

Check out our menu: 480-664-1738 ★ 11 W. BOSTON ST., SUITE 1 ★ CHANDLER

Where to Eat


June 21 - July 4, 2014

New Gastro Pub & Brewery

JULY 4TH On the Roof! Best seats in town to watch the fireworks and sip on cocktails under the stars

JUNE 24th @ 5 P.M. Grand Opening of our Brewery Come try our first taps and be a part of history!

Happy Hour Mon. - Fri. 2 - 6 p.m. $5 House Wine $5 Absolut Flavors $1 Off Craft Beer $6 Signature Drinks $5 Nosh: Mini Poutine, Special 2-item 8-inch Pizza Arizona Ave.

Fry Rd.

Wall St.

Restaurant Hours Sun-Wed. 11 AM - 11 p.m., Thurs. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 1 a.m.


Rooftop Bar Summer Hours Thurs. - Sat. 5 p.m. - 1 a.m.

232 S. Wall St. | Chandler | 480.773.7688 |



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Got Oysters? We do! JUNE HAPPY HOUR Drink Specials and 1/2 Off Select Appetizers 3-7p.m. 7 Days-a-Week

Bloody Mary Bar —Saturday and Sunday—

Lunch Special

15% OFF Entire meal, 7 days-a-week 11am-3pm. MUST PRESENT COUPON. Expires 7-4-14.

2540 S. Val Vista Dr. #101 • Gilbert • 480-821-9950 



SW corner of Val Vista & Williams Field—Just East of Kohl's


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Where to Eat

Alma School & Queen Creek 480-726-9015

Arizona Ave. & Ocotillo 480-802-0440

Gilbert & Germann 480-786-4577

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