July 5 - 18, 2014
Fireﬁghters help refurbish Salvation Army center BY TRACY HOUSE
When the Chandler Fireﬁghters Charities sees a void in the community, there’s little that stops the group from making a difference. The organization’s volunteers recently spent two mornings at the Salvation Army Community Center, 85 E. Saragosa St., in downtown Chandler sprucing up the buildings’ exterior, giving the center a new paint job. Keith Welch, Chandler Fire
Department public information ofﬁcer, says a ﬁreﬁghter who sits on the Salvation Army board approached the charities about the much-needed facelift. In the two days, 30 to 40 members helped out with the Salvation Army project. Fireﬁghters worked before and after their shifts to get the painting ﬁnished. “The guys come out for an hour and a half, just to help out,” Welch says. SEE FIREFIGHTERS PAGE 4
LENDING A HELPING HAND: Volunteers from Chandler Fireﬁghter Charities helped paint the Salvation Army Center. The two-day task brought out 30 to 40 volunteers painting the exterior of the building. STSN photo by Tracy House
Longesttenured administrator retires from CUSD BY TRACY HOUSE
The Chandler Uniﬁed School District’s longest-tenured administrator retired after 42 years at the end of June. Melinda Romero started her teaching career with CUSD in 1972. Romero has worn a lot of hats during her distinguished career: elementary teacher; grades third through sixth; math teacher at junior high and high school; starting the ﬁrst self-contained gifted program for the district; spearheading the Instructional Resource Center (IRC) for the district; and executive director of professional development and instructional resources. She earned bachelor degrees in elementary education and mathematics and a master’s in education administration. While working as a math specialist for the district, CUSD superintendent Dr. Camille Casteel asked Romero to
coordinate the IRC project. It became a labor of love. “I’ve always believed that teachers make the difference in how students learn,” Romero says. “To be able to support teachers with resources, whether the resources are SEE MELINDA ROMERO PAGE 5
Chandler 202 breaks ground on new building
DCCP executive director steps down BY TRACY HOUSE
BY TRACY HOUSE
A new spec project at Ellis and Frye roads near the Price Road Corridor and Loop 101 and Loop 202 freeways broke ground on June 25. In attendance for the occasion were Bill Woodruff, general manager for Kieckhefer Properties, James Murphy, president of Willmeng Construction Inc., City of Chandler Vice Mayor Rick Heumann, City of Chandler Councilmembers Kevin Hartke, Jack Sellers, Jeff Weninger and Nora Ellen, and Terri Kimble, president and CEO of Chandler Chamber of Commerce. Kieckhefer Properties is the developer and owner of Chandler 202. Tenant improvement work will begin on Dec. 8, 2014, with substantial completion of shell, site and core on April 10, 2015. Woodruff explains the company began developing the 40-acre site in 1999 with the installation of Benson Lane and Fairview Street and the construction of
DEDICATED EDUCATOR: Melinda Romero retired from Chandler Uniﬁed School District in June after 42 years. The Instructional Resource Center, which she was instrumental in developing, has been named in her honor. Submitted photo
GROUND BREAKING: Members of the Chandler City Council joined Bill Woodruff, general manager for Kieckhefer Properties and James Murphy, president of Willmeng Construction Inc., for the ground breaking ceremony for Chandler 202 on June 25. STSN photo by Tracy House
three industrial buildings. It was then followed up with the second phase in 2004 by building three additional industrial buildings and a two-story ofﬁce building. The third phase, consisting of two ﬂex ofﬁce/ industrial buildings, was completed in 2008. Chandler 202 located at 2525 W. Frye Rd., on the southwest corner of Ellis and Frye roads, is about a 140,000-square-foot, Class A ofﬁce project. The three-
For the last three years, Jennifer Lindley has been the executive director of the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, bringing events to the downtown area and offering unique experiences to the community. But June 19 was her last day with DCCP. Lindley says she’s “absolutely loved the people that I’ve met and the relationships that I’ve established here. I think one of my favorite perks, and pieces about the job, is that we’ve created a sense of community. We’ve been successful the past three years with the businesses we’ve had come down here, special events we’ve had, the stage along Arizona Avenue and some of the additional projects that are going to be announced very shortly.” One of the projects Lindley worked on for the DCCP was getting a permanent stage for the downtown area to host more outdoor events. (See related story page 9.) “It would be a permanent structure. It looks like there wouldn’t be permanent seating, but the area which we’re looking at over by the library has a large grassy area, which would lend itself to a wonderful music venue, performance venue and place for people to come
SEE CHANDLER 202 PAGE 8
F E AT U R E STO R I E S Chandler PD warns citizens about scam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . COMMUNITY . . . . . . . . . . Page 4 Reality show seeking real estate agents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BUSINESS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 17 Prep school hosts open house . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . YOUTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 30 Soroptimists recognize two Chandler women . . . . . . . . . . . . . NEIGHBORS . . . . . . . . . . . Page 51 ‘Tango’ inspires artwork . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ARTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 63
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“The Chandler Dunn-Edwards donated over $1,000 in paint and supplies to help us out with this project,” Welch says. “They’ve been a good community partner for this project.” Maj. Robert Deidrick of the Salvation Army explains that parts of the building had been deteriorating and were in need of refurbishing. “It is deeply appreciated,” Deidrick says. “This will save us thousands of dollars. We really deeply appreciate it.” The Salvation Army serves the community, offering case management, a food pantry, help with rent and utilities (by appointment) and homeless services. There is a youth center that provides after-school programs; recreation and education programs for school-age children. A summer day camp is running, serving breakfast and lunch to the participants and offering recreational activities, including ﬁeld trips. The center is also a hydration station from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for anyone who is in need of a drink of water and a cool place to rest. The Salvation Army is a Christian organization, in existence since 1865, with worship services every Sunday. This Salvation Army building is the former Winn School, according to Deidrick. The original schoolhouse, built in 1929, was a two-room brick building for grades ﬁrst through third. Deidrick extended a thank you to the Chandler Fireﬁghter Charities and speciﬁcally to the community for its generosity. “They give so much, we are
Man impersonating Chandler police ofﬁcer in phone scam OLD SCHOOL HOUSE: Formerly the Winn School built in 1929 for ﬁrst through third graders, The Salvation Army Community Center at 85 E. Saragosa St., in downtown Chandler, gets a new look for the summer. The paint was donated by the Chandler Dunn-Edwards. STSN photo by Tracy House
so blessed. We’re able to do what we’re doing because of the community. We can’t thank them enough.” Chandler Fireﬁghters Charities is a not-for-proﬁt group. Fireﬁghters in Chandler donate to the charities through their paychecks and the group accepts donations from the community to help with the needs they come across in the course of the job. Other projects have included building a ramp, donating money to people whose homes have burned, landscape needs and the cleaning of property. “We do a lot of projects that just pop up,” Welch says. “And they use those funds to complete things that our guys see on calls, whether that’s a new A/C, stairs, repair, for some of the people we run on. We identify this person needs
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The Chandler Police Department has learned a man is calling elderly members of the community and identifying himself as either a Chandler police ofﬁcer or an ofﬁcer of the Chandler City Court. He tells the victims that they have warrants out for their arrest for missing jury duty. The impersonator builds a false sense of credibility by conﬁrming the victim’s name and address. The victim is instructed to purchase a pre-paid credit card to clear the warrant. Then, the victim calls the impersonator back and provides the credit card access code. The victim is then advised that the warrant is cleared. This is a phone scam. While the Chandler Police Department does have a unit of volunteers who makes calls to people with active Chandler arrest warrants, the volunteers do not collect payment over the phone. They instruct individuals with warrants to contact the Chandler Magistrate Court, either in person or by phone, to settle the warrant. Courts handle the payment of arrest warrants, not law enforcement agencies. SEE POLICE IMPERSONATOR PAGE 5
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materials or the research, and so the vision was to have a center that had all those things.” Casteel says Romero brought the IRC vision to life “to have a center where teachers could work and collaborate and at the same time buy resources and place them in the library and maximize the utilization.” CUSD is a special place for Romero. “Chandler is the greatest district there is. I think it’s the people. They have very caring people who care about educating students and meeting the needs of all students. And very thoughtful people who think about the whole child, and I like everyone, and I liked what I was doing. I enjoyed every bit of it.” Romero is reluctant to talk about herself. She’s says it was the right time to retire. She’ll soon be a grandmother, times two; both her sons are expecting their ﬁrst child in July. Her husband is retired and she mentions she has projects and some traveling she wants to do. She also says she’ll be doing some volunteer work. “I’ll always have time for Chandler,” Romero says. “My grandchildren will probably go to Chandler schools. I’m very vested in the types of things that we do, how we teach and how we treat our families.” Her pride in CUSD is evident as she talks about the district and her four-decade involvement. She doesn’t take credit in the success of the CUSD though. “It’s about a whole community of learning. Not just one school or one person. But how everyone collaborates and works together. I think Chandler is one of the places that walks the
CUSD welcomes new faces to administration As the students ﬁle in for the ﬁrst day of school, some will be greeted by a new face at the school gate. Chandler Uniﬁed School District has announced its new administrators for 2014-2015 school year. Some have been with the district and are relocating, others are external hires. Principals: Ruth Michalscheck, Bologna Elementary Sue Powell, Jacobson Elementary, from Higley Uniﬁed District Lynn Weed, Knox Gifted Academy Vanessa Whitlark, Navarrete Elementary, from J.O. Combs District Sarah Stevens, Patterson Elementary Caryn Cole, Sanborn Elementary Jayson Phillips, ACP Oakland District administrators: Wendy Nance, executive director of instruction and professional development Sandy Lundberg, director of curriculum Jeff Filloon, director of human resources walk.” This is a bittersweet time for Casteel. “It won’t be the same without her.” Casteel says in working with Romero she’s never known her to say no. “She’ll do whatever it takes on behalf of children and teachers. She’s brilliant truly, well-read. I
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can’t even put into words. She will be so missed. I don’t think most people would know of the behind-the-scenes inﬂuence she had...She has made a tremendous mark and it will be felt for years to come in terms of academic progress and just commitment to children.” Romero’s dedication was acknowledged with the naming of the IRC in her honor. “I think her loyalty, her work ethic and commitment to children is unprecedented,” Casteel explains. In addition to children, the impact she’s made on teachers is to be commended. Casteel mentions the highly trained staff, creating opportunities for teachers to earn their master degrees without leaving the district boundaries, and the grants and funds Romero’s brought in to further the effort of teacher training. “It’s not known by many people the amount of work and the contributions because she tends to be a quieter, behind the scenes kind of leader.” Romero fondly talks about her experiences as a teacher and administrator. “I’ve had some great students, whether they were my K-12 students or whether they were the teachers. They probably taught me more than I taught them. I would just say I’ve really enjoyed the teachers who venture out of their comfort zone and try new approaches and constantly work to improve, because it’s really all about helping our students reach their full potential. We just have to always remember it’s students ﬁrst.” Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at email@example.com.
July 5 – 18, 2014
CPD gathers Arizona team for Cops on Top hike The Chandler Police Department coordinated Arizona’s 2014 Cops on Top hiking expedition gathering 177 members representing 22 different law enforcement and ﬁrst responder agencies, the largest group in the nation. Cops on Top is a team of volunteers from the law enforcement, ﬁrst responder and public service community that climbs the highest point in their state in honor of those heroes who lost their lives in the line of duty. This year, each state’s team ascended June 28 in memory of those who gave their lives in 2013. The Arizona Cops on Top team climbed the Grand Canyon state’s high point, Humphrey’s Peak in Flagstaff, with an elevation of 12,633 feet. Photos and details about Cops on Top are at www.copsontop.com.
POLICE IMPERSONATOR FROM PAGE 4
The Chandler Police Department asks that anyone who receives or has received a similar phone call and has not reported it, to contact the Chandler Police Department at (480) 782-4130. For more information, please contact Det. Seth Tyler at (480) 782-4105.
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CHANDLER 202 FROM PAGE 1
story ofﬁce building will include a twostory atrium lobby. The ﬂexible design can provide for a single user or multiple tenants. The building will have large 45,000 square-foot ﬂoorplates accessible by two elevators and three stairwells. In addition, the design for Chandler 202 will accommodate 5/1,000-square-foot parking ratios. Chandler 202 is expected to bring in 700 to 1,000 jobs as the building takes on tenants. “Many company types would ﬁt well in this Class A ofﬁce building including, but not limited to, any type of corporate headquarters, various engineering, health care, education and technology companies,” Woodruff says. The building is close to Chandler Fashion Center and Hilton Hotel as well as corporate neighbors GM, Intel, eBay, Infusionsoft, QBE Insurance, Bank of America and Wells Fargo.
RENDERING: Chandler 202 building at Ellis and Frye roads. Submitted Photo
Woodruff says building Chandler 202 is a “big risk in this market,” but refers to the fact that the overall market trend since the latest economic downturn has been for developers to wait until they have a tenant in hand prior to starting construction. “We have a strong belief in the Price Road Corridor and the City of Chandler, and we believe there is a strong demand for this type of building here in Chandler,
and that while other submarkets may continue to struggle with vacancy, this submarket is ready for additional inventory of the high quality that Chandler 202 will provide,” Woodruff says. Kieckhefer Properties has been in the Arizona real estate market since 1988 after more than 20 years of developing in Northern California. The marketing assignment for Chandler 202 was awarded to Cassidy Turley, a leading commercial
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real estate services provider with more than 4,000 professionals in more than 60 ofﬁces nationwide. For more information about Chandler 202, contact Cassidy Turley Commercial Real Estate Services at www.cassidyturley. com or (602) 954-9000. Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Jones says he is well-qualiﬁed as constable and is dedicated to the Chandler community. He looks forward to continuing his service as the San Marcos Precinct Constable. Jones has been endorsed by the Chandler Lieutenants and Sergeants Association; Chandler City Councilman Kevin Hartke; Chandler City Vice Mayor Rick Heumann; and National Constables and Marshals Association President Phil Hazlett. For more information call (480) 7480816 or email Jonesey83@live.com
Council OKs permanent downtown stage BY JOAN WESTLAKE
Chandler City Council’s June 12 unanimous approval set in motion an agreement between the City and Downtown Chandler Community Partnership to build a permanent outdoor stage on Commonwealth Street, east of Arizona Place. Under the agreement, the City constructs, schedules and manages the stage. The design of the stage is a partnership between the City and DCCP, with Chandler contributing $250,000 and the downtown group giving $100,000 toward the design and construction. Except for City- and DCCP-produced events, a rental rate will be charged as part of the Citywide Fee Schedule. In return for the DCCP investment, the City pays 25 percent of stage rental fees to the DCCP for 10 years so that group can market the new venue. Kim Moyers, the City’s downtown redevelopment manager, explains that events are important because they bring visitors and residents to experience and enjoy the downtown. There’s a temporary, removable stage, but there are costs associated with time and labor and the inconvenience with erecting and disassembling it. “This allows us to have a permanent and bigger stage that includes lighting and acoustics that larger events require,” she
says. “This stage gives us the expansion we needed to bring in national acts and attract up to 20,000 people.” The agreement was tucked in with various council consent agreement matters but, Moyers points out, the public and a variety of stakeholders had many opportunities to express their views, including three meetings in April 2013 plus a website that allowed viewing of the concept 24/7. When the stage was ﬁrst discussed, ofﬁcials weighted the pros and cons of several sites by using the portable stage set up in various locations. Prior to the April 2013 meetings, J2 Engineering and Environmental Design, the ﬁrm that designed the Arizona Avenue improvements, created conceptual designs and presentations pro bono for the DCCP. The next step is a meeting among City staff and DCCP members to design the stage and area. The initial concept calls for a covered stage and a grassy area. Ofﬁcials will set the design with dimensions and speciﬁc materials. A design meeting in July is being organized with projections that the new stage could be ready by 2015. Moyer emphasizes that construction of the stage is being carefully planned so that existing downtown events are not interrupted. Joan Westlake is the Community Editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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out and enjoy the special events and have it in place already.” The DCCP has been developing the downtown to be more community friendly. “We’re building a destination,” Lindley says. “Personally, my opinion is, we’ve become more community minded, and we’ve been collaborating more with merchants, property owners and the City as well.” Looking back, Lindley explains that accomplishment would be at the top of her list of successes, “and just creating a sense of community and collaboration. Overall, for the DCCP, and for the board and for my staff as a whole, I think we’ve continued to brand downtown Chandler and make it a destination.” Every weekend, Lindley says, there is something going on in Downtown Chandler. “My passions have always been downtowns and helping them succeed, and I think that we’ve done that with Downtown—building community and collaborative effort.” Lindley is moving to a role as an economic development specialist with the Town of Queen Creek. The executive director position at the DCCP has not been ﬁlled. Her background includes working for an economic development organization and public affairs. She says of her decision to leave DCCP, “I think this is just a career path that I’m choosing to follow as far as the economic development piece goes, but I’ve certainly loved everything that I’ve learned and experienced at downtown
A PASSION FOR DOWNTOWNS: Jennifer Lindley was the executive director of the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership for three years. Her last day with the DCCP was June 19. A replacement has not yet been named. Submitted photo
Chandler. It was a hard decision.” For more information about the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership or community events, visit www.downtownchandler.org. Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 5 â€“ 18, 2014
Councilwoman Donovan elected Valley Metro chairwoman Valley Metro and Valley Metro Rail transit boards elected new officers for the Fiscal Year 2014-15 term, and Chandler City Councilwoman Trinity Donovan is the new chairwoman of Valley Metro. Also elected are Vice Chairman and Avondale City Councilman Jim McDonald, and Treasurer and Glendale City Councilman Gary Sherwood. Valley Metro is the regional public transportation authority providing public transit and rideshare services in the greater Phoenix area. The agency receives policy direction from elected officials representing 15 member cities and the county. Valley Metro Rail, which operates the light rail system in the greater Phoenix area, also elected the following officers: Chairman–Mesa Councilman Dennis Kavanaugh and Vice Chairwoman– Phoenix Councilwoman Thelda Williams.
LEADER: Trinity Donovan, Chandler councilwoman and chairwoman of Valley Metro. Submitted photo
July 5 – 18, 2014
Desert Peaks Award honors Tibshraeny, Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny received the highest honor from the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) as he earned the Regional Excellence Award at the 2014 Desert Peaks Awards ceremony. Additionally, Chandler and six neighboring East Valley cities were honored with MAG’s Regional Partnership Award for a collaboration that resulted in the formation of the East Valley Recycling Alliance (EVRA). “Chandler has always prided itself on being collaborative, with a regional mindset,” Tibshraeny says. “These partnerships demonstrate the beneﬁts of working collaboratively with our neighbors to provide important services to the community in the smartest and most responsible way possible.” Tibshraeny’s longtime service to Chandler and the region earned him the Regional Excellence Award, speciﬁcally for his work in creating, protecting and preserving the Price Corridor. The Price Corridor is Chandler’s major employment corridor, attracting high-tech, high-wage jobs to the area and contributing to the city’s reputation as an innovation-andtechnology hub throughout the Southwest. In addition, the mayor helped Chandler grow into the fourth largest city in Arizona, and led the community through its exceptional growth, while continuing to focus on quality development in the residential and commercial sectors.
Tibshraeny has served as MAG treasurer and on the Greater Phoenix Economic Council Board of Directors, Arizona League of Cities and Towns Executive Committee and East Valley WINNER: Mayor Jay Partnership. Tibshraeny accepts the MAG’s Regional Excellence Regional award at the Maricopa Partnership Association of Award was Governments Ceremony in June. Submitted photo presented to EVRA, which includes Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Queen Creek, Tempe, Scottsdale and Casa Grande, was formed in 2012 for the communities to share ideas and work together for regional recycling education and outreach. They combine their creativity and resources to develop recycling programs, marketing strategies and training materials. Innovative education efforts have resulted from the collaboration, including development of a recycling rewards program, recycling clubs, Girl Scout recycling workshops, a plastic bag recycling campaign, and a recycling mobile phone app.
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Voters to decide on longer term limits The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, and took action on 29 agenda items, including: • Authorized sending to voters in November an amendment to the City Charter that would allow council members to serve three consecutive four-year terms. Council members currently are limited to two consecutive terms. • Amended the Chandler City Code to add language allowing the use of ﬁreworks permissible under a new state law, but only during authorized time periods and on private property with permission of the property owner. The amendment prohibits the use of ﬁreworks on any public property including City-owned or managed facilities, public parks, public school facilities, public retention basins and public roads and streets. • Adopted the 2014-15 Property Tax Levy rate of $1.1792 per $100 of assessed property value (a 9.22-cent decrease from the existing rate). • Tentatively adopted an ordinance rezoning a 1.6-acre industrially zoned parcel within the Bogle Business Park near Hamilton Street and Pecos Road to allow for the construction of the Foothills Community Church. The action included approval of a preliminary development plan for the building architecture and site layout. • Approved an intergovernmental
agreement with the Town of Gilbert for the creation of a joint holding facility to house persons arrested or detained. Currently, Chandler and Gilbert must transport detainees to downtown Phoenix for booking at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Ofﬁce detention facility. Having a nearby facility is expected to save Chandler $100,000 per year. • Approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Arizona Game and Fish Department to stock the lakes at Desert Breeze Park and Veterans Oasis Park with ﬁsh and assist with lake management and provide free ﬁshing clinics to the public. • Introduced an ordinance to rezone a 64-acre parcel located at the southeast corner of Alma School and Ocotillo roads to Single Family Residential, along with approval of a Preliminary Development Plan and Preliminary Plat. The site includes Compadre Stadium, but is proposed for a resort-style residential gated community, Echelon at Ocotillo, that would feature a combination of single family homes and townhomes integrated around a central lake system. • Approved a joint marketing agreement with the Tempe Tourism Ofﬁce to continue the Sunny Arizona marketing campaign to promote Chandler and Tempe as tourist destinations. The cost of the campaign
for ﬁscal year 2015 is estimated to be $130,000 and would be split equally between the two communities. • Authorized payment of annual membership dues to the League of Arizona Cities and Towns in the amount of $88,250. At the conclusion of the regular meeting, Vice Mayor Rick Heumann encouraged the public to participate in the various, community water drives currently underway, and Councilman Jack Sellers commended the mayor and city staff on awards received from the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG). Sellers also said he has been elected chairman of the MAG Transportation Policy Committee and recently spoke to the national convention of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. The meeting was adjourned at 7:40 p.m. During a study session on Monday, June 23, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny proclaimed July 2014 as Parks and Recreation Month in Chandler and June 23, 2014, as Operation Back to SchoolChandler Day in recognition of the communitywide school supply drive. Mayor and council recognized several retiring employees, including Katrina Pappas who is retiring after 25 years as manager of the Chandler Center for the Arts, and Rob McLeod, a ﬁre battalion chief retiring after 28 years of service.
Three employees were recognized for 20 years of service with the Chandler Police Department; ofﬁcers Cameron Jacobs, Mark Stevens and Sgt. Charles Cote. Also recognized were 15-year employees Arthur Ramirez, a senior building inspector, and Michelle Mac Lennan, an assistant arts center manager who will replace the retiring Pappas. The next City Council meeting will include a regular meeting and study session beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, July 7. Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed, on Chandler Channel 11 and streamed on the Web at www. chandleraz.gov/video. These are not ofﬁcial meeting minutes of the City Council but rather a brief recap of the council’s actions provided as a courtesy of the Chandler Communications and Public Affairs Department. The City Clerk’s ofﬁce posts ofﬁcial meeting results the morning following council meetings. For a complete list of actions taken, visit www. chandleraz.gov/agendas. Throughout the agenda, items are posted in red to signify any changes made at the meeting and who voted no, or abstained. For past City Council meeting minutes visit www.chandleraz.gov, or contact the City Clerk’s ofﬁce at (480) 782-2180. For any other information, contact the Communications and Public Affairs Department at (480) 782-2000.
July 5 – 18, 2014
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The Chandler Chamber of Commerce has released its 2014 candidate endorsements for public office after its recent completion of its Good Government interviews of this year’s candidates. The interviews were conducted by phone or in person at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce office in downtown Chandler. The chamber has endorsed: Governor – Scott Smith Attorney General – Felecia Rotellini U.S. Representative Congressional District 9 – Kyrsten Sinema U.S. Representative Congressional District 5 – Matt Salmon Secretary of State – Justin Pierce State Treasurer – Hugh Hallman Superintendent of Public Instruction – David Garcia Justice of the Peace – Keith Frankel Corporation Commissioner – Tom Forese, Doug Little State Senator (Legislative District 17) – Steve Yarbrough State House Representative (Legislative District 17) – J.D. Mesnard, Jeff Weninger State Senator (Legislative District 18) – Jeff Dial State House Representative (Legislative District 18) – John King, Bob Robson City of Chandler Mayor – Jay Tibshraeny
The Chandler Public Library’s free online course program for adults has a new name—Gale Courses. Previously known as Learn4Life, Gale Courses provide patrons with library card access to hundreds of instructor-led online courses on a variety of topics related to career education, college readiness and personal development. Gale Courses offer well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with fellow students that are accessible anywhere online, 24/7. Courses are free for all patrons interested in any discipline. Gale Courses are easy to use; utilizing a library account to sign up and log in. Six-week courses are available yearround. “Part of our mission at the Chandler Public Library is to inspire and engage lifelong learning in our community,” says Library Director Brenda Brown. “With Gale Courses, our customers will be able to enroll in courses covering all types of topics and subjects. Whether someone is considering going back to school and wants to explore different fields or just interested in digital photography, the course catalog offers something for everyone.” Course topics include career and professional development, computers and technology and personal enrichment. Patrons can enroll at no
Chandler City Council – Kevin Hartke, Rene Lopez, Terry Roe Terri Kimble, CEO and president of the chamber, states, “The process in which the Chandler chamber goes through for our endorsements is a lengthy and fair process which represents the voice of our business community.” The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to promoting regional economic growth, advancing business friendly public policies and servicing the members through outstanding programs, benefits and services. The Chandler Chamber of Commerce represents more than 1,300 businesses with more than 100,000 employees. The Chandler chamber is the third largest chamber in Arizona. For more information visit www. chandlerchamber.com, call the Chandler Chamber of Commerce at (480) 9634571 or email info@chandlerchamber. com.
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LUSH launched new products that will keep hair and skin looking great despite the balmy summer weather. SOS, Save Our Skin, from Summer Ailments provides products that can be added into the mix for an easy, breezy summertime beauty routine. Parsley Porridge soap, $7.80 for 1/4 of a pound, is antibacterial and great to use after a workout to help combat acne on the back or chest. Protect nicks from shaving and any sensitive areas from cuts and razor burn with D’Fluff Shaving Soap. The product, which is $9.95 to $16.95, includes coconut oil and Fair Trade cocoa butter. Took it too hard on the last run? Take a bath with Granny Takes a Dip Bath Bomb, $6.95, with warming ginger oil to ease the strain of tired or sore muscles. LUSH also offers a product for sunburned skin. Calm red and inﬂamed skin with global best-seller, Dream Cream body lotion for $26.95. It’s chock full of soothing ingredients such as kernel extract, rose water and chamomile. Summer brings plenty of yummy fruits that are not only great to eat, but help your skin and hair look its best too. LUSH uses fresh ingredients in its products, which means
Join all Valley Papa Murphy’s Pizza locations in an important endeavor to hydrate the homeless population of Phoenix. Drop off a case of water through Thursday, July 31, at any Valley Papa Murphy’s Pizza location and receive a $5 discount off a family-size pizza. Limit one discount per person during the month of July. “Water is a minimum essential,” says Phoenix Franchise Owner Ed Holmes. “When we were apprised of the great need our city’s homeless population has for this resource, we knew we had to step up. We have more than 40 locations Valleywide set up as collection spots, and we’re hoping others will be compelled to act for this worthy cause.”
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The bottled water collected at more than 40 Papa Murphy’s Pizza locations will support the Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Code Red heat relief for the homeless. This is the second year of the life-saving campaign, which last year distributed more than 362,000 bottles of water on the streets. This year’s goal is to collect 400,000 bottles of water. To ﬁnd a Papa Murphy’s, go to www.papamurphys.com. Phoenix Rescue Mission provides Christcentered, life transforming solutions to persons facing hunger and homelessness. The nonproﬁt mission has been operating since 1952. For more information call (602) 233-3000 or visit www.phoenixrescuemission.org.
Chandler entrepreneurs honored for outstanding customer service Allstate announced four Chandler business owners and involved citizens as Allstate Premier Agencies in 2014. Those include Jim Kaup, 565 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 218, (480) 821-2763; Joe Kittelson, 1351 N. Alma School Rd., Suite 160, (480) 545-8877; Kevin Lum, 5055 W. Ray Rd., Suite 22, (480) 883-8798 and Jacque Riggs, 3160 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 4, (480) 883-7776. The Allstate Premier Agency designation is bestowed on less than 48 percent of Allstate’s nearly 10,000 agency owners across
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Intersection safety improvements meeting set The public is invited to comment on design plans for proposed safety and trafﬁc-ﬂow improvements to the intersection of Alma School Road and Chandler Boulevard during the public meeting set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, at the Arizona College Prep–Erie Campus Library, 1150 W. Erie St., Chandler. Attendees can review materials describing the $6.5 million project and speak with project team members. Construction is anticipated to begin in early 2016 with more than 80 percent of the construction cost funded by a $5.5 million Highway Safety
Improvement Program grant from the Federal Highway Administration. The intersection handles approximately 61,000 vehicles per day and had the fourth-highest collision rate in the city in 2012. The plan adds dual left-turn lanes, dedicated right-turn lanes and a third through-lane on Alma School Road. The project also includes new storm drains, curb, gutter, sidewalks, signals and landscaping. A crash analysis of seven similar intersection improvement projects in Chandler showed accidents decreased an average of 35 percent.
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Chandler Chamber of Commerce hosts numerous events Businesses in Chandler have an opportunity to meet, learn and network through the many events and groups sponsored by the Chandler Chamber of Commerce each month.
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individuals will have the opportunity to develop sources and contacts that can help generate sales for businesses. Individuals are allowed two free visits. • Chandler Business Connection Leads Group meets every Tuesday From 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. every Tuesday, the Chandler Business Connection Leads Group meets at BLD, 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. The group will meet on Tuesday, July 8, and July 15. The group is connecting businesses one meeting at a time. • Go-Getters Leads Group meets ﬁrst three Thursdays of the month The Go-Getters Leads Group will meet from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Thursday, July 10, and July 17, at Rudy’s West Country Store and Barbecue, 7300 W. Chandler Blvd. The group meets every Thursday with the exception of the fourth Thursday of the month at which time the group attends the Member Welcome Breakfast. • Success Dynamics Leads Group held every Monday From 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. the Success Dynamics Leads Group will be held on Monday, July 7, and July 14, at Brunchies, 17 E. Boston St., Chandler. • Friday Cafe Leads Group The Friday Cafe Leads Group, which meets every Friday, will gather Friday, July 11, and July 18, at Chompie’s
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Delicatessen Restaurant, 3481 W. Frye Rd. The group will meet from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. The group was created to help business members network and grow their business. • Sun Lakes Networking Group meets every Wednesday The Sun Lakes Networking Group will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, and July 16. The group will meet at Pecan Grove Restaurant, 4960 S. Alma School Rd. This Leads Group will focus on building business 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.
How We Stand Member Input Meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 8, at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. The topic for the July meeting is education/workforce development and employer/employee relations. The second meeting will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 10, also at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. The meeting’s topic is energy, utilities and environment. The Tuesday, July 15, meeting will address the topic of tax and ﬁscal policy and efﬁcient and effective government from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. Chandler Chamber members are welcome to attend and participate at the meetings, which will be held at the chamber, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201.
Wake-Up Chandler to be held July 9 From 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 9, Wake-Up Chandler will be held at Verizon Wireless at Chandler Village, 3401 W. Frye Rd., Suite 5. WakeUp Chandler is a great way to start off the morning by networking with other businesses. Bring business cards and brochures, and be prepared to give a 30-second commercial about
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Technology Brown Bag Lunch Seminar is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 10. Bring your lunch to the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201 and enjoy it while learning about technology hot topics. This month’s topic is small business services and how it relates to technology. The seminar is free, but individuals are asked to register at www. chandlerchamber.com.
The Small Business Development Center Start Up Lab, which is free, will take place from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, at Chandler Chamber of Commerce, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201. Do you have a business serious concept that you are ready to turn into a reality? SBDC provides the tools and resources to help serious future business owners launch or re-launch a small business in Arizona. Come ready to work on ﬂushing out ideas and ensure time and resources go toward building a small business with a solid foundation.
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The next Women in Business session will take place from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, at SoHo63, 63 E. Boston. Lunch and the speaker will begin at 12 p.m., with an optional free-added value workshop, which begins at 10:30 a.m. Women in Business workshops are opportunities for individuals to gain a powerful edge on their competition. Technology, marketing, sales, accounting and legal issues are just a few topics that will be covered. Women in Business features a different program each month. Cost is $25 for members; $35 for guests and no refunds are given 72 hours prior to the event. Those interested are asked to register online at www.chandlerchamber. com.
Business Golf will take place from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, at Ocotillo Golf Resort, 3751 S. Clubhouse Dr. Admission is $30. Business Golf is for networking, building business relationships and meeting new friends. Each outing is held at a chamber member golf course on a rotating basis.
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Leadership Institute Issue Day Leadership Institute Issue Day will take place from 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, July 18, at Chandler Chamber of Commerce, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201.
Ribbon Cutting A ribbon cutting will be held for Farm Bureau-Evan Kasian from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 10, at 912 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite B6. Dr. Chelsie Reed, 3111 S. Price Rd., Chandler, will have its ribbon cutting from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 15. A ribbon cutting and anniversary
Business after Business Business after Business will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at Brunswick Zone XL, 1160 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert. Join the monthly evening mixer and meet new chamber members, make business contacts and get a chance to win the Chamber Cash Pot.
celebration will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, July 19, for Structura Body Therapies, 1600 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 250, Chandler.
Contact the Chamber 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 www.chandlerchamber.com or www. meetup.com/ChandlerChamber, or email email@example.com. No refunds are available within 72 hours of an event.
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First Mark-Taylor rental community in Gilbert opening in mid-July Those who have considered living in one of the most coveted ZIP codes in America now have their chance, as Mark-Taylor opens its ﬁrst luxury community in Gilbert in mid-July. The 296-unit San Privada, located in the acclaimed Spectrum neighborhood at Val Vista Drive and Pecos Road, offers an ideal living experience for established professionals, as well as those looking to get a taste of the Gilbert lifestyle. “Gilbert is home to a large number of young, educated employees with aspirations to move up the corporate ladder,” says Mark-Taylor Vice President Chris Brozina. “San Privada will provide these types of residents a high-quality place to reside at a time where they might be more focused on their ascending career, and not necessarily ready for the commitment that comes with home ownership. Ultimately, the hope is that those future business leaders remain immersed in the Gilbert lifestyle and choose to make the town their permanent home and raise families there.” San Privada’s core location provides residents with the ever coveted walkability that allows pedestrians
to utilize the town’s sidewalks and landscaped paths to access shopping, restaurants and employment. Within blocks of the SanTan Village and area retail, including Costco, Best Buy, Walmart, Harkins Theater and Dick’s Sporting Goods, it underscores a convenient location unlike any other in the Valley. The community is an example of the “The Next Generation of Mark-Taylor,” a slogan the company uses to describe the evolution of apartment communities over the last two decades. In fact, the unit sizes will be among the largest ever built in the Valley. Additionally, San Privada’s features include those typically found in a modern, custom home, such as granite kitchen islands, custom wood cabinets, clean steel appliances, distressed plank ﬂooring, oiled-bronze ﬁxtures, pendant lighting and directaccess garages. Prospective residents can get a glimpse of what San Privada will look like using 3-D virtual tours on the San Privada website, www.mark-taylor. com/arizona/san-privada/. “To remain the ﬁrst choice of quality renters, we’re constantly looking internally at what features we can
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GILBERT: Mark-Taylor will open its ﬁrst luxury community in Gilbert this July. San Privada features a ﬁreplace area in the community. Submitted photo
improve, without becoming too trendy, but maintaining a timeless appeal,” says Brozina. “San Privada is the perfect example of that, with a ﬁtness facility that is nearly 4,000 square feet in size and units that are among the largest in metro Phoenix. Those elements never go out of style and the residents appreciate the attention to lifestyle.” Residents will also have access to a spinning studio, a cyber cafe with Mac
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Gilbert chamber looking ahead The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is launching an academy and institute this September for businesses and student entrepreneurs.
September Business Academy accepting applications Solo and entrepreneurs will be guided through all aspects of business and personal goal setting during a new academy, Business Academy, which kicks off on Friday, Sept. 12. Participants of the Business Academy will meet twice a month for workshops and mastermind sessions to cover such topics as business planning, marketing, stafﬁng and succession plans. Visit www.gilbertchamber.com for an electronic application.
Nine-month Student Entrepreneur Institute to start in September A new nine-month program, Student Entrepreneur Institute, is a chamber program offered for high school juniors and seniors set to begin in September. The institute is designed to inspire students to adopt entrepreneurial endeavors by bringing education, collaboration and visibility to student business owners. Electronic applications can be found at www.gilbertaz.com/SEI .
Chamber announces candidate endorsements The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce has announced its endorsements of candidates
for Town Council, District 12, Gilbert Public Schools and Higley Uniﬁed School District races. “While evaluating all candidates through a process of questionnaires, personal interviews and public candidate forums, we were able to get to know the make-up of the newcomers while taking an in-depth look at town and District 12 incumbents’ records,” says Kevin DeRosa, chairman of the board. “Our public policy committee spent more than 35 hours evaluating all of the candidates.” Incumbents in the Town Council and District 12 races were ranked based on their voting record compared to the chamber’s positions; the number of times they voted compared to the number of times they had the opportunity to vote; availability to meet with the chamber and its members to discuss important business and community issues; representing the community in a professional manner and support of a probusiness environment. All other candidates were ranked based on: pro-business support and understanding of issues; community involvement; leadership experience and ability to represent the community in a professional manner. “Based on these criteria, the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce felt it is important to endorse candidates that bring the highest level of experience, understanding of the issues, expertise and ability to build consensus for the betterment of
our community,” Kathy Tilque, president and CEO of the chamber of commerce says. “These decisions were weighed heavily as there are many good, passionate candidates and all brought their own style of leadership and knowledge to the races.” The Gilbert Chamber endorses Andy Biggs for Senate and Eddie Farnsworth and Warren Peterson for House in District 12; Charles Santa Cruz and Jill Humphreys for the Gilbert Public Schools; Venessa Whitener for Higley Uniﬁed School District and Eddie Cook, Victor Petersen, Brigette Peterson and Jordan Ray for Town Council. “We commend all candidates for their dedication to the community and thank them for their response to our endorsement process,” says DeRosa. “Our Public Policy committee and Board of Directors spent much time discussing the challenges we are facing as a community in each of the areas represented by these races—state, town and schools. Businesses and all levels of government have weathered a time of rapid change and struggles due to the recession, uncertainty, controversy and an entirely new business model to manage.” Bio information and questionnaire for all candidates can be found on the chambers website, www.gilbertaz.com. For more information about the process or any
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Benjamin Franklin wins Family Owned Business of the Year Benjamin Franklin, The Punctual Plumber, was named the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce’s “Family Owned Business of the Year” for 2014.
CANDIDATES: Chandler member JW Rayhons moderated each of the Candidate Forums, including the Town Council Candidate Forum held on May 27 at Higley Center for the Performing Arts. Submitted photo
FORUM: Candidates running for Legislative District 12 participated in the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce’s Candidate Forum on June 6. Submitted photo
www.SanTanSun.com That came as a surprise to members of the Stanﬁeld family, who own and operate the East Valley (Phoenix metro) franchise of Benjamin Franklin, The Punctual Plumber. They knew the company had been nominated for this and other awards, but did not expect the added recognition. “It was quite an honor,” says Linda Stanﬁeld, owner who leads Benjamin Franklin, The Punctual Plumber. “With all the family owned businesses that are here in Gilbert, it was a very humbling experience.” Linda and her husband, Chris, direct the operations of the East Valley franchise. They joined the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce because of the excellent business resources and a strong focus on small and mid-sized businesses. They have actively participated in diverse educational programs and networking opportunities offered by the chamber. “The chamber has allowed us to build a strong network in the East Valley, and we have enjoyed all the connections that resulted from being a part of the organization,” says Chris. The “Family Business of the Year” award recognizes a family-owned chamber member that forms the cornerstone of local industry and provides a continuity of service that is valued by their employees and
customers. A family-owned business is deﬁned as two or more immediate family members who are responsible and involved in the daily business. The Stanﬁeld’s accepted the Business of the Year award on behalf of Benjamin Franklin, The Punctual Plumber employees. They attributed their success to a team effort of all the employees who have helped the different areas of their businesses succeed and grow and noted that customers regularly praise the professionalism and work ethic of the plumbers and the support team. “We know they are a big part of what we are,” Linda says of the company’s 18 employees. “This award is a direct result of the hard work and dedication of each of our teams’ members, and we are extremely grateful for their ongoing efforts.” The Stanﬁeld’s invest in employee training and development of their employees, and always underscore the importance of professional development. The company has received national and regional awards for business, ethics and commitment to excellence. For more information about Benjamin Franklin, The Punctual Plumber visit www.benfranklinplumbingaz.com or call (480) 812-1855. The business headquarters are located in Chandler.
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Business Alliance collecting books for Cops ‘n’ Kids Chandler Business Alliance will be collecting books for Cops ‘n’ Kids Chandler until Thursday, July 31 at two donation locations and at its weekly Thursday morning meeting. The drop off locations include Foothills Sports Medicine, 3500 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 101, and Chandler and Academy Mortgage Corporation, 1750 N. Northrup Blvd., Suite 230, Chandler. Those who have questions, or a large amount of books to be picked up, can call (480) 567-4660. Individuals are asked to check their bookshelves for children’s books newborn to 13 years of age, or purchase a few books to donate to the cause. For more information about Chandler Business Alliance, visit www. chandleralliance.com. For more information about Cops ‘n’ Kids, contact President Roger Bonngard at (480) 223-3958 or email email@example.com.
Operation Back to School Chandler 2014 The Chandler Business Alliance is providing assistance for Operation Back to School Chandler 2014 by collecting
children’s underwear and working Stuff the Bus. The Chandler Business Alliance is collecting children’s underwear for ages 6 to 16 years old. Its goal is to provide 500 new pairs of underwear, which will be distributed with backpacks.
Thursday meetings Those interested in networking with a cause can join the Chandler Business Alliance from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Thursdays at BLD, 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. All member and guest businesses will be allowed to present themselves to other local businesses that care about Chandler. Information about local Chandler events and causes will also be provided. The Chandler Business Alliance is a professional business coalition dedicated to the economic and social development of its members and the Chandler community as a whole. The mission is accomplished through establishing a network of businesses owned and or operated by members of Chandler neighborhoods. Members demonstrate their commitment to the mission through the patronage, referral and recommendation of fellow members.
Career and business ministries offered at Chandler Christian BY MEGHAN MCCOY
Individuals seeking career and biblical business guidance are encouraged to join one of the two ministries offered at Chandler Christian Church. Pastor Larry Daily says the Career Networking Ministry is a not a job bank, but rather an option for an occasional job lead. “It is more designed to help people who are unemployed or underemployed with resumes, cover letters and mock interviews,” he says, adding that it also provides support for people during periods of uncertainty. The ministry meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. The leader of the ministry stays until a little after 7 p.m. and if no one shows for the walk-in support, he is available by phone. Another ministry at the church, the Christian Business Networking Ministry, was started by Bob Stamm three years ago. “I started the group and led it as the president for the ﬁrst two years,” he
explains. “I turned over the leadership committee last year to get some new blood into the mix.” There are other chapters of the ministry located throughout the Valley. “For only being up and running for three years, based upon the number of participants and the length, I believe we are one of the more effective chapters in the network,” he says. The faith-based networking group meets at 7:15 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at the church for an hour and 15 minutes. Guests are welcome to attend any meetings they wish. Stamm says the ministry is open to members of Chandler Christian Church, as well as other churches of the community. “It’s a means to network with other like-minded individuals within the faithbased community,” he says. Stamm, a certiﬁed ﬁnancial planner, is joined by such other professionals as a certiﬁed public accountant, mortgage
broker, groups beneﬁt provider, attorneys, real estate agents and an accounting professional. The meetings, which open and close with prayers, is followed by an initial introduction period where individuals have a few brief seconds to reintroduce themselves to the group. On average 15 professionals join the biweekly group and partake in the around the table discussion that shares what they are doing in their business, as well as an industry update that relates to their business. The meeting also includes biblical principals that members can apply to the everyday work place. He says a biblical perspective deﬁnitely provides an advantage on ways to consider running a business. “From there, two members each will take 10-minutes to give a much more detailed presentation about their business,” Stamm says, which is followed by a question-and-answer period. The ministry also includes a referral
business exchange among the members. “The referrals that we exchange with one another are very helpful,” he says. He says the ministry also provides assistance if he has a question from one of his own clients that would fall under the expertise of one of the other members. “I have the opportunity to call them and ask their opinion,” he says. “They become an intellectual resource.” Daily can be reached at larrydaily@ chandlercc.org for questions regarding Career Networking Ministry and Stamm can be reached at bob.s@ strategicincomegroup.com for questions regarding Christian Business Networking Ministry. Individuals can also call (480) 963-3887 for more information. 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 meghan@ santansun.com.
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Fifty kids from Chandler’s ICAN, Positive Programs with Youth, recently joined 50 kids from Future for Kids on a ﬁeldtrip to DPR Construction in Phoenix. Themed “DPR School of Construction,” the youth participated in a four-hour interactive learning experience developed locally by DPR employee and community service leader Timothy Hyde and executed by more than 25 DPR employees who volunteered their time. Each group’s work resulted in a ﬁnal, completed
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PCM music camps hit right note Teen musicians in the SanTan Sun area are invited to rock, swing or jam in camps offered by the Phoenix Conservatory of Music this summer. Camps offered include Camp Rock!, for musicians ages 13 to 18 with at least one year of experience with their primary instrument, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 7 through 11; Swing into Jazz, for more advanced musicians ages 13 to 17 with at least two years of experience with their
primary instrument, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 14 through 18; and A Cappella Vocal Jam!, for musicians ages 13 to 17 who can sight read at a beginning level, have good pitch accuracy and can hold a tune, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21 through 25. All camps cost $120 for the week to attend. Students should bring their own lunches. Phoenix Conservatory of Music is at 9617 N. Metro Pkwy. W., Suite 2000 in Phoenix. To register or learn more, call (602) 353-9900 or email info@ pcmrocks.org.
ORTHODONTICS AT 30,000 FEET From Dr. Chamberlain’s Desktop very once in a while I get the chance to talk to a stranger on the airplane coming or going in my travels. A few weeks ago, I had that chance while traveling from Buffalo, NY back to Phoenix. As part of our travels, our converDr. Thomas Chamberlain sation inevitably came to, “So, what do you do for work?” I always love this question because I feel passionate about what I do and I often feel compelled to tell people what I can do for them to help them in their lives. This was no different. However, the gentleman didn’t seem to understand the differences between a dentist who does orthodontics and an Orthodontic Specialist. I explained to him that an Orthodontic Specialist has attended two to three more years of education beyond dental school to be taught proper orthodontic techniques, while a dentist who does orthodontics does not have that extensive specialized training.
He also inquired how to find a good Orthodontist in his community. I explained to him that with today’s use of reviews on the internet, it is now possible to get a much clearer and true picture of an orthodontic office and how people feel about the doctor and staff. Although reviews don’t negate the need to ‘see for yourself’’ when you schedule an appointment (I’ll talk more about that in a moment), but reviews do let you glance into other peoples, non-biased experiences with that office. It’s easy to find reviews on any dentist or orthodontist. Just Google search, “Orthodontics in Chandler, AZ,” “Braces in Chandler, AZ,” or “Orthodontists in Chandler, AZ.” Google is very strict on how reviews are given and you can be certain the reviews are legitimate. Just like a good friend who reviews a movie or gives a review on a local restaurant, an orthodontic review page gives good insight into whether the office is creating fans. Our conversation then turned to other things. However, the discussion sparked some insights that I will share at the next issue. In the meantime, I invite you to take a Google search on the above and read our reviews (Chamberlain Orthodontics happens to be the most reviewed and the highest reviewed Orthodontics office in the East Valley). We also received the 2014 Best of Chandler
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AZ Compass Prep School to host open house BY ALISON STANTON
When AZ Compass Prep School opened its doors in Chandler in 2010, founder and CEO Ronda Owens, says it was a “very tiny little school.” Although Owens says the charter school did well in its earliest days as a small school, she has enjoyed watching the campus expand in terms of size and number of students. “We have worked really hard at having everything in place so we could expand, including a great curriculum and teachers,” she says. Daniel Pero, principal of AZ Compass Prep School, says that the school shares a large campus with its district ofﬁces, Skyline Education Inc., as well as its sister schools, Vector Prep and Arts Academy and Education Works Day School. A preschool for children ages 3 to 5 is also available. Vector Prep and Arts Academy, which is for kindergarten through sixth grade, and AZ Compass Prep, which is for grades 7 through 12, are free public charter schools, Pero notes. Although enrollment has steadily grown, Pero says the goal for the 20142015 school year is to have 800 or more students enrolled on campus. In order to help reach this goal, the school is hosting an Open House Career Day and Fair from 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7. Parents, kids and other members of the community are welcome to attend
the event, which Pero says will help to showcase the school and its teachers. “We will have our teachers available from all grades on campus to answer questions, and provide information about our school,” he says, adding that the open house is also designed to support and highlight student activities like National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America and many more. Activities during the open house include a rock wall, go-karts, a dunking booth, 40-plus concession stands and lively dance performances. Pero says the open house will also feature the many things that help make AZ Compass Prep School special. For example, in addition to the core subject requirements that are mandated by the Department of Education for the state, the school has a strong focus on performing arts and sports. “I like to refer to AZ Compass Prep as an ‘AAA’ school, which stands for academics, arts and athletics,” Pero says. “Academically we are on course to include in our educational program courses structured toward career and technical education and foreign languages.” For students who enjoy performing arts, the school offers a “phenomenal” performing arts program, Owens says. “Dana Bambino used to be a cheerleader for the Arizona Cardinals, and she has years of experience in
dance; Candice Allred is a prima ballerina who teaches ballet, and Alex Martinez is a famous hip-hop artist,” she says. Pero says AZ Compass Prep School is also working on offering a full sports program to its students, including 11-man tackle football, ﬂag football, boys and girls basketball, co-ed soccer, and many more. Pero says he is looking forward to both the open house, and the ﬁrst day of school on Aug. 11.
“We are hopeful the event is successful and will help us gain name and location recognition, and grow our student population.” AZ Compass Prep School is located at 2020 N. Arizona Ave., in Chandler. For more information, call (480) 779-2000 or visit www.skylineschools.com Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
STRONG ACADEMICS: In addition to an emphasis on the arts and athletics, students at AZ Compass Prep take part in a rich curriculum of classes. Submitted photo
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Chandler student writes her future at University of Iowa BY TIM J. RANDALL
A writer’s muse is as varied as the prose and accounts they construct. For some it is personal experience, others their cultural and social backgrounds, or often espies of their surroundings and interactions. Teenager Ruohan (Hannah) Miao, a Chinese citizen living in Chandler and attending Hamilton High School, is inspired by books. “First and foremost, I’m a reader, so I get a lot of my inspiration from the books I read,” she says.
“I think at some point, you become filled with the intake of so many new ideas that you just have to stop reading and start writing to get it all out of your system.” Miao is just returning from the prestigious University of Iowa Creative Writing and Cultural Exchange Program, where she expanded her literary prowess. Miao joined 33 of the most talented 16-19 year old pens from around the globe in Iowa City, to take part in this highly regarded Between the Lines
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associations and engagement with one another, they participated in morning global literature seminars to broaden their appreciation and understanding of contemporary narrative traditions from the United States, Russia and Middle East. Afternoon sessions included writing workshops along with dedicated instruction from esteemed names such as Russian novelist Alan Cherchesov, Lebanese author Iman Hymaydan and poet Kiki Petrosino. “We have worked hard to offer our students a compelling mix of international perspectives and literary choices from distinguished names,” says Morse. Miao, along with her peers, had to undergo a rigorous process to be selected for the program. Letters of recommendation, fiction pieces and targeted rejoinders were requisites for admission consideration. “My written submission for acceptance into BTL included several poems, a short story and a story in response to a given prompt,” the young scribe notes. The BLT program has drawn considerable global interest, and the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program in conjunction with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, continue to expand the offering to interested embassies worldwide to attract the finest students and
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www.SanTanSun.com practitioners. “We have a second camp in the works for 2015 to include a Turkish and Armenian influence and in 2016 a Silk Road historical composition,” Morse says. “Looking forward, Chinese literary traditions would be very exciting, and we already have parties from China interested.” For Miao, she embraced the complexities and differences of other cultures, paradigms and literary customs and styles. “At BTL, I hope to increase my awareness in regards to the literature and writing styles of writers from other countries. I also hope to expand my understanding of the cultures of other countries and form new friendships with the other students there,” she articulates. Students attending the seminar create enduring friendships, while also developing a conscientious and nuanced understanding of the complexities of social, cultural, political and economic forces worldwide. “Our goal with Between the Lines is to allow students to engage in the act of inquiry in both reading and writing. The importance of a global perspective and the cultural exchange present in these groups is very important,” mentions Morse. For Miao this will be another step in the journey of experiences that have thus far forged her path. “English has always been one of my favorite subjects in class, and I’ve had several amazing teachers that have helped
Youth me nurture and expand my passion for writing. I enjoy it because it allows me to explore my imagination and develop new ideas, and it’s something I take a lot of pride in,” she indicates. Tim J. Randall is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at email@example.com.
PROLIFIC WRITER: Ruohan (Hannah) Miao returns July 5 from the prestigious University of Iowa Creative Writing and Cultural Exchange Program, where she expanded her literary prowess. Submitted photo
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Your child’s mindset—ﬁxed or ﬂexible and why it matters BY LINDA MCFADYEN NEW VISTAS CENTER FOR EDUCATION
Since the emergence of the science of neuroimaging, we are learning (exponentially) what is happening inside the human brain as thinking and learning are taking place. One new area of study reﬂects “mindset,” and how what we believe about ourselves changes and shapes what and how we learn. People with a ﬁxed mindset believe that learning rests on their ability to “prove how smart they are,” while people with ﬂexible or growth mindsets believe that their ability is ﬂexible and is continually developed through learning. While this may seem like an inconsequential difference in outlook, consider the following: • People with a ﬁxed mindset thrive best when they feel sure of themselves, when they sense that success is safely within their grasp. The ﬂexible, growth mindset people will seek out a challenge, whether or not they feel that they will have immediate success. • Fixed mindset people feel that very hard work is what you have to do “if you
Pencils, Parents, Precepts and Practicalities This is the fourth installment in an eight-part series about helping your child succeed in school. are not smart enough.” Growth mindset people feel that hard work is the way that one gets smarter. It is within their control. • Fixed mindset people view success as proving themselves, thus getting a bad grade indicates their failure, exposing their deﬁciencies. Growth mindset people view success as learning something new and setbacks as temporary signs that they need to redouble their efforts. At Columbia lab, Carol Dweck, Ph.D., relates the following outcomes from a study of students with both mindsets and their consequent brainwave activity: “As they answered questions and got feedback, we were curious about when their brainwaves would show them to be interested and attentive. People with a ﬁxed mindset were only interested when the feedback reﬂected on their ability. Their brainwaves showed them paying close attention when they were told whether their answers were right or wrong. But, when they were presented SEE MINDSET PAGE 35
July 5 – 18, 2014
Local gymnasts have gold medal aspirations BY TIM J. RANDALL
When audiences see the athleticism, dedication and mental toughness on display in gymnastic competitions at the Olympics or national events, there is an almost stunning awe as these young adults—male and female—display the conﬁdence and poise to compete at the highest level. For Lyle Guthrie, owner and founder of Arizona Olympian Gymnastics, preparing young pupils for their journey to greatness in gymnastics and life has been his passion for close to 30 years. Guthrie, himself a decorated gymnast in the ring specialization during the mid-1970s, wanted to take his love of the sport and pass it on to youngsters in order to instill values and “build and develop strength, ﬂexibility, coordination, conﬁdence and most importantly—a positive self-image,” he indicates. Guthrie and his wife built their current facility in 2000 on three acres after renting a spot from the inception of U.S. Olympian Gymnastics in 1986. And while the name has changed, the mission has not. “We want to take these great kids and make them ﬁt athletes, get them to the highest level...at the junior grade and beyond with college scholarships,” he notes. Many successes have passed through his training regimen, including his own son, who was a standout gymnast with his father as his coach, narrowly missing the chance to compete at the 2007 Olympic trials after an arm injury. “I loved being
a father and coach and watching him progress,” says Guthrie. The laudations for young stars are not reserved for his son however, as he beams from ear to ear about two of his prize students: Mackenzie Douglas and Quinlan Donovan-Schager. “These two are such amazing people and incredible athletes...so humble,” he says. Guthrie, the executive program director and head boys coach, speaks ﬁrst glowingly about Mackenzie, who as a graduated senior has recently accepted a full-ride scholarship to San Jose State in the fall. While Mackenzie has dedicated girl coaches on the Arizona Olympian staff, Guthrie has had the opportunity to work with her and is amazed by her aptitude. “She is just an incredible talent,” he articulates. Quinlan, known as “Q” by everyone, even competition judges, has Guthrie gushing with excitement and enthusiasm. “What an amazing mix of athleticism and drive,” he notes. By example, he cites Olympic Gold Medalist Paul Hamm watching “Q” warm up at a recent event. Guthrie says, “Having a world class gymnast admiring your ability...that says something.” Quinlan, already has an academic scholarship from ASU, but a recent meeting between Guthrie and long-time friend Brett McClure might have secured a spot for “Q” at California-Berkeley with an athletic scholarship.
“McClure, the assistant coach for the California Golden Bears, saw his performances and asked me: ‘How do we get him here?” Both Mackenzie and Quinlan recently competed at their respective national events; with Douglas ﬁnishing in the top ﬁve in the country for the girls in AllAround: ﬂoor, vault, uneven bars and beam. “Q” ﬁnished seventh in the country on pommel horse, but also has specialty in ﬂoor exercise. If Quinlan ever desired to do All-Around for the men, it would be in: ﬂoor, pommel, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar. This is a decision that the young talent can still make as Guthrie notes that males reach their gymnastic peak between 18-25 years, while girls reach ascendancy between the ages of 14-18. Guthrie is so proud of what his pupils have accomplished, but notes that his staff is paramount to the success of the school. “My long-time instructor, from the Hungarian Olympic ranks, made me a better coach,” says Guthrie. “I was a heck of a great gymnast, but not a great coach until I listened to him…I have an amazing team.” The Arizona Olympian Gymnastic program offers the ﬁnest in equipment, coaching, and training. Parents bringing their sons and daughters can anticipate top quality both in instruction, habits and safety. “We have the tools from foam pits for protections and to instill conﬁdence, to the right programs for nutrition and training,” Guthrie says. Additionally he
SHOWING OFF: Judges and fellow gymnasts gush about Quinlan “Q” Donovan-Schager. STSN photo by Tim Sealy
notes that their gymnastic program provides equal training for boys and girls. “We want everyone to receive the best instruction, which differentiates our training model.” With the new fall 2014 program beginning July 28, Guthrie encourages parents to bring their kids out and to engage in this great activity. “Gymnastics can be a fundamental foundation for all sports; its attributes of strength and ﬂexibility are core elements,” he notes. Tim J. Randall is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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with information that could help them learn, there was no sign of interest. Even when they’d gotten answers wrong, they were not interested in learning what the right answer was. Only people with a growth mindset paid attention to information that could stretch their knowledge. Only for them was learning a priority.” So how do we help our children develop a “growth mindset?” • Avoid giving your children feedback about how “smart” they are. Instead focus your comments on their efforts. When presented with success, you can say something like, “Did you work hard or extra hard?” or “How does that feel? All that hard work paid off!” • Help your child develop positive self-talk. Instead of “I’ll never learn how to do algebra!” you can help them reframe their thinking as they learn to say things like, “With practice, I can learn how to solve these equations.” These small, consistent changes in mindset can make a powerful difference in your child’s success and ultimate life fulﬁllment. 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 and is celebrating its 35th anniversary.
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Cool off with Chandler aquatics programs Chandler aquatic facilities has six locations that offer numerous activities throughout the summer—Arrowhead Pool, 1475 W. Erie St.; Desert Oasis Aquatic Center, 1400 W. Summit Pl.; Folley Pool, 600 E. Fairview Dr.; Hamilton Aquatic Center, 3838 S. Arizona Ave., and Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, 5901 S. Hillcrest Dr., Nozomi Aquatic Center, 250 S. Kyrene Rd.
Summer hours Chandler pools are now open for the summer season. 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.
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Staff members will help place a child in an appropriate level swim lesson at each of the aquatic centers during a free evaluation. Parents and guardians are asked to seek staff assistance during swim hours at any of the centers for the evaluation. Ask the cashier or pool manager for a swim lesson after arriving at a pool. The child will be taken into the pool by one of the qualiﬁed water safety instructors, where he or she will be asked to perform several exercises demonstrating skills for no longer than 10 minutes. The staff member will recommend a class level based on the child’s performance. Parents also have the opportunity to view the published class description online at www.chandleraz.gov and choose a class themselves for their child. Parents are asked to put their child in a course that is based on their skills and ability levels, rather than age. Although the course description includes ages, the child may be more or
Take advantage of family fun time this summer at one of the aquatic centers during $1 Family Swim Time. 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 Weekly free swim times are offered at each Chandler aquatic facility this summer. Free Swim Time hours 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.
Take advantage of the variety of lessons offered at all six Chandler aquatic facilities throughout the summer. Evening lessons are available at Arrowhead, Desert Oasis, Folley and Mesquite Groves and Saturday morning lessons are offered at Folley and Hamilton. Morning lessons are available at all six locations. For more information, consult the Break Time magazine.
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less advanced than the suggested age. The course description also includes basic guidelines to help place a child in the appropriate swim lesson besides seahorse, otters and surfer classes. The child will remain in the same level for at least two sessions. The descriptions on the class list 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 session 3 and 4 now open Summer sessions three and four registration opened recently for residents and nonresidents. Ask your child’s instructor for a recommendation, or drop by one of the facilities during public swim hours 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.
Learn how to springboard dive A Learn to Dive class and an Advanced Springboard Diving class is now being
offered through the City of Chandler at Nozomi and Mesquite Groves. The Learn to Dive class will teach participants the basics of springboard diving in a fun and safe environment. The Advanced Springboard Diving class will teach participants back, inward, reverse and twist/ﬂip dives.
Guard Start Program offered for ages 9 and 10 Guard Start Program, a new program for ages 9 to 10, requires dedication and commitment and provides a great opportunity to introduce pre-teens into the Junior Lifeguarding Program. The participant will receive a certiﬁcate and T-shirt upon completion of the program. Enrollment is limited to 10 participants. It is $47 for residents; $64 for nonresidents. Guard Start Program is offered at Arrowhead Pool, Hamilton Aquatic Center, Nozomi Aquatic Center and Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center. The following skills, which will be evaluated on the ﬁrst day of the program, must be demonstrated to participate in the program: swim the front crawl 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. Participants should bring a swimsuit and towel for the skills evaluation and every day of class.
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American Red Cross Junior Lifeguarding Program that will teach water safety and introduce participants to the duties and responsibilities of a lifeguard. This course will not certify anyone to be a lifeguard. The program will provide an introduction to ﬁrst aid and CPR/AED, as well as build a foundation of knowledge, attitude and skills in preparation for the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course. Successful completion requires participation in skills practice. The following skills, which will be evaluated on the ﬁrst day of the program, must be demonstrated to participate: 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. Participants, upon turning 15 years old, will be prepared to enroll in the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course. This course will teach the knowledge and skills of a lifeguard. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants. It is $57 for residents; $74 for nonresidents. Participants will receive a certiﬁcate of completion and a T-shirt at the end of the course.
American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course offered The 43-hour American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course includes ﬁve hours of the F.I.T. course and eight hours of instructor candidate practical teaching time. The course will be held at Desert Oasis from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, July 26, through Aug. 3. The course trains instructors’ candidates
www.SanTanSun.com to teach water safety, including the basic water rescue course, six levels of the progressive learn to swim program and parent and child aquatics. It is $103 for residents; $127 for nonresidents. Participants must meet such prerequisites as 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.
Year round lap swimming Hamilton Aquatic Center, 3838 S. Arizona Ave., offers lap swimming from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday and Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, 5901 S. Hillcrest Dr., offers 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. Punch passes and annual passes are valid at both locations.
Reserve a private party Reserve a time, date and location for private parties at all Chandler’s awardwinning aquatic centers by calling Sherri Passey at (480) 782-2753. The centers offer great locations for upcoming birthday parties, ofﬁce parties, family gatherings, church outings or family reunions. Rental is offered outside of public swim hours on Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 24.
347 Grill Ak-Chin 16000 Maricopa Rd., Maricopa (520) 233-2426 www.ultrastarakchin.com 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 Café 3076 E. Chandler Heights Rd. Suite 101, Gilbert (480) 279-3879 www.appledumplingcafe.com 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 www.chompies.com 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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Nabers Music Bar and Eats 825 N. 54th St., Chandler (480) 705-0288 www.nabersaz.com 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 www.aznypdpizza.com 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 www.pittsburghwillys.com 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 www.planetsub.com Here’s the deal: Monday kids eat free with paid adult. Sidelines Grill 2980 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler (480) 792-6965 www.sidelinesaz.com
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 www.someburros.com 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 www.thecovegrill.com Here’s the deal: Tuesday kids younger than 12 receive one free meal per adult entrée purchased. The Sushi Room 2475 W. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler (480) 821-9000 www.sushiroomaz.com 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 www.unclebearsgrillandbar.com Here’s the deal: Wednesday kids eat free with each full price entrée purchased.
Whiskey Rose Bar and Grill 135 W. Ocotillo Rd. Chandler (480) 895-ROSE (7673) www.whiskeyrosesaloon.com Here’s the deal: Kids eat free every Tuesday and Sunday with purchase of an adult entree.
WHERE KIDS EAT FREE The SanTan Sun News now has a regular “Where kids eat free” section. Restaurant owners, please email us details such as days of the week kids can eat free at your establishment, and what conditions apply, such as purchase of an adult meal, certain hours, etc., Include your restaurant name, address, phone and website and a contact name for veriﬁcation. Readers, if you know of a location that has a kidseat-free program, email us with the restaurant name, a phone and / or email for conﬁrmation and details. Email information to KidsEatFree@santansun.com.
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YOUTH CHRONICLES Kevin T. Carr of Chandler is on the Spring 2014 Honors List at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana. Honors List students must be fulltime undergraduates carrying at least 12 credit hours with no grade below a C. Robert Otto Mathes of Chandler is on the Spring 2014 Dean’s List at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. Robert is a senior majoring in ﬁre protection administration. Tyler Miller of Chandler is a May 2014 graduate of University of Montana Western in Dillon, Montana. Tyler earned Bachelor of Science degrees magna cum laude in business administration and computer information technologies. Shawn Nguyen of Chandler earned a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University in
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Kylie Smith and Tissiana Vallecillo, both of Chandler, recently performed original compositions at the Yamaha 2014 U.S. National Junior Original Concert at the Virginia Piper Theater at Mesa Arts Center. The Junior Original Concert program offers Yamaha Music School students ages 15 and younger the opportunity to perform their own compositions in concerts around the world. Chan Wu of Chandler earned a Master of Taxation at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.
LEARNING FOR FUN: Coloring Squared, a Gilbert-based business, will showcase its educational wares at the AFHE Homeschool Convention from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 11, and Saturday, July 12, at the Phoenix Convention Center. Coloring Squared provides a series of educational worksheets that combine coloring and math as well as online content and books for rigorous math instruction to teachers and parents. Coloring Squared was created in 2013 by Cameron Krantzman, a second-grade teacher in Mesa. Submitted photo
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Every school day about 11,000 students ride 205 buses in the Chandler Unified School District, according to the organization’s transportation supervisor, Sterling Skouson. From kindergartners who are riding the bus for the very first time, to junior high students on their way to a field trip, Skouson says safety is the district’s primary concern. “Traveling in a school bus is absolutely the safest way to travel in this “I am always surprised how many drivers country,” he says. seem to be oblivious to that big, yellow To help keep students of all ages as safe thing on the road,” he says. as possible while they are riding the bus, “Anytime you see a school bus, you have Alan Cleveland, CUSD training coordinator, to be on alert, pay attention and know that says the district conducts bus evacuation it will stop to pick up drills two times a year at every school. and drop off kids.” “We bring in enough buses to all of Cleveland says he is the elementary schools to evacuate all of also troubled by the the students,” he says. number of drivers who The teachers typically bring out one run through the “stop grade level at a time to board the buses arms,” which is the stop and take part in the safety drill. sign that extends from “The driver goes through the safety the side of the bus. features of the bus, and what the students “Some drivers just need to know in order to evacuate. don’t stop and pass the This includes the safety procedures bus anyway. From what I and equipment, as well as features like have observed, most of windows and exits.” these drivers are just not During the bus PAY ATTENTION: Sterling Skouson is often surprised paying attention or are evacuation drill, at how many drivers fail to Cleveland says the see “that big yellow thing texting on their phones.” For parents of young driver will also on the road.” students who are just instruct the stuSubmitted photo starting to ride the bus to dents how to sit and from school, Cleveland says all kinderproperly while riding garteners and first graders have tags attached the bus. to their backpacks that indicate their grade. “They should have “We put the younger students up in the their bottoms on the front of the bus so they can be near the driseat and their backs ver, and all students who are in kindergarten up against the seat and first grade must be met by somebody back, and they SAFETY IS TOP PRIORITY: Alan Cleveland says CUSD should keep their legs when they get off the bus,” he says. holds two bus evacuation Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives out of the aisles, as drills every year. The drills in the East Valley. She can be reached at this can be a tripping teach and remind students Alison@SanTanSun.com hazard,” he says. about the safety features on Kids are also the bus as well as proper reminded to keep conduct while riding. “We put the younger students their backpacks and Submitted photo up in the front of the bus musical instruments in the seats with them at all times, and so they can be near the driver, to never put their hands or heads out and all students who are in the windows. At the junior high and high schools, kindergarten and first grade Cleveland says the bus evacuation drills are must be met by somebody conducted once the students who are already on the buses reach the schools. when they get off the bus.” In addition to keeping the fleet of buses well-maintained, Cleveland says new bus drivers in CUSD complete at least 20-plus Resources hours of training, which is above the state Websites: minimum. • http://ww2.chandler.k12.az.us/Page/902 “They are all certified and go through a test- • www.nhtsa.gov/School-Buses ing process before they can get on the road.” Books for younger kids: As for drivers who are sharing the road • “School Bus,” by Donald Crews with school buses, Skouson offers these • “Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus,” words of advice: “Pay attention to that big, by James Dean yellow bus.” • “Caillou: The School Bus,” by Marion Johnson
To help parents who have questions about their children’s bus service to school, the Chandler Unified School District’s website features a “Frequently Asked Questions” section that answers some of the most common inquires, including:
What time should my student arrive at the a.m. bus stop? Students are asked to be at their designated bus stop location at least 10 minutes prior to scheduled pick-up time.
Can parents ride the bus with their child? No, parents may not ride on our buses except on field trips.
How are bus stops determined? Stops are assigned by general location of students and must meet state regulations for safety. Typical stop locations are within subdivisions near parks, common walls and retention areas. Stops must be at least 50 feet from a signed intersection.
How do I find my child’s bus stop information? 1) Back to School Transportation letters are sent to all eligible students approximately two weeks prior to the start of school. 2) All bus stop information is available at each school site after June 30.
Can my child ride home on another bus? Students are permitted to ride only their assigned bus. Any exceptions must be requested in writing by the student’s parent or legal guardian and approved by a school official.
Can my child invite friends to ride the bus with them? Only eligible students are permitted. Any exceptions must be requested in writing by the student’s parent or legal guardian and approved by a school official. Source: http://ww2.chandler.k12. az.us/ Page/902
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FAMILY FUN 5 Red, White and Rawhide, 5 p.m.-11 p.m. This July 5 celebration is sure to be a fun-filled event of great music, tasty food, fantastic fireworks, beerfest, food trucks, vendors, attractions and a party so big it could only be done at Rawhide! Gates open at 5 p.m. and the fun goes to 11 p.m. This special event will include live music performances throughout the evening and into the night. $20 in advance; $25 at the door; $20 family four pack; free for children ages 5 and younger. Rawhide, 5700 W. North Loop Road Chandler. www.rawhide.com
TechShop Chandler Open House 11 a.m.-2 p.m. TechShop is a vibrant, creative community that provides access to tools, software and space. You can make virtually anything at TechShop. Come and see what our members are working on, watch some of our machines in action, and take a tour of the shop. The grill will be hot and the drinks will be cold. Free food and admission. Everyone welcome. RSVP at www.facebook.com/ techshopchandler. TechShop Chandler, 249 E. Chicago St., Chandler.
7 Monday Matinee: “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Fun movies for the whole family. All movies rated either G or PG. Free popcorn included. Bring your own drink with a lid on it. Hamilton Library Programming Room, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
Museum of Natural History Presents: Dinosaurs!, 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Interested in dinosaurs? The Museum of Natural History is coming to the Hamilton Branch to talk about all things dinosaur. There will be pictures, fossils and other fun activities. Ages 6-11. Registration required. Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
7-30 Build a Totally Awesome Ninja Turtle! Build your favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and then show off your creation by putting it on display at the LEGO store. See a Brick Specialist for details. The LEGO Store, Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. (480) 899-0228, http://stores.lego.com/ en-us/stores/us/chandler-fashioncenter.
7, 14, 21, 28 Family Story Time, 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Enjoy stories, songs and finger plays for the whole family with books, flannel board stories and puppets. Toddlers 18-36 months, Preschoolers 3-5 years old. School Age 6-8 years old Basha Library Programming room, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
Minecraft Monday, 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Join in every Monday to play Minecraft. Ages 9-18. Downtown Library, Cactus Room (Adult Ed Classroom Room 219), 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. No registration necessary. Space is limited. (480) 782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org
7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30 Tumbleweed Tots, 12:30 p.m.2:30 p.m. This indoor play area is designed for children ages 5 and younger to play under parental/ guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. $2 residents; $3 nonresidents. (480) 782-2900, www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed.
8, 15 Tuesday Crafternoons, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Sciencethemed crafts for kids and adults. All Ages. Downtown Library Copper Room (former City Council Chambers), 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
8, 15, 22, 29 Family Story Time, 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. The whole family is welcome for this story time featuring favorite stories and songs! Preschoolers 3-5 years old, toddlers 18-36 months. Downtown Library Copper Room (former City Council Chambers), 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31 Tumbleweed Tumble Tots, 9 a.m.11 a.m. This indoor play area is designed for children ages 5 and younger to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. $2 residents; $3 nonresidents. (480) 782-2900, www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed.
9 Community Nights in the Courtyard, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Family fun the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2730, www.chandleraz.gov/breaktime.
Family Movie-“Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief,” 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Come and enjoy a family movie each Wednesday at the library. Downtown Library Copper Room (former City Council Chambers), 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
9, 16, 23, 30 Kids Club, powered by National Geographic Kids, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. The Chandler Fashion Center Kids Club is a great opportunity for children to learn in a fun, interactive setting. Chandler Fashion Center teamed up with National Geographic Kids to create activities and games that focus on discovery through play. Chandler Fashion Center, in the Gap wing near the Food Court, 3111 W Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Open to the public, no fee. (480) 812-8488, www.ShopChandlerFashionCenter.com/ KidsClub/.
10 Chandler Historic Museum-PLAY TIME, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. What toys and games did kids play with in the past? Do we still play with toys and games kids played with 50 years ago? Dive into the Chandler Museum’s historic game and toy trunk to explore new ways to have fun and see what games you recognize! Try your hand at Etch-asketch, Tinker Toys, Wolly Willy, Pick up sticks, the Beetle game and more. Make a corn husk doll to take home and join the Chandler Museum at the Hamilton Library for this drop-by program. Fun for the whole family. Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
10, 17, 24, 31 Preschool Story Time, 11 a.m.11:30 p.m. Get your child ready for kindergarten with stories, songs, games and finger plays that will develop a love of learning, print awareness, vocabulary, concepts, social skills and motor skills. For preschool children 3-5, siblings welcomed! Downtown Library Copper Room (former City Council Chambers), 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
11 Bug Zoo, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Explore a real, live collection of bugs with a certified entomologist! Learn about beneficial bugs, such as butterflies, ladybugs and bees. Discover interesting insects and other creepy-crawlies! Each child will receive a free activity book. Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. $3 resident; $5 nonresident. Parents admitted free. (480) 782-2890, www.chandleraz.gov/eec.
12 Teen Book Lovers Club, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Ages 12-18. Join fellow book lovers as they talk about what they are reading, what they’re going to read next, and what others should read. There will also be chances to read and review books before they are published. Sunset Library Monsoon Room,
4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
12, 26 Meet the Creature! 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m. In this interactive program, children will get up close and personal with live animals while receiving a fun lesson in wildlife rescue and conservation. Each program features different fascinating animals from around the world. Registration required. Children ages 2-12 must be accompanied by a paid adult. Instructor: Lisa Limbert of Lisa’s Creatures and East Valley, Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. $6 residents; $9 nonresidents. (480) 782-2890, www.chandleraz.gov/eec.
14 LEGO Kit Club, 4 p.m.-5 p.m. There is a variety of skill level kits for kids to put together during this hour of fun. Ages 5-12. Basha Library Programming Room, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. Free. No registration needed. (480) 782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
Monday Matinee-“Night at the Museum,” 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Fun movies for the whole family. All movies rated either G or PG. Free popcorn included. Bring your own drink with a lid on it. Hamilton Library Programming Room, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
14-20 LEGO Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Search and Find. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Shredder are hiding around the LEGO store. Find them and you’ll win a special prize. See a Brick Specialist for details. The LEGO Store, Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. (480) 899-0228, http://stores.lego.com/ en-us/stores/us/chandler-fashioncenter.
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Calendar, From Page 3 15 Magic Hour Movie-“Napoleon Dynamite”, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Join in for this screening of the Magic Hour Movie series. Teens 12-18, adults. Downtown Library Copper Room (former City Council Chambers), 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
16 Family Movie-“City of Ember,” 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Come and enjoy a family movie each Wednesday at the library. Downtown Library Copper Room (former City Council Chambers), 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
Family Night at the TRC, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. The first and third Wednesdays of the month enjoy a variety of different recreational activities and entertainment. Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. $2 youth resident; $3 nonresidents; $3 teen resident; $5 nonresident. (480) 782-2908. www.chandleraz.gov/breaktime.
16, 30 Rhythm and Rhyme, 11:30 a.m.12 p.m. Join the group for an exciting time with singing, dancing and instrument playing. Ages 0-5. Sunset Library Monsoon Room, 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
18 Bedtime Stories with Nocturnal Animals, 4 p.m.4:45 p.m. Come enjoy bedtime stories that teach you about animals at night and have the opportunity to meet a nocturnal animal in person. Children ages 2-12 must be accompanied by a paid adult. Ages 2 and up. Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. $6 residents; $9 nonresidents. (480) 782-2890, www.chandleraz.gov/eec.
cians, and is a great opportunity to visit all of the unique establishments in downtown Chandler. Every third Friday from 6 to 10 p.m., Downtown Chandler welcomes more than 50 local artists to the historic square. All artists must go through a jury process to be accepted in the Art Walk. Only fine art and fine craft submissions will be considered. Crown Plaza San Marcos Hotel, One San Marcos Pl., Chandler. Free. www.chandlerartwalk.com.
Family Funcrafting, 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Join in for a story, song and craft. No registration required. Sunset Library Monsoon Room, 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org. 27 Arizona Classic Jazz SocietyJazz Jamboree, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. This
19 Fishing Lessons, 8:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Learn the basics of fly fishing. Students will get an introduction to the necessary equipment, flies and how to read the water. This class will wrap up by practicing the fly fishing method of casting. Ages 7 and up. Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. $15 residents; $21 nonresidents. (480) 782-2890, www.chandleraz.gov/eec.
Chandler Art Walk, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. The Art Walk provides a fun family atmosphere where you can browse the many different types of art available from talented artists. It’s a monthly event featuring local artists and musi-
E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2730, www.chandleraz.gov/breaktime.
23 Community Nights in the Courtyard, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Family fun the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Community Center, 125
festive gathering of musicians and fans is a great opportunity for people unfamiliar with traditional jazz to find out what ACJS is all about. The program will be presented in a “jam” style, with different musicians rotating in and out of the performing group. All jammers are welcome; the musicians have as much fun as the audience. Free. Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort, One San Marcos Pl., Chandler. (480) 620-3941, www.azclassicjazz.org
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30 LEGO Club, 4 p.m.-5 p.m. The library supplies the LEGO! You supply the imagination! Ages 5-12. Basha Library Programming Room, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. Free event. No registration needed. (480) 782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
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Parents have school choice for children with autism: Pieceful Solutions By Tracy House
Kami Cothrun, owner/director of Pieceful Solutions, saw a need for a safe and caring place for children with autism. Cothrun has a background in speech and language, working with autistic children on habilitation, earned a master’s in special education then opened a respite agency. She started Pieceful Solutions in Mesa in 2008 after seeing the frustration in the parents and children with the school system, “having a passion and a love for these kids, and really wanting to offer something that was different and that no one else did. Just give them an opportunity to be themselves.” Cothrun says parents are relieved to have an option for their autistic child other than the traditional public schools. “For so long parents just went with their only option, being the public school, and so for them to have options is crucial...They’re relieved to know there is a place that their child can be themselves, where they are understood, not only by the teachers, but their peers, is huge. So many of our kids come with anxiety because they haven’t been able to be themselves, they’ve had to hold it together while they’re at school and then they get home and they totally crash and melt down. So many families have told me how much better their family life is...they’re not fighting the battle to get their kids to school every morning.” Robin Rollando can relate to the parents at Pieceful Solutions. The new chief operating officer is a parent of a 20-year-old autistic son who went through the public school system. “I don’t know how many times things would get bad with the bullying and he didn’t have any friends and he’s quirky, a little bit different.” Rollando looked for other schools for her son, but wasn’t able to find a good fit because he was high functioning. “As a parent finding and having this opportunity is huge I think…they can be here and be themselves. They have to work so hard to try to fit in to that regular classroom.” From humble beginnings with six students in a church portable, there are now three Pieceful Solutions schools serving the autism community: the Chandler campus is a kindergarten
small settings, allowing for more through fifth grade charter school individualized instruction. with 80 students; the Mesa Junior and senior high students campus is a kindergarten through have lockers to store their personal 12th grade private school; and belongings. “The kids love it,” the Gilbert campus is a sixth Cothrun says. “They like that experithrough 12th grade private ence and going and keeping their school with about 75 students. stuff in there.” Classrooms have a maximum of Each campus provides the core 14 students. Each school has a subjects and the curriculum includes dedicated director. yoga, karate, music therapy, different The Chandler campus follows specials and electives. Students have the Mesa Public Schools calendar the opportunity to learn life skills with classes starting Aug. 6. The such as cooking and laundry as well two private campuses, Gilbert and Mesa, follow the Chandler OFFERING CHOICES: Pieceful Solutions offers a choice in schooling as social skills; each campus does Unified School District Calendar for parents with autistic students. Three campuses serve the autis- community outings weekly. tic population in a safe and caring environment. Submitted photo Occupational therapy is also with classes beginning July 21. available at Pieceful Solutions. There is a tuition for the private “We service both the sensory needs of the students as well as schools, but Cothrun explains there is a scholarship program available. “We don’t have anybody who private pays. There are the fine motor needs,” Cothrun explains. “We’ve got a definitely scholarships options. We help them with all of that.” fulltime speech/language therapist, and each campus has a fulltime speech/language assistant. So the kids get lots of Staff is available to help with the paperwork. speech and language. It’s crucial.” Students are grouped by grade, age and then also ability An advocate for the autism community, Cothrun is the grouped. “We service the entire spectrum,” Cothrun says. chairwoman of the Resource Fair for Autism Speaks. “Any “So we’ve got some students who are nonverbal who have time there are autism related events, we promote it, we attend high sensory needs and then we have students who are as a school community, so that we can band together and get choice, exceptional, gifted more on the Aspergers side, to know each other.” She mentions, “The ultimate goal is to so we service the whole range. The majority of our students be here for the kids and to provide resources for the families.” are the higher end, but we do service both.” Parents interested in more information about Pieceful Learning takes place through direct instruction and small Solutions are invited to call and schedule a tour of the faciligroup instruction enhanced with computer-based learning. ties to speak with Cothrun or a director. There is information “The biggest piece is that small group where they can get available on the website at www.piecefulsolutions.com or some individualized help. It really helps our kids be able to call (480) 309-4792. focus better. Our class sizes are small and when we break up into those smaller groups, they really get a lot more attenTracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. tion,” Cothrun says. In addition to the special education certiShe can be reached at email@example.com. fied teachers, para-professionals work with the students in
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Letters to the editor
Chandler ﬁnancially strong, on the move BY MAYOR JAY TIBSHRAENY
The Chandler City Council unanimously approved the ﬁscal year 2014-15 budget at its June 12 meeting. This ﬁnancial plan is the product of a long and Mayor Jay Tibshraeny transparent Submitted photo process—and many hours of work on the part of our City staff, the City Council, and you, the residents of Chandler. Through public meetings, surveys and our popular Budget Connect online forum, we have developed a thorough and prudent ﬁscal blueprint that this community can take great pride in. Through decades of economic policy, Chandler has developed a solid ﬁnancial footing that is the envy of many of our neighboring communities. We remain cautious in our forecast, but also optimistic that the worst of the recent ﬁnancial troubles are behind us. Chandler weathered the Great Recession well and we emerge—as the theme of this year’s budget proudly states—“Financially Strong and On the Move.” The 2014-15 budget shows a slight increase from the prior year, and we again are able to fund new road projects in South Chandler, build parks and maintain basic services and infrastructure. With that said, I am guardedly conﬁdent that we will continue to move in a positive direction with the economy in terms of our ﬁscal sustainability and growth. This past year was a good one for
the community. We opened Roadrunner Park, added amenities to existing parks like shade structures and lighting, and continued to enhance and develop neighborhood programs and resources. In February, I announced the winners of the inaugural Neighborhood Excellence Awards—shining a light on the great things residents are doing throughout the community. Arizona State University launched its Chandler Innovation Center in downtown Chandler in partnership with TechShop. Fed Ex broke ground on a new distribution center at the City’s Airpark and General Motors is ﬁnishing construction on its technology center near the conﬂuence of the Loop 101 and 202 freeways. As I have said in the past, businesses ﬁnd Arizona—and Chandler— attractive because we do have a very talented workforce thanks in large part to a quality state university system that is producing a creative class of skilled labor at all levels. Thanks goes to our management team and budget staff for their dedicated work to prepare a conservative and sensible plan. Thanks also to my fellow city councilmembers. They remain fully dedicated and uniﬁed to an unrelenting excellence and life quality for our city and residents. We live in a great community. A place of opportunity for families and commerce alike. A place putting a premium on superior programs and services. And above all, a place I can conﬁdently say is indeed ﬁnancially strong and on the move. Mayor Jay Tibshraeny is the mayor of Chandler.
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Thank you City of Chandler Dear editor, Thank you for publishing my letter to the editor (“Abandoned home problematic to neighborhood”) in the SanTan Sun News. I received a call today from a concerned citizen expressing his support of my situation. I let him know that the City of Chandler really stepped up to the plate quickly to address my concerns. I want to point out what a fabulous job our ﬁne City ofﬁcials have done to respond to my concerns. Within 24 hours of my email, the City of Chandler had corresponded back to my original email, and as of June 19, the tree has been trimmed, and the front lawn has had the weeds trimmed down to an acceptable level. I commend the City of Chandler for quick action and response to my concern. I do feel like I live in a city that cares about its citizens. Those at the City that deserve recognition are: Malcolm Hankins, neighborhood preservation manager, and City of Chandler; Rick Heumann, Chandler City Council vice mayor. Sincerely, Brent Stark
documents and policies as well as state and local legal restrictions. The OCA is continuing to proceed with all legal options and remedies available to the association. As with every violation issue within the community, it is our intent to gain compliance from the owners of the home. With the compliance process continuing, The OCA provided assistance on Tuesday, June 17, by cutting weeds, trimming bushes and trees and cleaning up the front yard. The OCA does care about all of its residents. Ocotillo is a community of more than 3,500 homes. We pride ourselves on the beauty of our community and how well it is maintained. Occasionally, we have a home that is abandoned, in foreclosure, or simply neglected by the homeowner. The OCA certainly understands the frustration associated with living next door to one of these distressed properties, but rest assured that we move as quickly as the law and our governing documents allow us. Thank you for allowing The OCA to respond to the “Abandoned Home Problematic to Neighborhood.” Board of Directors The Ocotillo Community Association
Dear San Tan Sun, The Board of Directors for The Ocotillo Community Association would like to offer the following response to your recently published article “Abandoned home problematic to neighborhood.” The Ocotillo Community Association (The OCA) is aware of the condition of the landscaping at this home. The association has been, and will continue to follow up in accordance with the association’s
Call HOA about problematic home Dear editor, This is in response to the article “Abandoned home problematic to neighborhood.” If the Ocotillo HOA is not taking care SEE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 49
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Tougher laws intend to lessen human trafﬁcking in Arizona BY JEFF WENINGER
Human trafﬁcking is the secondlargest organized crime in the world. While we hear this statistic fairly often, many people don’t realize the Jeff Weninger scope of its Submitted photo meaning. Human trafﬁcking is a difﬁcult subject to talk about and one that many don’t want to believe is happening in our community. Since I became aware of this issue, I have made it a priority to learn more about how young girls in the Valley are falling victim to these predators and what adults can do to help protect them. Kids are being solicited through online video games and chat rooms, at malls, parks and virtually anywhere young people are found. So, it’s important to monitor the online activities of your children and be aware of who your kids are spending time with and where they are hanging out. We hear stories on the news about these types of crimes, but until a year or so ago, I had no idea this was happening in my own backyard. I was shocked to
learn that Phoenix is the second-largest hub for human trafﬁcking in the United States, behind Las Vegas, because of its geographic location along the circuit of interstate highways. Girls are being forced to work as prostitutes from one major city to the next. Human trafﬁcking is deﬁned by the U.S. Department of State as, among other things, the act of recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing or obtaining a person for labor, services or commercial sex acts by means of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of exploitation. This is essentially modernday slavery and it’s critical we keep our awareness up so that we, as a community, can better combat it. Maricopa County averages approximately 40 cases annually involving prosecuting violations speciﬁc to human trafﬁcking or child prostitution statutes. Surprisingly, law enforcement sees a higher incidence of this crime when there is a major sporting event in town. Recently, during my Chandler in Focus program, I interviewed a few individuals who work closely with this issue. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery was one of my guests. Last fall, Bill was one of several members to serve on Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s Task Force on Human Trafﬁcking. The Task Force was asked to look at Arizona laws, administrative practices and law
enforcement training to determine what could be done to help reduce the occurrence of human trafﬁcking in Arizona. The Task Force made recommendations in the areas of protection, prosecution and prevention. Subsequently, in April, Gov. Brewer signed legislation to toughen the laws surrounding this crime. House Bill 2454 increases penalties to “pimps” for offenses involving 15-, 16- and 17-year-old girls and also to the “johns” who solicit these underage girls. The trauma associated with these crimes is long lasting. The good news is there are resources available to help. One organization with a mission to provide restoration and healing is the Starbright Foundation. To learn more about this organization and how to volunteer, visit Starbrightfoundation.org or to view a full copy of the Governor’s Task Force on Human Trafﬁcking report, visit www.azgovernor.gov. Human trafﬁcking has no boundaries. This crime can happen to anyone. It’s important to stay informed, learn the signs and symptoms for identifying victims and help bring awareness to others so we can keep our children safe and put an end to this terrible crime. Jeff Weninger is a Chandler city councilman.
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Sowell has referred to such self-appointed saviors of the country as “The Anointed.” Our founding was inspired by God and, like the Bible, its basic tenets will never be irrelevant. Because humans are imperfect, mechanisms are in place to amend the Constitution when the people think it is necessary, and this has been done 27 times. The ﬁrst 10 amendments were meant to ensure our freedoms from government intrusions and were called the Bill of Rights. We went from being a ﬂedgling to the most powerful nation on Earth in a relatively short 175 years. Since then, “the Anointed” has been undermining the Constitution and the Declaration to ﬁt an agenda. The results can be readily seen. We have a massive debt burden for future generations to bear, our world standing has fallen to new lows, immigration is out of control because our borders are not secure, the economy has left young college graduates discouraged about starting careers and there is no moral compass to guide the country. Most elected ofﬁcials are more interested in power and getting reelected than in returning the country back to the founding principles that worked so well. We are becoming a nation of takers with a dwindling productive population to support the growing nonproducers. This needs to turn around before we reach the tipping point. As we come face to face with our 238th birthday, I pray that God will provide us with new leaders that will be dedicated to leading the country in a new direction before it is too late and we have lost the last and best hope for all of mankind. America has been the “Promised Land” for millions of people over the centuries. The ﬁrst Promised Land was lost because of continued disobedience. It is not too late for us to turn our country back to its founding principles before we lose this precious heritage. Wake up, America! Let us all roll up our sleeves and get to work.
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if this issue, then they are not doing their job. The main purpose of an HOA is to maintain and improve the entire neighborhood. Most of the time this includes the common areas, but in some instances it may include the front yards of abandoned homes. It really is a minimal cost to the HOA that beneﬁts all residents of that neighborhood. My recommendation to Mr. Stark is to have several people call the HOA to get it done. Jeff Grammer Vice president of the Lantana Ranch HOA
Responding about blighted home Brent, Yes, it’s unfortunate that nothing was being done about the home, and investors are on the prowl. I strive hard to keep values up in your neighborhood, and if you have any contact with the owner we will get the home sold for market value. Feel free to refer them to my website at http://livingchandler.com. With warm regards, Matthew Coates West USA Realty Revelation, Realtor (602) 332-3321 (cell)
Sun Lakes resident responds to SRP article To COOP SUN LAKES members, I read the article in the SanTan Sun News regarding the latest information on the 230kv power line routes. In the article it states that only 16 homes in Sun Lakes would be affected, per Tom Novy, SRP project manager. This is in direct contradiction to the sensitivity report the SRP put out on April 17, 2013, that shows 659 homes
would be affected on the Hunt Highway Railroad Route. I wonder if this also takes into account the new homes being built on the land just west of the railroad tracks which were not there when the study was done. Keep in mind that the poles that SRP are proposing are going to be 125 to 130 feet in height and will be visible from not just the homes adjacent to the route but for several streets in from the route as well as the clubhouse. I also want to point out again what I have written in the past and what John Porter brought up at the meeting. Sun Lakes does not have representation by Chandler. So it is in Chandler’s best interest to suggest to SRP the GRIC route alternative be used as opposed to the Germann route, the other route being considered, which is in Chandler and would be less miles. And according to the SRP impact study, only 299 homes would be affected. Again, this is a Chandler need for the Price Road Corridor project. Not a Sun Lakes need. Yet Chandler sees an opportunity to add visual pollution to our community to keep their areas free of obstructions. SRP states they will not carry the cost of the putting the lines underground but will do if someone else pays. Almost 70 percent of the Sun Lakes homeowners’ tax bill goes to Chandler schools. If we were to petition to remove Sun Lakes from paying this tax, as Sun City West did about a decade ago, we could use the money to pay SRP to bury the lines in Chandler. It would take about two to three years to have the money they say is needed. If Sun Lakes’ residents still wanted to contribute to the Chandler Uniﬁed School District they have the opportunity to make a tax credit donation. Thank you, Bill Markmann
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Chandler Chino Bandido tantalizes with named Playful fusion cuisine City USA eight years in a row BY MEGHAN MCCOY
With more than 1,200 acres of park space, Chandler was designated as Playful City USA for the eighth consecutive year. Brooke Peterson, Chandler’s marketing and communication coordinator for community services, says this year 212 communities were named Playful City USA and Chandler was one of 12 in Arizona. “We are extremely excited about that,” Peterson explains. Only 14 cities and towns in the entire nation have received the designation for eight years in a row. The designation is made by the nonprofit organization KaBOOM!, which works to advocate on behalf of children and the necessity of play. Peterson says that cities have to answer such questions as what is Chandler’s population of children 18 and younger; what are Chandler’s biggest challenges; what is being done to identify those challenges and how many play spaces are available to be considered for the designation. Peterson said the approximate number of people younger than 18 living in Chandler is 65,185. The Chandler Parks and Recreation division maintains 1,214 acres of park space, which equates to one acre per 199 residences. She says their mission SEE PLAYFUL CITY USA PAGE 54
Women recognized at Soroptimist Regional Conference BY MEGHAN MCCOY
things, including some renovating,” Varela states. Updates include a new paint job, speakers and televisions in the large fast-casual restaurant. New menu boards are on the way. “We’re kicking off a happy hour now... We’re doing a soft rollout, and we’ll have six new menu items including chips and salsa, taquitos and a guaca-dilla, which will be a ﬂat quesadilla with a guacamole dipping sauce. Like all of our food, it will be made fresh.”
Two Chandler women, who have changed the lives of others through their dedication to the community, were honored during the Soroptimist International Golden West Regional Spring 2014 Conference at Wild Horse Pass recently. Lindsey Chew, a Hamilton High School graduate, received the Violet Richardson Award for the work she performs with the Chandler Regional Hospital’s Volunteer Program. “It was deﬁnitely an honor,” she says of receiving the award. “I was happy that something that I consider small would be recognized by others.” Chew was awarded $900, a combined total from the regional Soroptimist International and local Soroptimist chapter. Chandler Regional Hospital also received $200. “I’m thankful for everyone who supported me and all the staff and mentors I have had at the hospital that have really encouraged me along the way,” Chew says. Since her freshman year in high school, she has volunteered on average four hours a week. Seeing many patients alone and bored in their rooms, Chew founded Operation Origami. “It was a good way for me to give
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CHINESE MEXICAN: Chino Bandido in Chandler has been serving up Chinese and Mexican fusion cuisine for eight years. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON
When thinking of Chinese food and Mexican food, one might think of culinary styles that are from two vastly different countries and cultures. Chino Bandido didn’t really see it that way and went ahead and combined the two unique cuisines into one dazzling combination of ﬂavors that make perfect sense as soon as they leave the fork. Ron Varela, general manager of the Chandler Chino Bandido, just came on board ﬁve months ago. “We’re doing a whole bunch of new
CHANDLER LANDMARK: The Bashas’ Gallery, located in the Bashas’ Corporate ofﬁce facility, is an expansive collection of paintings, sculptures and Native American woven baskets. Every turn in the gallery takes you into another large exhibit area.. STSN photo by Tim Sealy See page 58 for more photos of Chandler landmarks
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CHINO BANDIDO FROM PAGE 51
The menu is easy to follow and consists of a variety of rice bowls, quesadillas and combos that boast Chinese and Mexican ﬂavors simultaneously. When ordering, diners can choose from white, jerk-fried, chicken-fried, plain-fried or pork-fried rice. The most popular dish is the jade red chicken and emerald chicken combo with Cuban black beans and jerk-fried rice ($8.40). It was unlike anything any other restaurant’s dishes as both the Mexican and Chinese ﬂavors came through. The ﬂavor experience of the jade red chicken was located somewhere at the intersection of slightly sweet, tangy and spicy with just a bit of crunch. The dish was also large enough to share. Combos come with two main dishes, beans and rice, and there is lots of room for entrée creativity. The machaca burrito and emerald chicken quesadilla with plain-fried rice and Cuban black beans ($8.40) is tasty. Again, the interesting Chinese ﬂavor of the emerald chicken inside of a quesadilla was delicious with just a hint of spice and was entirely unique. The signature snickerdoodle cookies ($8.50 a dozen or $4.50 for a half dozen) at Chino Bandido were too good to pass up. The cookie was perfectly baked and lightly dusted with cinnamon. Glutenfree and vegetarian menu options are also available. The staff is happy to work with customers to give them the entrees they want that meet their dietary needs. “We try to get the staff involved in everything we’re doing,” Varela explains.
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YUM!: Chino Bandido recently implemented happy hour and six new menu items. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington
“We have them believe in everything we’re trying to accomplish.” Indeed, the staff was all smiles and very helpful in explaining the menu on the day of my visit. If you still need convincing that Chinese and Mexican fusion cuisine works, just stop by the sample station inside Chino Bandido and let your taste buds decide. The restaurant was featured on “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” with Guy Fieri ﬁve years ago and Fieri was sold
on the unique culinary styling of Chino Bandido. Chino Bandido offers dine-in, takeout, delivery and catering and is located at 1825 W. Chandler Blvd. just east of Dobson. Call (480) 889-5990 or visit www. chinobandidochandler.com for additional information. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be
Verona, Italy, and the Lake Garda region are the sites this fall for Explore Your Story: a retreat, workshop and tours, hosted by Bob Wilson of Smartful Coaching. Verona is a UNESCO World Heritage site and Lake Garda has a Mediterranean-like climate. Explore Your Story will take place from Sept. 14 through Sept. 19 in Verona, Italy. Cost is $1,995, based on double occupancy. Attendance is limited to seven people to ensure their experience is memorable and intimate. The retreat includes six nights hotel stay in the heart of Verona; welcome dinner Sunday evening; breakfast Monday through Friday; writing workshop; walking tour of Verona; day trip to Lake Garda region including all transportation and admission fees; individual coaching session with Wilson per individual topic choice and Verona Card, which provides free admission to numerous attractions and free use of public transportation. The schedule also includes individual exploration of the city. For more information, visit www.VeronaRetreat.com or www. VeronaSept2014.eventbee.com.
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AWARDS: Soroptimist International of the San Tans members (back row) Marian Norris, Karen Durham, Valerie Jensen, Brenda Brown, Beverly Truett and Judith Register. Soroptimist International of the San Tans members (front row) Judy O’Donoghue, award winners Lindsey Chew (Violet Richardson Award winner) and April Macak (Women’s Opportunity Award winner) and Soroptimist International of the San Tans member Mary Ellen Crane. The women gathered to celebrate the awardees during a luncheon held at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler. Submitted photo
that go through things and numb it with drugs,” Macak says. “I think you can go one or two ways, you cannot be like your family and you can be like them.” Macak received $6,500 from Golden West Regional and Soroptimist International of the Americas, as well as a gift card to purchase a new computer for her studies. She was the top Women’s Opportunity Award recipient out of six at the Golden West Regional. “I have never won anything ever. 2014 has been good to me,” she says. The award money will prevent her from applying for additional student loans. She is working toward her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in criminal justice. Macak already has an associate’s degree in liberal arts and criminal justice. She wants to use her bachelor’s degree, which she hopes to ﬁnish in 2015, to work with homeless women and children. Her ultimate goal is to go to law school and become a legal advocate for the superior court to help women and children who suffer from child abuse and domestic violence. Both Chew and Macak were award recipients from Soroptimist International of the San Tans, a nonproﬁt organization that works to improve the lives of women and girls. For more information, visit www. soroptimistofsantans.org.
allowing those moment to scar her, she was determined to make a better life for her and her children. She began working at a shelter as
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back to my community,” Chew says. She hand makes paper cranes for the patients at the hospital. Chew says after she hand delivers the paper cranes, she stays and talks with the patients for a while and prays with them. “I really enjoy being able to talk to them and learn about their story,” she says, adding that she enjoys “being around people and having a way to help them no matter where I am with my education.” So far she has donated around 10,000 paper cranes. The idea to begin Operation Origami stemmed from the book “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,” by Eleanor Coerr. The message of the book, Chew explains, is that if you can fold 1,000 paper cranes you can heal any illness. Chew was also named a Flinn Scholar for 2014 and will be attending the University of Arizona to pursue a major in physiology with a minor in Spanish. She says she is interested in pediatric surgery. April Macak was also recognized at the conference for the Women’s Opportunity Award. “It was really shocking. I never knew anything like that existed and I feel very touched and honored. I was so overwhelmed that a club like that gives so much to single moms, especially to those that experienced a lot of bad. They try to put so much good into your life with all the bad you experienced,” she says of winning the award. Macak grew up in a dysfunctional home, which created some life-changing moments as a young girl. Instead of
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is to have one neighborhood park per square mile of residential space. “We are really proud of that,” Peterson says of providing access to open space. Chandler has 56 play spaces and 62 completed neighborhood, community or regional parks. The play spaces include such options as typical playground spaces, open play space, walking trails, basketball courts, volleyball courts, racquetball courts and squash courts. By 2018, eight additional parks will be added within the city limits. Roadrunner Park, which is located in east Chandler, was recently dedicated. She explains that the park has open space, walking trails, playground space and lighted sports courts. Another park, Citrus Vista Park, is in the planning stages for southeast Chandler. The park is slated to have a playground area, open space and some sport courts. Peterson says they have a few ideas of what to include in the park, but they want to receive some feedback from the public to make sure it meets the needs and interests of the community. The City Council, she explains, has been great about moving forward with the parks within the budget. This summer Parks and Recreation included a Tween Camp for children 10 to 13 years old to promote play with the older children. “It gives them an opportunity
Neighbors to come out and have the camp experience,” she says, adding that some tweens feel too old for youth camp, but are not ready to be home alone or direct their own activities. “It is something we started this year and it has been extremely successful,” Peterson says. She says they offer very affordable programs for all of their recreational activities and there are scholarship programs available for low-income families. With the continued growth of Chandler, the Parks and Recreation department decided to rebrand their services. “We wanted to make sure that we could focus on the impact the services provide,” she explains. The new brand is “Discover. Imagine. Grow.” The brand, Peterson says reflects the lifestyle of play and the impact recreation has on everyone’s daily lives. “We thought those three words signify lifestyle and changes the individual goes through,” she says. “We always want people to feel safe and engaged.” Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities presents Irish Genealogy Thinking of discovering your Celtic roots? Hit the inevitable “brick wall?” Planning a trip and need to know where to start with your ancestors? As part of the Irish Connection Education Series, ChandlerTullamore Sister Cities will present “Getting Started: Irish Genealogy Research” from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 23. This workshop 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. An actual research project will be used to trace the ancestry of an American-born Irish descendant back through three generations to locate the family’s ancestral homeland in Ireland. The instructor is Miles Davenport, who has more than 15 years of genealogy research experience and assists in genealogy research at the McClelland Irish Library at the Irish Cultural Center in Phoenix. The event will take place in the Chandler Police Committee Room, 250 E. Chicago St., Chandler. Preregistration must be made online at www.chandlerirish.org, or by contacting Ellen Harrington at (480) 600-8509. There are only 60 seats available.
There is no charge for this event; however donations will be gratefully accepted for the CTSC Student Ambassador Program. This year Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities hosted 20 students from Tullamore, Chandler’s Sister City, and sent 10 students to Tullamore in June. For further information about Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities, contact Ellen Harrington at (480) 6008509 or by email at chan.to.tull@gmail. com. Information can also be found at www.chandlerirish.org.
July 5 – 18, 2014
El Palacio, Four Peaks wine-pairing dinner showcases ﬂavors BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON
El Palacio Restaurant and Cantina played host to the ﬁrst of its three summertime beer-pairing dinners in late June and the event was as fun as it was delicious and informative. The ﬁrst dinner featured many off-the-menu specialty creations, each paired with a different Four Peaks Brewing Co. beer. Teddy Golden is the “beer trafﬁc controller” at Four Peaks Brewing Company and described each food and beer pairing. The group of 16 who attended the dinner was comprised of foodies, beer aﬁcionados and people just wanting to try something new. “We love holding these beer pairing dinners and we’re proud to be here at El Palacio,” states Golden. Our meal kicked off with chips and salsas and sauces from the El Palacio salsa bar. Although the salsas were all very good, my husband and I picked the guacamole as our favorite. We’re huge fans of avocado, so we may have been a bit biased. The ﬁrst course was a shrimp and avocado trufﬂe gazpacho that combined tangy, creamy, savory and a hint of spice. The entrée was paired with Four Peaks Sunbru Kolsch-style Ale. “This is a light beer with a dry ﬁnish, and lighter beers go with shellﬁsh,” Golden explained. The next course was a taco salad with seasonal vegetables and carne asada cleverly presented in a folded Four Peaks beer can. It was paired with 8th Street Pale Ale. “This is a classic English-style pale ale that is slightly spicy,” Golden states. The carne asada in the taco salad was even braised in Four Peaks’
BEER!: Four Peaks beers featured during the beer-pairing dinner were the Sunbru Kolsch-style Ale, 8th Street Pale Ale, Hop Knot IPA and the Peach Ale. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington
Kilt Lifter Scottish Style Ale, and the sauce was simmered with 8th Street Pale Ale. Next was the pork three-ways gordita with carnitas, pancetta and chorizo stuffed into a slightly crunchy corn masa pocket. This entrée was a bit spicier and paired perfectly with the Hop Knot IPA. “This beer is ‘hop forward’ and has a kiss of malt,” Golden notes. The spice in the gordita meat and the spicy bite to the Hop Knot mellowed each other out for the unique pairing. The dessert wound up being our personal favorite. It was a deep-fried peach paired with a deconstructed peach and strawberry paleta served with Four Peaks Peach Ale. It was light, refreshing and a fun change of pace to have a fruity beer. Owner and executive chef at El Palacio, Anthony Serrano made an appearance and our group applauded. “I loved putting together this dinner and doing something a little different,” Serrano states of the special event.
Gilbert residents Alicia and Joe Bastek were excited to participate in this dinner. “We’ve done three of these dinners before; all of them with Four Peaks, but each one was in a different venue.” Alicia states. “The dessert was my favorite entrée because I love peaches and the Four Peaks Peach Ale is my favorite beer. It’s light and summery.” El Palacio will hold its next beer-pairing dinner July 23 and feature the beers of Santa Fe Brewing Co. The ﬁnal summer beer- pairing dinner will be Aug. 14 and highlight the beers of Grand Canyon Brewing Co. El Palacio is located at 2950 E. Germann Rd. Call (480) 802-5770 to make reservations for a beer-pairing dinner or visit www.epfamilyrestaurants.com for additional information. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be contacted at email@example.com
Vendor opportunities available for ‘The Big Chill’ Shop Vendor opportunities are available for “The Big Chill” Shop, a local cause event beneﬁting the Chandler-Compadre Boys & Girls Club. The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. De Atley Events is hosting the event at the Chandler-Compadre Boys & Girls Club, 300 E. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Attendees will enjoy more than 60 vendors, geared toward women, children and families. Some of the vendors will include direct sales consultants, crafters, service providers and beauty and salon providers. The event will also include such activities as face painting and bounce houses for the youngsters. Lunch and treats will be available for purchase. For more information about vendor opportunities, contact Shannon@deatleyevents.com or call (480) 544-7042.
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Relax this summer with Tai Chi, QiGong Chandler, Gilbert and Sun Lakes offer many ways to get moving. One moving form that can be done standing or sitting through a series of low-impact flowing movements recognized for producing several health benefits is Tai Chi and QiGong. There are several variations of Tai Chi. Easy and gentle movements focused on stretching and balance while relaxing the mind and body. These slow-flow movements are good for everybody. Sometimes it is referred to as Chinese yoga, but it’s easier for most people than yoga; and individuals do not have to get up and down from the floor. Tai Chi is easily modified and individuals can adjust the movements to their particular body type, limitations and needs. Tai Chi is known to help with many diseases and physical challenges, from Alzheimer’s to Parkinson’s to multiple sclerosis and diabetes. An important part of Tai Chi is using diaphragmatic breathing, which allows individuals to breathe deeply, while relaxing the whole body. Tai Chi can be done by all ages and abilities, anywhere and without expensive equipment. Some of the benefits of Tai Chi include decrease in stress and anxiety and lower blood pressure; increased flexibility, posture and balance; enhanced the immune system and reduced risk of falls in older adults.
As a Tai Chi practitioner certified by the American Tai Chi-Qigong Association and a Silver Sneakers FLEX instructor, Kim Kubsch is also certified to teach PWR! Moves for Parkinson’s and ChairChi. With a passion of “active aging for all,” Kubsch uses Tai Chi to enhance overall health, increase flexibility, improve balance and coordination and reduce stress, while building bone strength. Introduced to the practice as a young professional working and living in 10 countries of Southeast Asia, Kubsch would observe mobs of people in parks and open areas in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the smallest alleys of Hong Kong. Now as a yearround resident of Sun Lakes, she has been leading Tai Chi classes, workshops and semi-private or private series for four years throughout the Southeast Valley, including Casa Grande. “I really enjoyed it when I first tried it out and decided it was something that could be really useful,” says Randall and his wife Glenda. “Kim’s classes have helped me have a better sense of balance, calm, heart rate control and blood pressure.” For more information about Kubsch’s easy and gentle Tai Chi-QiGong classes, workshops, private instruction or DVD’s and online classes, contact Kim@ SafeMovements.com or call (480) 3923436.
WHAT’S IT WORTH? The summer is upon us and, with temperatures in the 100s, I am sure you would like the opportunity to get away for a long weekend to a “cool” vacation spot. You can generate that extra cash to enjoy this break by using an asset you already own. Is there something in your safety deposit box, garage, a drawer or maybe on a wall in your home that has value and can be converted to cash? Take some time and look for this asset that no longer is bringing you pleasure or is not appreciating and find out “What’s it worth.” There are experts who have the capability to evaluate collectables, jewelry, art, etc. through research and market knowledge who will provide the estimated value of your
item. There are consignment stores on every corner that will take the item and attempt to find buyers. There is also the Internet, which is becoming a mall and shopping center. The valuables that before were not readily saleable now can be sold 24 hours a day. But first you need to have the experts determine a value. From this point, the marketplace will determine the true selling price. Also ask the experts if they are possible buyers of the assets. It will expedite the conversion of the item to cash. Please take the time on one of these hot days to search for valuables that can be converted to funds for a break from the heat. Remember there are experts and buyers who want to assist!
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Each Sunday through Aug. 31, United Blood Services donors will be automatically entered to win a 2014 Passat S donated by Valley Volkswagen dealers. For the ﬁfth summer, Volkswagen has partnered with United Blood Services to sponsor the “Drive Away a Hero” campaign. Blood donors will also receive a bonus-entry card that provides two more chances to win. Register the entry code online and for even better odds, also deposit the card in any Metro Phoenix area Volkswagen dealer showroom rafﬂe box. Ten summer blood donors will be drawn as ﬁnalists to participate in the Sept. 17 grand prize drawing. Finalists will be unveiled throughout the summer on AZ-TV, proud media partner for the “Drive Away a Hero” campaign. For a blood donation appointment, call (877) 827-4376 or visit www. BloodHero.com and enter city or ZIP code.
TAI CHI: Tai Chi anywhere, anytime by Kim Kubsch. Submitted photo
CAR: All United Blood Services donors will automatically be entered to win a 2014 Passat S until Aug. 31. Submitted photo
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