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This Week REAL ESTATE SECTION

NEWS................................ 4 CGCC to launch artificial intelligence courses.

COMMUNITY..........15 Gilbert model train club chugging along.

COMMUNITY........................................15 BUSINESS............................................. 18 OPINION.....................................20 SPORTS.......................................24 PUZZLE....................................... 25 CLASSIFIED..........................................26

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Gilbert could claim WWII heroes’ commemoration BY CECILIA CHAN GSN Managing Editor

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he USS Arizona sits on the ocean floor – a buried memorial and rusted steel tomb for over 900 crew members who were trapped when it sank during Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii. Since the 1941 sinking, the warship’s name remained its own – until the U.S. Navy in December announced it will christen a new fast-attack submarine after the USS Arizona. Gilbert could become part of the histo-

ry-making event. “I looked around, I’ve been to Tucson and Scottsdale but Gilbert always stuck with me,” said Nikki Stratton, who in her role as the ship’s sponsor is asking Gilbert to serve as the ceremonial hometown for the USS Arizona submarine. Stratton’s fondness for Gilbert took root in the early 2000s as a Washington State basketball player in a game against Arizona State University. She and her family were searching for a church for Christmas Eve service and drove around until they found a small house of

Gilbert candidates air views in virtual forum

worship in Gilbert. “It has everything that we were looking for, everything my grandfather would really love,” Stratton said. The Colorado resident’s grandfather Donald Stratton was one of the 337 survivors aboard the Arizona during the Dec. 7 attack. The ship’s crew roster at the time numbered 1,511 sailors and marines. Stratton said Gilbert, with its roots in agriculture and the official moniker Kindness, USA, embodies the feel of a small town that

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BY CECILIA CHAN GSN Managing Editor

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own Council candidates last week gave their views on issues such as a proposed town-operated ambulance service, how the town can economically recover from the pandemic and police reform during what likely is the only candidate forum before the Aug. 4 election. The virtual forum was hosted by Unite for Education, a political action committee that advocates for schools in Gilbert and east Mesa. Mayoral candidate Matt Nielsen and Laurin Hendrix, one of two candidates for a two-year term on council, could not attend, the group said. The mayor, one two-year term on council and two four-year council seats are on the ballot.

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That’s not a head of steam that Angelo Aquino is building. Indeed, it’s the exact opposite as he is emersed in a unique treatment at Cryoshift in Gilbert that takes the ambient temperature way, way below 0. For a look at what it does, see page 18 for details. (Pablo Robles/GSN Staff Photographer)

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