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Youth’s illicit drug use continues, professionals say BY SRIANTHI PERERA
Gilbert is deemed the second safest municipality in the nation. So, is its youth plagued by the drug problem that’s widespread in the nation, or is it somehow spared of it? If there was any doubt to the question above, the issue was addressed firmly in the affirmative during the third meeting and the first of two Gilbert Talks held at Mercy Gilbert Medical Office recently. Founded a few months ago, Gilbert Talks seeks to foster community dialogue on matters of importance to the town, to understand, motivate action and promote effective policymaking. “I’m going to throw you some statistics to show that we’re no different than any see DRUG USE page 8
Mayor’s presentation touts accomplishments, impresses residents BY SRIANTHI PERERA
With popcorn, gummy bears and a small drink in hand, folks heading into one of the Harkins SanTan Village 16 multiplex theaters in Gilbert recently could easily be mistaken for moviegoers. But rather than watch “Star Wars,” they were going in to watch a digital production of Mayor John Lewis’ state of the town presentation. And the movie theater goodies were on the house. For the fourth year in a row, the Town’s digital communications team preferred to create a video focusing see ACCOMPLISHMENTS page 10
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New developments boost housing market in East Valley BY KENNETH LAFAVE
In the East Valley, things are starting to develop. New housing communities in East Mesa and Gilbert, designed to attract a mix of families, young couples and retirees, have begun to pop up like the spring wildflowers on the slopes of the Superstition Mountains. What’s the appeal of living east of Loop 202? “Less traffic and fewer people, but two malls nearby,” said Dennis Pyper (pronounced “piper”), who last fall moved with his wife Donna into a three-bedroom home in the Mulberry Neighborhood, a Blandford Homes development at Signal Butte and Guadalupe roads. “And there’s a lot of diverse activities here,” adds Donna Pyper. “The pool, the fitness center—the community center presents different classes; yoga is starting up soon.” Donna, retired from the pharmaceuticals industry, said her youthful interest in painting was rekindled by a class at the Mulberry community center, which she has since followed up with oil painting classes at Mesa Arts Center, a short drive from home. Mulberry has sold 170 homes since its opening last March. “We sold 34 homes the first day,” recalled Ernie Haycraft, one of the sales staff at Mulberry. “People camped out for five days to get one of the first 34 lots.” With Donna retired and Dennis semiretired—he consults as a CPA on a part-time basis—the area was a fairly obvious choice, compared to the frenzy of the central corridor or the densely populated West Valley. But young families also find far-east living amenable, with highly rated schools and friendly neighborhoods among the selling points. “Great schools, new shopping centers and restaurants, and abundant recreational activities are just a few reasons why the East Valley is extremely popular among new home buyers,” said Ken Peterson, vice president of sales and marketing for Shea Homes. Shea opened Ambition at Eastmark, north of Ray Road between Ellsworth and Signal Butte roads, in January. Peterson adds a component that’s easy to take for granted, but rare in the increasingly built-up greater Phoenix area: Nature. “Arizona’s natural beauty really shines in this area, with the Superstition Mountains offering not only great views, but also ample hiking and mountain biking trails. Nearby lakes are perfect spots for enjoying water sports,” Peterson said. Planned communities in the past have had a reputation for sameness and even
sterility. “They’re all made out of tickytacky, and they all look the same” went the song parody, “Little Boxes.” But as developers have recognized the demands of varied tastes and the needs that vary from demographic to demographic they have offered more individualization in floor plans, exteriors and interior modifications. Ambition’s four plans—which range from a three-bedroom, two-bath, 1,723-square-foot home, to 2,869 square feet that include between four and six bedrooms and 3.5 baths—admit of customization depending on the buyer’s personal interests. Shea calls the modifications “outdoor-centric,” “entertainment-centric” and “kitchencentric.” Mulberry takes customization about as far as it can go, with 16 floors plans from 1,700 to 4,300 square feet, and exterior color schemes that defy the image of the monochrome typical development. “Instead of six shades of tan, we offer 31 color schemes—in shades of white, brown, yellow, green,” said Haycraft. Combined with the fact that Mulberry’s homes are sited on multiple elevations, the effect is that “it looks like you bought a lot and built your own house.” Mulberry’s most unusual feature takes a while to sink in. When you arrive, you wonder what’s different. Only after a while do you notice the young trees that line all the streets, and the ground around them is...green. Mulberry (where, ironically, none of the trees are mulberries) eschews the “desert look” for a more Midwestern look. Association rules dictate that yards must be covered in real or artificial grass. The growth of the far East Valley was sparked by the de-commissioning of Williams Air Force Base in the year 2000, said land owner Jeff Cooley. Cooley is the namesake of Cooley Station—900 acres in the Gateway area between Recker and Williams Field roads, and Power Road and the railroad tracks. When the Town of Gilbert obtained the former Air Force land, it hired planners to do what they do—come up with a plan. “What they came up with was a 60-acre village center along Williams Field Road from Recker to Power,” Cooley said. The village is still in the planning stages, but Fulton Homes has anticipated the need for housing—in a big way. “Fulton has built about 180 units on 23 acres in the area, but there’s most of 96 acres that it’s set to close on March 31. If they do close on that, there should be between 1,400 and 1,500 new units in the next five years,” Cooley said. That number of homes will be demanded,
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Cooley said he believes, by the presence of the Williams Field Road village center, which he envisions as “the equal of downtown Tempe” for variety and sophistication of shops and restaurants. Development of the far East Valley has been slow, partly because infrastructure was at first lacking. It took four years after the Williams Air Force Base decommissioning to get the land zoned and to start to work laying necessary improvements. Work was halted for a time after the 2008 financial crash, and has only recently picked up in earnest. Now, however, it is as if floodgates have opened. The quiet environment, convenient access to freeways for travel to other parts of the Valley and the nearby presence of stores and eateries are key, but another factor pulling people to the area is a hardto-define “sense of community.” Peterson talks of promoting a “true community spirit” at Ambition through amenities such as an event pavilion, playgrounds and basketball courts. Mulberry retains an activities director for its residents. More than 300 people showed up for the development’s first Christmas party last year. The Valley east of the 202 isn’t exactly pioneer territory. A five-minute drive from Mulberry puts one in the middle of a commercial complex that features those
dichotomous twin symbols of contemporary life, side-by-side: In-N-Out Burger and L.A. Fitness. And yet, a bit of a rural feel clings to the area, at least for now. When the Pypers walk their dogs, Indie and Maple, they stop by a fenced-in area to visit a neighborhood donkey and feed it some carrots. But history shows that new communities don’t usually have a long time to enjoy connections to the land. Famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright once said that anyone looking to build a house should choose a site “10 miles” from the edge of the city, even if it lacks infrastructure. He followed his own advice when he bought the land for Taliesin West, which in the 1950s had no water and no power. Taliesin West is now smack in the middle of a bustling urban community. If the builders of the next East Valley homes were to follow Wright’s advice, they would find themselves at the doorstep of Apache Junction and on the way to Gold Canyon. There used to be a belief that the I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson would someday be filled with city. Now it seems the urban corridor may lead somewhere other than the Old Pueblo. Who’s ready for a Phoenix-to-Globe metro area?
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IN THE NEWS Arizona’s ranchers and cowboys focus of exhibition at Art Intersection
PhotoTapas, a local initiative to celebrate the art of photography during February, will be marked 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at Art Intersection in Gilbert. The day’s schedule features lectures, conversations and demonstrations centered on photography books, work, the art of photogravures, lumen printing and other related topics. Scottsdale-based commercial photographer Scott T. Baxter will talk about “Gathering the Remnants,” an exhibition of new work from never before seen images from the “100 Years 100 Ranchers” project, commemorating Arizona’s centennial anniversary. The Ryan Gallery at Art Intersection
is exhibiting the work through March 5. Baxter’s fine art gelatin prints presents the lives of ranchers and cowboys working on Arizona ranches that have been operating in the state for more than 100 years. They were photographed during a 12-year project. Alan Fitzgerald, owner of Art Intersection, said he is struck by Baxter’s connection to ranchers. “He knows his people personally,” Fitzgerald said. “He’s invested his time to become simply more than an acquaintance. And he captures the essence.” Art Intersection is located at 207 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert. For details, call (480) 361-1118 or view www.artintersection.com.
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The Hale Centre Theatre is running a nostalgic and music-filled show, “The Andrew Brothers,” through April 19. Its premise hinges on the fame of the Andrews Sisters, the famous trio of girl singers who rocketed to fame in the 1940s. The group gave the world “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Slow Boat to China” and “I’ll Be with You in Apple Blossom Time” among many others. During their careers, they charted more than 100 Billboard hits, 46 of them in the Top 10, and sold 100 million records. In “The Andrew Brothers,” written by Roger Bean, a trio of young stagehands (Chad Campbell, Tedd Glazebrook and Brent Graham) slip into the Andrews Sisters’ costumes to perform a USO show for World War II troops after the Sisters’ appearance became unavoidably cancelled. The unsuspecting solders are entertained. So is the audience, with the show’s mix of mistaken identities, madcap adventures and at least two dozen Andrews Sisters hits. “The Andrews Brothers,” directed by
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Gilbert high schooler to raise funds for blood cancer research Mariah Larronde of Gilbert High School is one of 10 high school students in the Valley who is participating in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Arizona Chapter’s fundraising effort. During the six-week campaign entitled 2016 Student of the Year, students
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State’s first MRI-compatible defibrillator utilized at medical center Dignity Health Mercy Gilbert Medical Center is the first Arizona hospital to utilize new technology to allow individuals with an implantable cardio defibrillator to safely receive an MRI. Until now, individuals with the implanted defibrillator were unable to receive this valuable imaging due to potential interactions with the defibrillator. Dr. Drory Tendler, medical director of Mercy Gilbert’s Cardiac Electrophysiology Department, surgically implanted the first device in Arizona in October 2015. Developed by Medtronic, the special defibrillator is the first FDA-approved implantable cardio defibrillator (ICD) for use with magnetic resonance imaging. An ICD is a device that continually monitors heart rhythms and sends low- and highenergy electric signals, or shocks, to help restore normal rhythms. Similar to pacemakers, ICDs are typically used in more complex cases. One of Tendler’s first patients to receive the device had a weakened heart and also suffered from advanced
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hence there is a likelihood that it’s underreported. “We’re asking young people to be honest about where they’re getting their drugs, what kind of drugs they’re using, when is the last time you used,” he said. Although drugs may not be available in the school, Dorn said that kids may easily text a drug runner who may be located elsewhere. After orders are placed, the drugs are usually obtained at a parking lot located away from the school, he said. Sadly, dangers lurk at home as well. McHale, who has worked in ER for 20 years, said the proliferation of narcotics in the home medicine cabinet is having a negative influence on youth. The United States uses 95 percent of narcotic prescriptions in the world. Meanwhile, prescription drugs are the gateway to more potent dependencies with marijuana and heroin, he said. McHale said that heroin deaths are “very real.” “There’s heroin in Gilbert and in Chandler,” he said. “Twenty years ago, I saw heroin once a month from a junkie who came in with track marks. I see heroin, not daily, but at least every other day or every third day. A lot of times, it’s teens or youth 20, 25 (years of age). “It doesn’t make me walk back to the room stunned anymore,” he added. Dorn and McHale noted the increase in youth marijuana use corresponding to
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on Gilbert’s accomplishments and a hint of things to come as it prepares for buildout. LEGO blocks were thematically used to highlight the message: “Building Our Future.” That way, Lewis won’t drone in front of a podium for one hour, an all too familiar occurrence in a traditional state of the city deliverance. Instead, the digital team used drones for a bird’s-eye view of the nation’s largest town. And Town Council members, behind-the-scenes Town staffers, the business community that has invested on progressive multimillion-dollar projects and the average person (and dog) on the street: they all received a turn to express their thoughts. The effort wasn’t lost on the audience, comprising mainly of town staffers and residents, mostly volunteers who keep in touch with the town pulse. “I love the theme of building our future,” said Kayla Kolar, executive director of the Gilbert Historical Museum. “Growth is inevitable. The Town of Gilbert has done a wonderful job of honoring our past amidst all the growth.” The last year saw the fruition of many projects. “This year , we worked on 42 new construction
projects; twice as many as last year,” said Lewis, “bringing more than 1,600 new jobs to Gilbert.” Town Manager Patrick Banger said that Moody’s gave Gilbert its first triple A bond rating, which will “save our residents thousands of dollars in interest costs.” Hay fields at the corner of Gilbert Road and the Loop 202 gave way to Rivulon, a 250-acre, mixed-use development that has opened several of its planned buildings. Along the South Loop 202 and Germann Road, Park Lucero light industrial park has come to life. Located on the northwest corner of Gilbert Road and Vaughn Avenue, Heritage Marketplace is the retail yang to the yin of the vibrant restaurant cluster in the Heritage District. Among the newcomers are Snooze, Zinburger and Pomo Pizzeria Gilbert. “There’s a really neat vibe going on down here and we love being a part of it,” said restaurateur Craig DeMarco,
whose company, Upward Projects, created Postino and Joyride Taco House in the downtown. St. Xavier University further helped transform the downtown landscape with its grand opening as Gilbert’s first university campus. “I think it’s only going to get better,” said Brian Ellis, Rivulon’s developer and president of Nationwide Realty Investors. “I think we’re going to have more opportunities in terms of places to shop, dine, for education, for entertainment and so I only see it getting better and better.” Cherie Scott, who sits on the Gilbert Arts and Culture board, said she was proud to call Gilbert home. “I like the video format so that everyone can watch the fun and informative presentation of the Town,” she said. “It makes me proud to call Gilbert home...more proud of the exciting future ahead.” Aimee Ghimire, who runs a virtual Web design and digital marketing agency from her home in Gilbert and
www.GilbertSunNews.com also volunteers on many agencies, said she was impressed as well. “Having a triple A rating and just the growth and economic development strengthens the town,” she said. “I felt just prouder to be a Gilbert resident and to be involved in the community.” With a population of nearly 243,000, the Town is planning for buildout at about 300,000 people. Residents are looking forward to the new regional park that is to be developed at Chandler Heights Basin. The 272-acre park will be larger than all the other parks in Gilbert combined. Heritage Marketplace will build its second phase and tenants will include Asian eateries Clever KOI and Sushi Brokers, Farm & Craft and Tuft & Needle. Live music restaurant and hip hangout Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row is due here, too. Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company is planning an expansion as well. “Every new project is geared towards building community, and that is what makes Gilbert so special,” Kolar said. Watch Gilbert’s 2016 Digital State of the Town at gilbertaz.gov/ stateofthetown.
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Gilbert Education Expo
Parents and children learned about Gilbert Public Schools at the Gilbert Education Expo, and had a chance to win door prizes, check out the Chromebook Room, meet teachers and leaders and see animals from the AG Program. GSN photos by Murphy Bannerman
Kristina Canadian, a 4th/5th dual language teacher at Gilbert Elementary, poses in her Tiger suit with the schoolâ€™s mascot.
Tim McConeghy, of Balloons by Tim, makes balloon animals.
The Gilbert Education Expo saw quite the turn out, as local families chatted with schools.
A line of Gilbert children wait to have a balloon animal made by Tim McConeghy.
Noel Strait and Valeria Varela from Gilbert Elementary pose as they have their photo taken by Tap Snap.
From left, Mikayla Haynes, Monaco Tribble, Natalie Osborn, and Sydney Mulligan, show off their Greenfield Junior High pride by wearing their schools T-shirts and dressing as the schoolâ€™s mascot.
Lily Wittek and Kristian Gary from Finley Farms, work on projects they made for school during the expo.
Madison Martines has costume makeup applied to her head by Antonio Smith.
Konrad Cady plays an educational video game at the Playa Del Rey Elementary booth.
Molly Watts has her hand painted.
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Blood transfusions help save young lives The young lives at Phoenix’s Children Hospital depend on nearly 1,000 lifesaving blood transfusions every month. Take Lauryn for instance. This brave, Arizona 9-year-old was born with a rare genetic disorder called Beta Thalassemia, which prevents her body from producing healthy red blood cells. For the rest of her life, Lauryn will need blood transfusions. Lauryn has already received transfusion from more than 115 generous blood donors. By being a blood donor, you are giving Lauryn a chance to grow up. And not just Lauryn, but thousands of children just like her. Save a life. Find the hero in you. To make an appointment, call 1-877-UBS-HERO (1-877-827-4376) or visit www.BloodHero.com. The following blood drives are scheduled in Gilbert: • 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, MAPFRE USA, 15555 N. Fiesta Blvd., Bloodmobile • 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 14, St. Anne Knights of Columbus, 440 E. Elliot Rd., Church Hall
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To help celebrate Valentine’s Day, several East Valley establishments are offering a variety of tempting and tasty deals. Check out the following scrumptious meals, spa packages and more that would make Cupid smile.
Papa Murphy’s From now through Valentine’s Day, all of the Papa Murphy’s in the Valley, including the one in Gilbert, are offering a special HeartBaker Pizza. The heart-shaped pizza is topped with red sauce, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni and is available for $8. Take the HeartBaker home, pop it in a 425-degree oven and the pizza will be ready in 12 to 18 minutes. Papa Murphy’s is located at 1385 E. Warner Rd., Suite 104 in Gilbert. For more information, call (480) 632-7171 or visit www.papamurphys.com. Cuisine and Wine Bistro Gilbert’s Cuisine and Wine Bistro will offer patrons dining options from a special menu on Valentine’s Day, as well as a unique champagne-based Cupid’s Cocktail. The menu offers a choice of one appetizer, one entrée and one dessert. Choices for the appetizer are either lobster risotto, paired with a Sauvignon
Blanc from Napa Valley, or smoked duck breast salad with a Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley. For their entree, customers may choose between grilled swordfish with lemon butter paired with a Chenin Blanc from France or a 16-ounce grilled New York Strip served with a trilogy of sauces and paired with a St. Emillion Grand Cru. For dessert, select from chocolate souffle served with raspberries and paired with a Merlot from the Columbia Valley or tarte tatin served with mascarpone cream and an Orange Muscat from Lake Country. The three-course menu with the wine pairings is $105; without wine, the threecourse meal is $65. Cuisine and Wine Bistro is located at 1422 W. Warner Rd., in Gilbert. For information or reservations call (480) 497-1422 or visit www.cuisineandwinebistro.com. Isabel’s Amor Diners who are looking for tasty Mexican fare with a special Valentine’s Day twist can head to Isabel’s Amor in Gilbert. On Valentine’s Day, the restaurant is offering a three-course dinner featuring bold Mexican flavors. Guests can begin with a shared starter like Mexican street corn, Baja shrimp cocktail or Frijoles de Amor, and follow up with a selection of entrees like Pescado de
Pizza lovers can celebrate Valentine’s Day with a heart-shaped pizza from Papa Murphy’s in Gilbert. Submitted photo
la Parilla and Puerco en Salsa Verde. Shared desserts include flan, churros con crema or sopapillas. The cost is $42 per couple plus tip and gratuity. Isabel’s Amor is located at 1490 E. Williams Field Rd. in Gilbert. For reservations, call (480) 290-7060 or visit www.isabelsamor. com. Zappone’s Italian Bistro Starting at 4 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, Zappone’s Italian Bistro will offer a special three-course menu at a trio of price points. Diners will start their meal with a choice of lobster bisque or pear salad, and then select an entree of either filet and lobster tail with truffle whipped potatoes for $50; an
8-ounce filet with truffle whipped potatoes for $36; or a stuffed A-line chicken breast with herb risotto for $28. For dessert, select from chocolate pot de creme or a raspberry Napoleon. Zappone’s Italian Bistro is located at 1652 N. Higley Rd., Ste 103 in Gilbert. For information or reservations call (480) 218-2338 or visit www.zapponesbistro.com. Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort Hungry diners can enjoy a relaxing Valentine’s Day brunch at the historic San Marcos Golf Resort in downtown Chandler. The meal includes everything from a chefattended omelet station, eggs Benedict and waffle station to chef-carved prime rib,
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Neighbors Kitchen Bar in Tempe. The prix-fixe menu will be in addition to the regular daily menu and is available from 5 p.m. to close. Diners may start their meal by choosing from hummus nachos, quinoa fritter or grilled Mediterranean shrimp, and then select one of three entrees: pistachio-crusted salmon; osso bucco with sun-dried tomato and saffron polenta or grilled chicken with Mediterranean quinoa pasta. Dessert is a choice of s’mores, or fruit sorbet. The meal is $45 per person and includes a glass of champagne. Salut Kitchen Bar is located at 1435 E. University Dr. in Tempe. For more information, call (480) 625-3600 or visit www. salutkitchenbar.com. Tempe Mission Palms Hotel Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a romantic staycation at Tempe Mission Palms Hotel. The Valentine’s package includes deluxe accommodations, and sparkling wine and chocolate-covered strawberries delivered to the room. A $30 food and beverage credit is also included for guests to use at Harry’s Place lounge, for room service, or at Mission Grille restaurant. The Valentine’s package is valid from Thursday, Feb. 11, through Monday, Feb. 15. Use promo code EVDAY0. Tempe Mission Palms Hotel is located at 60 E. Fifth St. in Tempe. For reservations or information call (480) 894-1400 or visit www. missionpalms.com. RA Sushi All of the Valley RA Sushi locations, including Ahwatukee and Tempe, are offering a special dinner for two for $35. The meal is available all day from Friday, Feb. 12, to Sunday, Feb. 14. Diners may select one appetizer, one entree and one dessert. Entree choices are a Viva Las Vegas roll, tunacado, ultimate shrimp tempura, spicy chicken teriyaki udon and chicken teriyaki. RA Sushi is located at 4921 E. Ray Rd., Suite B1 in Ahwatukee and 411 S. Mill Ave., Suite 103 in Tempe. For more information, visit www. rasushi.com.
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Comfort food in beautiful surroundings at MJaye’s Pub and Eatery BY KATHY KERBY
Melanie Jaye Sartain always loved to cook. In October of 2015, she leaped from corporate America (consultant to Honeywell) to open her own restaurant, MJaye’s Pub and Eatery, in the JD Homestead building on south Gilbert Road. The name of her homey new restaurant was a blend of her name and those of her father and daughter. The spacious interior at MJaye’s has high ceilings with fans, a massive granite bar mounted on stone, booths along both walls with tables and chairs in the middle, and several televisions. There is also a small stage area for live music. The most appealing feature, however, is the inviting outdoor patio. This patio just screams “come outside and enjoy the beautiful Arizona weather.” Seriously, there is enough room for a small wedding reception or a big family party. The wrought-iron tables and chairs, with bright red umbrellas surrounded by grass, trees and fl owers, create a lovely atmosphere to enjoy food and friends. On a recent Saturday evening, my husband and I made the short drive to MJaye’s. We were greeted by Jordyn, who told us that she was really enjoying working with her mother in this new enterprise. She handed us the onepage menu. Sometimes it’s nice to have
simplicity rather than the four- or fi vepage menu which is the norm. We made our selections from a nice variety of starters, salads, burgers, sandwiches and entrees, and chuckled at some of the fun names like “Rajin Cajun,” “Vampire Killer,” and “Jerky Boys.” As we waited, Melanie dropped by our table and explained that almost everything on the menu is made in-house and that the menu is constantly evolving as she and her staff try new recipes and seek customer input. For our appetizer we chose “The Montana, Tony Style ($8.)” We are not certain what the name means but we are certain that the four mini Cuban sliders with roasted pork, ham, cheddar cheese, Dijon and pickles were very tasty with just the right about of heat. My husband, Lou, wanted to sample the Sonoran Burger ($9) and “Reuben the Great ($9.)” The burger was layered with guacamole, pepper jack cheese, purple onions and bacon and was expertly seasoned and grilled. The Reuben, with slow-roasted corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and a house Greek thousand island dressing, was an explosion of textures and fl avors. I ordered “Jaye’s Choice” ($13). The centercut sirloin was cooked perfectly, as were the garlic mashed potatoes and yummy roasted peppers and squash served on the side. The Jack Daniels au jus enhanced
MJaye’s Pub and Eatery opened in the fall of 2015. GSN photos by Kathy Kerby
the fl avor of the tender beef. For dessert, we couldn’t resist “Myrtle’s Turtle ($6).” This was the Grand Canyon of brownie sundaes. We barely made a dent in the moist brownie, covered with luscious ice cream and topped with caramel and candied pecans. We took the rest home for a midnight snack. Melanie’s dream is “to be a neighborhood, family-owned, pub where people can come enjoy comfort classics in a relaxed and casual environment.” MJaye’s Pub and Eatery 323 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 111 Gilbert 85296 (480) 307-8477
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They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Chances are, after eating breakfast at Gilbert’s Henhouse Café, it will also be the most delicious meal of the day. “Food is a passion for me,” said Maureen “Mo” Grebe, who owns Henhouse, a breakfast-and-lunch restaurant, with her husband, Brett Grebe. Those are easy words to say, but the food at Henhouse proves them true. If there’s any doubt, try Mo’s Texas Eggs Benedict ($9.29)—with cornbread instead of English muffi n, carnitas-style pork in lieu of Canadian bacon, and Hollandaise spiked with smoky Hatch chiles—or the strawberry cheesecake-stuffed French toast ($8.29). Of course, just to be sure, stick around for lunch and try the chickenfried chicken ($8.99) or one of Henhouse’s half-pound burgers ($7.99 to $8.99). “I’ve always been good at cooking, and with fi ve kids, I had to be creative,” Mo Grebe said. That creativity has become her trademark. “I have to contain myself and keep from coming up with too many dishes. If I didn’t, we’d have a fi ve-page menu,” she said. As it stands, Henhouse’s three-page menu is stunner. Combining familiar, hearty fare with a sophistication born of Mo’s love for French cooking, it offers such unexpected contrasts as a biscuits-andgravy breakfast where the gravy is fl ecked with chorizo (with two eggs and potatoes, $7.99), and a lemon-blueberry pancake topped with mascarpone, the Italian dessert cheese ($5.49). Henhouse’s menu presents only two problems. One is that the portions are
big enough to share. And the other is that Mo is ready to come up with something new as soon as the meals on the menu are exhausted. “She’ll wake up at 3 a.m. and say, ‘Honey, I’ve got another idea for a special,’” said Brett of his wife’s creative urges. “Then she’ll stay up researching ingredients until the restaurant opens.” The quality of ingredients is just as important to Mo as her highly original recipes. She bakes her own cornbread, grinds her own sausage, cooks Henhouse’s distinctive green chile cause, and prepares the restaurant’s maple syrup every morning by boiling maple sugar in an enormous coffee urn. She buys only organic coffee beans, and the orange juice is squeezed daily from fruit grown locally. That fresh, warm maple syrup tastes amazing on one of the menu’s most astonishing creations: Mom’s Homemade Pancakes ($8.49). It’s a short stack, just two pancakes. But each one is 15 inches in diameter. Bring a friend—or three. “My job is to run the fl oor, shake hands and pour coffee,” Brett said. And there are a lot of hands to shake. Henhouse Café opens at 6:30 a.m. daily and by 6:40, Brett said, as many as four tables or booths are already occupied. On a recent Tuesday morning visit, eight of the restaurant’s 14 tables and all seven of its booths were occupied by hungry patrons. Though Mo worked in restaurants as a teenager, and her brother had worked as a sous chef for a French restaurant, neither she nor Brett had ever run or owned a restaurant as of seven years ago. Just how did he, a former professional athlete with
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Historical Museum gala to raise funds for new operating model BY SRIANTHI PERERA
Gilbert Historical Museum’s signature fundraiser gala is coming up. “A Night at the Museum—Gilbert Comes Alive” is scheduled at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 5, in the decorated museum courtyard amidst old agricultural implements. The evening features cocktails, a buffet dinner catered by Brio Tuscan Grille of Gilbert, live and silent auctions, music and dancing. “Music Through the Decades,” an intergenerational singing and dance performance, will be presented by youth from Actor’s Youth Theatre and Gilbert residents ages 12 to 76 years. Guests may also view Gilbert Visual Art League’s exhibition and the museum’s annual quilt show, on the theme of the Colonial Revival Period. Since its inception in 2013, the gala has been netting much needed fi nances for the nonprofi t. Funds go toward maintaining the historic school building that dates to 1913—it’s Gilbert’s only building on the National Register of Historic Places—and preserving the treasures of the town’s past.
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“A Night at the MuseumÐGilbert Comes Alive” is scheduled at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 5 in the decorated courtyard at the Gilbert Historical Museum. Submitted photo
sprawled across most spaces in the building, will be rearranged to fi t three rooms, Kolar said, to ensure more space for changing exhibits. The museum is located at 10 S. Gilbert Rd. If rain or cold weather persists, the gala will be moved to the fourth fl oor of the St. Xavier University at 92 W. Vaughn Ave. For tickets to the gala, sponsorship information or to donate to the auctions, call (480) 926-1577 or visit www. gilbertmuseum.org.
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Food trucks rolled into Gilbert once again at the Gilbert Town Square event, featuring a variety of foods and dishes. Guests were entertained by Childrenâ€™s Ever After Entertainment. GSN photos by Kimberly Carrillo
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a minor league pitching career, and she, a onetime employee of the Environmental Protection Agency with a master’s degree in environmental science, get into the business of feeding Gilbert the best breakfast it’s ever had? It started with a round of golf. “I played at Arizona Golf Resort with a group called The Wild Bunch,” Brett recalls. One of the group was selling his sports bar when Brett, recently retired from baseball, offered to take it over rather than see it shut down. Originally called The Old Bench Warmers, the 5,000-square-foot facility was redubbed Mo’s on the Green when Mo started serving breakfast there on Saturday and Sunday mornings. “Breakfast got to be pretty popular, and then one day Mo tells me, ‘Honey, I kinda did something. I took the suite next door.’” The suite, formerly a dentist’s offi ce, became the fi rst Henhouse Café. That was in 2010. In 2012, the couple moved their business to the present location at 3244 E. Guadalupe Rd. Last fall, the Grebes opened a second location at 3133 S. Lindsay Rd., also in Gilbert but just enough to the west to accommodate the clientele that Brett noticed was coming from as far away as Ahwatukee. The Grebes believe in giving back to the community by offering discounts to
Brett and Maureen “Mo” Grebe. GSN photo by Tim Sealy
all military, police and fi re department personnel. Missionaries of the Church of Latter-day Saints eat for free. And when Highland High School Band needed a pancake breakfast fundraiser, Mo and Brett Grebe sponsored it at the Henhouse. What’s the secret to the Henhouse Café’s success? “The meals that hit the tables here are the same meals she feeds her kids and me,” Brett said. Henhouse Café 3244 E. Guadalupe Rd. Gilbert 85234 480.219.7379 3133 S. Lindsay Rd. Gilbert 85295 480.899.4214
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Laura Witte, PA-C, Ph.D., has led an impressive career in health care and academia; she’s worked as a physician assistant and as faculty and a program director at A.T. Still University in Mesa. However, even though she was teaching allopathic (Western) medicine, she wanted to find a way to help people in a more natural way. This path led her on a one-of-a-kind journey to opening a floatation therapy spa. “It was a really great career but, in my heart, I wanted to do something with holistic medicine,” Witte said. Around the time she started contemplating a career change, her husband, Alden, bought a Groupon for the Tempe location of True REST Float Spa and Witte said he fell in love with the unique therapy—so much so that the couple became friends with the spa owners and Alden begin to sell the pods used in the therapy. So what is floatation therapy? Witte explained: “Imagine floating in a big egg-shaped pod filled with 10 inches of water and approximately 1,200 pounds of pharmaceutical grade magnesium sulfate [Epsom salts]. The Epsom salts get absorbed into the body through the skin while you float for an hour, gravity free.” She added that benefits of floatation therapy include pain relief, stress relief and detoxifying the body. It can also help with injury recovery and dermatological issues, Witte said. She
also added that the therapy is gaining traction among top artists, celebrities and athletes. “Artists are floating because floating tends to increase creativity. We like to say that we ‘go into the pod as humans and come out as poets,’” Witte explained. “Athletes are floating before their big games and matches to help with mental clarity and performance— and afterward to aid in recovery.” Once Witte learned more about the therapy and befriended the other spa owners, she was given the chance to franchise—and at first she said no. “I had a steady paycheck, a 1-yearold baby and another [baby] on the way,” she said. “But, as time went on, we talked about it, found all of the resources we could, and decided to go for it.” In 2014, Witte and her husband decided to “go all in”—he would maintain his full-time job while she quit hers to open and manage the new True REST Float Spa in Gilbert. The decision to move forward might have been the easiest part though. “Once we got the ball rolling there was challenge after challenge,” Witte said. “The building was delayed almost a year; we officially opened in November 2015.” Since opening Witte said the reception to the new True REST Float Spa location has been good. “So much now is about education; letting the public know what floatation therapy is
True REST Float Spa in Gilbert features pods that contain water saturated with Epson salt. Users float in the pods for an hour; the practice, known as floatation therapy, is said to have many health benefits. Submitted photo
about,” she noted. The business has three pod rooms but has room for five pods, so they hope to add two more within the next few months. Her long-term goal is to see floatation therapy embraced by locals as a staple in their lives as part of overall wellness, such as getting a massage. “We have a membership-based pay system, which is really the best way to get the full effects of the therapy,” Witte said. “The second float is always better than the first.” “It’s been amazing to see first-hand other people experience the therapy,” she continued. “We had one client
walk in with a migraine and walk out without one; same with another client who had trouble walking that day due to pain.” In addition, Witte would like to partner with local businesses to network. She said she appreciates the sense of community there is among local businesses and hopes to be a part of building that. True REST Float Spa’s new Gilbert location is located at 1525 N. Gilbert Rd. Learn more at www.TrueREST.com.
Alcohol service delivers the ‘proof’ to Chandler, Gilbert BY TIM J. RANDALL
It is 4 p.m. and there are 10 people arriving at your house for a 6 p.m. party. All is set from the food to the music to the cocktails and wine and you realize you forgot the beer. Not to worry, because a new ondemand alcohol delivery service, Minibar, entered the Valley, including Chandler, on Jan. 11. The company, which was cofounded by Lindsey Andrews and Lara Crystal in New York City, provides an Uber-like experience for customers by linking patrons with vendors via the company’s website or app. “We provide a convenient way for the customer who may be too busy to run an errand to purchase alcohol,” Crystal said. Delivery for a customer’s first month of service is waived, with each subsequent delivery $5 and a delivery minimum of $25. Launched in February 2014, the company has grown rapidly across the country. “We’re thrilled to be expanding to Phoenix, our 20th Minibar market, and are excited to provide its residents with an easier way to shop for wine, spirits, beer and more,” said Andrews. Minibar works like this: Enter the delivery address and then, with a few mouse clicks or taps of a finger, choose wine, beer and spirits. Chandler and Gilbert residents are in close proximity to Minibar’s store partners Chandler Liquors and Liquor Wheel 2, 554 N. Arizona Ave., and Liquor Wheel 2 at 3445 E. McDowell Rd. in Phoenix. In addition
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Chamber awards honor community-minded individuals BY SRIANTHI PERERA
Gilbert Chamber of Commerce selected Kevin DeRosa of Advance Paper & Maintenance Supplies and Barbara Starley, who founded Toolbox 4 Entrepreneurs, as Businessman and Businesswoman of the Year. During an awards ceremony held at the SanTan Elegante Conference & Reception Center in Gilbert in January, the Chamber highlighted the 10 nominees as well as their accomplishments and commitment to the community. “I’m humbled because there are so many leaders in this community that I look up to and I admire what they do and I’m so blessed,” said DeRosa, who works in sales and marketing in his family business. As the eldest son of the owner, DeRosa said, “there are no titles in our business.” “I have a passion for helping others. I believe that givers gain and that if I truly wish to help others that good things will eventually come back to me,” he stated in a bio description of himself to the Chamber. “It’s so unexpected and I’m so humbled at this gesture,” said Starley, who began her small business in 1994 “to plan, protect, promote and profit” in their line of work.
Starley rebranded it in 2007 under the current name, Toolbox 4 Entrepreneurs. “My entire business was construed on a foundation of mentorship, partnership and development of my clients and their employees,” she wrote to the Chamber. “I believe small business owners are the backbone to our economy and their success will ultimately benefit generations to come,” she further stated. One factor common to all of the nominees was their outstanding community involvement. Most are graduates of the Chamber’s Gilbert Leadership program, which selects a diverse group of people and engages
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Chamber hosts series of events through February, March Throughout the year, the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce offers a variety of luncheons and meetings for its members and the community. Events are held throughout the town. The chamber office is at 119 N. Gilbert Rd., Suite 101. For more information about events or to register, call (480) 892-0056 or visit www.gilbertaz.com. Chamber Chat Morning Presented by Aire Serv Heating & Air Conditioning 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3 Chick-fil-A at Gilbert Gateway Towne Center, 4908 S. Power Rd., Gilbert Meet up with other Chamber members for breakfast. This informal gathering is a fun way to share conversation with other professionals and learn more about businesses in our community. There is no agenda, no script-just good food, great company and friendly conversation. There is no charge for admission, but attendees are responsible for the purchase of food, beverage, tax and gratuity. Chinese Auction Benefit Dinner 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 Val Vista Lakes Events, 1600 E. Lakeside Drive, Gilbert Join us for the third annual Chinese Auction Benefit Dinner. This special event will feature more than 100 raffle items, raising funds with a lively and fast-paced Chinese auction benefiting the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. Admission is $35 including dinner, one drink ticket and one auction paddle per guest. Catering provided by BRIO Tuscan Grille. Member Commercial Filming Presented by 4th Wall Productions 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., by appointment only, Wednesday, Feb. 24 Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, 119 N. Gilbert Rd., Suite 101, Gilbert The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce and 4th Wall Productions have teamed up to produce high-quality commercials on behalf of our members. We are grateful to Anthony Miles for this continued partnership and look forward to providing this opportunity to our members. Base price is $50. Enhancements are available, including logo placement, teleprompter use and more. Good Government Roundtable: District 12 Presented by SRP 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26 Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, 119 N. Gilbert Rd., Suite 101, Gilbert This roundtable meeting will bring members of the business community
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With her posh English accent and simple pastel colors, Nick Jr.’s Peppa Pig has become a hit on American TV with her show of the same name. Now the barnyard mammal is hitting the stage for the first time here with “Peppa Pig Live! Peppa Pig’s Big Splash.” The stage show is an adaption of the London play that was a mainstay in the West End. There are a few differences, though. “We have bigger puppets and costumed characters as part of our show,” said Jonathan Shank, “Peppa Pig Live!” producer. “What people can expect is a lot of singing, dancing and a puddle-jumping competition.” There are some commonalities. “I like the script and the songs are magnificently well done,” he said. Peppa Pig is called a loveable, although a little bossy, piggy. She lives with Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and her little brother, George. The appeal of “Peppa Pig,” Shank said, is that the show is simple. It’s easy for kids of all ages to follow. “I think that Peppa lives in a very simple and serene world and the color palette is
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Ryley Goulet, a 17-year-old Gilbert student, is looking forward to a trip to Washington, D.C., in March. Ryley’s trip is special because he will be going as a delegate to the 54th annual United States Senate Youth Program and will participate in the program’s Washington Week. “I am so incredibly excited,” he said. “During my junior year of high school, I applied for the scholarship, but didn’t advance past the first stage.” The senior at Mesquite High School, who serves as president and peer mentor of his school’s speech and debate team, said he “studied rigorously” to prepare himself to apply once again. The merit-based program is extremely competitive, according to Arizona’s selection administrator Alexis Burkhart. Each year, 104 of the most outstanding high school students, two from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity, make the cut. Lydia Chew, a student at Hamilton High School in Chandler, is the other student from Arizona. The participants are brought to Washington, D.C., for a weeklong, intensive study of the federal government and the people who lead it. “The overall mission of the program is to help instill within each class of USSYP student delegates more profound knowledge of the American political process and a lifelong commitment to public service,” Burkhart wrote in a news release.
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In addition to the trip, the students receive a $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship from The Hearst Foundations which are national philanthropic resources for organizations and institutions working in the fields of education, health, culture and social service. The foundations also provide transportation and all expenses for Washington Week and no government funds are used. Students receive encouragement to continue coursework in government, history and public affairs. For Ryley, the opportunity to speak with prominent members of the government, he says, “is like a dream come true.” Civic responsibility is not new to the teenager, who is serving on the Gilbert Mayor’s Youth Council, to which he was drawn because he enjoyed speech and debate. “I like being able to interact with the councilmen and councilwomen primarily because they have a strong sense of passion for the city that I admire,” he said. “I’ve only been on it for this year, and, I think, it has in part contributed to my interest in public policy.” Ryley plans to study international relations or economics in college and later to study law with a focus on public policy.
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Students on the speech and debate team at Mesquite High School collected more than 350 LEGO sets last year for children fighting life-threatening illnesses. Submitted photo
Mesquite students collect LEGO for ill children BY MICHELLE TALSMA EVERSON
Building with LEGO bricks is practically a childhood rite of passage. The bricks foster imagination, spark creativity, and can provide hours of entertainment. To children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases, LEGO can be the perfect distraction from ongoing medical treatments and long hospital stays. With this in mind, the Mesquite High School (MHS) Speech and Debate Team is collecting LEGO sets until March 11 that will be donated to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. It’s a cause that’s personal to Cassie Alber, an English teacher and the MHS speech and debate coach. “Every spring for the last three years now we have done the LEGO drive,” she said. “The LEGO drive began because a friend of mine, Michelle Carlock, lost her 11-year-old son to leukemia in March
2012. He had been the first recipient of the Bricks 4 The Brave drive in Denver. After his passing, I really felt a calling to make a difference and suggested this service project to my team.” Alber said that her speech and debate team, along with community support, collected more than 200 LEGO sets the first year. Then, last year, they collected more than 350. This year, the team has set a goal to collect more than 500 sets. “We recognize that there are so many young children struggling to fight cancer and other life-threatening diseases and we hope to at least ease that pain for a little bit through the distraction of time that it takes to put a Lego set together,” she explained. Also new this year is a friendly competition. MHS will be competing against groups in Denver, Colorado, and Charlotte, North Carolina, to see which team can collect the most LEGO for
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Tuesdays - ACIM Book Study, “Disappearance of the Universe” 7 - 8 pm Feb 20 Spirit Night: Holistic Healing/Wellness Gathering 4 - 8 pm Feb 17 Gong Meditation and Nidra Yoga 7 pm Rev. Julianne Lewis, Pastor 952 E. Baseline, #102, Mesa, AZ 85204 ~ Ph. 480-593-8798 Please visit www.interfaith-community.org/ for more information/events
Worship guide There is a place of worship for a variety of religions in Gilbert. Here is a partial list of some of the congregations in the town. Want to be added to this list? Email christina@gilbertsunnews. com. The Bridge Church 860 E. Warner Rd., Suites 101 & 103 Gilbert 85296 480-294-7888 www.bridgechurchaz.org Services: 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sundays We exist to show the world who Jesus is, and we believe that when people get to know Jesus as He really is, their lives will change forever. Therefore, it is our passion to help people know Jesus throughout Gilbert, Metro Phoenix and the world. Central Christian Church—Gilbert 965 E. Germann Rd., Gilbert 85297 www.centralaz.com Services: 5:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sundays While the Bible itself is the church’s official document of faith, the website lists a variety of statements that fundamentally define the church. Please visit the website for more information. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints 3301 S. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert 85297 (480) 822-5000 www.lds.org/church/temples/ gilbert-arizona?lang=eng For more information about the church, visit the website above.
First United Methodist Church of Gilbert 331 S. Cooper Rd., Gilbert 85233 (480) 892-9166 www.gilbertumc.org Services: 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. (traditional services) and 11 a.m. (contemporary service) Sundays There are two traditional services—8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.—with the Chancel choir and traditional worship. The 11 a.m. service has a contemporary feel, with music from the Praise Band. The 9:30 a.m. service generally has the largest attendance. Gilbert Presbyterian Church 235 E. Guadalupe Rd., Gilbert 85234 (480) 892-6753 www.azgpc.org Services: 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sundays Gilbert Presbyterian Church is called to be a Christ-centered covenant family nurtured by the Holy Spirit to worship God and to share God’s love with everyone. Living Water United Methodist Fellowship Highland Park Elementary School 230 N Cole. Dr., Gilbert 85234 www.livingwaterum.org Services: 10 a.m. Sundays Living Water exists to bring people in to meet Christ, build people up to follow Christ and send people out to share Christ. Mission Community Church 4450 E. Elliot Rd., Gilbert 85234 (480) 545-4024 www.mission68.org Services: 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
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Meeting Sundays at 9:00 and 10:30 am 860 E. Warner Road (Northeast Corner of Warner & Lindsay beside Goodwill)
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Ash Wednesday - Feb. 10 Saturdays; and 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:59 a.m. Sundays The Bible is God’s word to all people. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth and without error in the original manuscripts. Redemption Gilbert 1820 W. Elliot Rd, Gilbert 85233 (480) 632-2220 www.gilbert.redemptionaz.com/ about/a-brief-overview/ Services: 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sundays Gospel means good news, but it is truly the most profound and glorious truth ever revealed. It is not advice, nor is it a system or philosophy to add to the congregants’ lives. It is an exclusive truth claim, a holistic worldview, the true story of the whole world, which by its very nature must redefine and recolor everything else. Resurrection Episcopal Church Meets at Gilbert Community Center, 130 N. Oak St., Gilbert 85233 (480) 719-5343 www.resurrectiongilbert.org Services: 10 a.m. Sundays Resurrection officials say the congregation is a church you can believe in because you belong. This means it welcomes and embraces all people because God already has. Come for worship, fellowship and Bible study on Sundays and join the group on a spiritual journey to better understand God’s plan for our lives.
San Tan Bible Church 1424 S. Promenade Lane, Gilbert 85296 Phone number not available. www.santanbible.org Services: 8:30 a.m. (Bible hour); 9:30 a.m. (Café 2:42) and 10 a.m. worship service Sundays The church believes the glory of God is the chief end of all we do. Sun Valley Community Church 456 E. Ray Rd., Gilbert 85296 (480) 632-8920, www.sunvalleycc.com Services: 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:59 a.m. Sundays The atmosphere is casual and friendly at Sun Valley Community Church. It places high value on authentic Christian living and placing Christ at the center of all our teachings. The church also offers worship music that is current and uplifting, along with focused weekend sermons that break down the Bible in a way that makes it easy to connect the word of God with today’s busy life. Two Rivers Church 326 E. Guadalupe Rd., Gilbert 85234 (480) 892-2435, www.2riverschurch. org Services: 6 p.m. Saturdays; and 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish) Sundays Two Rivers Church exists to help lead congregants into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ by encouraging and equipping them to love God intimately and serve others. It has a casual environment with a serious faith.
Gilbert Folk Festival returning after two-year hiatus BY NOAH FRIEDMAN
Following a two-year break, the Gilbert Folk Festival will be making a homecoming to the Heritage District from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. The Gilbert Folk Festival is one of five of its kind to be held annually in Arizona. The community get-together went on hiatus due to a lack of benefactors and venues. “In addition to our title sponsors, Cholewka Law and Heritage Financial, we had to enlist the cooperation of downtown merchants and business for stage locations,” said Robert Zucker, the festival’s founder and manager of the Higley Center for the Performing Arts. “We have accomplished that task.” Although the Gilbert Folk Festival hasn’t taken place since February 2014, Zucker said that not much about the program would change. “As this is our first year operating under new leadership, we have simply added one additional music location and a workshop location to our schedule,” Zucker said. He added that a large group of volunteers from local schools would help get
around downtown Gilbert. A unique aspect of this particular celebration is that it features multiple stages throughout the town, so visitors will be entertained throughout the day. “We have more than 70 live music acts on six stages throughout downtown Gilbert as well as music workshops,” said Becky Cholewka, the founding attorney at Cholewka Law. “There are plenty of choices for everyone in the family within walking distance.” Musician Jim Pipkin will be performing on the stage at Bergies Coffee Roast House at 1 p.m. He said that the Gilbert Folk Festival is laid back compared to some of the other places he has played. “[There is] no gate fee, no fences between the performers and the audience. [It is] very informal and relaxed. Much more peaceful,” Pipkin said. After seeing the successes of the Gilbert Folk Festival, Cholewka said that sponsoring the festival would give back to the community. According to the official Facebook page, the social gathering will be guaranteed in Gilbert for at least two years. The
More than 25 artists represented at free show date for the 2017 Gilbert Folk Festival is set for Saturday, Feb.18. Pipkin explained that this event is a great way for people to come together without the hassle of taking a trip far away to see skilled artists. “I think this is a very important event for Gilbert, and for the East Valley,” Pipkin said. “There are some seriously talented songwriters and performers living here, and this festival allows local residents the opportunity to experience them without driving to another part of the state, or even other parts of the country, or staying up late to catch a club date with a cover charge.” To listen to Jim Pipkin’s music, go to www.cdbaby.com and search “Jim Pipkin”.
Art in the Olive Grove is being held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Queen Creek Olive Mill, 25062 S. Meridian Rd., Queen Creek. More than 25 members of the Artists of the Superstitions will have their paintings, photography, jewelry, woodworking and gourd creations on display to purchase. In addition to entertainment and wine tasting in the parklike setting, tours of the Olive Mill will be offered for a fee. The Olive Mill has local finely crafted olive oil for sale in their gift shop plus, coffee, pizza and sandwiches. The Artists of the Superstitions is a juried art group of award-winning artists from Apache Junction and Gold Canyon and was formed in 2007. AOTS sponsors five fine art shows every year, including the popular Studio Art Tour in November. Admission to the show is free. Info: www.artistsofthesuperstitions.com.
Gilbert’s Lindsey Stirling pens memoir about fame and mental illness BY TAMARA JUAREZ
Infectious electronic beats, carefree dancing and a violin. It’s not the usual recipe for success, but for Lindsey Stirling, it was enough to propel her onto the global spotlight. Since her online debut in 2007, the dubstep violinist from Gilbert has enjoyed two chart-topping albums, soldout tours worldwide and numerous musical awards. With more than 7 million subscribers and 1 billion views on her YouTube channel, Stirling’s unprecedented success can only be described as a tour-de-force as she prepares to record her third album and celebrates the release of her first book, “The Only Pirate at the Party.” In her book, the 29-year-old musician, named one of Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 in Music, shares stories of her unconventional rise to fame, quirky adolescence and struggles as a young artist with mental illness. “‘The Only Pirate at the Party’ is the story of how I turned into the person
I am.” said Stirling. “It has everything from very humorous and fun childhood stories to deeper things, such as how I learned I had an eating disorder, and how I overcame anorexia and depression.” Despite her tremendous achievements, Stirling credits most of her strength to past struggles and an unyielding desire to become a better person. By sharing her experiences, Stirling hopes to encourage readers to never lose hope. “My road to success has been filled with a lot of failures along the way and a lot of disappointments,” she explained “But the most successful people are the ones that persevere and keep going through the failures, so I’m hoping that someone who is wants to chase their dream will have the courage to do so and realize that there will be a lot of ups and down, and that it’s just part of the process.” After being rejected by countless
music reps and on national television during 2010’s “America’s Got Talent,” Stirling launched her career using social media, which many claimed would end in another failure. Fortunately, with the infinite support of friends, family and countless fans, Stirling was able to reach her goals. Over the years, Stirling said, she has come to realize that one of her biggest challenges and triumphs has been learning to accept who she is, and embracing what makes her special. “I don’t mean to be different,” Stirling said. “It’s not like I try to stand out and be different all the time, but sometimes you just realize that you are different and that it’s OK to be different. “That’s what I want people to take away from that story and many other stories from my book: You can embrace what makes you different and it doesn’t have to make you feel alone, it doesn’t have to make you feel like an outcast.
Differences can be wonderful. They can be celebrated. And I actually owned a huge part of my success to my differences rather than them being a huge setback.”
ON STAGE Nelson Illusionists, Friday, Feb. 5, and Saturday, Feb. 6, HCPA. Nelson Illusions is a one-of-a-kind theatrical spectacle combining rare and original illusions with award-winning, jaw-dropping magic.
Salt N Pepa, Saturday, Feb. 20, HACC. The first female rap group is best known for its hit songs “Push It,” “Tramp,” “Shake Your Thang,” “Shoop” and “Whatta Man.”
The Company Men, Saturday, Feb. 13, HACC. A unique interweaving of today’s Top 40 hits with reimagined classics of the last six decades, including Sam Smith, Michael Jackson, Katy Perry, Billy Joel, The Temptations and more.
Oak Ridge Boys, Saturday, Feb. 20, WHP. Four-part harmonies and upbeat songs give this group its distinctive sound.
Smokey Robinson, Saturday, Feb. 13, and Sunday, Feb. 14, WHP. The legendary R&B singersongwriter is known for such hits as “Tears of a Clown,” “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” and “The Tracks of My Tears.” Anything Goes, Thursday, Feb. 18, Friday, Feb. 19 and Saturday, Feb. 20 (repeating Feb. 24-27). Cole Porter’s classic musical includes such hits as “I Get a Kick Out of You” and “It’s De-Lovely.”
Lee Ann Womack, Sunday, Feb. 21, CCA. Country Album of the Year nominee Lee Ann Womack sings hits from her most acclaimed albums. Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters, Wednesday, Feb. 24, HCPA. Singer and playwright Lisa Rock has compiled a moving tribute to the music and life of Karen Carpenter and brings it to the stage with her six-piece backing band. The Music of Whitney Houston with the Phoenix Symphony and guest vocalist Rashidra Scott, Saturday, Feb. 27, MAC. Broadway sensation Rashidra
Scott joins the Phoenix Symphony to celebrate the amazing music and extraordinary talent of Whitney Houston. Jason Coleman: The Piano Magic of Floyd Cramer, Friday, March 4, HCPA. The distinctive “Nashville” sound of Floyd Cramer is recreated by Coleman. Gordon Lightfoot: 50 Years on the Carefree Highway, Friday, March 4, WHP. The storytelling singer-songwriter looks back on a career spanning half a century. 2CELLOS, Saturday, April 9, MAC. Its version of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” went viral in 2011, and the Croatian cellists continue to with dynamic music videos and covers. Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science, Thursday, May 12, MAC. Fans can expect more comedy, talk show antics, multimedia presentations and music.
VENUES CCA—Chandler Center for the Arts 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler Tickets: (480) 782-2680, www.chandlercenter.org HCT—Hale Centre Theatre 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert Tickets: (480) 497-1181, www.haletheatrearizona.com HACC—Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino 15406 N. Maricopa Rd., Maricopa Tickets: (480) 802-5000, www.harrahsakchin.com HCPA—Higley Center for the Performing Arts 4132 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert Tickets: (480) 279-7190, www.higleyarts.org MAC—Mesa Arts Center One E. Main St., Mesa Tickets: (480) 644-6500, www.mesaartscenter.com WHP—Wild Horse Pass 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler Tickets: (800) 946-4452 or www.wingilariver.com
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A self-proclaimed workaholic, Jepsen finds inspiration in the ‘80s BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI
Carly Rae Jepsen is sitting on the set of “Grease: Live,” in which she appeared as Frenchy. She’s about to be called for rehearsals at any moment, but she’s bound and determined to speak about her tour that comes to the Marquee Theatre on Wednesday, Feb. 24. That’s even if the interview has to happen in two parts. Jepsen enjoys being busy. In late January, she was not only juggling “Grease,” which aired Jan. 31 on FOX, and interviews, but late-night TV show appearances, concert rehearsals and a promo tour of Japan. But she wouldn’t have it any other way. “I’m a workaholic,” confessed Jepsen, who broke through to U.S. radio with “Call Me Maybe.” “I think it’s sort of easier [to handle] when you’re passionate about the work that you do. It doesn’t feel as extreme as it balances itself out.” That personality trait especially came through when she was preparing to record her latest album, 2015’s
“Emotion.” She wrote 200 tunes for it— including the hit “I Really Like You”— with a slew of songwriting partners. “It was long and confusing,” she said about the songwriting process. “I wasn’t sure what I wanted to make at first. So I started to collect all the things that I loved about pop music. I worked with many different writers and producers and allowed myself to experiment. “It all became clear and started taking shape once I found inspiration.” That muse was the 1980s, a decade she loves. “There’s something about the ‘80s that pulled me when I was making this record,” said Jepsen, 30, and a former “Canadian Idol” contestant who finished third. “I wanted to make it an ‘80s lovefest on the album and live. Live, I have a very talented keyboard player, who happens to play the saxophone. So it’s a drummer, guitarist, bassist and myself. We’re all the best of friends. We boogie together and play a lot of the songs from Emotion and some of the songs
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from Kiss as well.” She’s a workaholic and a perfectionist. She made changes to her album past her deadline, she said. “I listened to it a lot when I was done,” she said. “I wanted the order to feel right. I wanted to see if I had harmonies I wanted to add. I really analyzed it a lot. I’d take it on runs, listen to it in the car. I turned in something later than expected. It just wasn’t totally right yet.
“The perfectionist and workaholic qualities in me must drive others crazy, but I can’t help myself. I’m only doing what comes the most natural to me.” Carly Rae Jepsen performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24 at the Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. Tickets are $25. For more information, call (480) 829-0607 or visit www.luckymanonline.com.
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The Maricopa County Southeast Regional Library hosts the “Color Me Relaxed” class. The class will go on into the spring giving participants the opportunity to re-connect with a childhood activity in a new way—with an emphasis on relaxation and gathering for a friendly and social evening of fun. GSN photos by Tim Sealy
Participants had many colors and designs to choose from.
Julie Goldberg gets a kick out of a table-mate’s story.
Dee Spencer begins to fill in her design.
Carmen Cortez chooses a design from a book of intricate patterns.
Anu Kulkarni has a friendly conversation with another colorer at her table.
Mary Hanson enjoys the company of the other folks at her table.
Anu Iyengar shows off her colorful work.
Annette DeMary, Tracy Garcia and Donna Pocano share a laugh at the table.
Twenty participants gathered in “The Dig” for a relaxing session of coloring.
Alek Skarlatos and “Dancing with the Stars” pro, Lindsay Arnold. Submitted photo
Heroes and Villains Alek Skarlatos goes from tackling terrorist to ‘Dancing’ star BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI
Alek Skarlatos is late for an interview. The Oregon Army National Guardsman was tied up going through airport security on his way to his hosting duties for the “Dancing with the Stars Live!” tour. The story is ironic. After all, he did a little terrorist prevention of his own when he and two friends—Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler—famous tackled a gun-wielding man on a Paris-bound train in August. His life has been a whirlwind since then. President Barack Obama awarded him the U.S. Army Soldier’s Medal, and from French president Francois Hollande received the Legion of Honour. On a lighter note, he spent the fall competing on season 21 of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” with pro Lindsay Arnold, finishing in third place. “Honestly, I just take it a day at a time. That’s the only way,” said the 23-year-old Skarlatos of how he handles his fame. “Life changes whenever it wants and how ever it wants. You can’t really control a lot. So you just have to learn how to deal with things as best you can.” That includes serving as host on the “Dancing” tour, which comes to the Comerica Theatre for two shows on Sunday, Feb. 14. “It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Skarlatos said. “I’m actually really excited. We’re all having drinks together right now, waiting for our flight. I like all the people I’m going with. It’s a lot of fun. They’re all good people.” While most former contestants complain more about the physical toll on their bodies during their run on “Dancing,” Skarlatos knows how to put things in perspective. “It really wasn’t too bad,” he said about the constant rehearsals. “At times it was
kind of rough, using different muscles than I’m used to using. Coming off of Afghanistan, it wasn’t too difficult. Maybe if it was before Afghanistan it would be hard. But [while I was in Afghanistan] I was working out every day.” He’ll continue his “Dancing” participation as a host and dancer. “I’m doing a little bit of hosting and talking, then I’m doing about three or four dances with Emma [Slater] and Lindsay [Arnold] and a group number,” he said. At the time of the interview, he was looking forward to the first show so he could soothe his nerves. “I’m a little nervous about the speaking parts,” he said. “I’ve never had to fill time before. But when they asked me to host, honestly, it was like no big deal. I’ve been dancing in front of 14 million people every night. “This is a whole different story, honestly, seeing everybody looking at you and having to talk for 2 minutes at a time or whatever and fill space. It’s going to be a challenge for me.” Skarlatos’ latest challenge is penning a book about his experiences on the train. He couldn’t give any details about it other than it is planned for 2016. “It’s been a pretty crazy year for me,” he said. “I’m looking forward to things calming down.” “Dancing with the Stars Live!” comes to the Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. Tickets are $38 to $63. For more information, call (800) 745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster. com.
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BY DENNY BARNEY
As Maricopa County continues to grow, transportation remains a critical issue. Whether driving to work, picking up the kids from school, or going for a hike in the San Tan Mountains, our roads are an important part of East Valley life. The Maricopa County DENNY BARNEY. Department of Submitted photo Transportation (MCDOT) plans, designs, builds, maintains and operates many of the roads we use each day. In our area, there are many projects underway we know will help improve people’s commutes. The largest effort is a series of projects along the nearly 10-mile stretch of Riggs Road from Val Vista Drive in Chandler to Meridian Road in Queen Creek. MCDOT, the City of Chandler, and the towns of Queen Creek and Gilbert are working together to add lanes, upgrade major intersections and improve roadway drainage. These projects are still in the early stages but, when completed, Riggs Road will serve as a major east-west
route to ease traffic congestion, promote economic development and connect communities and businesses throughout the county. In addition to building and expanding roads, MCDOT is also working to ease traffic through traffic management. Along Riggs Road at Alma School Road, MCDOT’s “Intelligent Transportation System (ITS)” project is putting in 3.5 miles of fiber optic cable that will allow real-time information to be sent to the Traffic Management Center. This will make monitoring and actively managing traffic flow easier, and your travel less congested. Maricopa County also believes in responsible fiscal management. MCDOT and the Town of Gilbert have entered into a cooperative agreement (the “Entente Program”) that allows both agencies to share resources to perform routine or emergency highway maintenance services. The Entente Program offers MCDOT and regional partners a more efficient model to continue providing connections that improve lives. MCDOT’s road projects start with smart and effective planning. MCDOT is in the process of revising its current Transportation System Plan (TSP 2035),
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First I heard it was 10,000 refugees then 25,000, now 50,000 The writer mentions the Congress, then getting rid of the president. The Congress has control over this situation along with the State Dept. I don’t know what the president has to do with the refugee problem. To the writer about student-athlete deaths: They were not killed but died. More must be done to keep these kids safe. Not as much fun for the adult spectators but maybe some kind of less violent form of football. To the writer about Putin and the president: With all due respect, go to adult education
and learn about our Constitution. Congress declares war. In the recent past Congress has been duped into the war powers act. This bypasses the Constitution. To the writer about Bridget and credit card calls: Get an answering machine to start. It works for me. Look into the do not call list. There are laws about repeated calls. If you do answer simply say do not call according to the law. If they do, they can be fined. Have caller ID to record the number for the FCC and the FTC. To the writer about being informed: The informed person looks at all the information presented and makes their decision. Be
a framework to address transportation needs over the next 20 years. Last year, MCDOT held public meetings throughout the county to gather input on what is important to county residents. This spring, the Draft TSP 2035 will be available for public comment and feedback. Once the Draft TSP 2035 is updated with final recommendations, it will be forwarded to the Transportation Advisory Board and then to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors for consideration and adoption. The goal is for the plan to be adopted in November.
Maricopa County is committed to improving your roads and your commute throughout the county by strengthening the connections among our communities, which supports our economic development and traffic safety throughout the region. Keep up to date with all of MCDOT’s news on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MaricopaDOT) and on Twitter: @MCDOTNews.
it Republican or Democrat. Think with your head and not your preconceived perception. To the writer about the Boston bombers: They were typical American teenagers, then young men. The older turned away from his secular feelings and went towards the radical side. The younger admired his brother and he says he followed his lead. Both were on the radar. But like any combat or attack only the attacker knows the time and place. Radicalization came later, so a background check would probably not have shown any information that could be seen as a red flag. To the writer of an eye for an eye: Appeals are part of the justice system. If you don’t like that then look into changing the law. If you were in their place, I think you would want your lawyer to exhaust all the possibilities before sticking that needle in your arm. There are many on death row who indeed are innocent. Many have been saved by new evidence and methods. DNA for one. I read a very good book on how evidence is withheld, or the prosecution only looks at one person – “An Innocent Man.” Evidence that could find the defendant not guilty is often withheld. A conviction does not always mean guilt.
Several years ago there was a caller, Rachel, from Credit Services, that was a recording. I got the calls at home and on vacation, and even once it came through on an elevator! Then they stopped...for a while. When they resumed it was from a different woman, I don’t remember the name. It could have been Bridget. So I was curious and let the call go through to an operator. When a young man answered I asked him, “What happened to Rachel?” Without hesitation he said, “She died.”
Denny Barney is a Gilbert resident and a member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.
The Society of Arizona Pioneers was founded in 1884 and changed its name to the Arizona Historical Society in 1971. In 1984, it celebrated its centennial and published a 230-page book (“Pioneer Heritage”) commemorating its first 100 years. Then, just 30 years later in 2014, it celebrated its 150th anniversary. A sesquicentennial logo with a 150 in it was created. There was a special 150-item display and a celebration in Tucson. Zachary Ziegler, of Arizona Public Media, published a Sept. 1, 2014, anniversary story after interviewing the collection manager. The AHS itself published a special edition of the Journal of Arizona History to commemorate its
www.GilbertSunNews.com 150th birthday. How can this happen? Shouldn’t a state historical society, that gets millions of dollars a year in public funds, be capable of scheduling its own anniversaries correctly?—Dick Zimmerman, Tempe It’s really very simple. You can only give what you have. If you are full of fear, hate and anxiety, like the media, then that is all you can give to others. If you are full of peace, love and happiness then that is your gift. So look carefully at what you are allowing inside your mind. Do you reject negativity, welcome it, or seek it out? Do you say “get thee behind me” or “come on in”? It’s really very simple. The kingdom of heaven is within you or you have inner demons to share with the world. Which will help? Here we go again. The reason so many crane operations have accidents is they do not know their high school geometry. Stay in school. Get a better education. Get a better job. Isn’t it wonderful all these strangers on television have all the answers to all the problems that should be solved in Congress. Why aren’t they in Congress then, instead of the dummies we voted for that don’t
sounds like an honest American. What a rip off to hide him. Shame on you.
Buy all the collector guns you want—you just have to have a license to buy the ammunition. That’s how you control the nuts who are running loose on the streets.
There’s a scam going on where they get you to believe that you have won $1 million and all they need is $199 or whatever amount they say to pay the taxes off before they pay the check. This is a scan. Publishers Clearing House will never friend request you or send a private message to you on Facebook. That’s not how their prize patrol works.
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Pay attention. What a rip off. Who knew there was a third-party Democrat running for president and he was speaking the truth. What a dirty, dirty trick TV and news people are playing. They forget there’s a third party running on the Democratic ticket. And he
Hillary Clinton cannot keep her husband’s fly shut. How do you think she can go ahead and run the entire United States of America? That’s my message.—Barbara
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The flood plain along the tracks in Gilbert, hasn’t been flooded in over 70 years so the government makes the flood plain bigger. Makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it? Oh boy, just what the youth of the world need to lead them—the egomaniacs Trump and Putin. I just wanted to warn everybody about a scam that is going on regarding Facebook and the Publisher’s Clearing House. If you get a friend request from Publishers Cleaning House or any of the representatives from it, do not accept it. Do not respond.
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Are Your Feet Numb? Burn? Tingle? If so you may have peripheral neuropathy. Neuropathy can affect every part of your life walking, sitting, and even sleeping. If you have tried “everything” (Anodyne therapy, physical therapy, Lyrica®, Neurontin®, (Gabapentin), Combination Electrochemical Therapy (CET) or other nerve block injections, or other medications without getting the results you want, then you may beneﬁt from our treatment program.
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Do you you have Do have any anyof ofthe thefollowing following symptoms noto… symptoms or no sleepor due sleep due to… • Pins and needles feeling
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But what do I know about peripheral neuropathy? Truthfully, quite a bit, both personally and professionally, on the personal level my mother suffered with neuropathy for 32 years spending the last years of her life in a wheelchair. From the professional side I have been certiﬁed member of the Neuropathy Treatment Centers of America since 2008 and one of the original directors of the AZ Neuropathy Centers. Eight years ago I discovered a treatment that the odds are now a little better than 9 out of 10, that you can be helped without drugs, surgery, or injections. There are over 100 identiﬁed causes, the most common being diabetes. Simply, you lose the nerves endings at the skin level, but the nerve still ﬁres so you can have pain or burning etc. and still feel numb. Peripheral Neuropathy in almost all cases is a progressive disease process. It gets worse over time. How fast it progresses will vary from individual to individual. The most common treatments are medications.
There is no medication on the market today that will stop the progression of your neuropathy or heal and regenerate the nerves that have been damaged, at best they only work on the symptoms. It will continue to get worse. A true treatment for neuropathy will reverse the damage not just cover up the symptoms. Our protocols use technology developed following studies performed over the past 18 years. As reviewed by the, Advance for Physical Therapy and Rehab Medicine™ “infrared energy is absorbed by the red blood cells, releasing nitric oxide. All of this helps increase the circumference of the arteries and veins, which allows for better circulation and decreased symptoms.” Our treatment regenerates nerve density reversing the nerve damage itself, not just giving symptomatic relief. All without any medications, surgery or nerve block injections. Over 90% of our patients are satisﬁed with their care and results.
What some of our patients say: “I walked across my tile ﬂoor bare foot, pain free for the ﬁrst time in 15 years” as Nancy C. stated. Or the one I had to think about for a minute when AL S. said “I don’t feel anything in my feet and they are not numb.” or like Jean C., MD stated after a two months long trip, “I wish the rest of me felt as good as my feet.”
We will be happy to check your insurance, but if it is not covered it is affordable. If needed, we can offer you 0% ﬁnancing through CareCredit. It can cost as little as a couple of tanks of gas per month. So cost should not be an issue, and the treatment program is over in 6 to 8 weeks, depending on the severity of your condition. You could be symptom free without medication in a few short weeks. Sadly, there is no Medicare covered treatment for neuropathy that I am aware of that does not include prescription or nerve block injections.
Certiﬁed Member of NeuroTCA since 2008
Certiﬁed Member of NeuroTCA since 2008
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Dr. Patrick M. Sartz, DC
2150 S. Country Club Dr, Suite 14 Mesa, AZ 85210
South of Baseline across from Costco 480-556-1358
& Chiropractic Clinic
Our treatment has demonstrated by pre and post treatment biopsies the ability to regenerate nerve endings by over 400 percent, WITHOUT DRUGS, INJECTIONS, OR SURGERY. WE REVERSE THE NEUROPATHY! WE DO NOTHING TO COVER IT UP!
YOU WILL FEEL RESULTS IN THREE WEEKS.
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