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July 2016

Relentlessly local coverage of Gilbert and our neighboring communities

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Paisley Reed, 2, plays on the Gilbert Splash Pad. More photos, page 16.

Gilbert to get its first cemetery BY SRIANTHI PERERA

Gilbert is the largest metropolitan community in the United States that does not have a cemetery. That may change. The town has entered into negotiations with Mesa-based Bunker Family Funerals and Cremation for the development and operation of a cemetery just west of the northwest corner of Greenfield and Queen Creek roads. A total of 21.75 acres of townowned, undeveloped land is to be leased for the full-service cemetery with a funeral home onsite. About 8 acres are to be developed in the project’s $5 million first phase, and will see

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Town introduces a safe syringe-disposal program BY SRIANTHI PERERA

Melanie Dykstra, town of Gilbert staffer, listens to Randy Bunker of Bunker Family Funerals and Cremation on the full service funeral home and cemetery proposed in south Gilbert. GSN photo by Srianthi Perera

Arizona has more than 100 drug disposal stations in police agencies statewide. But, until recently, there wasn’t a place where you could safely dispose of used sharps and syringe disposal needles. Gilbert Police Department has just unveiled its—and the state’s—first sharps/ syringe disposal kiosk at the Gilbert Police Department’s lobby at 75 E. Civic Center Dr. The program is a partnership with the Arizona Crime Prevention Association and Maricopa County Attorney Bill see


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A red kiosk for sharps and syringes disposal and a green kiosk for drugs are available at the Gilbert Police Department’s lobby at 75 E. Civic Center Dr. GSN photo by Srianthi Perera

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To show its appreciation for those giving blood this summer, United Blood Services is offering donors the chance to win a 2016 VW Passat S. To make a blood donation appointment, call (877) UBS-HERO or visit www.bloodhero.com. There are donation events throughout the town, too. See below for details. • 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 1, Banner Gateway Campus, 1900 N. Higley Rd., Grand Canyon rooms one and two • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 2, Gilbert-SanTan Village RSMO, 2218 E. Williams Field Rd., Bloodmobile • 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 7, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, 3555 S. Val Vista Rd., conference rooms two and three • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cascade Financial Services, 3345 S. Val Vista Dr. • 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, July 8, Gilbert Hospital, 5656 S. Power Rd., Bloodmobile • 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, July 8, Southeast VA Health Care Clinic, 3285 S. Val Vista Dr., Bloodmobile • 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, Trilogy, 4369 E. Village Pkwy., ballroom • 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 23. Gilbert Presbyterian Church, 236 E. Guadalupe Rd., education building • 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, MAPFRE USA, 15555 N. Fiesta Blvd., Bloodmobile All blood types are needed, however, Type O-negative is always in greatest demand.


Officials from Arizona Crime Prevention Association, Gilbert Police Department, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery’s office and others gather for a ribbon cutting to unveil Arizona’s first sharps/syringe disposal kiosk at the Gilbert Police Department’s lobby.

DISPOSAL from page 1 Montgomery’s office. The syringe and drug disposal kiosks are placed next to each other. “While these drug kiosks continue to be heavily used here, we have continued to see a need for a box for sharps and syringe disposal needles,” said Vickie Owen, past president of the Arizona Crime Prevention Association, at the unveiling. “It’s an important resource for the general public to have.” Used sharps and syringe disposal needles are not accepted at a pharmacy or doctor’s office, Owen said. Hence proper disposal of them is vital to the community’s health. “Individuals have been turned to tossing them in our green boxes, causing

a bio hazard to our officers,” she added. Stephanie Siete, director of community education at Community Bridges Inc. in Mesa, said that each year, 9 million syringe users will administer at least 3 billion injections outside of care facilities. “Most of these users are not aware of how to properly dispose of these needles, they put them in trash, flush them down toilets, and you can see the potential risk of injury for many people who will be susceptible to hepatitis, HIV and other diseases,” she said. Siete also said the community needs to know about the boxes. “If people don’t know how to dispose of the stuff, they don’t even know there’s a problem,” she said. While this is just one location, Owen

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Chandler and Gilbert adopt grassroots approach to tackle prescription drug abuse BY SRIANTHI PERERA

Chandler and Gilbert have a new force to counter prescription drug misuse. Facing common issues, representatives from the two cities have formed the Chandler-Gilbert Substance Abuse Task Force to address the opioid medication and other drug dependency issues prevalent in epidemic proportions in the area. In a 2014 survey of 12th graders in Maricopa County by the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, 15% of the kids admitted to using prescription pain medications. In the same year, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 1,211 overdoses statewide, while across the country, more than 1,700 young adults died from RX overdose, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Steven R. Brown has run the Renaissance Recovery Center in Gilbert for 15 years and receives about 10 to 15 telephone calls each week from people struggling with addiction to prescription drugs, while half to two-thirds of those he treats are hurting from the same issue. “Over the years, I have seen a dramatic increase in the number of people struggling with painkiller addiction,” he said. “It’s fairly a common pattern for people to start using prescription opioids and become highly dependent and they will graduate to other substances.” In Chandler and Gilbert, grassroots initiatives to fight drug abuse are nothing new. Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse, called CCYSA, has been focusing on prescription drug use for more than six years. Following on the heels of a successful initiative of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, the nonprofit began its own RX360 Initiative in October last year. Gilbert Mayor John Lewis spearheaded a Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Task Force a few months ago, with a focus on education. Ted Huntington, CCYSA’s community programs coordinator, said that it’s time to “break down the silos.” “We’re a group of people coming in and focusing on a vision,” he said. “Each individual is playing their part in the community to bring change in the most effective way.” The new initiative has a five sector approach: health care providers, pharmacists/dispensers, law enforcement, education/prevention and rehabilitation collaborate to provide a unified solution.

The biggest problems are the quantity and frequency in which addictive painkillers are prescribed by the medical profession. Dr. Sandy Indermuhle, ER director at Dignity Health, which runs Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers, has incorporated measures to reduce the amounts of medication being prescribed at the hospitals. Rather than issuing consecutive prescriptions for pain medication, she has directed physicians to refer the patients to a pain management specialist. “We really want one person in control of their pain medication rather than different physicians,” she said. “This policy has been at the hospital for a while; I’m just trying to encourage my physicians to use that as well when they see someone with a chronic pain complaint.” Instructions on how to safely store and dispose leftover medications are provided to those who receive controlled substances upon discharge from the hospital, in particular if there are children in the home. Police departments of both cities provide drug disposal bins that are accessible 24 hours a day. Also, Indermuhle has reminded physicians to use the Arizona Board of Pharmacy’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, which enables doctors and pharmacists to check a patient’s prescription history and intervene with those who are abusing medications. Indremuhle concedes that individuals will still find illegal ways to obtain their drugs. “But if we can cut down on the amount that we are writing and making available, I think that would help a lot,” she said. Dr. James Bogash of LifeCare Chiropractic in Mesa, considers his profession “the antithesis” of prescription drug abuse. “We don’t prescribe medications. Our goal is to provide people with other options. I’ve had patients go and get a prescription for OxyContin for something that we were able to get rid of in 20 minutes,” he said. “If that patient would have come to us first, they wouldn’t have needed the OxyContin in the first place.” Bogash is working to be on the front end of treatment. “If we can educate people about what to do on the front end, they would never be exposed to them at all,” he said. Liz Beck, on the other hand, helps in the back end of the epidemic. Redeemed 2 see

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Sister Madonna Marie Bolton blesses the hands of staff members at Mercy Gilbert.

Mercy Gilbert celebrates 10th anniversary Gilbert’s first full-service hospital celebrated its 10-year anniversary on Sunday, June 5, with a pancake breakfast, high tea and a special blessing of the hands. Since opening its doors in 2006, Dignity Health Mercy Gilbert Medical Center has played an integral role in the town’s growth, according to Tim Bricker, Mercy Gilbert president. “We are proud of Mercy Gilbert’s commitment to humankindess and maintaining the health of Gilbert

residents,” Bricker said. “The hospital has been devoted to caring for the community and has become an integral part of the local economy.” Mercy Gilbert opened as a fourstory facility with 92 private rooms and 429 employees. Now it houses nearly 200 private rooms and employs approximately 1,250 staff members. In 2014, Mercy Gilbert partnered with Phoenix Children’s Hospital to open a 22-bed pediatric unit on the hospital’s campus.

“In the last 10 years, we have seen steady growth and a need to expand our services,” Bricker said. “As the Gilbert population grows, we will look into further expansion.” Mercy Gilbert is part of Dignity Health, one of the nation’s largest health care systems. Dignity Health hospitals in Arizona also include Chandler Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and St. Joseph’s-Westgate Medical Center.

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Stephanie Siete, director of community education at Community Bridges Inc. in Mesa and a member of the ChandlerGilbert Substance Abuse Task Force, speaks at the unveiling of Arizona’s first sharps/syringe disposal kiosk at the Gilbert Police Department’s lobby. Police departments of Chandler and Gilbert provide drug disposal bins that are accessible 24 hours a day. To find a location close to you, visit www.acpa.net and click on “Got Drugs.”

Community step in their lives. Beck said that people work on leading normal lives when they are on rehabilitation. “With the way that life functions, it’s very overwhelming,” she said. “If people don’t have other people in their life that’s helping them, their instinct is to just go back into a life of addiction because that’s what they know.” Redeemed 2 Repeat operates without a residential facility, but organizes a weekly support group meeting at Sovereign Grace Church in Gilbert. At a given time, the nonprofit works with about 35 individuals. “What we bring to the taskforce is a connection to the local church,” Beck said. “All we’re trying to figure out is how we can get the church more involved with the issue of addiction.” Education is another key component of the taskforce’s efforts. Huntington’s five-point strategic plan proposes to increase public awareness and patient education about prescription drug misuse and abuse. To that end, he has compiled presentations on various topics that could be delivered in person to organizations and also compiled issue briefs that are available for distribution. Some of their efforts are subtler. In the fall, CCYSA is organizing a competition entitled “Silent Killer” for high school students to create a public service announcement on preventing

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they’ve had to in the past,” he said. The one variable, though, is a person’s motivation to seek help, he said. Huntington said that a major challenge for the task force is how to reduce the stigma attached to drug dependency. “A lot of families and individuals avoid reaching out to get help. Fighting past that is a challenge,” he said. Jon McHatton, who heads the Gilbert taskforce with a focus on mental health issues, said that education and awareness go hand-in-hand with removing the stigma. “Once it’s removed, then you have community buy-in,” he said, “and once you have that, you seek out a solution.” Connected event Valley Hope of Chandler presents “Voices of Hope: Our Families, Our Community, Our Stories: A National Recovery Month Event” starting at its premises at 501 N. Washington St. at 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Participants will walk to the Chandler Center for the Arts at 250 N. Arizona Ave. After the walk, the Chandler Center for the Arts will host “Focusing on Understanding and Hope,” organized by the Chandler Police Department. Both gatherings will focus on the recovery aspect of substance use and mental health disorders with the message that hope is possible.




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Broken bones from beatings, stressinduced illnesses, drug addiction, lack of trust and a feeling of hopelessness are hardly the stuff of adolescent dreams. But these are the typical issues confronting the children ages 11 to 17 at StreetLightUSA, a residential center that provides a one-of-a-kind program of care and healing to girls who have been trafficked for sex. The numbers of these victims are rising. As many as 300,000 youths are being trafficked in the U.S. The average age of entry into the sex trade is 12 to 14, according to Shared Hope International, a Washington state-based non-profit. From 2011 to 2015, the center has served about 450 girls. Despite the numbers, resources to help victims haven’t increased, center officials said. “No federal grants are available” to help the victims, said Lea Benson, president of StreetLightUSA. “There are (federal grants) for international kids, but there aren’t any for domestic kids.” “We think it doesn’t happen here in the United States, that it happens in other countries,” said Carla Grace, the center’s therapist and counselor. “But it is huge here and the awareness is low.” As these children’s stories come to light, the local faith community, educational institutions, private citizens and even cities are beginning to step up efforts to spread the word. At the same time, lawmakers are working to create harsher penalties for the perpetrators. Soon, Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny will to issue a proclamation and Councilmember Rene Lopez will host a show on the topic. Recently, the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family announced new guidelines to develop a regional response to youth sex trafficking. On October 29, several non-profit organizations in the southeast Valley are collaborating to organize a fundraising gala at Wild Horse Pass. Among the participants is the Women Rising female empowerment network at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. “It is a concern of our students here at the college. Our female students in particular have expressed concerns about what is going on involving sex trafficking,” said Dr. William Crawford, vice president for Student Affairs. Crawford said that the other Women Rising groups in the rest of the Maricopa County Community College District have also been tapped to participate in the cause. For the past three years, volunteer Joyce Vogt has helped organize a ball at the Hope Covenant Church in Chandler. “We decided

These cottages accommodate 24 victims of sex trafficking. With a $100,000 grant from the Thunderbirds Charities, up to 60 girls may be housed.

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this year to expand the event and make it more of a mainstream, public event,” she said. The goal is to sell 350 tickets and raise at least $50,000 for the center, with funds to go toward general operating expenses. Vogt has been volunteering to benefit the center for eight years. “I have a passion for this issue because I just can’t believe this happens in our country,” she said. Upon learning about StreetLightUSA at a human sex-trafficking conference in 2008, Chandler resident Gina La Benz organized a Girl Scouts group to help the center. “It’s horrible that it happens in our backyard,” she said. StreetLightUSA began in 2007 in Arizona as a grassroots effort to help homeless and runaway children who were also

commercially exploited for sex. When law enforcement officials found such children at the time, they had no place to put them except in juvenile detention, Benson said. Housing is scarce for these traumatized victims, and sometimes it’s unsafe to keep them in their home states because of the probability of being rediscovered by their pimps. Many of the children ran away from homes that offered them little protection; sending them back home was not an option. A group began studying the issue, looked at existing laws and how they could be tightened to punish the offenders. Helped by a $750,000 state grant and a network of 70 churches nationwide and led locally by Central Christian Church and Christ’s Church of the Valley, the center was established in 2011 in Peoria. The organization’s board of directors adopted a three-pronged strategy to fight child sex trafficking: awareness, prevention and direct care. Today, StreetLightUSA has become an international model that differs from regular homes in the country for its all-encompassing approach. Not just a place to obtain the basic necessities of life; residents are helped to recover and to advance, as its slogan indicates, “from trauma to triumph.” The girls participate in the optional Choices program, which was formulated by survivors themselves and consists of three phases: stabilization, growth and independence, with corresponding programming. Participants wear a colorful bracelet symbolizing the Key to Change, World of Opportunities, Wings to Soar and StreetLightUSA.

Participation in Choices is optional because the youth are traumatized. “They don’t even recognize that they’ve been victimized,” Grace said. “Ninetynine percent of them have been sexually molested at home. How do they know that someone touching their body is not normal?” Staff members also come across children who have been trafficked by their parents. “We have a child right now whose mom exchanged her for money to pay an electric bill,” Benson said. “The child doesn’t know any different; to her, that is normal.” The Peoria facility’s six cottages are currently licensed for 24 beds as funding allows. However, with a $100,000 grant from the Thunderbirds Charities, funds are in place to expand the cottages to house 60. Plans call for a multi-use building on an adjoining plot of land that will house a school and transitional housing. Over the next five years, the facility hopes to partner with an existing charter school and a transitional housing organization, Benson said. Sometimes, out of the blue, Benson receives calls from former residents who have gone on to build successful lives. “It’s very rewarding to know that you can make a difference to these kids who are considered throwaway kids,” she said. However, not every story has a fairytale ending. “I’m not going to sugar-coat it and say we’ve met with success with every child,” Benson said. “We don’t.” People who want to volunteer can contact Joyce Vogt at joyce@streetlightusa. org or call 520-505-1690. Visit www. streetlightusa.org

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Gilbert fire and rescue hosts annual school supply drive The Gilbert Fire and Rescue Department is helping local students who are in need this year with their annual Back to School Supply Drive taking place through July 25. Items such as backpacks, three-ring binders, notebooks, paper, pencils, pens, colored markers and a variety of other school supplies are being collected at various locations around the community. Monetary donations and gift cards for supplies are also being accepted at Gilbert Fire and Rescue Administration. Drop-off locations are available at all Gilbert municipal buildings and fire stations. This year Gilbert Fire and Rescue is also partnering with Walgreens and Pediatric Dental Specialists to provide additional drop-off sites. For more information, visit www. gilbertaz.gov or call Gilbert Fire and Rescue at (480) 503-6300. Drop-off locations are as follows: Gilbert Fire Administration - 85 E. Civic Center Dr.

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Freestone Recreation Center, 1141 E. Guadalupe Rd., (Lindsay/Guadalupe roads) Gilbert Community Center, 130 N. Oak St., (Gilbert/Elliot roads) Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Rd., (Greenfield/Guadalupe roads) Town Hall , 50 E. Civic Center Dr., (Gilbert/Warner roads) Donations will be accepted through Labor Day. For additional heat relief hydration stations, refuge locations and more information, visit www.azmag.gov/ heatrelief.

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CEMETERY from page 1 feature lawn burial areas, private estates, a cremation/estate garden with a crematory designed into the funeral home and a garden mausoleum, among others. If all goes according to plan, the cemetery has a targeted opening for March 2018. “It’s a project we’ve been working on for many years; I’m really glad that we’ve reached this point,” said Mayor John Lewis, who was among those present at a recent open house held at the South Area Service Center for residents to view the conceptual layout and provide feedback. The costs for the cemetery, including its development, operations and the maintenance, are to be borne by the facility operator, according to Jacob Ellis, assistant to the town manager. “The town will charge the operator rent for the use of the land, as well as participate in revenue sharing,” he said. Bunker Family Funerals and Cremation has been serving families in the Valley since 1963 and in Las Vegas, Nevada previously. Its three locations in Mesa serve about 900 families each year, and many are from Gilbert. “We were looking to do a stand-alone funeral home in Gilbert and then this came together,” said Randy Bunker, funeral director. The goal with the Gilbert cemetery is to

serve about 300 families a year within five years of operation, Bunker said. “There are about 900 deaths in Gilbert every year. We won’t serve all of them, we understand that. We will serve a large majority of them. That will be our goal,” he said. A town commissioned cemetery feasibility study indicates that residents travel more than 20 minutes to a neighboring city such as Mesa, Chandler, Queen Creek, Tempe or Phoenix to obtain funeral services, purchase plots, make arrangements for the burial and visitation of burial sites. The study suggests a mortality rate of 1,317.8 residents per 100,000 population, which indicates that with the town’s current population of 230,000, the anticipated mortality is 3,031 per year. That rate would grow to 4,283 per year by 2035, when Gilbert’s population is expected to bloom to 325,000. Bunker said that about 70% of deaths in all Maricopa County result in cremation. “So we have a need for memorialization of those type of things—mausoleums, niches, family estates and lots of trees. We want to create a sense of peace, there’ll be walking trails and things, community residents can come in and spend time,” he said. Following completion of the first phase, Bunker anticipates completing about four other phases depending on the


The conceptual site plan for the proposed full service funeral home and cemetery indicates features such as manicured lawns, water sculptures, trails and other aesthetic components to help bring a serene atmosphere.

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The Gilbert Historical Museum’s executive director is preserving — and shaping — the town’s history affiliate, before joining the Gilbert Kayla Kolar knew very little about Historical Museum. She has headed it Gilbert when she moved from Colorado since 2005. in 1991. “I saw an ad for director and the timing Twenty-five years later, she is among worked out,” she said. “I didn’t know the preeminent authorities on the town’s anything about Gilbert or the museum history, playing a major role in preserving at the time. The board was looking for it. a curator, but I said, ‘You really don’t Kolar, who co-authored a book on want a curator who will stay inside all Gilbert history, “Gilbert (Images of the time and play with artifacts. You America),” is executive director of need someone to go outside, into the the Gilbert Historical Museum and is community.’” spearheading a movement to develop an And Kolar did exactly that. intergenerational cultural center. “We are no longer the best-kept “I feel like I’m from Gilbert now,” said secret in Gilbert,” said Marji Scotten of Kolar, a native of Carterville, Illinois. “I the museum’s board of directors and a probably know more about Gilbert than volunteer since 2001. “Kayla interacts with Carterville.” the different organizations in the Gilbert At a young age, Kolar was involved in area, and she really works nonprofit work. very hard.” “I’ve always volunteered, whether with Kolar attributes much of it to her UNICEF, United Way, or March of Dimes,” experience with the Chamber of she said. “The nonprofit volunteering bug Commerce’s Gilbert Leadership program. is my passion.” Shortly after she joined the historical Kolar started working full time in museum, Kolar participated in Gilbert nonprofit administration in 1986 when Leadership, in which participants take she joined the National Federation of classes, engage in community activities Independent Business. and work on community projects. “When I first started working for NFIB, I “We help develop the town’s current loved working for a cause and a reason — and future leaders,” said Amanda Bayer, it wasn’t just a job,” she said. manager of Gilbert Leadership. “There Kolar worked at the Colorado offices is a strong networking component. for five years before she was transferred Participants of the program vary greatly in to Arizona in 1991. age and lines of work.” Although she loved the work there, the Kolar was a member of the 14th job required significant travel, and Kolar Leadership graduating class and remained wanted to spend more time at home with active on its board of directors from 2006 her family. In 1993, shortly after the birth to 2013. The program introduced her to of her first son, Kolar took a position the community and helped her build with Desert relationships Botanical with key Garden in stakeholders. Phoenix. She “Gilbert is all spent 11 years about building in a variety of relationships,” roles, eventually said Kolar. becoming “There are about deputy director. 240,000 people “The garden here, and it has a was a wonderful small-town feel. place to It’s all about the learn about relationships.” nonprofits in Those ties are the Valley,” At the entrance to the Gilbert Historical Museum are fundamental several old vehicles including this old Ford. Kolar said. to her success GSN photos by Will Powers “It’s an running incredibly wellthe Gilbert run nonprofit, and I built a really good Historical Museum. In an era that foundation from there.” makes it difficult for nonprofit arts and Kolar had one more stint in nonprofit culture organizations to survive — the administration, as executive director of Phoenix Museum of History went out of Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s Phoenix business in 2009 due to lack of operating BY KIMIE BUNYASARANAND

Kayla Kohler in the Gilbert Historical Museum classroom exhibit.

The Gilbert Historical Museums “Live Exhibit” is a quilting bee featuring Norma Spaid, 79, Betty Walford 75, Bev Brower, 62 and Ginny Martin, 82 June 21, 2016 . They are making or repair quilts in the museum. They have repaired quilts that are over a hundred years old.

funds — Kolar is focusing on longterm sustainability. She leads a major transition that will significantly expand the museum’s scope and programs, focusing on an intergenerational model. While the specific programs have yet to be determined, there have been discussions about bringing in an arts school, cooking classes and agriscaping. Kolar has been meeting with potential partners, working on a feasibility study, planning property expansion and preparing for the next phase of fundraising. “We had to look at the whole model and figure out what we’re going to do,” she said. “We’re the oldest building in Gilbert, and the only building that’s on the National Register of Historic Places — we’re not going anywhere. But we have to move toward sustainability.” The museum will be renamed in the next few months, and Kolar’s title will change to president and CEO. Despite her busy schedule, Kolar has

maintained a “family first” mentality. Her job transitions often were driven by her desire to keep children her priority. She left Susan G. Komen for the Cure at a pivotal moment in her sons’ childhood because of the late hours and long commute. “My whole life has changed around my kids,” she said. Kolar’s three sons, now 24, 21 and 18, all went through Gilbert Public Schools and are enthusiastic volunteers. “When you work in nonprofit, it tends to become a family affair,” she said. “When I first came to the museum, my youngest son was seven and he picked out stuffed animals that we were going to sell at the gift shop.” The full impact of Kolar’s work in Gilbert is yet to be seen. What is certain is her deep dedication and passion for her work. “It’s a great fit for me personally and professionally. I love the museum,” she said.



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Will Powers at The Gilbert Sun News decided to drive around town to see what summer activities children enjoyed to keep cool, and found that the Splash Pad at Water Tower Plaza continues to be a big hit with youngsters and their parents. Kids also participated recently in a Lego challenge at the Southeast Regional Library. Each month kids who love creating and working with Legos can build something new. GSN

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Jake Derozieres, 11, David Roesch, 12, and Ayden Papaccio, 10, build a device with Legos.

Quinn McGrath, 15, builds on a team effort, a Rube Goldberg machine with Legos.

Grant Woodmasse, 8, and Ben Stanton, 8, sort parts before starting a project with Legos.

Paisley Reed, 2, plays on the Splash Pad.

Brian Bouffard of EduRoboTech gives some pointers to Lincoln Yi and David Roesch, 12, on building a device with Legos.

Clancey Williams, 7, Caiden Saville, 7, and Chase Saville play on the Splash Pad.



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Comfort is key at Monarch Medical Group BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Gilbert pediatrician Dr. Farah Lokey likes to say she “speaks baby.” After practicing for 11 years, she is confident in her ability to diagnose children’s ailments. “I can figure out what they’re saying between the crying and the wiggles,” Lokey said. “After many years of working with children, I can tell what’s wrong by the way they act. It’s second nature to pick up on things that children are doing.” Lokey heads up her practice, Monarch Medical Group at 1425 S. Higley Rd., Suite 102, Gilbert, (480) 857-6316. Born in London, England, Lokey comes to Gilbert from Chandler. After graduating from Dobson High School, she attended ASU and U of A, returned to the Valley for her residency and clinical rotations. Upon graduation in 2008, she began practicing in Mesa. Five years ago, she found out about a practice that was for sale and purchased it. Her practice is a teaching facility, where she offers experience to students from Midwestern University. She also teaches nurse practitioner classes at different schools around town. “I do have students who are coming through my office,” she said. “It is a teaching facility. Sometimes the patients are unsure about the students, but remember, we’re trying to help the minds of the future, too.” With the students or with her, Lokey hopes that the little patients and their parents are comfortable

Dr. Farah Lokey opened her Gilbert pediatric practice, Monarch Medical Group, five years ago. GSN photo by Will Powers

at Monarch Medical Group. “We are trying to be a place where people can come in and feel comfortable,” she said. “We want parents to make us your child’s medical home. “Please understand that we are going to try to work with them as parents to have their children live the best lives they can. A lot of other places are ‘patient mills.’ They’re not getting the care they deserve. We give time and care to every patient. I need enough time to tell what’s going on, so my appointments are a little longer than others. I try to get everyone’s information so they feel comfortable coming to me.” ZIN_GilbertSunNews_KidsMeal_4.9x11.indd 1

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Gilbert quilter helping first responders, the public stay cool BY CASSIDY LANDAKER

Arizona summers can be dangerous in the sweltering heat—especially for first responders, who are bogged down in heavy uniforms. Janet Thebarge of Gilbert decided to do something about that. She is selling her Cool Ties at Chandler’s July 4th Fireworks Spectacular from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday, July 4, at Tumbleweed Park. Cool Ties are exactly what the name implies. They’re ties that can be worn around the head or neck to cool down. When soaked in water for 20 to 30 minutes, the ties’ polymers absorb the water to keep cool for hours. The cost is $15. For an additional $5, patrons can purchase one for a first responder from Chandler or Gilbert, or for one of the firefighters tackling wildfires. “It’s so incredibly hot here in the summer and it looks like it’s getting worse,” Thebarge said. “I can’t imagine what it is like for a police officer standing in the street and directing traffic without

some form of relief. This is just an opportunity for all of us to say thank you and offer a measure of on the job comfort.” Thebarge is an accomplished entrepreneur. Her full-time business is Keepsake Quilts and Fabric Gifts, which sells custom quilts. She wanted to offer a second product and decided on Cool Ties. She began selling them in April. “I have sat watching the kids play football, run track and swim on swim teams in unbearable heat,” she said. “I really thought of giving relief to parents and grandparents watching their kids participate in summer sports.” She said Cool Ties make an ideal school fundraiser. Thebarge offers them to the schools at a discounted rate and, in turn, the students sell them at retail price. According to Thebarge, several schools have already taken advantage of this offer. Fourth of July isn’t the only time to buy Cool Ties, however. Thebarge said they can also be purchased on her website, www.keepsakequiltsandfabricgifts.com.

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Indoor triathlon benefits epilepsy foundation BY JARED MCDONALD

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Peggy Szymeczek, a retired civil servant from Gilbert, competed on “Jeopardy!” on Thursday, June 9, and took third place. She won $1,000. Photo courtesy Jeopardy Productions Inc.

When Trent Stroup’s daughter, Adelyn, was diagnosed with Aicardi Syndrome, a rare disorder that causes seizures and developmental delays, he and his wife decided to do something about it. In 2005, they formed the all-volunteer nonprofit organization Stroup Kids for Kids Epilepsy Foundation, which has raised more than $135,000 since its inception. “It’s a full-time job. My wife and I are up against big odds,” said Stroup, who lives in Maryland. “Being a parent for a child with a mental disability is very difficult, so me and my wife have to be a team. You need a support system.” To help raise funds and awareness, the Stroup Kids for Kids Epilepsy Foundation is hosting Arizona’s Tri to Help Indoor Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Chandler/Gilbert YMCA, 1655 W. Frye Rd. The monies raised from the event go to various epilepsy projects like the Adelyn Lectureship Series and metabolism-based therapy in epilepsy research. Tri to Help is a national indoor triathlon at several locations, including Maryland, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Arizona, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Stroup’s brother, Derek, and parents live in Chandler. The family comes together to help run the event and promote the

Stroup Kids for Kids Epilepsy Foundation is hosting Arizona’s Tri to Help Indoor Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Chandler/Gilbert YMCA.

foundation, Derek said. “It’s great to be able to hold an event in Arizona and maintain our connection to the foundation, since we aren’t able to regularly attend the events back east,” he said. Seasoned triathletes and first-timers compete to raise the most sponsors to fund epilepsy research for the Johns Hopkins Epilepsy Center. Fundraising is not mandatory. All participants receive an event shirt; the top fundraiser receives $100. The indoor triathlon consists of a 10-minute swim session in the aquatic center, a 30-minute bike session on a stationary bike and a 20-minute run on

a treadmill. Participants can register online until Aug. 2 for six different heats between 8 a.m. and noon. Registration is $60 per individual or $120 per relay team. Stroup wants to continue spreading the event to other states. He has never missed a triathlon and wants the foundation to be his legacy. “I’m leaving behind my three kids and this foundation,” Stroup said. “I want this to continue to sustain 100, 200 years later. That’s what it’s all about; helping people.” For more information and to register for the event, visit www. stroupkidsforkids.org.



Comedian with rare disability trains to climb ‘Rocky’ stairs BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Local comedian Steve Krause has seen his fair share of ups and downs. He has found success with his stand-up act, but with it came the temptations of alcohol and subsequent depression and a suicide attempt. The Gilbert resident has been sober for more than a year and is tackling a feat that has proven to be challenging. Krause, who was born with the rare disability arthrogryposis, is going to climb the “Rocky” stairs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art using only his neck, back and limited leg function. Arthrogryposis doesn’t allow joints to move as much as normal and sometimes they may even be stuck. Often the muscles around these joints are thin, weak, stiff or missing. The climb started out as a joke among Krause and his fellow comedian friends, but now it will serve as a metaphor for obstacles he has overcome in his life. “All of my life, I had bad depression about being disabled,” he said “I turned to alcohol as my substance abuse to forget about my depression. “Russell Peters, one of the biggest comedians in the world, said if I stayed

sober for a year, he’d use me on the of the proceeds will go to Arizona road. The first time he would use me Disabled Sports. For more information, would be in Philadelphia. We started visit ownyourobstacle.com. joking around about having him carry Having spent his life in a wheelchair, me in a baby carrier. Krause admitted he’s But after joking a bit nervous. He’s around about it worried he may fall for a few days, I down the chairs, thought to myself, for example. But why can’t I do it? I as he said, “What’s figured out a way to the worst that can do it.” happen? I’ll be in a A member of wheelchair?” Youfit GilbertOnset of McQueen Road, depression Krause said he A former student has been called of Tri-City Christian “an inspiration. I Academy in don’t know if it’s Chandler, Krause more insanity than said his downfall inspiration. We will started in high find out on July 10.” school when his Through the friends started event, Krause is playing sports and raising money for a learning to drive. Steve Krause has been a comedian for wheelchair, which “That’s when the 12 years. can cost up to depression took $12,000, and sports over my life,” he equipment for his wheelchair Power said. “The only way I could forget Soccer team. Anyone can donate for about my problems was to drink. It got each of the 72 steps he climbs. Part me in a lot of trouble, plus going into



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LGE Design Build has completed phase two construction of Heritage Marketplace in downtown Gilbert. The tenants include Sushi Brokers, Farm & Craft, Clever Koi, Grubstak and Even Stevens. The businesses are expected to open by fourth quarter 2016 or first quarter 2017.

LGE Design Build completes phase 2 of Heritage Marketplace Heritage Marketplace’s second phase has been completed by LGE Design Build, bringing into town trendy restaurant and retail businesses such as Sushi Brokers and Tuft and Needle. Nico, a new restaurant by chef Gio Osso of Virtu Honest Craft in Scottsdale, has also opened in the completed Phase 1 building. Phase 2 tenants include Sushi Brokers, Farm & Craft, Clever Koi, Grubstak, Even Stevens, Tuft and Needle, Brown Law Firm and Security Title Agency. Tenants are expected to open by fourth quarter 2016 or first quarter 2017. An integral part of Gilbert’s historic Heritage District, Heritage Marketplace is a family friendly, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use development in downtown Gilbert located on the northwest corner of Gilbert Road and Vaughn Avenue. “Gilbert’s Heritage District has experienced a renaissance thanks to developments like the Heritage Marketplace,” said Mayor John Lewis. “The Heritage District, now more than ever, is a place where residents and visitors alike congregate to enjoy the entrepreneurial restaurants, retail, entertainment, learning and arts and culture developments. It is a place where workers are excited to spend their day in the luxurious office space provided by developments like Heritage Marketplace. Ultimately, the Heritage District will continue to be the heart

of the community and a clean and safe place for families, students, and coworkers to gather.” The second phase includes two buildings totaling 32,000 square feet with ground floor restaurant and retail space, and second floor office space. The north building is about 10,000 square feet and the south building is about 22,000 square feet. Cawley Architects and AV3 Design, both of Phoenix, served as architects for the Phase 2 shell. “Heritage Marketplace has grown rapidly,” said Dave Sellers, president of LGE Design Build. “This unique mixed use infill project was designed to create walkable, street-focused retail that collides with office, generating considerable energy in downtown Gilbert.” In Phase 1, LGE completed 31,000 square feet of dynamic mixed-use office/retail/restaurant space, earning AZRE’s 2016 RED Award for Mixed Use Project. Tenants included Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles, Pomo Pizzeria, Barrio Queen, Zinburger and Petersen’s Old-Fashioned Ice Cream, Pacific Pharmacy Consultants, EcoTec and People’s Mortgage. Nico opened in the Phase 1 building in May. The 3,217-square-foot restaurant features a back bar with sliding chalkboards, large wall mirrors and an outdoor patio. LGE Design Group served as the architect for Nico’s restaurant.

Osso decided to locate Nico, named after his 2-year-old son, in Heritage Marketplace because he lives in Gilbert and enjoys the entertainment district’s energy. “It’s a home away from home. I want to get to know my neighbors. I don’t think I could have picked a better place than Heritage Marketplace,” said Osso, who owns Nico with business partner Brad Kircher. Nico, a chef-driven concept with a family atmosphere, also caters to special occasions. “I’m focused on the experience from the greeting to the boutique wine list, craft cocktails, highest quality ingredients and impeccable service. You feel comfortable from the moment you walk in,” said Osso, a James Beard Award-nominated chef. Osso’s Virtu restaurant was named one of the top 25 restaurants in the country by Esquire Magazine. LGE has plans for another dynamic retail development to the south of Heritage Marketplace, tentatively called Gilbert Market, which will include 38,000 square feet of restaurant, retail and entertainment businesses. Construction start date and users are to be announced soon. Across the street at 323 N. Gilbert Rd., LGE is constructing Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, designed to connect with the town’s agricultural roots.

Family-owned and -operated El Sol Foods of Gilbert has been named the official salsa of Phoenix International Raceway’s The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Nov. 11 to Nov. 13. El Sol Foods uses the family recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation. Available throughout Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada, Wyoming and Montana, El Sol Foods provides salsa products with any level of heat— mild, medium or hot in regular and organic. It also offers pico de gallo, lime, fire-roasted with black beans and corn, tomatillo and a seasonal mango-pineapple. “We are thrilled to partner with El Sol. As a locally owned business, it makes it particularly meaningful for our team to have such strong support from right here in the Valley,” said PIR President Bryan R. Sperber. El Sol Foods is located at 566 E. Germann Rd., Suite 109, in Gilbert. Ryan Bullock, president of El Sol Foods added, “At the end of the day our partnership with PIR is a great way for El Sol Foods to support another local establishment while being able to provide fresh and delicious salsa to race fans. We see it as a win-win for everybody involved and are truly excited about this collaboration.” To learn about El Sol fan giveaways, recipes and more, follow it on Twitter @ElSolSalsa and Facebook @ El Sol Foods. For more information, visit www.elsolfoods.com or call (480) 857-2212 The fall race at PIR sells out nearly a month in advance and features a full weekend of NASCAR action, including racing from the top-three series in NASCAR. Prior to the CanAm 500 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Nov. 13, the event weekend will feature the NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, Nov. 12 and will kick off with the Lucas Oil 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, Nov. 11. The Can-Am 500 stands as the final Eliminator Round race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, after which the field of championship contenders will be reduced to the final four who will head to the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the title showdown.



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Orbital ATK unveils the powerful Iridium NEXT satellites that are ready for space BY SRIANTHI PERERA

Early last century, Gilbert was dubbed the “hay capital of the world.” Nowadays, some of its vast farmland is used to grow global mobile communications. Recently, media guests gathered inside the high-tech belly of the Orbital ATK facility, located on the southwest corner of McQueen and Elliot roads. The occasion was the unveiling of the Iridium NEXT satellites that will provide global connectivity as never before. “This is a really exciting milestone,” said Matt Desch, chief executive officer of the McLean, Virginia based Iridium Communications Inc. “After more than seven years of effort, the first of our nextgeneration satellites are finally ready for space.” Frank Culbertson, president of Orbital ATK’s Space Systems Group, said: “We build a lot of other satellites, here and elsewhere. We support national defense, science satellites and other commercial endeavors. This is the largest constellation we have built on a commercial basis.”

For months, hundreds of aerospace engineers clad in bunny suits engaged in about 100,000 hours of workmanship inside the 135,000 square-foot satellite manufacturing facility. In assembly line fashion, they assembled the Iridium NEXT satellites for Thales Alenia Space based in Cannes, France. Orbital ATK, along with Thales Alenia and Iridium NEXT officials unveiled the first two of the 81 satellites that are to be built there. They are to be shipped to the SpaceX launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, with launch targeted for Sept. 12. “We have worked together to solve some very serious problems,” Culbertson said. “Our team is proud to work with these folks and proud to be achieving what we have so far.” Culbertson said his team plans to release one satellite per week “out this factory door.” The constellation of Iridium satellites that are in space were launched in 1997. “It also emerged from this general area; Arizona was the birthplace of that network

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as well,” Desch said. “And we’re back here again.” At the time, the technology was not well developed, Desch said, and “they had to fix a lot of things in space. “This time around, with all that credible experience that we have gained over the last 25 years in the program, this time around, we have much more powerful satellites and we’re really ready to go right now,” he said. “They are very, very sophisticated, well-tested and powerful satellites moving forward.” Orbital ATK is under a contract from Thales Alenia, which designed each satellite consisting of more than 5,000 individual

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Dignitaries and community members from the town of Gilbert recently donned pink hard hats to symbolically shovel the earth during the groundbreaking for the long-expected TicketForce building in Gilbert’s Heritage District-≠≠≠. The message from the entertainment ticketing company’s CEO Lynne King Smith was that Building 313, as it will be called, would be important to women. It will house her company and a co-working space for women called “Thrive.” “This building is a real celebration of the opportunities that we have and to support women in business. That’s why the pink hard hats and that’s why you see a lot wearing pink today,” King Smith said, addressing the gathering in the long and narrow dirt lot sandwiched between Bergie’s Coffee Roast House and the soon-to-come Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row. In a short speech, Mayor John Lewis reiterated the firsts for the building: the town’s first woman-focused building and perhaps its first rooftop bar, the Heritage District’s first North American company headquarters and owner-occupied commercial building. “It’s a cool project,” he said. King Smith, together with husband, Brad, founded the business in their Gilbert garage

At the groundbreaking for TicketForce in the Heritage District of Gilbert, participants wore pink hard hats to depict the building’s importance to women. GSN photo by Srianthi Perera

more than a decade ago, building on a database he managed that communicated with youth organizations across the state. “Concert promoters would come in and ask to advertise in our newsletter,” King Smith said. “Then they asked, can you go buy radio time.” Subsequently, the duo learned how to do promotions, security, group sales, will call and other aspects of concert organizing. They sold 7,000 tickets for their first online concert. “It went really well; we thought we’ll do Arizona,” King Smith recalled. “Then someone in California called and asked us.” Nowadays, TicketForce serves large, established venues such as performing arts halls, convention centers and race sites, new and growing venues and event promoters across all states and Canada. In addition to ticketing and box office management,

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Oregano’s Pizza Bistro and the revamp of Liberty Market. Meanwhile, TicketForce’s interior design has been assigned to Dina Rosas of Phoenixbased De Rosas Interior Architecture Design Group. “The space is going to be very open,” Rosas said. “It’s collaborative. We’re focusing on feminine curves.” King Smith said that the design is collaborative because the team is used to working together.” If I isolated them, it would shut them down,” she said. Other design features include quiet spaces and a relaxation room. Meanwhile, Thrive would work primarily on a membership basis, with participants paying an annual fee to gain access to seminars and workshops, although they would also be available on a piecemeal basis. More than anything, King Smith is hoping that women will make connections, which, in turn, will spark collaborations to help advance themselves. “It’s a work space, but networking is what happens with co-working,” King Smith said. “You meet others with skills.” King Smith said she can’t preclude men from attending, but felt that the focus should be on women because they are lagging behind in business leadership. “It’s a business with a mission,” she said. The Smiths, who have been married for 33 years, moved to Arizona in the 1980s, after meeting while at college in Upstate New York. They have three daughters, who are grown and out of the family home. The path to Building 313 has not been smooth. King Smith referred to overcoming several “roadblocks” at the groundbreaking. “We’re not commercial real estate developers. I run a ticketing company. I know how to do that,” she said. “Literally, I do not know what I’m doing except that I have a vision for a space that’s going to be very different from anything else I know.”

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Walmart among businesses honored at Chamber awards ceremony BY SRIANTHI PERERA

Of all the recipients at the 10th annual Business Awards of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce held recently, perhaps the most validating was the nod to Walmart at SanTan Village. The big box store received the chamber’s Large Business o≠≠f the Year award, beating Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Generations at Agritopia and the Seville Golf & Country Club. “We’re a very large store (207,000 square feet) and I have a lot of people (355 employees). Yet, I try to make myself as accessible as I can to the people in the community,” said store manager Tony Yantos. Walmart at SanTan Village allows town public safety personnel to use its parking lot for charity fundraisers, donates cash and in-kind to schools and other nonprofit organizations, Yantos said. The Large Business of the Year award recognizes a chamber member with 50 or more employees who has experienced progressive sales and market growth over the last three years, provides a unique product, overcame an unusual challenge, executed a dramatic turnaround or provided outstanding customer service. Emcee Lauren Burgoyne said that Walmart received the award because it connected neighbors with their

Gilbert Chamber of Commerce CEO Kathy Tilque, left, with Tony Yantos, store manager of Walmart SanTan Village and Incoming Board Chairwoman Joan Krueger of Bliss Lieberman Realty & Investments at the Chamber’s 10th annual business awards held in Gilbert recently. Yantos received the Large Business of the Year award on behalf of the Walmart SanTan Village.

neighborhood, among its many attributes. When the store was under construction in 2004, the big-box retailer’s impending opening caused consternation. “I remember people talking about it. And I remember thinking that maybe a lot of people don’t want this big store in the community. And I felt that I had a lot of work to do and a lot of people to get to know in the community and I tried to make the store a friend of the community,” Yantos said. Hence, the chamber award is all the more valuable to the store, he said.

“When I got that award, it just told me that the mission is accomplished. We’re now a friend of the community,” Yantos said. The business awards luncheon, presented by American Furniture Warehouse and held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Gilbert SanTan Elegante Conference Center, also awarded the following: Mid-size Business of the Year: Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. Small Business of the Year: Associated Architects Volunteer of the Year: JW Rayhons of Rayhons Financial Solutions

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Chamber hosts candidate forums, travel seminar 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. Community Travel Meeting Christmas on the Danube A representative from Collette Vacations will review the travel itinerary of a Christmas on the Danube expedition and answer questions. No travel commitment is required to attend this meeting. Admission is free. 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, July 6 Gilbert Chamber of Commerce 119 N. Gilbert Road, Suite 101 Gilbert 85234 Chamber Chat—Midday Converse with other professionals at lunch and learn about businesses and services in Gilbert. Meet new friends and build lasting relationships. No agenda; no script—just food, company and conversation. Lunch is $10 at the door, which includes lunch buffet and tax.

11: 30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, July 8 Pizza A Metro 832 S. Greenfield Road Gilbert 85296 Open House Celebration for Kathy Tilque Celebrate Kathy Tilque’s 20 years of service as Chamber CEO at an open house. Members are encouraged to consider sharing favorite memories of her and her contributions to the community. Admission is free. 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 13 Gilbert Chamber of Commerce 119 N. Gilbert Road, Ste. 101 Gilbert 85234 Candidate Forum for Congressional District 5 The East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance invites the public to learn about the candidates running for U.S. Congress in District 5. Candidates have been invited to meet residents, distribute information and participate in the forum. 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19 The Falls Event Center 4635 E. Baseline Road, Gilbert 85234

The 411—Membership Orientation Members will learn how to maximize Chamber benefits at the 411, a membership orientation presented by Printwerx. Gain an insider’s view of our programs and services, ask questions of Chamber staff, and develop an action plan for engagement and success. Free admission for current and prospective Chamber members. 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 27 Gilbert Chamber of Commerce 119 N. Gilbert Road, Suite 101 Gilbert 85234 Chamber Chat—Morning Enjoy breakfast with local professionals. Share conversation with other professionals and learn about businesses and services. Meet new friends and build lasting relationships. No agenda; no script - just food, company and conversation. Admission $8. 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 3 The Egg I Am 3321 E. Queen Creek Rd., Suite 101 Gilbert 85297


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Only four years after establishing the business, the company has received more than 200 unsolicited five-star reviews. The luncheon included the Gilbert Chamber’s year-in-review, which was delivered by Chairman of the Board, Tim Bricker, president/CEO of Dignity Health’s Mercy Gilbert and Chandler Regional medical centers. Bricker recognized the organization’s committee chairpersons and outgoing members of the board of directors, including Darren Patoni of The IT Workshop and Jim Lykins of Atmosphere Commercial Interiors. Incoming Board Chairwoman Joan Krueger paid tribute to Mayor John Lewis for his support of the Gilbert Chamber and the local business community during his time in office. “Mayor John Lewis has shown a sincere and deliberate dedication to the success of our business community,” Krueger said. “Over the past seven years, he has been visible as we have welcomed members into the community and, equally important, he has been at the table of many discussions as businesses look for ways to grow and expand within our community, region and state.” Krueger also recognized Chamber CEO Kathy Tilque for the 20 years she has served as leader of the organization.

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Career Connectors to help career transitioners

Career Connectors, a nonprofit organization connecting professionals to high-quality resources and hiring companies, is hosting events in Gilbert connecting employees with employers. The free networking event is held every fourth Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon at Central Christian Church, located at 965 E. Germann Rd. The next meeting is Tuesday, July 26.

Each event includes professional career speakers with presentations on relevant job search topics, three to four featured hiring companies, networking, resume help, career coaches, LinkedIn coaches and business portraits. For more information, visit www.careerconnectors.org or call (480) 442-5806.

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Allison Carmichael named principal of Gateway Polytechnic Academy


Gilbert resident Allison Carmichael children, and they spend most weekends has been named principal of Gateway hiking in Arizona. Polytechnic Academy, according to Dr. Carmichael is looking forward to her Perry Berry, superintendent of Queen new adventure at Gateway Polytechnic Creek Unified School District (QCUSD). Academy. She begins her new job with the 2016“As Erin Hanson has stated, ‘What if I 2017 school year. fall? Oh but darling, what if you fly?’” she Carmichael was quoted. “Gateway born and raised Polytechnic in Chicago before Academy poses settling in Gilbert a sense of for 15 years. She wonderment and graduated from opportunity that Western Michigan makes me very University where eager to get started she earned a encouraging our bachelor’s degree aviators to fly. I in elementary look forward to education. She my first days on continued her campus learning education to earn as much as I can her secondary from the teachers, education staff, students and certificate. parents who have Most recently, already made the Carmichael has school a proud served as assistant institution of the principal at community.” Williams Field Berry is looking High School. Prior forward to to that, she taught Carmichael joining eighth grade the team. English at a Tempe “We are excited school. After to have Allison teaching there Carmichael join for two years, she our QCUSD was interested family as principal in coaching the of Gateway McClintock Allison Carmichael and her husband, Nick, have Polytechnic softball team in a three children. Academy,” Berry neighboring high said. “She brings school. with her many experiences that Not only is Carmichael a NCAA will benefit our students and the collegiate athlete, she is an avid learner community, and is dedicated to the who enjoys reading professionally and vision to engineer tomorrow’s leaders recreationally. today.” She and her husband, Nick, have three

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East Valley dads win grant for startup BY JARED MCDONALD

Two East Valley dads have won a $250,000 grant to make routers that are designed to keep kids safe online. Spencer Thomason and Eric Vance are co-founders of the Gilbert-based company Clean Router. The duo began developing the router in 2009 when they weren’t satisfied with other products designed to filter content kids can see online. “We’re both dads. We have a ton of kids and we’re both technical,” Vance said. “We were concerned with what our kids might find online, so we wanted to find a solution that we were comfortable with. We weren’t comfortable with any of the solutions out there, so we decided to make it.” Clean Router was one of six companies to win a grant for the 2016 Spring Arizona Innovation Challenge, a program provided by the Arizona Commerce Authority designed to help Arizona startups scale up their business. Companies can apply for the challenge in the spring and fall for a chance to win a share of the $3 million. Clean Router competed with about 100 other companies for the grant, Thomason said. Thomason said they applied for the challenge three times, and used the feedback from each experience to improve their product and its presentation. The company plans on using the grant to hire three to six people over the next 18 months for sales and development of the product, he said. The grant is given to winners in increments as companies reach

certain milestones over 12 months. “Our goal is simply to get as many homes protected as possible,” said Thomason. “With a grant like this, it will help us solve problems that are facing us, the biggest being mobile.” Clean Router filters content to any device connected to it, including phones, tablet, computers and game systems. The company is getting ready to introduce a complementary app in the next few weeks, allowing Clean Router to filter content on devices even away from home, said Thomason. “There are 28 million with minors with broadband in America,” said Thomason. “Pretty much any parent out there doesn’t want their kid watching porn.” The company offers a model for homes and businesses, but plans on also offering a model for small businesses. Thomason and Vance use Clean Router in their own homes for their kids. It allows them to be the first to know if something isn’t working as well as it should. “If it wasn’t up to snuff, we wouldn’t stand for that,” said Vance. “We’re eating our own dog food.” Clean Routers are sold at www. cleanrouter.com. The website is offering the base Clean Router for free, just $9.99 for shipping and $12.99 per month for the subscription for a limited time. The company also sells the more powerful Clean Router Pro for $199. The first month’s subscription is free with both models.



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semester. The list recognizes students with a semester GPA of 3.75 or higher on a 4-point scale. Deardorff graduated from Highland High School.


Know a student who’s doing something remarkable? Send items for student chronicles to christina@timespublications.com. Joshua Metzler achieved a GPA of at least 3.5 during the spring semester to earn a spot on the dean’s list at Hofstra University, a nationally ranked private university with more than 11,000 students. Students can choose from undergraduate and graduate offerings in liberal arts and sciences, business, engineering and applied science, communication, education, health sciences and human services, honors studies, law, nursing and medicine. Hofstra was named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Kent Deardorff, an exercise science major at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and the son of Mark and Elizabeth Deardorff, was named to the dean’s list for the spring

Tyler Ferrell, a junior studying chemical engineering, made the honor list for the spring semester at Missouri University of Science and Technology. To be included on the list, students must have carried a minimum of 12 hours and had GPAs of 3.2 or above out of a possible 4.0. Founded in 1870 as the University of Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy, Missouri S&T is a public research university of 8,135 students. Jennifer Elizabeth Weatherford received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Fort Hays State University in Fort Hays, Kansas. Greensboro College has named Katelyn Marie Clark, a freshman biology major, a winner of the Howard C. Wilkinson award for academic excellence. To be eligible, first-year students must have at least 14 hours of credits for grades at Greensboro College with a minimum of 3.6 GPA. If they have transferred credits, they also have a cumulative GPA of 3.6 for all college work. Greensboro College, an independent, coeducational college affiliated with the United Methodist Church, is an academic and social community that unites the liberal arts and Judeo-Christian values. Founded in

1838 and located in downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,100 students. Timothy Fajembola, a junior at RandolphMacon Academy and the son of Oladipo and Jennifer Fajembola, earned a place on the dean’s list for the fourth quarter of the 2015-16 school year. Only students who achieve a GPA of 3.5-3.99 are named to the list. Randolph-Macon Academy, founded in 1892, is a college-preparatory, coeducational boarding school for students in grades 6 through 12 in Front Royal, Virginia. Students in grades 9-12 participate in R-MA’s 91st Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC), and can participate in a flight program. Janae Warner Dunn, a senior theatre major, was named to the dean’s list for the HixsonLied College of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the spring semester. Wheaton College student Benjamin Brittain was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester. To earn this honor at Wheaton, an undergraduate student must carry 12 or more credit hours and achieve a 3.5 grade point average or higher on the 4.0 scale. Clayton Hall, a nursing major, has been named to Upper Iowa University’s dean’s list for the spring semester. To be honored, the

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www.GilbertSunNews.com undergraduate must be enrolled as a fulltime student and earn a minimum 3.50 GPA for the semester. Two students from Gilbert earned degrees from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. Kyle Hudson received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Joe Renteria obtained his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management. Monica Lopez, a speech-language pathology major, was named to the dean’s list at Fontbonne University in St. Louis. Lopez earned a GPA of 3.7 or higher upon completion of the spring semester. Fontbonne University is a Catholic coeducational institution of higher education offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in the liberal arts and professional studies. McKayla Ferris was placed on the president’s list for the spring semester at Gonzaga University after earning a minimum GPA of 3.7. Gonzaga University, a private Catholic university in Spokane, Washington, provides a Jesuit education to more than 7,500 students. Gonzaga offers 75 fields of study, 25 master’s degrees, a doctorate in leadership studies, and a Juris Doctor degree through its School of Law.



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Gilbert Little League team advances to state tournament BY TIM J. RANDALL

The age 10/11 all-star baseball team from Gilbert National Little League (GNLL) celebrated the National Pastime by winning the District 14 Championship on June 17, defeating the rival Gilbert American Little League (GALL) squad 2-0. With the victory, the GNLL Diamondbacks, under skipper Jim Stringham, advances to the State Tournament beginning July 18 in Wickenburg. “Our all stars last year lost in the semifinals of the District 14 games,” Stringham said. “This year our boys advanced by beating a great GALL team, hats off to their team.” To make sure that the coaches and players do not have to travel for games, the parents rented a house for them to stay. “We are trying to raise $2,000 to cover the cost,” Stringham said. “We set up a GoFundMe account and have raised $1,000 so far.” The website is www.gofundme.com/ gnllallstars. The journey to state began on June 1 with the selection of the all-star team through a tryout and evaluation process. “The district tournament started on June 11, so we had only 10 days to prepare and get ready to play,” Stringham said. “It was probably the shortest time to get ready.”

In the first game of a double-elimination format, the Diamondbacks beat Mesa Desert Ridge 12-4 in the first game. Subsequently, it beat the Gilbert Southeast Valley Diamondbacks 12-2. The highlight of those two games was a grand slam by Jayden Minarcik. Then in the semi-finals and championship games, low earned run averages (ERA) were the key story. “We played Gilbert American in consecutive games,” said Stringham, who coached the 2015 CNLL All-Stars and has coached for the league for eight years. “Both games were pitching duels, we won the semifinal 3-1 and the championship 2-0.” Behind those stellar efforts were complete games by Jacob McCullough and Thomas Vogiatzis. “Jacob threw only 84 pitches and Thomas 69, pretty amazing for a Little League game,” Stringham said. At State, the Diamondbacks will face 13 other district qualifiers in another doubleelimination format. “We want to win State,” Stringham said. Helping that cause will be Stringham’s son, James, who plays third base, along with the 12 other teammates who were dominant in their District 14 Championship run. “We played flawless defense and had timely hitting,” Stringham said.

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Pop Warner football, cheer registration coming to an end Arizona Pop Warner Football and Cheer will host its last two registration events for each of the 10 associations across the Valley for youths interested in playing football or cheering. This is the 53rd season of Arizona Pop Warner Football and Cheer, and teams from across the state will gear up for their chance to play and cheer their way to the Pop Warner National Championships in Orlando, Florida, this December. All registrations Valleywide will be held on Saturday, July 9 and Saturday, July 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gilbert Chandler Pop Warner’s registration will be held at the Gilbert Chandler Pop Warner Office (700 N. Neely St., Suite 11, Gilbert). Chandler Pop Warner’s registration will be held at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center (745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler). Southeast Pop Warner will hold registration on Saturday, July 9, at Queen Creek High School (22149 E. Ocotillo Rd.,

Queen Creek). Saturday, July 16 at Combs High School (2505 E. Germann Rd., San Tan Valley). Registration fees and details for all associations can be found online at www. ArizonaPopWarner.org. Arizona Pop Warner has an “education-first” mentality and provides a chance for all children participating in cheer and football to create friendships, grow as individuals and develop a good work ethic that follows them off the field. Arizona Pop Warner cares about every athlete’s safety, proven through its age and weight matrix, active concussion prevention and treatment (in partnership with the Mayo Clinic since 2014), strict reduction of contact time during practices, and newly implemented no kickoff rule. Pop Warner is the oldest national youth football and cheerleading organization in

the world. Founded in 1929, Pop Warner Football and Cheer boasts more than 120 leagues and over 400,000 members in the United States. Arizona Pop Warner Football and Cheer is the only youth sports organization in the state that is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization whose focus is making sure Arizona’s youth


participants have the best possible environment in which to develop smart, responsible, healthy young men and women by giving them experiences that build their appreciation for and understanding of leadership, teamwork and discipline. For more information, visit www.ArizonaPopWarner.org.



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Chandler students to perform in prestigious concert BY JARED MCDONALD

Three Valley music prodigies have been chosen to perform their own compositions at the prestigious Yamaha 2016 National Junior Original Concert at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in Cerritos, California, on July 17.

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Ty Promreuk A Gilbert resident, Ty will perform her original composition, “The Voyage of Life,” for piano and cello at the concert. “I was inspired by ‘The Voyage of Life’ paintings by Thomas Cole,” Ty said. “I would like the audience to listen for how each part of my composition is like the different stages of life, and how they differ in mood and character.” She said she saw the paintings while shadowing at a school and thought the metaphor of life as a river was interesting. Ty creates music organically, by experimenting with different melodies. She then refines the music into a composition. She has synesthesia—someone who feels, tastes and hears colors. “I like improvising to see what I like,” said Ty. Having played piano since she was 4, Ty plans on continuing to play music, but is also interested in changing gears Ty Promreuk. and staying in science or medicine. She’s appreciative for what she has now, though. “Playing gives you a greater appreciation for the music,” said Ty. She said being selected for the prestigious concert gives her a great sense of accomplishment. “I’m excited for the concert,” she said. “It’s a good opportunity to play with other musicians from around the country.” Kevin Tang Kevin will perform his original composition, “Fading,” for solo piano at the concert. “He wanted to win the competition this year,” said Heidi Grimes, owner of East Valley Yamaha Music School. “So he studied his audience and used his talents to write a piece that would fit.” Kevin said he wanted to be recognized by Yamaha, so he tried to create a composition that he thought the judges would like. “I find my other pieces more engaging,” said Kevin, who lives in Chandler. “As long as it’s something I like, I’ll practice it perfectly, but it can be dull practicing the same thing over and over.” Kevin began playing music when he was 6 years old after seeing his sister play piano. He takes inspiration from everything, from French pop to electronic dance music. Kevin also has synesthesia and sees color


when he hears and plays music. He said he enjoys creating music based on its color. “Music is a language,” he said. “It’s a way to express yourself. I want to find and make new styles of music to find new ways to Kevin Tang. express myself.” Kevin is interested in music theory, sound design and music production, and plans on applying to Juilliard and the Curtis Institute of Music. “I don’t care about making that much money,” said Kevin. “I care most about learning everything I can about music.” Kylie Shea Smith Kylie will be performing her original composition, “Spy Cat,” for piano, bass and drums at the concert. “In each and every one of my pieces I have a story to go with it,” Kylie said. “This one is about a spy cat who is getting the Statue of Liberty for cats back from dogs.” A Chandler resident, Kylie enjoys improvising music and expanding on melodies and sounds that she finds interesting. She plays music every day, and begins creating new compositions once she finishes the previous one. “Music is close to my heart,” Kylie said. “Music makes you feel Kylie Shea Smith. good and can make you a better person.” She said that she is nervous for the concert, but is excited to share her composition with others. “I like being able to share music with others,” Kylie said. “Music is life changing, and it’s cool to change someone’s life in a good way.” Kylie took up piano at 4 after seeing a music event at a library. She said that she is interested in going to college for music, interior design or medicine, but that it’s too early to know for sure. “The best way to play music is with a smile,” Kylie said.



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10 tips to stop the summer slide Learning shouldn’t stop just because school is out. In fact, stepping too far away from the books can result in a learning loss. However, research has shown that encouraging kids to read just six books, or 20 minutes a day, over the summer can help prevent the summer slide. The key is finding ways to make reading fun, combining education and entertainment for an activity kids can truly enjoy, said Kate DiCamillo, a twotime Newbery Medal Award-winning author and the 2016 Collaborative Summer Library Program National Summer Reading Champion. “Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty, but rather as a gift that emphasizes the fun of opening a new book and celebrating the satisfaction that comes from reading another story,” said DiCamillo, who is also the 2016-17 Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program literary partner. Summer schedules can get busy, but with a little creativity it’s actually quite easy to fit in those 20 minutes a day, even when you have other activities planned.


1. Take a book. The best way to get your kids reading is to have books available, so take them with you, whether it’s in the car, at the beach or waiting at the doctor’s office. 2. Summer recharge. Plan ahead for a fun reading-related trip midway through the summer to reignite the love of books and reward kids for reading. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy; the trip could simply be camping like a character in a favorite book. 3. Explore hobbies. Reading is extra fun when the subject matter involves your favorite things. Look for books that match your kids’ personal interests, such as dinosaurs or gymnastics. 4. Magazine madness. Plenty of popular kids magazines can be delivered to your home for an exciting surprise in the mailbox that makes an excellent reason to flip it open and start reading. 5. Road trip reading. A long car ride is the perfect opportunity for the whole family to enjoy an audiobook together. You can discuss the story over lunch


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6. Pen pals. Work with other parents to set up pen pals for the summer and have kids write letters back and forth to practice their reading and writing skills. 7. Act it out. Encourage kids to gather some neighborhood friends and create a play based on a favorite book. This helps kids understand the characters and story lines by bringing them to life. 8. Take direction. Ask kids to read the directions for a classic summer project, like setting up a tent or making a snack for a picnic. Whether they are directing you or doing it themselves, reading and understanding

9. Head to the library. Most libraries offer fun and interactive summer reading programs for kids that include incentives, activities and structure to help get kids excited about reading all summer long. 10. Tap into tech time. If you’ve committed to limiting screen time for the summer, consider a compromise that lets kids use devices for productive activities, such as reading e-books. The sooner you start a habit of reading every day, the better your child will be prepared when school kicks off again. For more information about the BOOK-IT Program, visit bookitprogram.com.


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Plating Remove peel from the caramelized banana, place in a bowl, and top with one scoop of each ice cream flavor. Drizzle melted chocolate over the chocolate ice cream, strawberries over the strawberry ice cream, and caramelized pineapple over the vanilla. Top with whipped cream, optional chocolate garnish, and serve.

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A few years ago, world-famous violinist Joshua Bell stood incognito at a Washington, D.C. Metro Station during the morning rush hour. As part of an experiment, he played a brilliant classical repertoire for 45 minutes. Now, Joshua routinely fills up concert halls worldwide. In fact, only days before, an audience in Boston had paid around $100 apiece to see him perform. In the Metro Station plaza that morning, Bell was playing a Stradivarius made in 1713, reportedly worth $3.5 million. But as he played, the virtuoso collected exactly $32.17 from

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the few passersby who stopped. Most of the 1,000-plus commuters who hurried through the station didn’t even slow down. Perhaps we would have rushed past him as well if we had been there. After all, it would appear to be just some guy playing a violin, trying to make a dollar or two. You might say that Joshua was hidden in plain sight. In a similar way, it’s quite possible for us to rush past the truth of God so powerfully expressed in the Bible as we search for other things that will, hopefully, satisfy (but, of course, never do). It’s like living in a Swiss village but staring at the wooden figurines in the

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.


(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.

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.

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.

First United Methodist Church of Gilbert 331 S. Cooper Rd., Gilbert 85233

Mission Community Church 4450 E. Elliot Rd., Gilbert 85234 (480) 545-4024

window rather than lifting our eyes to the staggering beauty of the snow-capped mountains and ravines in the distance! The reality is that our souls shrivel when we try to satisfy them on anything less than God Himself as revealed through His Son, Jesus Christ. This, undoubtedly, is what led 17th century philosopher and mathematician, Blaise Pascal, to speak of an infinite abyss in man that “can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God himself.” Yes, we were meant to live for His glory and, thus, fulfill the very purpose of our lives. Now, Joshua may not be playing on

a street corner near us anytime soon (I would love it if he did!), but we have something even better. We have the opportunity to know the Creator of this universe and hear from Him. May we pray with King David, “O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; my soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water (Psalm 63:1).” In another place, David declares, “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry... He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God” (Psalm 40:1,3). Now, that’s the music of heaven! And it’s worth slowing down to hear.

www.mission68.org Services: 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.



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Relishing the past Toad the Wet Sprocket fine with being remembered as ’90s act BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Toad the Wet Sprocket’s Dean Dinning is thankful for the 1990s. The decade was filled with great music, including the band’s breakthrough album, “Fear,” he maintained. The bassist is pleased, too, that the era is finally being recognized for its proclivity. “A lot of people are thinking about the ’90s again and ’90s pop culture, like the ‘Empire Records’ soundtrack and ‘Friends.’ People write articles about why ‘Empire Records’’ soundtrack was the best soundtrack of all time. “We were involved in so many things at that time, too, and we’re definitely coming back now. “ Toad the Wet Sprocket maintains its original lineup of drummer Randy Guss, from left, vocalist/guitarist Glen Phillips, guitarist Todd Nichols Thirty years after Toad the Wet and bassist Dean Dinning. Sprocket began, the name is continuing suggests he owes his career to Fear, from being bigger. “Seriously, when you hear this thing, it’s to become a piece of pop culture trivia. which spawned the hits “Walk on the “Like with Matchbox Twenty, going to blow you away. It’s one of the “We keep ending up in TV shows and Ocean,” “Hold Her Down,” “All I Want” everybody focuses on Rob Thomas. best things we’ve ever done. things like that,” Dinning said. “There and “I Will Not Take These Things for Twenty years later, Rob Thomas is out “I see us continuing. There’s was even a Toad the Wet Sprocket Granted.” They still resonate with fans. with Counting Crows. I hope the other more music to be made. After New commemorative beer.” “They’re just good songs and the guys in Matchbox Twenty are doing Constellation, we have a lot more Toad the Wet Sprocket as well as production’s not overbearing,” Dinning well.” ground to cover. We have a lot more to Rusted Root are bringing back the era said about the tunes’ longevity. “We In 2013, Toad the Wet Sprocket explore and we still got it.” with a co-headlining run that comes to were very tasteful about what we were released its first new album in 16 years the Marquee Theatre on Sunday, July 10. doing back then—and still are.” called “New Constellation.” In a nod to The run also allows Toad the Wet Despite a few short breaks, Toad the the continuing success of Toad the Wet Toad the Wet Sprocket and Sprocket to thoroughly reexamine 1991’s Wet Sprocket has maintained its original Sprocket, a Kickstarter campaign to Rusted Root hit the stage at “Fear.” lineup of Dinning, vocalist/guitarist raise money to record the album raised 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 10, at “It’s nice to have something like that Glen Phillips, guitarist Todd Nichols and $50,000 in 20 hours. Earlier this year, the the Marquee Theatre, 730 N. to celebrate,” he said of ‘Fear’s’ 25th drummer Randy Guss. band recorded a cover of Roger Miller’s Mill Ave., Tempe. Tickets are anniversary. “It’s a great record. There are “This is the same four guys who got “Nothing Can Stop You My Love.” $33-$113.62, 480-829-0607, so many good songs on it. It certainly together in 1986,” Dinning said. “This Dinning expects it to be released in the luckymanonline.com did well for us. We wouldn’t be doing has never been a band that’s about one fall. this if it wasn’t a great record.” person. That may have prevented us “Things are ever-expanding,” he said. Dinning isn’t exaggerating when he

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When 16-year-old brothers Grayson and Ethan Dolan were in high school last year, neither dreamed that their quirky videos would reach more than 10 million fans. “I never knew it was actually possible,” Grayson said. “It’s amazing.” With model-like good looks, the Dolans are known for their comical, relatable skits about teen life, like, “How It Feels When You Find a Dollar,” “Never Text and Walk” and “Weird Yoga Poses.” New videos are added every Tuesday on their official YouTube channel and consistently trend No. 1 on Twitter. The duo, who have millions of social media followers between them, are bringing their 4OU tour to the Marquee Theatre in Tempe on Friday, July 8. So what exactly will they do? “With pretty much every show, we make our YouTube videos come to life,” Grayson said. “We’re doing the same challenges and games that we do in our videos, but on stage. We have our friend, Alex (Aiono), who is also a YouTuber and singer, as our special guest.” Like the stage show, the videos, Ethan said, are easy to create. The brothers just do

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whatever comes naturally to them—or their fans. “Sometimes we tweet and ask fans what they would like to see,” said Ethan, who hopes to pursue traditional acting with his brother. “We just have really random ideas.” Creating YouTube videos is satisfying, but it pales in comparison to live shows. “There’s no better feeling than being on stage and having supporters right in front of you,” Grayson said. “It’s the most fun thing I’ve ever done in my life.” Dolan Twins hit the stage at 7 p.m. Friday, July 8, at the Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. Tickets are $30. For more information, call (480) 829-0607 or visit www. luckymanonline.com.






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Angela Cheng and Alvin Chow, Friday, Nov. 18, GCAC. This husband and wife concert pianist duo plays compositions for one-hand, two hands and then four-hands, showing the physical intricacies of two performers sharing the same instrument and creating tonal colors across the entire keyboard. John Cleese and Eric Idle, Monday, Nov. 21, MAC. The founding members of Monty Python pioneered an irreverent, absurdist sensibility that is emulated by comics around the world. As individuals, they have written, performed and produced critically acclaimed shows such as “Spamalot,” “A Fish Called Wanda,” “Fawlty Towers” and “The Rutles.” Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Sunday, Nov. 27, MAC. A genre-busting, rotating collective of musicians and vocalists who reimagine modern pop hits in the style of jazz, ragtime and swing classics of the 1920s to 1950s.

Chandler Symphony with Jim Curry, Saturday, Dec. 10, HCPA. Curry opens the show performing his John Denver holiday tribute followed by 18-time Emmy nominee Lee Holdridge conducting the symphony. Straight No Chaser, Saturday, Dec. 31, MAC. Formed years ago while students at Indiana University, the group has reemerged as a phenomenon with a massive fan base, more than 20 million YouTube views and numerous national TV appearances. Roots & Boots Tour, Friday, Jan. 27, CCA. Country music Aaron Tippin, Sammy Kershaw and Collin Raye. Neil Sedaka with The Phoenix Symphony, Friday, Feb 3, MAC. His impressive 50year career ranges from being one of the first teen pop sensations of the 50s, a songwriter for himself and other artists in the 60s, and a superstar in the 70s.

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East Mesa resident Marilyn June Janson continues to write about issues that impact youth and young adults who are riddled with fear and anxiety. With the recent publication of her compilation book, “The Super Cool Kids Story Collection,” Janson has provided an outlet for kids to explore their thoughts. “This is a fun way of getting important information to kids growing up,” said Janson, who teaches writing in Gilbert and Chandler. “These stories are based on my own experiences and fears while growing up.” The book’s trio of tales share common themes of youth trepidation and insecurity, but do so in an engaging and positive way. “There are concrete examples in the book,” Janson said. “They provide encouragement to kids that they are not alone.” In the first story, readers meet Cindy Matthews, a teenager who attends summer camp for the first time and “finds the courage to be herself,” Janson said. The second piece involves not a young adult, but a confused camel, Carla Camel Cane, who learns about peer pressure. The third story revisits an earlier Janson work, “Tommy Jenkins: First Teleported Kid.” Tommy must find a new way to visit his grandparents with the help of friend, Marissa Walsh, because he is afraid to fly. “In this compilation the Tommy story is illustrated,” Janson said. A writer since 1990, Janson teaches “Publishing and Author Marketing, Family History, Fiction Writing and Children’s Books Writing Workshops” online as well as at Gilbert recreation and Chandler community centers, according to her website, www.janwrite.com. In addition, Janson’s company, Janson Literary Services Inc., offers a variety of products including content development, manuscript analysis, proofreading and editing. It’s the simple joy of delivering uplifting messages that keeps her writing. “I learned in one of my classes that kids want to read great stories,” she said. A member of the AZ Authors Association and the International Women’s Writing Guild, Janson has plans for two more books. The first, “Saying Goodbye to Tyler,”

looks at a child’s first experience with a funeral. “The story tries to explain the life cycle to young readers,” she said. A second work, a novel “The Brook Book,” tells the story of an Olympics-bound runner whose career is derailed after a serious dog attack produces obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) symptoms. “Often serious accidents can trigger OCD,” Janson said. With her books available at Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Infinity Publishing and her website, Janson is hopeful that parents and their children will enjoy the stories. “I want them to read and discuss the issues together,” she said.


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Our community and Zika virus BY DENNY BARNEY

Zika virus, it’s all the latest buzz. You may be wondering “What is it?” “Am I at risk?” “What is being done to protect me?” Zika is a virus that is spread Denny Barney primarily through Submitted photo the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito. This particular mosquito has been found in Maricopa County for years, but it’s important to note that, as of this writing, there are no known cases of Aedes mosquitoes being infected with the virus in Arizona. And the county is working to keep it that way. All reported cases to date are related to travel in Zika hot spots, specifically in Latin America. Symptoms of the virus are usually so mild that most infected people don’t become ill. If infected, one may experience fever, rash, joint pain, headache and conjunctivitis (red eyes) that usually only last a week. The most notable danger is to pregnant women and unborn children. The Zika virus can cause a birth defect known as microcephaly, which causes babies to be born with smaller heads and brains that may not develop properly. It’s recommended

pregnant women avoid travel to areas where the virus is circulating. Our Maricopa County Environmental Services Department is committed to keeping our community safe through its proactive approach testing, treating and preventing mosquito-borne illnesses through a year-round surveillance and abatement program. The department’s vector control specialists collect mosquito samples across the county and for years have tested for viruses like West Nile and St. Louis encephalitis. Recently, procedures have been established to test for newer viruses like chikungunya, dengue and the Zika virus. Our vector control specialists set 288 routine mosquito traps across the East Valley each week. If you happen to see one hanging from a tree, please do not disturb it. It’s collecting vital samples for testing. These tests provide for early detection of viruses, allowing treatment to control a potential outbreak. Areas of concern may be treated with larvicides (an insecticide), introduction of mosquito-eating fish to breeding sites, as well as fogging when needed. If you would like to be notified of fogging in your area, you can contact the County’s Mosquito Information Hotline at (602) 506-0700 to sign up for alerts through the Fogging Notification System. Once registered, you will receive automated phone messages alerting you to scheduled fogging within a 1-mile radius of your residence. Mosquito season typically runs through October. We can all help stop the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses by minimizing standing and stagnant

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Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke is “earning” $34,400,000 in 2016. Assuming he will be making 30 starts this season, averaging about 100 pitches per game, each pitch he makes to home plate is worth about $11,300. This puts into perspective the outrageous sums of money professional sports owners pay to star athletes compared to the salaries of other citizens whose contributions to society are far more significant and worthy.


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Mow lawns weekly to keep your grass as short as possible. Mosquitoes aren’t likely to lay eggs in tall grass, but they tend to sit in tall grass to rest and hide. In addition to preventing mosquito breeding, you can also protect yourself and your family from exposure to mosquito-borne illnesses like Zika by using mosquito repellent, wearing lightcolored clothing including long sleeves and pants when possible and installing or repairing window and door screens. I’ll routinely be going around my own yard this summer looking for pooling water and potential mosquito breeding grounds to help keep my family and neighbors safe. I encourage you to do the same to help fight the bite! For more information and tips to prevent mosquito bites and breeding, visit www. FightTheBiteMaricopa.org.

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Reid, Nancy Pelosi, our duly elected twice President Obama and Hillary. In the interest of fairness, let’s now look at the Republican side. Former Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert was two heartbeats away from the presidency and is now going to prison convicted as a sexual predator of high school boys. Is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell one you can be proud of for his willingness to compromise? Does Donald Trump truly represent the Party of Family Values in your mind? How about our own Gov. Ducey who answers not to we Arizonans but rather to his dark money pals who got him elected? Can you be proud of today’s GOP?

Innocent lives were lost in Orlando and memorials and vigils against hatred are ongoing. Where is the outrage against child abuse? Young lives are lost every day to abuse. People question why Obama has fast-tracked bringing Syrian refugees into our country, even though there is no way able to properly vet them. Obama’s goal is to flood America with Muslims. There will not be a good end to this action. I’m afraid. Drew, you’ve lived here as long as I have (54 years), so will you recall Republicans of distinction like Jack Williams, John Rhodes, Paul Fannin and Bob Usdane, good leaders just like the Democrats you recalled from another era. You ended your article by skewering today’s Democrats like Harry

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The Islamic terrorist who murdered 49 people in Orlando was born in the United States, but his father was an Afghan refugee who was brought to the United States. Bringing in thousands upon thousands of Syrian refugees is putting America in grave danger. This is absolutely insane. The Islamic ideology just does not correspond with our Constitution.


www.GilbertSunNews.com After the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the American Red Cross raised nearly $500 million. It has been revealed that almost $125 million of that was spent on the Red Cross’ internal expenses. They built only six permanent homes. Think about this the next time the American Red Cross asks for donations. Hillary Clinton said if you were under investigation by the FBI you should not be able to buy a gun. I’d say if you’re under investigation by the FBI, you should not be able to run for president. Obama could have stopped ISIS when they started. Instead, he chose to call them the JV team and he did nothing. Now the situation is completely out of control. They’re more powerful and have more territory and are a danger to the rest of the world, too. Thank you, Obama. Those greedy, stupid credit card people are still annoying people—waking babies and sleeping grandparents. Just because my phone number is in the phonebook, it doesn’t mean you’re free to bother us. Good lord, I can’t talk to anyone. So again President Obama is blaming guns and pushing for gun control after this mass shooting in Florida by a radical Muslim. In France, two policemen were brutally knifed to death in front of their 3-year-old child by a radical Muslim terrorist. Perhaps all knives in the world should be banned.

TV is reporting that the Orlando shooter was an American. He was accidentally born here because his parents fled here rather than stay home and work and fight for their own country. Don’t say he’s an American. He’s not. The Fort Hood terrorist. The San Bernardino terrorists. Brussels and now Orlando. All of these places underwent very deadly attacks. They will continue as long as our terrorist-sympathizing president will remain in office. Forty-nine people have been murdered in a nightclub in Orlando. Dozens more are being treated for very serious bullet wounds. Will Obama finally tell the American people the truth and call this murder an Islamic terrorist attack? Don’t hold your breath. He will not. He’ll call it workplace violence, like he did with the Fort Hood shooting. America, we are in danger. We have a president who will not tell the truth. Hillary Clinton told Donald Trump that he should delete his Twitter account. I had to laugh. Isn’t she an expert in deleting things? Wonderful. TV’s latest news is that it’s kitten season. Amazing. They will all turn into cats— invaders, nasty breeders of disease, etc., etc. How crazy can people be? It’s kitten season? Yuck. Fry’s has partnered with one community foundation for “pride” promotion in all of their stores. Why don’t these companies just sell their products and stay out of social

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issues? I am sick and tired of being told I have to accept their alternative lifestyle. What they do behind closed doors is none of my business. Stop telling me I have to accept it because I never will. Hey, New York-style Trump with your paranoid ideas: Stay out of Arizona. We have enough with Sen. John McCain, who does his best to become another Sen. Hayden. Keep Trump at home. We’re happy without him. Today’s Democrats are not at all like the old Democrats. President Harry Truman once said, “You can’t get rich in politics unless you’re a crook. Then the average net worth of a senator increases $1.6 million annually. My comment is for the dog owners out there. If you’re not responsible enough to pick up after your dog, maybe you’re not responsible enough to have a dog in the first place.


A funny thing happened to me yesterday. Took my girlfriend to breakfast at the “bunny restaurant” and went to pay our bill. The bill was $15.31. The cashier counted out the change while I fished for mine. I paid the 31 cents. Plus $20. She almost insisted I keep the $.69 and $4. I said nicely, “No keep the $.69 and give me a $.” She became a little flustered. I presumed the other gal(s) there were training her. They didn’t move. It is funny in that she didn’t know how to count out change. Alarming in that she didn’t know how to count out change. I didn’t learn to count out change until my mother taught me, while I was in high school, so I could help the Fuller Brush man with deliveries. I hope there are high school teachers out there teaching kids how to do that as part of the high school curriculum. That and maybe, filling out a check and balancing a bank account. Basic life skills. Trump is the perfect example of what happens to the American dream gone wrong, by everyone who has everything and still wants more. There are a lot of people in the country like that, but thank God there are a lot more who know better than to vote for Trump and his kind.

The State Department admits to deliberately deleting videos regarding a secret Iran deal discussion. Wasn’t the Obama administration supposed to be the most transparent ever? They have lied to the American people time after time. They have manipulated the media. This is unacceptable. Ronald Reagan was a great patriarch who loved America. He once stated that if we ever forget we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under. How true this is.

Hillary Clinton made $21 million in two years giving speeches to Wall Street big banks. What did she promise these big banks and when is she going to release these speeches? Hillary, we’re waiting!

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