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he image of a hospital chaplain is pretty standard. A man in a collared shirt slips into the patient’s room as machines beep and hiss. A stole is kissed and placed over the back of the neck. Oil is applied to the patient’s forehead, and a prayer is muttered. Maybe a squeeze of a hand and a word whispered in an ear. Then, the chaplain quietly slips away. “That’s Hollywood,” said Mario Valadez, manager of spiritual care with Dignity Health in the East Valley. “This is not Hollywood.” Chaplains do provide spiritual care, but the reality can be more raw than that. They deal with illness, death, uncertainty, doubt and fear. Often, chaplains become counselors of a sort, a sounding board for patients and families at a critical time in their lives.

“Chaplains are trained to help any person. Those of faith, or no faith or little faith,” said Valadez, who oversees 10 chaplains at both Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers. Chaplains are primarily Protestant or Catholic but are trained in different traditions, such as Muslim, Jewish, Baha’i, Buddhist, Jehovah’s Witness, Native American, Mormon, even atheist. “There’s no agenda of me sharing my faith with you,” Valadez said. “I have to find out what you have as values.” Chaplains are from all walks of life. All have gone through seminary and some are certified in clinical pastoral education. “The primary reason one comes in is to help and be compassionate to those in pain and suffering,” said David Yanez, chaplain at Banner Baywood Medical Center and Banner See

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ale Churchill and his family have been honoring the British aviators killed in flight training at Falcon Field during World War II for more than 30 years, carrying on a legacy established by his late father. Dick Churchill owned a vintage World War II aircraft and was one of the first pilots to fly in a missing man formation during an annual ceremony to honor the 23 fallen Royal Air Force pilots killed during training exercises. The slain fliers are buried at the Mesa City Cemetery. The casualties also included four American instructors and an American cadet. Dale and his brother, Brian, launched the Wings of Flight Foundation to continue the tradition, keeping alive the fallen cadets’ memory. “It’s respect to the fallen and respect to the history of Falcon Field,” Dale Churchill said. But the organization’s future is in peril after Mesa terminated the foundation’s month-tomonth lease at one of two vintage World War II hangars, giving them an extension until May to find a new home for two planes and countless artifacts, including some historic photos. “I have no idea where we’re going,” Dale Churchill said. The organization’s predicament prompted an online petition signed by more than 1,000 people on national crowdfunding website In addition, at least 50 supporters showed up at Monday’s Mesa City Council meeting, wearing red shirts as a political statement, to make a last-ditch plea to rescind the eviction. “It’s more than just a hangar. This is a World War II hangar,” said Kurt Tingey, a Wings of Flight supporter. “There’s a number of World See

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Old Tempe golf course slowly becoming organic oasis

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en Singh knows soil. He comes from a farming family and worked in erosion control for 30 years. Now, Singh is using that knowledge to convert the 70-acre former Rio Salado golf course in Tempe into an organic oasis known as Singh Meadows. Holding up a large clump of earth, Singh explains to a visiting group from the Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce, “See that white material? When microbes die, they create humus; humus becomes a protein. That’s what gives soil texture and structure. If this is not here, then it’s man-made. “The whole idea is that we need to go backwards,” Singh said. Singh already has an established reputation as a leader in the East Valley’s “green” movement. The “city, state and county all came to me. They know my farms, they know what I do,” he said. “I started a green program for ASU seven or eight years ago.” Singh and his wife, Lee, also own and operate Singh Farms in Scottsdale, which hosted a popular weekend market until they shut it down last year due to a parking dispute. The farm now supplies the market and restaurant at Singh Meadows, just behind the Big Surf water park. “For three whole years, I have been getting rid of chemicals,” Singh said

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Ken Singh explains organic soil to a group from the Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce. He's the owner of Singh Meadows in Tempe.

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Organic honeys and preserves are sold at Singh Meadows.

of the Tempe site. “Why would I do that? Because I know what it is doing to humanity. We all work hard for our families, but our families are not living with clean air, clean food and clean water, but that should be a given to us.” The Meadows still resemble a golf course at this point, with lingering sand traps and hanging safety nets, but the pungent odor of chemical fertilizers is absent and the clubhouse has been converted into a gourmet bistro/juice bar and market. Inside the market, organic candles, fresh breads from MJ Bread in Phoenix and plenty of seasonal organic produce and honey from the farm are sold. The restaurant is run by chefs Frank Belosic and Jay Bogsinske, who appreciate the opportunity to get their hands dirty and cook the old-fashioned way. “It’s a full circle. We started out in this business wanting to cook. That’s why we did this,” Belosic said. “You get bigger and bigger and then you’re managing people, but now we’re back doing what we wanted to do in the first place, and that’s cook. “We cook what the farm gives, us so whatever grows, whatever is coming up that week is harvested and brought here. Then we wash it; we go through it and separate the leaves of the beets, roasting the beets, using the leaves in salads.” Bogsinske said the farm location gives the chefs an advantage. “The key to this is just freshness, freshness, freshness. The stuff wasn’t on

a truck forever, it wasn’t on a week ago, there is no truck,” Bogsinske said. “The only things that are coming in here is stuff from the monks down in Florence. They brought us, yesterday, 600 pounds of lemons, things like that. Hence, today we have lemonade.” Tempe’s sustainability manager, Braden Kay, has worked closely with Singh on this project. He said that Singh was awarded a 50-year lease through a competitive bidding process. City documents show that the property was provided rent-free for the first three years, but that Singh Organic Soils will be responsible for improving the land during that period. As for the future of the Meadows, Singh is keeping an open mind. “We have a lot of other people with ideas that are inclusive, like concerts. I don’t want to deny anything,” he said. “I’m just going to keep cleaning the earth. I want to put butterfly gardens in. I want to clean the wash, I want parking lots in the back, and then we’ll see what big guy has in store for us. Let’s see where it goes,” he said. “If it was contrived, I could do that, but let’s see what we get if we don’t contrive it. Let’s just stumble and fall,” Singh said. “It’s the joining of the minds that might create something that we’ve never seen before. That would be my excitement because I have no clue what that might be.” “If I can have a place where kids can roll in the grass and do nothing, I’m good to go,” he said.




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Heart Hospital in Mesa. “You have to be compassionate and giving. If not, you shouldn’t be here. If you’re not sympathetic (to their belief system), you can at least listen,” Yanez added. “You need to meet them where they are.”

‘Why, God?’ precedes a call

Gene Sellards is an on-call pastor for Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital and St. Luke’s Medical Center in Phoenix. “I make myself available for anybody who has spiritual issues,” he said. “The main thing is being available.” For some hospital patients, it’s a time to confront the big questions. “They’re lying in bed,” Valadez said, “and it may be the very first time they ask, ‘Why, God?’ That’s when we get a phone call.” The most difficult cases Valadez sees are unexpected deaths. “Those are the most challenging, personally,” he said. “That’s the hardest.” He cited child drownings and sudden heart attacks. He recalls one time being called in on Christmas Day. “A father with two young kids and a wife was opening presents,” he said. “Suddenly, he has a cardiac arrest and dies. That’s tough. “For the rest of their lives, that’s their Christmas memory. Nothing you say could take away the pain.” When he was a chaplaincy student, Valadez’s first case was a trauma call. A nurse asked him to join the family as a man who had been in an automobile

accident was brought in through Emergency. He saw the man on a gurney with gruesome injuries, and it was apparent that he was not going to survive. “I had to see that, then go be with the family, his two daughters,” he said. “I walked in, and they knew it was not a good outcome. “I didn’t know the rawness of that, what I’d be getting into. But somehow, by the grace of God, I’m still here.”

Life-death mediation

Yanez, who retired from the Air Force, says he feels the most conflict when he steps into a difficult family situation. “It doesn’t always happen, but sometimes there is a difference of opinion, even when there’s something written down,” he said. “The family may be at odds with what to do with a loved one. It could be that Dad said no machines, but some want to keep him alive. I have to be an umpire, arbitrator between both sides,” he said. Valadez sometimes acts as a mediator in family meetings with medical personnel. “When you get that diagnosis – say, a cancer diagnosis – sometimes the family is like a deer in the headlights. I might interrupt and say, ‘We need time to digest this information.’ “You have to step in for the family,” Valadez said. Sellards has been at bedside during end-of-life situations. “About a dozen times,” he said. See

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Protest movements wither slowly as passion fades

BY DANIEL BURKART Arizona Sonora News Service


ollowing President Trump’s inauguration in January, protesters flocked to the streets in droves, their shouts deafening amid the political turmoil. Now, those voices have dampened to a whisper. Experts conclude that this phenomenon isn’t all that rare – rather, it’s to be expected. Social movements, and in particular protests, are a peculiar animal. In order to sustain long enough to achieve their goals, several things need to fall into place, experts say. The social movements they are tied to need to be delicately handled, and more often than not, a lack of sustainability and adaptability is their downfall. In essence, they breed complacency rather than legitimate change, and that is what is occurring throughout Arizona. Jacquelien van Stekelenburg, head of sociology at VU University in Amsterdam, touched on this happening. “What you see in general is that there are not many movements that live for a long time,” van Stekelenburg said. Van Stekelenburg specializes in social movements and protest and has written extensively on the topic. She viewed the political upheaval and social demonstrations consuming America following the election as commonplace, along with their eventual diffusion back to a state of normalcy. An ebb and flow is created within a movement, van Stekelenburg said, wherein the intensity of a movement fluctuates due to the mobilization ability of its members. “Activism is a matter of effort, time

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Protesters raised an inflatable likeness of President Trump dressed as a member of the Ku Klux Klan during an inauguration protest at the Arizona State Capitol on Jan. 20.

and energy,” she said. “People can’t stay and can’t invest for a very long time, so that’s why you see that ebb and flow within movements.” In Arizona, the three largest metro areas saw record-setting numbers in direct response to the election, as nearly 36,000 people statewide participated in the Women’s March on Jan. 21. However, in the months following, subsequent protests saw exponentially smaller crowds throughout the state. During the Women’s March, about 20,000 people participated in Phoenix. Close to 2 million marched nationwide. “I think the Women’s March was a beautiful example,” van Stekelenburg said. “This was about minority rights … and what gets people motivated is a threat to a right they are losing that they have acquired over the long run.”

Many protesters viewed Trump’s candidacy cautiously, and for this reason, protests at the start of his term flourished. On the other hand, as time passed, the turnout at these protests dwindled. Protesters used President’s Day on Feb. 20 as another opportunity to voice their concerns, much like the Women’s March. They dubbed the day “Not My President’s Day” and demonstrations across the country sprang up. In Phoenix, the primary event that was anticipated to have roughly 200 people sputtered out at nearly an eighth of that. For International Women’s Day on March 8, A Day Without Women protest was planned nationwide. About 100 people protested outside the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix. These numbers pale in comparison


to the thousands that hit the streets following the inauguration. The cause of this dissolution of civic participation can be traced back to the makeup of these social movements themselves. “One important feature is to keep recruiting new members,” said Cindy Bogard, chair of the Department of Sociology at Hofstra University. Bogard explained that the sustainability and consequently the success of a social movement hinges on the will of its members. “Social movement work is hard, and burnout happens,” she said. Along with the burnout that can be seen via the declining numbers of these protests in Arizona, she highlighted internal conflict as one of the key determinants of long-term success in a movement. “Right-leaning social movements are at times able to find more success because conservative opinion holders are often those who are more willing to follow a leader and act in unison,” she said. In contrast, left-leaning groups, which were the driving force behind movements like the Women’s March and Day Without Women protest, tend to fall victim to that internal conflict. “The left has historically shown itself to be more internally divisive,” Bogard said. Political activism seems to have tapered off in recent months in Arizona following the presidential election, and the movements that were garnering headlines and attentions weeks ago have now gone stagnant. – Daniel Burkart is a reporter for Arizona Sonora News, a service from the School of Journalism with the University of Arizona. Contact him at

New voucher law is compromise crafted by Mesa Sen. Worsley BY HOWARD FISCHER Capitol Media Services


ith the leadership of Sen. Bob Worsley, R-Mesa, the Arizona Legislature passed a bill to make all public-school students in Arizona eligible to get state money to attend private and parochial schools. The legislation was signed by Gov. Doug Ducey late Thursday. But the plan, approved by the House and Senate hours earlier with no Democrat support and several

Republicans in opposition, will not mean every child would be able to get one of these vouchers. The bill has a limit, though that could be removed by lawmakers in the future. On paper, the legislation does make every one of the 1.1 million students in Arizona public schools eligible for vouchers. They would be worth about $4,400 a year for most students. But to get the votes, supporters had to agree to a cap of about 30,000 vouchers by 2021, a cap that will remain in place unless and until lawmakers decide

otherwise. That is a far cry from the original bill introduced by Sen. Debbie Lesko, R-Peoria, the author of the current limited voucher program. She wanted to make universal vouchers available as soon as 2019. That idea faltered as not just Democrats but some Republicans objected to questions ranging from philosophical issues of state aid to private schools to the fact that her legislation actually would have increased the cost to the state by $25 million a year by 2021.

Worsley crafted the final plan that got not just his vote but the bare minimum 16 senators and 31 representatives needed for final approval. Part of the reason for the narrow passage is that his plan actually will reduce the tax burden by $3.4 million by 2021 depending on how many students actually leave public schools. But the cap also was a selling point. Vouchers were first approved in 2011 to help parents whose children with special needs could not get the services they need in public schools.



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War II planes in there. It’s a unique place, eclectic if you will.” “We have historical homes that we don’t bulldoze,” he said. “I believe this needs a similar sort of protection.” Pilot Billy Walker drew a round of applause when he asked the city to cancel the eviction notice. “Why evict them? It makes no sense. It contradicts what the city has emphasized since World War II. They preserve the aviation history of Falcon Field,” Walker said. Vice Mayor David Luna, who represents northeast Mesa, said he is sympathetic to Wings of Flight but that the city determined the hangar cannot house a museum because it does not meet the building code. “We want to continue to preserve the history of the airport. We don’t want to turn our backs on them,” Luna said. “We are trying to accommodate them in another hangar. We don’t want them to leave the airport.” He said the city gave Wings of Flight an opportunity to secure a long-term lease but ended up picking a different company because of its economic development potential. Mesa has signed a lease with


Precision HeliSupport, which has 10 employees and potential to grow to 30, and officials consider the hangar vital to turning the airport into an “economic driver,” Luna said. Precision Heli-Support is a helicopter maintenance business owned by Native Americans in Alaska and the Kuskoskwim Corp. “Putting them in (Kimberly Carrillo/Tribune Staff Photo) another hangar, I don’t think, will put them at a Dale Churchill says Wings of Flights plans to file a complaint Mesa with the Federal Aviation Administration. He says disadvantage,” Luna said. against they are being unfairly evicted from Falcon Field Airport. “It’s a great foundation. They do great things. We consider them his name stenciled on the side. Historical part of the Falcon Field family.” photos displayed on the wall showed the But Dan Condon, a Wings of flight school during its heyday, occupying what supporter, said that Precision Heli- is now a city park where a fireplace one Support should go into a modern terminal located inside the pilot’s lounge is all that building and that an organization survives, along with a commemorative specifically dedicated to preserving the plaque. It shows the hangars, which memory of the flying school should be remain, and dormitories that are gone. located in the historic terminal. The plaque says that 1,380 British pilots “They are pulling the rug out from were trained at the facility, along with under us. Historical planes need to be in 116 Americans. “They shall renew their the historical hangar,” Condon said. strength and mount on wings like angels,” On a recent visit, there were three it says. historical planes in the hangar, including Dale Churchill said Wings of Flight a trainer flown by Dick Churchill, with believes it was treated unfairly, that a lease


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commit the sex crimes William Golding. It alleged in a criminal describes the failure of complaint, and he also a group of British boys, oments after securing a path to stranded on a Pacific sought to focus blame on freedom, at least temporarily, island after a plane crash, the previously esteemed for a 17-year-old defendant to govern themselves Hamilton coaches. accused of committing sex crimes in the with no adult survivors. “We have adults, Hamilton High School locker room, coaches, who let Despite having good defense attorney Ken Countryman fired educations, the boys senior members of the an early salvo in the blame game bound to regress into primal football team enforce ensue from the unseemly hazing scandal. behavior, rules,” Countryman including Defending client Nathaniel William murder, before they are said. “We have a lot of Thomas as a “great kid” who is innocent rescued. contradictory evidence of sexual assault and child molestation and nothing to support.” Countryman never charges, Countryman sought to pin named Belles has been placed Hamilton (Special to the Tribune) blame on the Hamilton coaches who he football coach Steve Nathaniel William Thomas is a “great on indefinite leave by said failed to supervise and control the Belles, who was kid” who is innocent of sexual assault the Chandler Unified and child molestation charges, locker room properly. acclaimed for his success said his defense attorney, Ken School District and “This case is about a severe lack of on field before Thomas, Countryman. is not allowed on the supervision by the coaches,” Countryman a football player with a school’s campus. He has said. “We’re not disputing there were B average, and the others not commented since activities that happened in the locker were arrested on March 30. Countryman then. room. But activities of this nature in the referred to Belles as a good coach but also Before he lambasted the Hamilton locker room committed by Mr. Thomas, criticized him. coaches, Countryman won a major absolutely not.” “He’s the head coach. He clearly is victory for Thomas when he persuaded “There was clearly a ‘Lord of the Flies’ someone who did not supervise his locker Maricopa County Superior Court mentality going on in the locker room,” room properly,” Countryman said. Commissioner Kevin Wein to impose a Countryman said. Earlier, during his arguments at the $25,000 bail, with electronic monitoring Countryman was referring to the 1954 hearing, Countryman argued repeatedly and other restrictions. Thomas was relased novel by Nobel Prize-winning author and adamantly that Thomas did not from custody Thursday. “The weight of the evidence provided so far is paltry at best,” Countryman said. Healthcare for Everyone. It’s What We Do. He said there was no DNA evidence, and he alluded briefly to the existence of a video, but he said Thomas is not • Primary Care implicated in any sex crimes by the video. • Pediatrics Prosecutor Frankie Grimsman had requested a $150,000 bail, along with • OBGYN at least 30 days in jail, to give Chandler • Integrated police adequate time to investigate Excellence in Health, Wellness & Education Behavioral Health whether Thomas or the three unnamed juveniles also in custody should face • Onsite Labs 480-351-2850 additional charges. • Onsite Pharmacy 2080 W. Southern Ave. Ste B-10 “It’s not to investigate these crimes,” Same Day • Grimsman said about the month-long Apache Junction delay she sought in Thomas’ release. “It’s Appointments* to investigate additional crimes, bad behavior by this defendant.” We accept most But Wein set the bond only after major insurances, Grimsman chose not to pursue a Simpson Medicare & AHCCCS. hearing, in which she certainly would have revealed more details about the unsavory Sun Life offers enrollment case in an attempt to prove “proof evident assistance in AHCCCS, and presumption great” that the crimes, SNAP and were committed, the legal justification Sun Life’s discount program! for jailing a sex crime defendant without bond. Hablamos Español Previously, at Thomas’ early morning *Based on availability initial court appearance, another court commissioner had found that statements from victims about Thomas being responsible for the assault were ample Sun Life Family Health Center is Your Non-Profit Community Health Center. justification to hold Thomas without BY JIM WALSH Tribune Staff Writer


bond. The decision landed Thomas in custody for about a week. Heavily redacted records released earlier in the week portrayed the locker room as a house of horrors, saying that between fall 2015 and January 2017, “multiple assaults were committed against at least four separate juvenile victims under the age of 15 years old while at Hamilton High School.” The report describes an incident that resulted in an aggravated assault charge, in which Thomas is accused of grabbing and holding a victim “while simulating sexual intercourse in the Hamilton locker room.” The court document also describes a sexual assault in which a 14-year-old boy was held down in the Hamilton locker room and sexually violated. The complaint also describes another incident where a 14-year-old boy was held down in the locker room, his pants were removed, sexual intercourse was simulated and the defendant “touched his bare buttocks.” Countryman commented on the charge after winning the relatively low bail, saying, “he did not violate anybody’s rectum.” But Grimsman also elaborated on brief comments in the court records that said the victims were threatened with physical injuries if they contacted police and revealed what happened. She said many of these threats occurred on social media, and she asked Wein to bar Thomas from using social media as a condition of his release. Although Wein refused to grant the monthlong delay in Thomas’ release, he did bar Thomas from social media as a condition of release. He also emphasized the importance in this case of a standard term of release, which bars defendants from having contact with victims or witnesses. “Contact means everything. If that happens, release conditions will be reexamined and my guess is that he will end up in jail,” Wein said. A week in which many details about the case emerged ended with a strong show of support for Thomas by his friends and family, on the eve of his release, with many teens standing in Wein’s courtroom to vouch for him. At least three of the charges alleged in the complaint are dangerous crimes against children that could result in a decadeslong sentence if Thomas is convicted. – Reach Jim Walsh at 480-898-5639 or at






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Brewer has grander mission to honor fallen, wounded veterans BY MIKE BUTLER Tribune Staff Writer


ike any craft brewing startup, Honor Brewing’s goal is to make great beer. But this company also aims much higher with a unique mission to honor fallen and wounded veterans and give back to their families. You’ll soon be seeing the Virginia brewery’s distinctive packaging – featuring a logo of well-worn combat boots – in East Valley package stores. Honor’s four craft beers will also be available on tap at select restaurants and bars. The beer is distributed in Arizona by Young’s Market Company. Honor partner Dave Keuhner was in Mesa recently to launch a tap at the Brass Tap that honored the memory of Marine Sgt. Christopher Lee Flatt. With a special tap handle designed to look like a dog tag, Honor’s Night Vision Maple Porter was flowing and fueling lots of bittersweet memories. “I was so happy to see it was a porter,” said Christopher’s father, Gordon Flatt. “I don’t drink IPAs. It pairs perfectly with my son. We drank a lot of beers together.” Christopher, who grew up in Mesa, served in Iraq and received a medical discharge. He suffered from PTSD and COMMUNITY BRIEFS


Girl Scout Gold Awards given to 7 East Valley girls

Girl Scouts-Arizona Cactus-Pine Council has presented the Girl Scout Gold Award to the 33 scouts this year, seven in the East Valley. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout can receive, and is the equivalent to becoming an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts. In order to earn the award, a Girl Scout must create a project that continues to give back to the community long after she moves on, and often take as long as 18 to 24 months to complete. The winners in Chandler are Amanda Molina, Claire Mushet and Kathlene Hartle. In Mesa, Lauren Hawks, Paige Brown and Rachel Spielberger were given awards. Gilbert resident Sarah Perrin also won.

had difficulty settling into civilian life. He took his own life in 2011, leaving behind a pregnant fiancée and a 4-yearold daughter. “It was a huge, huge, horrible shock,” said Stacy Chatham, Christopher’s sister.

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A special tap handle that resembles a dog tag honors the memory of fallen soldier Christopher Lee Flatt, a Marine sergeant.

“It was absolutely devastating. We were all going to go to Hawaii for the wedding.” Honor Brewing has amassed more than 1,400 soldiers’ stories in 38 states now, but this one really hit home to Keuhner. He was just 6 years old when he lost his father, who served two tours in Vietnam as a Special Operations helicopter pilot. He, too, came back (Mike Butler/Tribune Staff) a very different man. His official cause of Jessie Rowe, who owns the Brass Tap in Mesa with his dad and brother, death was a car crash. jokes with Gordon Flatt and Honor Brewing partner Dave Keuhner. Keuhner doubted it was an accident. America’s Fallen and the LCpl. Cody S. Keuhner dedicated a second tap at the Childers Memorial Fund. Devil’s Advocate in Tempe to honor the As the night at the Brass Tap wound memory of Sgt. Gene Lamie, who was down, Flatt decided to get a growler of killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq. He said his son’s beer to go. all families of heroes are encouraged to “I think it’s a great tribute to them all – submit a tribute story at honorbrewing. not just my brother,” Chatham said. “It’s com/tribute. a really good idea.” The company has donated more “It’s not about how they died,” said than $200,000 to veteran’s advocacy Keuhner. “It’s about how they lived. We groups such as Warrior 360, Hope for can’t bring them back, but we can say the Warriors, HeroHomes, Angels of thank you.”




Learn about the people who live, work and play in Tempe at Who’s Your Neighbor, a free luncheon lecture series on cultural awareness. The periodic lectures are intended to create a greater understanding of each other in an effort to eliminate biases. On Wednesday, April 12, “Creating Welcoming Spaces for Individuals With Autism” will be presented at the Tempe Council Chambers, 31 E. Fifth Street. Speakers will include Arielle King, registered behavior technician, and James Hopkins, special education teacher. This free program includes lunch. RSVPs are encouraged to assist with food count. Information: 480-350-8979.

Nancy Parra-Quinlan, a STEM teacher from Kino Junior High School in Mesa, has been named the Frank Luke Chapter of the Air Force Association 2017 Teacher of the Year. Parra-Quinlan has taught for 23 years but concentrated in science and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) for the past 10. At Kino Junior High, Parra-Quinlan has developed a far-reaching program that attracts students anxious to learn more than core STEM subjects. In her classes, she says, “We build rockets, dissect sheep brains, do 3-D print projects and program robots.”

Chandler is seeking public comment on proposed amendments to its sign regulations. The Planning and Zoning Commission will conduct a public hearing to review and hear public comments on the proposed sign code at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 19, in the City Council Chambers, 88 E. Chicago St. Proposed amendments to Chandler’s sign code allow for signs previously not allowed, including A-frame and T-frame signs for businesses, and allows for placement of some sign types in public right of way. In addition, the maximum number of temporary signs allowed for events occurring on private property, such as garage sales and open houses, would increase to 10.

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Islands Elementary nurse may become ‘America’s Greatest School Nurse’ BY SRIANTHI PERERA Tribune Staff Writer


my Daly, the nurse at Islands Elementary School, also functions as a school mother, counselor, social worker, teacher, homework helper, referee between siblings and more. These secondary titles that rise above her regular duties are part of why Islands Principal Chris Birgen nominated her to become America’s Greatest School Nurse. “We need more people like her in this world, especially in education,” he said. “She steps out of her role and acts as a caregiver.” The nationwide competition, organized by Pfizer pharmaceutical company, has selected Daly as Arizona’s finalist. Now, it’s the public’s turn to vote for her as she competes with a representative from each state to win the grand prize: an ultimate summer vacation. “I love what I do. I love taking care of the kids. It’s completely humbling to be recognized,” said Daly, who lives in Chandler and has three children of her own. Islands Elementary, part of Gilbert

Public Schools, has a student body of about 530. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Daly attends to 40 to 60 students each school day. Most of the visits are for everyday cuts and bruises, headaches, nausea and other common ailments. She also treats and administers medication to (Srianthi Perera/Tribune Staff) those with chronic conditions such as Islands Elementary nurse Amy Daly shows posters, Christmas cards and asthma, diabetics, many messages given to her. “I read them all; I keep them,” she said. heart issues and levels: homeless children to those from seizures. Then, she keeps an eye on students high-income families. For those who need it, Daly has a who have broken bones and are hobbling on crutches or wheelchairs. At times, she fridge stocked with food, bathroom has to attend to an emergency, such as with a shower, washing machine and when a teacher suffered a stroke and a well-organized closet full of clothes. If child was in an accident just outside the a child does not have health insurance, she gets the family connected to free school grounds. “Some just come when they need a health care, and if they need eyeglasses, she refers them to clinics that help. She hug,” Daly said. Students hail from all socioeconomic also routinely administers the state-

mandated hearing and vision tests. Then there are those students she calls “frequent flyers,” those who complain of a headache at a particular time each day. “If I do see a trend that they’re trying to get out of class, I will work with the teacher and talk with the student and find out if there’s a reason why they’re wanting to get out at the same time,” she said. “Your goal most of the time is to get them calm and figure out what they’re in for and play that detective to figure out what’s going on with them. There’s usually a reason,” she added. When Daly left her former employer, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, her colleagues teased her saying she was going to “deal with band aids.” “I assured them that there was much more to it than that, and I have been amazed at what I’ve had opportunities to do here,” Daly said. “It’s very different than hospital work. It’s one of those positions where you really have opportunities to make differences in children’s lives.” See

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Pioneer Park’s locomotive begins restoration as space gets makeover BY MIKE BUTLER Tribune Staff Writer


he first phase of Pioneer Park’s massive makeover in downtown Mesa begins this week as a specialty crew begins to remove asbestos and lead paint from the historic Southern Pacific Engine #2355. Officials said the abatement crew will encase the train with eight-foot hardwood panels, wrap that in double layers of plastic and install HEPA vacuums so that no harmful contaminants can escape the work area. An oversight consultant will also be on hand to make sure safety procedures are followed. Once the abatement work is completed – next month – Mesa volunteers will begin restoring the 1912 engine, which has been a key feature of Pioneer Park since 1958. That’s also when work will begin in earnest on the rest of the 17.8-acre park, 526 E. Main St., causing it to shut down for several months. “We really want this to be an active park again, but also respect the heritage,” said

Marc Heirshberg, director of Mesa Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities. The park’s current playground, in the northeast corner of the park next to the train, will be removed to make way for a new train plaza. The plaza will include an elevated platform next to the train, patterned after the old Southern Pacific Depot in Mesa, and stairs leading to the cab. The plaza will also have benches, interpretive signs and a picnic ramada. A water play plaza will replace the existing basketball and volleyball courts and become a focal point in the center of the park. New hardcourts will be built on the east side of the park. Existing bathrooms will be renovated and made more accessible. The horseshoes area will be refurbished. A new play area on the west side of the park will have a rope tower and other climbing structures, as well as an elevated walkway that weaves through mature palm and pine trees. Heirshberg said the Pioneer Monument grotto that anchors the south end of the park will also benefit from a new plaza and fresh landscaping. Landscaping and outdoor furniture will

be upgraded throughout the park. New LED light fixtures will take over when the sun goes down. Wi-Fi will be expanded and other infrastructure will be improved to support special events. The goal is to complete the project around Thanksgiving, in time for Merry Main Street festivities, Heirshberg said. The park improvements, including the train’s asbestos and lead paint removal, will cost $7.5 million to 8 million and will be paid for with bonds approved by Mesa voters in 2012. “I think people will be very happy with the final restoration,” said Jim Ruiz, chair of the Save Our Train Committee. Ruiz said the group has collected $34,000 over the past few years. He said many individuals and businesses have pledged time and materials, but he’s not sure that will be enough to return the engine to its original glory. “We need everyone’s help and financial donations more than ever now,” he said. Visit to donate and volunteer. The train’s bell, whistle and front and rear headlamps have already been restored.

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The historic Southern Pacific Engine #2355 steam locomotive is on display inside Pioneer Park in Mesa.

Steam locomotive #2355 chugged several million miles in its 45-year career. Southern Pacific retired the engine in 1957 in the transition to diesel power. The locomotive has been fenced off since 1993 and has been deteriorating from the elements. Residents should also note that Mesa Feastival Forest – the popular Saturday night food truck/live music event – will end after April 29. It will resume in September. – Reach Mike Butler at 480-898-5630 or at mbutler@



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New dental office opens, offers free procedure

Risas Dental and Braces is offering four hours of free dental care on Saturday, April 15, to celebrate the opening of its newest Chandler office. From 8 a.m. to noon at 125 E. Ray Road in Chandler, Risas will be offering a free cleaning, cavity filling, extraction, or exam and X-ray on a first-come, firstserved basis. The practice recommends that patients show up well before 8 a.m. The day will also feature music, giveaways and food. Inforn: 623-900-7596,

Drury Hotels opens property at Chandler Fashion Center

The Drury Inn & Suites Phoenix Chandler Fashion Center has opened in Chandler. The 210-room hotel includes 3,000 square feet of meeting space. It is at the Loop 202 freeway and Price Road, near the East Valley mall and commercial hub. The Chandler property is Drury’s fourth in the Phoenix market.

Banana Republic closes store at Chandler Fashion Center

National retailer Banana Republic has closed two stores in Arizona, including one at Chandler Fashion Center.

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Apparel retailer Gap Inc., which also operates Old Navy, Gap, Athleta and Intermix, had declining sales for five straight quarters last year. It had said it would shutter a number of stores both in the U.S. and internationally. It’s not clear whether or not these stores closed because of declining sales, or because of an expired lease and higher rent.

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The Cactus League road trippers are finally gone – thank God BY DAVID LEIBOWITZ Tribune Columnist


t’s midmorning on a Wednesday in late March and the rock music wafts down from the big house on the hill. You’re working from home, but the sounds of Kid Rock and the drunken blare of partiers keeps cracking your concentration. The din makes you think ahead, to that blessed Valley moment when the calendar flips to April and the annual siege comes to an end. And now the time has come. It’s over. They’re gone and those of us who remain behind – those of us fortunate enough to call Arizona home – can level with one another. Cactus League baseball is great. But the hundreds of thousands of out-of-towners who travel here from places like Pekin, Illinois, to see their beloved Cubbies touch their toes and swing a Louisville Slugger during spring training?

Yeah, I could do without those folks for, like, say, eternity. I’ve read the Cactus League economic impact reports and I understand how tourism revenues drive our state and local economies. Each year, according to the most recent Cactus League stats, spring training baseball creates more than $544 million in riches for the state, its employers and mom-and-pop businesses. That’s courtesy of the nearly 2 million baseball fans who flip through the Cactus League turnstiles yearly – including an estimated 53 percent who attend the games either from another state or another country. My issue? Mostly it’s the people who feel like they’ve come here not from another state, but from another planet. I’m talking about the vast influx of “bros” who show up each spring from Detroit and Cleveland and LA and DC for an extended “guys baseball weekend.” These weekends appear to consist of wearing backwards baseball caps, smoking cigars that smell like a Third

World nation back alley, and doing their best to get drunk each day by 11 a.m. – Eastern Standard Time. Again, I get it: Bros consume massive amounts of Scottsdale nightclub booze and Mastro’s New York strip steaks. They help Uber drivers and cabbies pay their mortgages, and they have made Sloan Park the hottest spot in Mesa since Sonic opened a drive-thru for covered wagons. Kidding about that last one, but you get the point. Cactus League visitors are a necessary evil. We should probably do our best to be courteous, but it’s the kind of courtesy you extend to the last guests at a house party when you’re tired and it’s midnight: “This has been so great. Good to see you. Here, let me pack a Ziploc of Cheese Doodles and salami for you, for the road.” Don’t let the door hit you on the wallet on the way out. If I sound ungrateful for the economic contribution of grown men wearing Pete Rose jerseys so tight they resemble sausage links and the thrice-weekly

opportunity to discuss the necessity of sunscreen with Milwaukeeans slowroasted to a medium rare pink, all I can say is, there’s only so many times you can force a fake smile while explaining that, yes, the 60 and the Superstition Freeway are the same road. I believe the civic hype: The Cactus League has been a valuable Valley tradition since 1947, and we’re lucky to host those 15 major-league teams for weeks on end. We’re lucky to have all those rental cars swerving across three lanes on the 202, and fortunate that at least once a year, there’s a reason for to people visit the fine town of Peoria. There’s at least 544 million reasons why we should grin and bear it. And we will, I’m sure. What’s that old baseball saying? Wait till next year. Bro, I am freaking stoked. – David Leibowitz has called the Valley home since 1995. Contact david@leibowitzsolo. com.

State Education Board’s letter grading system deserves an ‘F’ BY BETH LEWIS Tribune Guest Writer


t seems only one person in Arizona actually supports the proposed A-F school grading system – and that’s Gov. Doug Ducey. As an educator, I’ve taught in “A” schools and in “D” schools. I can assure you that teachers work just as hard in the so-called D schools, if not harder, and the students and families are just as invested in education. So, what are the real primary differences between “A” and “D” schools? I’ll tell you: ZIP code, wealth and skin color. Year after year, our Legislature defunds public schools, dealing our poorest schools the hardest blow. Yet they have the nerve to ask, “Why are poor students behind the curve?” Grading schools has a human impact, and it’s not a positive one. A “D” grade carries a stigma and becomes a self-

fulfilling prophecy. It shames kids and families into believing their schools are not worthwhile, their hard work will not pay off, and their teachers are not making the grade. Families yank their kids out of “failing” schools and prospective families and teachers choose to move elsewhere, leaving behind only those students with the fewest resources who would benefit most from high-quality teachers and motivating classmates. The State Board of Education recently sought input on their proposed grading system, and received vehement opposition from teachers, parents and administrators. It has been opposed by the Arizona Chamber, Arizona school administrators and the Arizona School Boards Association. I’ve even been told that members of the ad hoc committee responsible for seeking input don’t support it – they know that this system measures poverty, not achievement.

So, who does support this grading system? It’s a simple answer: Ducey and the board he appointed – a board which has complained about the volume of calls it has received in opposition. Members of the board’s ad hoc committee responsible for finalizing the letter grading system were directed from the outset that 80 percent of the formula would be based on AZMerit scores and 10 percent on English Language Learner testing. In other words, 90 percent of the assessment they were seeking input on was already determined. Does that sound like the board was really seeking input? But let’s talk about that 10 percent of wiggle room the board supposedly was willing to negotiate. Thus far, Ducey’s board has refused to consider teacher retention rates and parent satisfaction surveys, which are excellent indicators of a school’s culture. It rejected the notion that school

clubs or activities should count toward a grade, even though a majority of parents support such a metric. Finally, it denied awarding “bonus points” to schools in poverty, the very schools that have been denied equitable funding for decades. It seems to me the measly 10 percent they sought feedback on isn’t really up for discussion after all. As a teacher, I wrote this column because I need your help. Let Gov. Ducey and your local legislators know that when they say they’re seeking input, they need to honor that input. Call and tell them you want a better way to measure school success. Stand with teachers, principals and lifelong education advocates by insisting our students receive an equitable and fair education. Remember, education never fails. – Beth Lewis has been a public-school educator in Tempe for seven years. Follow her on Twitter @thebethlewis




Here’s your chance to tell everybody what’s great about Gilbert BY RALPH ZUBIATE Tribune Managing Editor


ilbert is one of the youngest and fastest-growing towns in Arizona. It was incorporated in just 1920 and already has more than 247,000 residents. According to the Town of Gilbert website, it was established in 1902 when the Arizona Eastern Railway was seeking to establish a rail line between Phoenix and Florence. A rail siding was established on property owned by William “Bobby” Gilbert. The siding, and the town that sprung up around it, eventually became known as Gilbert.

Now, Gilbert is one of the trendiest locations in the East Valley, home to a hopping downtown filled with restaurants, hot spots and foot traffic. Visit during any weekend and you’ll find a lively, hip community. That isn’t at conflict with the familyfriendly atmosphere of the town. The median age is 32.7, and 77 percent of the population is under the age of 45. Young families and soccer moms dominate. What do they all know? That Gilbert has dozens of places to be proud of, more than just the iconic Water Tower. And the East Valley Tribune will let Gilbert residents brag on their town beginning April 10, as voting begins for the annual

Best of Gilbert special section. This special issue will highlight the places that make Gilbert great, voted on by the people that dine, shop and work there. We’ll feature more than 50 categories this year, among them Best Breakfast Spot, Best Burger Location and Best Asian Food. In the services category, you’ll be able to pick Best Hair Salon/ Barber, Best Auto Repair, Best Holistic Services and more. Tell us your favorite schools and teachers. Medical favorites are available, too. We’re adding some categories this year, like Best Landscaper, Best Deli/ Sandwich Shop and Best Orthodontics. As always, we encourage you to vote

online for places listed, and to add your own, too. Don’t see your favorite sports bar listed? Write it in! However, votes for businesses and services that are not based in Gilbert will not be counted. This is your chance to tell everybody what you like best about Gilbert, and to say “Thank you” to your favorite places. Voting takes place April 10-30 online at The special Best of Gilbert 2017 issue will publish May 28. Good luck to all the best businesses and people in Gilbert. – Contact Ralph Zubiate at 480-898-6825 or


End poverty in Chandler

I am seeking to start a group of like-minded individuals to continually push our society to achieve Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Second Bill of Rights. These rights include: • The right to a meaningful job, that provides opportunities for advancement and for adequate recreation. • The right of every person to earn enough provide for their family a decent living.

• The right of every businessperson, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad. • The right of every family to a decent home. • The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health. • The right to economic protection from the fears of old age, sickness, accidents and unemployment. • The right to a good education.

I seek to create a group called EPIC – End Poverty In Chandler. If you are like me and you believe that these ought to be natural rights of every citizen and you are interesting in working to create a society that recognizes these rights, please send me an email at After gauging public interest, I would like to schedule regular meetings where we can discuss how to make these rights a reality. This would not be limited to people in Chandler; all people are welcome. The important thing is that we come up with ideas on how to create a just society and bring these ideas to our communities to allow everyone to live industrious, meaningful lives. – Jason Trautschold – Chandler

Public education $ opportunities

For years, if not decades, we the voters have complained that our miserly lawmakers have failed to provide sufficient funds to our public schools. The lawmakers’ responses have been predicable, i.e., we will not raise taxes, and the tax breaks for corporations will make our state wealthier and stronger. So much for theories … Here’s an idea that merits discussion, but will probably never see the light of day with our myopic Legislature. We have already hosted the NCAA’s Football Championship game in Glendale, the “greatest show on grass” has been held in Scottsdale (the Waste Management Open), one gigantic NASCAR event has been held already, we host MLB’s Spring Training, and we just finished staging the NCAA Men’s Final Four basketball tournament. How much revenue for our schools would be generated with a 10 percent surcharge on every ticket sold for these events, with the funds specifically earmarked for public education? How about looking at surcharges on alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets and all tickets for professional sports teams (we have four of them)? In other words, there are monies out there to aid our besieged and underfunded schools without increasing fees on the necessities like food, shelter, gasoline, clothing and health care. Is there the foresight, intelligence and will from our current crop of lawmakers to make any of

this a reality? Based on the past behavior of our legislators, the answer is slim to none. However, we the voters can select an entirely new group of lawmakers in the coming elections that simply don’t just talk the educational funding talk, but actually walk the educational funding walk. I hope I’m around to experience this epiphany! – Richard K. Meszar – Mesa

Don’t nationalize police

Valley citizens may or may not be aware of the current drive to nationalize our police forces. It is happening quietly, with the media, of course, not giving you a clue. What we’re seeing is the federal government arming, conditioning and training local jurisdictions to knuckle under to federal standards. Needless to say, when they dangle riot gear and armaments and “free” training in front of cash-strapped cities, there are always strings attached. A good example is here in Arizona. One third of our state budget is now paid for with federal dollars! They own us, and our leadership can’t say “No” to anything the federal government would demand. Of course, we don’t need anything remotely like Nazi Germany with their Gestapo, or the horrors of the USSR, all happening after they nationalized their police. It is plain to see that there is a deliberate strategy going on here. And that’s to bring all police – slowly but surely – under a national umbrella, without our noticing it. But that’s what’s in store if we don’t put a stop to it. One of the tactics they use is to foment riots and looting in local communities, as they’ve done in Ferguson, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Charlotte. Then, when the local police are temporarily overwhelmed, the citizens cry out “Somebody, please help us,” and the feds step right in, meaning Big Dollars and Big Controls are on their way. This is happening right now. Our counter-message should be: “Support Your Local Police, and keep them independent.” – PJ O’Malley – Mesa







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AIA ruling to allow year-round practice leaves questions


he ruling to allow high school coaches to have practices yearround with their teams is a big unknown. “I’m anxious to see how this plays out,” Mesa wrestling coach David DiDomenico said. “From what I know, they didn’t ask the coaches what they thought about it. It wouldn’t have mattered if they surveyed us or not. The AIA will make their choices and decisions anyway. The pendulum already swung.” However it is viewed by administrators, coaches, parents and athletes, it is coming to Arizona high school sports. July 1 will mark the beginning of a new era for the Arizona Interscholastic Association and the schools it serves as coaches have the shackles come off – even as states like Texas, where high school football reigns, have backed away from the idea. Several athletic directors, who have to police out-of-season participation longer, have said too much has been made of it, and others call it a touchy subject. The legislative council had little problem moving ahead with year-round practice, passing it with a 39-5 vote on March 3. Yet AIA Executive Director Harold Slemmer is on the record saying he is believes the ramifications will have a “ripple effect on the culture of sports” and head sports down a path “we might regret in a few years.” Once it became clear that the idea of year-round practice was gaining steam, Mesa district athletic director Steve Hogen requested a committee to oversee the new rules. “My goal was at the very least to come out of it with some sort of checklist that I could take back to my district saying this what you need to do in order to stay legal,” Hogen said. “A majority of schools are doing it the right way. Some

are circumventing the rules to their advantage. “(AIA lawyer Mark Mignella) asked if you are doing what you can to get around the bylaw, why have the bylaw at all? It was a good question. I agreed in part. If we have a bylaw creating a culture of cheating and circumventing the rules because they are getting together out of season already, why have the bylaw?” Now, coaches can practice at all times without having to charge a $50 camp fee for offseason workouts or create a culture where a leader on the team “suggests” the players get together for workouts. “I had a football coach see all of the other sports wearing his school colors and practicing out of season, and he said he wants to be able to do that,” Hogen said. “The same coach asked about 7-on7 (leagues) and how the other schools are doing it. “I explained to him all that is involved with the insurance and other aspects. He said, ‘I just want to do it and not go through that stuff.’” The new ruling will most likely lead to 7-on-7 leagues in winter and spring in addition to the current summer leagues.

Coaches such as Desert Ridge’s Jeremy Hathcock are at the forefront. The trend is to create all-star 7-on-7s teams that travel nationally. Hathcock, who had his projected starting quarterback go through the summer 7-on-7 season with an all-star team rather than the Jaguars’ squad last year, approves of the change. “If we are going to do it, we better do it right,” he said. “If they are with (Tribune file photo) us, it eliminates the Casteel High School in Queen Creek may be one of the schools middle man. We have to see more coach-supervised practices in the offseason thanks the kids’ best interest at to an AIA ruling. heart.” While football is most prominent, the people are who they are. You aren’t going ruling could very well affect other sports to change them. You can’t stop a parent even more, especially if the football team from being that person who pushes their decides to practice outside of spring kids to give up something for another. That’s not what we want.” football. While some are claiming all hell “We share athletes no problem at Desert Ridge,” said Hathcock, whose is about to break loose, the majority son played football and wrestled. “But are saying nothing much will change. Coaches aren’t going to get paid more (a stipend of about $4,000 in most cases) and they need breaks from the players just as much as the players need a break from them. Most of the East Valley schools have a class during the school day already dedicated toward a particular sport. “I really don’t think for the most part coaches are going to do it,” Hogen said. “There will be some change in 7-on-7, but overall I don’t think they want to coach year-round. “At some point, when you practice so much, it can create negative returns, and if someone does go after it fully it might very well backfire.” (Tribune file photo)

Desert Ridge coach Jeremy Hathcock won’t ask his athletes to give up one sport for another with the opportunity for extra practice, but he knows it may happen. “You can’t stop a parent from being that person who pushes their kids to give up something for another,” he said. “That’s not what we want.”


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Chandler Wolves volleyball challenging contenders been putting on the floor in recent years,” third-year coach and former Chandler plaer Bobby Robson said. “We have he Chandler boys volleyball team played at a high level at times, but we has been upgraded. have a tough schedule the rest of the way. The Wolves began the year on There is a lot of room for growth.” no one’s short list of 6A Conference title One indication came early in the week, contenders. Not after finishing .500 last when Chandler played its first match since year and bringing back a roster full of the Brophy tournament against Basha, a youngsters, including five sophomores. program down on its luck this year. The Five weeks into the season, that line Wolves struggled to put the Bears away in of thinking has changed as the Wolves the first two sets despite winning in three. continue to impress. It was similar to their first match after They have won more games than all but winning the Wolf Howl when they were one previous season since 2009, thanks swept away by Brophy, never scoring in large part to winning the Chandler more than 15 against the Broncos. Howl Invitational to start the season and “We can’t let that happen,” sophomore finishing as runner-up at the Brophy setter Trey Weinstein said. “We have Invitational last weekend. to be ready to play our best every time Chandler was 22-3-4 overall through out or it is going to cost us one of these Wednesday’s action and 8-1 in power point times. Against Brophy, we came out too matches to sit at No. 3 in the rankings. confident and they showed us we weren’t In other words, any midseason list of ready for them. contenders must include Chandler right “We can play with anyone when we along with Perry, Brophy, Highland, play hard the entire time.” Boulder Creek and a few others. Grow yourThe Wolves haven’t had many letdowns business “We were surprising people early on, considering they have lost only three with an engaging lineup but I think now they know that this is times in the first 29 matches, but that’s of programming a different team than what Chandler has where the expectations of this team have BY JASON P. SKODA Tribune Prep Sports Director



risen to. Still, some outside the program are wondering just how good they are. “We’ve told people Chandler is going for it this year, and we’ve kind of been laughed at,” Chandler leading hitter Jonny Bowles said. “It drives us. People don’t expect much from us, and we are trying to prove them wrong.” One of the keys has been the development of the offense since (Special to the Tribune) the start of the season. Chandler’s Braxton Bradbeer returns a serve against Basha on Tuesday. Early on, the offense was geared toward getting the ball to Bowles led the way with 158 kills on a Bowles, a 6-foot-7 junior opposite hitter, 41.6 hitting percentage. Mason Mullins but now Weinstein is going to a number and Elijah Swinton are next at 66 and 53 of different players at the net. kills each. “Our passing is getting better,” he said. Jalen Gibson-Starks (38 kills) and “We are getting everyone involved and Tyler Haddad (25 kills) have done some not just Jonny. Now, I am able to set to damage as well. anyone and run the offense the way I am supposed to.” See WOLVES on page 20

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Hamilton High case goes way beyond hazing BY JASON P. SKODA Tribune Prep Sports Director


he Hamilton football program has long been at the top of the high school football landscape in Arizona. It reached that pinnacle before Steve Belles arrived and will more than likely remain there, despite a slight downturn in recent years, whenever he has coached his last game for the Huskies. When that will be is in flux now that he has been “reassigned” and can no longer be “present” on campus for an indefinite period after six Hamilton football players were arrested last week in connection with hazing incidents during a 17-month span. The charges that have been levied take it way past the connotation of “hazing.” “Pink bellies,” being made to carry someone’s shoulder pads, rookies dressing up as women or characters and getting taped to a goal post are all examples of incidents that have long been part of the culture of athletics at every level. It’s demeaning, bullying and painful, and used annually as a tool to re-establish


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Robson, who was a senior on the 2011 squad that made the state semifinals, says Chandler is ready to keep the winning going this year and beyond.

the hierarchy of a program. It used to be accepted, and even condoned in some cases. Kidnapping, child molestation, sexual assault and aggravated assault step way beyond that. Even though the details of the Hamilton situation are still sketchy, the thought of someone being put through something of this manner should make everyone ill. Arrests have been made and court dates will follow. What follows next for the football program is far less cut and dried. Belles, who has led the program to five state titles, is regarded as one of the best coaches in the state. He has been around Arizona football since he was the quarterback for state champion St. Mary’s in 1984. There have been allegations of recruiting, including a direct accusation by Coolidge football coach Cayle Ferguson in 2013 involving player J.T. Gray. All top programs go through those, and there were a few smaller incidents, but all signs pointed to Belles running a solid program that won nearly every time the Huskies stepped on the field. The big question that remains is how “We still have matches left that will push us a bit,” he said. “It will get us ready. I think what we are doing this year is what I expected next year, so we are ahead of schedule. We can have a good little run for the next few years with a


much did the coaching staff know about the incident(s)? Coaches have to have a pulse of what is going on even if the varsity roster is near 100 players. If he doesn’t, then an assistant or two had better be tied into the locker room, letting the top man know what is going on at all times. I’d think some kind of hint had to make its way into the coach’s office. If so, then that is one of the hardest things in this whole incident to comprehend. If anyone – especially an adult who is meant to serve as a mentor and protector of our kids while in their care – let this behavior continue, then additional charges should be forthcoming. From the few people within the program who have shed some light on the situation, that doesn’t seem to be the case. It appears that everyone at the coaching level was blindsided. For the sake of everyone involved, especially the victims and the families, let’s hope that’s the case. Otherwise, there may be no coming back for Belles or anyone else tied to the program.

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talented sophomore class. “It’s about setting new goals. Now our thought process is we can win the whole thing if we do the right things and play hard every time.” The Wolves are not getting ahead of themselves. They know top programs like Perry, Boulder Creek and Brophy will be tough to surpass. “We’ve done some good things, but there is more to come,” Swinton said. “If we don’t play well when it counts the most (in the postseason), then that’s on us. The talent is there, and the coaches do a good job of preparing us. We are going to have to get past some good teams.” – Contact Jason Skoda at 480898-7915 or jskoda@evtrib. com. Follow him on Twitter @ JasonPSkoda.

Chandler’s offense has become more versatlie with players such as Mason Mullins stepping up since the season began in February.


Mesa hosting 500 swimmers for Pro Swim Series event

Mesa is hosting one of five stops of USA Swimming’s 2017 arena Pro Swim Series Thursday-Saturday, April 13-15, at Skyline Aquatic Center, 845 S. Crismon Road. Approximately 500 swimmers will compete, including more than 20 U.S. Olympians. They include Katie Ledecky, who won four gold medals at the 2016 Olympics; Olympic champions Nathan Adrian, Anthony Ervin and Simone Manuel; Mesa native and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Breeja Larson and Olympic gold medalist Dana Vollmer, who will compete while six months pregnant. Preliminary races begin at 9 a.m. each day of the event with final races scheduled at 5 p.m.  Information:

Leading Edge Academy selects new boys hoops coach

Leading Edge Academy hired AJ Greenough as the fifth head boys basketball coach in the school’s 11year program history. Greenough comes to LEA from South Mountain Community College, where he spent the 2016-2017 season as an assistant coach under Daven Vo. Greenough previously has been a head coach at Trevor Browne High School. I in his final season (20152016), he led the Bruins to their best record in the last 10 years. Greenough was also the girls coach at Betty Fairfax High School as well as a JV boys coach Maryvale High School and an assistant under Jay Caserio at Gilbert High School. The Spartans were 14-10 in their inaugural year as an AIA member and lost to eventual state champion Gilbert Christian in the round of 16 at the AIA 2A Conference State tournament.

Benedictine baseball wins two conference honors

Benedictine University at Mesa pitcher  Jacob Gangelhoff  has made history, becoming the first pitcher in program history to be named Cal Pac Player of the Week recently. Now, his teammate Skyler Sylvester joined him. Sylvester made it back-to-back Redhawk pitchers to be named Cal Pac Pitcher of the Week, thanks to his efforts in his start against Marymount California. Sylvester pitched solidly in his start against the Mariners, working eight innings, allowing just seven hits and four earned runs and striking out seven batters in earning the win and helping BenU at Mesa sweep Marymount California in a doubleheader. He finished the week 5-1 record with a 3.08 ERA and 39 strikeouts on the season for the Redhawks.

NFF Hampshire Honor Society recognizes 3 Sun Devils for 2017

Three Arizona State student-athletes – Fred Gammage, Matt Haack and Laiu Moeakiola – have been named to the 2017 National Football Foundation (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society, the NFF and College Football Hall of Fame. The NFF Hampshire Society is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career. Gammage, Haack and Moeakiola are among a total of 1,089 players from 297 schools qualified for membership in the society’s 11th year, both new single-year records in the history of the program.







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The Hillel Sandwich: Taking the bitter with the sweet BY RABBI DEAN SHAPIRO Tribune Guest Writer


assover is the Jewish Feast of Freedom. Each spring, we tell the story of our people’s exodus from Egypt and eat foods that enhance the story through symbolic and sensory stimulation. One of them is the Hillel Sandwich. The Hillel Sandwich isn’t the tastiest food, but it packs a powerful punch. Imagine two pieces of matzah – the brittle cracker we eat in place of bread. Matzah is the bread of affliction, reminding us of the many people who eat meager fare. On one piece, there’s “charoset.” That’s a sweet, reddish paste made of fruit, nuts and wine that evokes the mortar our ancestors used in their labors. The other piece holds the “maror,” or bitter herb. American Jews FAITH CALENDAR



Chabad of Mesa is hosting an evening of inspiration, humor and song in a traditional Passover Seder. The full four-course dinner includes salmon and roast chicken, fine wine and handmade matzo. The Seder is English friendly, so you will feel right at home. DETAILS>> 6:30 p.m., 941 S. Maple. Cost is $30 for adults, $10 for students, $5 for children under 12. RSVP to Information: 480-659-7001 or



Chabad of the East Valley’s community Seder will feature rich discussion about Passover, food and singing. Rabbi Mendy Deitsch, director of Chabad of the East Valley, will facilitate the inter-generational program. The advance RSVP price for the Seder is $45 for an adult and $25 for a child. Family plans are available upon request. After April 1, the price increases to $55 for an adult and $40 for a child. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Sponsorship available. DETAILS>> 7:15 p.m. at the Pollack Chabad center for Jewish Life, 875 N. McClintock Drive, Chandler. Information and reservations: 480-855-4333, info@ or

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This pageant is a drama, dance and musical story about the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Presented Tuesday-Saturday, April 11-15. DETAILS>> 8 p.m., Mesa Arizona Temple Grounds,

generally use horseradish, a pungent sinus-clearer that allows us to taste the bitterness of oppression. It’s an odd combination of tastes and textures, but it manages to hit the spot. Each person has their own formula for mixing the charoset and the maror. Some favor a bold bite of bitterness. Others add lots of sweet to drown out the harshness of the horseradish. That’s not all. Matzah is thin and brittle. The stickiness of the charoset holds it together, but an over-eager bite can cause the whole thing to disintegrate right into your lap. The sandwich is named for Rabbi Hillel, a sage who lived in the first century C.E. The sandwich he invented originally contained only bitter herb and was eaten along with lamb. The Hillel Sandwich is a lot like life – a mixture of bitter and sweet. Although some lives appear blessed and enviable,

actually, everyone grapples with some degree of pain and disappointment. Others appear to lead bland lives, but have a fascinating inner world that they share with no one, or just a select few. Whatever the mixture, some people focus on the bitterness of their lives. Others primarily experience the sweetness. What’s more, the whole concoction can crumble at any time. All that we acquire can be lost. All it takes is one burst blood vessel, one stormy night or one round of layoffs, and the foundation of our life is revealed as sand. The Hillel Sandwich reminds us that life is brittle. How are we to live in this precarious state? Some focus only on the joy and ignore the reality of life. When loss comes to them, it hits even harder when it comes because it also destroys their worldview. They reel from the damage, having been lulled into the illusion that

today will be just like yesterday. Others focus so much on what’s missing in their lives that they miss the goodness that bursts through like spring daffodils. This is a truth of the Exodus story, too. Even Pharaoh, king of Egypt, experiences the greatest pain. Even the Hebrews, enslaved for generations, experience jubilation. Nothing lasts forever. The Hillel Sandwich is a reminder: In good times, don’t forget that there is pain. In trying times, remember that there is good. Neither the bitter nor the sweet can they be avoided, nor are they permanent. Taste it all, for it is the very stuff of life. The Hillel Sandwich from the Passover Seder – all of life in a single bite.

525 E. Main St., Mesa. Information: 480-964-7164 or




Song of Life United Methodist Church has opened a San Tan Campus at the Copper Basin YMCA, 28300 N. Main St. in San Tan Valley. The church will celebrate with a special Easter Sunday service and an Easter egg hunt on Sunday, April 16. DETAILS>> Regular worship services are at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. Information: Jim Van Husen at jvh1111@gmail. com or 480-560-8117.


Snedigar Sportsplex hosts a free Easter Egg Scramble for kids up to 9 years of age. There will also be information booths, displays, interactive amusements and a family Easter basket giveaway. DETAILS>> 9 a.m.-noon, 4500 S. Basha Road, Chandler. Information: 480-782-2735 or


Compassion Church in Gilbert is hosting a free Special Needs Egg Hunt. There will be special hunts for children on the autism spectrum, for those who are blind or visually impaired, for those in wheelchairs or who have other mobility restrictions, and a general hunt for siblings and children with other disabilities. DETAILS>> 10 a.m.-noon, Compassion Church, 919 E. Guadalupe Road, Gilbert. Registration: compassionaz. Information:


Festivities will follow Easter services at Cornerstone Church in Chandler. Cornerstone will host an egg hunt, a giant maze and obstacle course, a petting zoo, a live DJ and family Easter basket giveaways. Food vendors will be onsite for the April 15 services only. DETAILS>> April 15 at 2, 3:30, 5 and 6:30 p.m. April 16 at 7:45, 9:05, 10:35 and 11:55 a.m. 1595 S. Alma School Road. Information:


Rabbi Dean Shapiro is the spiritual leader of Temple Emanuel of Tempe. Contact him at and visit his “Rabbi Dean Shapiro” page on Facebook.

Children can learn and experience Jewish life. Chabad Hebrew School focuses on Jewish heritage, culture and holidays. DETAILS>> 9:30 a.m. to noon, for children ages 5-13 at Pollack Chabad Center for Jewish Life, 875 N. McClintock Drive, Chandler. 480-855-4333, info@, or


The Lawrence Memorial A.M.E.Z. Church has opened in Mesa with the Rev. Albert Bolden leading as pastor. DETAILS>> Sunday School at 9 a.m., worship at 10 a.m., 931 E. Southern Ave., Suite 108. Information: 480-393-3001,, f@ TheLawrenceMemorialChurch.  

Ongoing morning study of two classics of rabbinic literature by medieval philosopher Moses Maimonides (the “Rambam”). At 10 a.m., Prof. Norbert Samuelson, Grossman chair of Jewish Philosophy at ASU and TBS member, teaches “Maimonides’ Guide of the Perplexed: What Jews Ought to Believe.” At 11:15 a.m., TBS member Isaac Levy teaches “Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah: How Jews Ought to Behave.” Readings in both Hebrew and English. DETAILS>> Community Room of the administration building at Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley, 3400 N. Dobson Road, Chandler. 480-897-3636.





Valor Christian Center in Gilbert offers “great praise and worship and great messages for today’s living,” according to Associate Pastor Thor Strandholt. “Our mission is evangelizing, healing and discipleship through the word of God.” DETAILS>> 10 a.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Thursdays. 3015 E. Warner Road. Information:


High school and middle school students meet to worship and do life together. DETAILS>> 5 p.m. at Horizon Presbyterian Church, 1401 E. Liberty Lane. 480-460-1480 or email joel@

Unity of Mesa says its service offers “a positive path for spiritual living” through “transformational lessons, empowering music and various spiritual practices with an open-minded and welcoming community.” DETAILS>> 9 and 10:45 a.m. 2700 E. Southern Ave., Mesa. Nursery available for infants through kindergarten at service times. Youth ministry classes are open in the Education Annex at 10:45 a.m. Information: 480-892- 2700,, lori@


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honored in this inclusive, loving, thriving Unity Community. Join us for Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center’s Sunday Celebration Service DETAILS>> 10:30 a.m. Toddlers and children meet during our service. Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, 952 E. Baseline, Suite 102, Mesa. Information:


Inspirational messages and music to lift your spirit. A welcoming community committed to living from the heart. Many classes and events offered. We welcome you! DETAILS>> 10 a.m. Sundays at Unity of Tempe, 1222 E. Baseline Road, Suite 103, Tempe. Information: 480-7921800,



The Lawrence Memorial A.M.E.Z. Church in Mesa has a prayer call every Monday. DETAILS>> 7 p.m., 1-712-775-7085. PIN 162106#.


This Flow 1-2 class (intermediate) is free and open to the community. DETAILS>> 6-7 p.m., Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. Greg Battle at 480-759-6200 or


Classes for those grieving over death or divorce. DETAILS>> 6:30 p.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 739 W. Erie St., Chandler. 480-963-4127.

Support group for those struggling with how to deal with a loss in life. DETAILS>> 7 p.m., 1825 S. Alma School Road, Room C201, Chandler. Pastor Larry Daily, 480-963-3997, ext. 141, or

PROSPERITY RECIPES AT UNITY OF TEMPE Internationally known speaker and author Maureen G. Mulvaney brings back her Prosperity Recipes class series to Unity of Tempe on Monday evenings. Cost: $10 per session DETAILS>> 6:15-8:15 p.m., Unity of Tempe, 1222 E. Baseline Road, Suite 103, Tempe. Information: 480-7921800,



The Lawrence Memorial A.M.E.Z. Church conducts Bible study on Tuesdays. DETAILS>>6:30 p.m., 931 E. Southern Ave., Suite 108. Information: 480-393-3001,, f@ TheLawrenceMemorialChurch.


Celebrate Recovery is a Biblical program that helps us overcome our hurts, hang-ups, and habits. Through teaching, worship, and sharing in small groups, you will find genuine people devoted to help discover the power of Christ through the recovery process. DETAILS>> 6:30 p.m., Central Christian Church, 933 N. Lindsay Road, Mesa. Information: Eric at 480-924-4946.


Mountain Park Community Church is offering an ongoing GriefShare programs to help people deal with the pain of losing a loved one. DETAILS>> 6:30-8 p.m., 2408 E. Pecos Road, Ahwatukee.

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church A Multi-Campus Ministry

Wishes you a Happy Easter and invites you to attend our worship services!


To register: and click on Launch. Information: Alex at 480-759-6200.


HOPE, an acronym for “Help Overcome Painful Experiences,” offers support for men and women who seek God’s grace and healing. DETAILS>> 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road.


The program is free and includes bagels and coffee and a different speaker or theme each week. Registration not needed. DETAILS>>10-11 a.m., Barness Family East Valley Jewish Community Center, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. or 480-897-0588.

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Maundy Thursday and Good Friday: 1pm, 4pm and 7pm Easter Weekend Saturday: Easter Vigil 4:00pm Easter Sunday: 6am (Chapel), 7:30am, 9am & 10:30am Easter Egg Hunt following 9am & 10am service

Maundy Thursday and Good Friday: 6:30pm Easter Weekend Saturday: Easter Vigil 4:00pm Easter Sunday: 6am (Courtyard) 7:00am Breakfast Brunch 8am and 10am Festival Worship Easter Egg Hunt following 10am



“Every day you take a shower. Practicing Twin Hearts Meditation is like taking a spiritual shower. When your aura is clean you experience a higher level of awareness. When your aura is clean you see through things more clearly. Even good luck increases.” DETAILS>>7:30-9:30 p.m., Unity of Tempe, 1222 E. Baseline Road, Suite 103, Tempe. Information: 480-7921800,

Center in Mind, Body & Spirit at our weekly Unity Yoga classes with Mary Jo “MJ” Kuzmick. Bring your own mat (2 blankets & blocks, if you have them). Suggested love offering: $8 a class. DETAILS>> 10 a.m., Unity of Tempe, 1222 E. Baseline Road, Suite 103, Tempe. Information: 480-792-1800,



Chabad of the East Valley is offering a Hebrew Reading Crash Course to all Jewish members of the East Valley community. The class will take place over five weeks. DETAILS>> 7:30-8:30 p.m. until April 12, 875 N. McClintock Drive, Chandler. Cost: $50. Information: 480855-4333 or


Celebrate Recovery says it “brings your relationship with the Lord closer to your heart as it heals your hurts, habits and hang-ups.” Participants can discuss issues ranging from feeling left out to addictions. “Nothing is too small or too large.” DETAILS>> 6:20 p.m. at Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St., Ahwatukee. celebraterecovery or email

CELEBRATING OUR MANY BLESSINGS Wishing you a happy Easter! May you be blessed every season of your life.


Living Word Ahwatukee women’s Bible study and fellowship that offers “a short, low-key time of praise and worship in music and message.” It’s also an opportunity to meet other Christian women in Ahwatukee. DETAILS>>10-11:30 a.m., Living Word Ahwatukee, 14647 W. 50th St., Suite 165, Ahwatukee. Free child care. Longtime “A Course in Miracles” student and teacher Rev. Julianne Lewis leads this interactive time of

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discussion and sharing. This group is appropriate for ACIM beginners as well as experienced ACIM students— and everyone in between. DETAILS>> 1-2:15 p.m. Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, 952 E. Baseline, Suite 102, Mesa. $10 love donation. Information:

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These egg-cellent Easter activities will leave you egg-static By GetOut Staff


hether you celebrate Easter at church or with brunch, the East Valley offers a number of holiday activities for the entire family. From egg hunts to pageants, here are some egg-speriences you’ll want to put on your calendar. Kick off your Easter weekend at the world’s largest annual outdoor Easter pageant. From Tuesday, April 11, to Saturday, April 15, Mesa Arizona Temple puts on the production “Jesus The Christ.” More than 475 cast members re-enact the story of Jesus, including his life, death and resurrection, in a 65-minute professionally produced musical play. The show starts at 8 p.m. each night and costs nothing to attend. However, you should show up a few hours early to get a seat. The Mesa Arizona Temple is at 525 E. Main St., Mesa. Learn more at On Thursday, April 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., kids under 8 can enjoy the Trick-or-Treatstyle Tiny Tots Egg Hunt along Mesa’s Main Street. Stop at businesses flying a balloon to receive one egg per child. The Easter Bunny will also be around for photos. Learn more at If you aren’t averse to a drive, Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek hosts its annual


Calendar Mesa Arizona Temple Easter Pageant

Celebrate the true meaning of Easter with the world’s largest, outdoor pageant, titled “Jesus The Christ.” It features more than 475 actors, singers and dancers, plus live animals as they tell the story of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. DETAILS>> 8 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, April 11-15. Mesa Arizona Temple, 525 E. Main St., Mesa. Cost: Free.

‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’

Journey back to 1958 and follow four girls

Easter Egg-citement on Saturday, April 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kids can enjoy egg hunts, Easter cookies, rides, a hot dog lunch and photos with the Easter Bunny. Tickets cost $25 per kid and $3 to $10 per adult. If you plan to go, however, you’ll want to buy soon as tickets go fast. Learn more at schnepffarms. com. For a more eggconomical event that might be less of a drive, Snedigar Sportsplex in Chandler offers its free (Tribune file photo) Family Easter Celebration. A young girl enjoys the day hunting for eggs at Snedigar Sportsplex’s free Family Easter Celebration. From 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, kids up to 9 a chicken burglar?). It takes place at Red and $9.95 for kids 4-12. Register your spot years old can participate in age-divided Mountain Library, 635 N. Power Road, Mesa, at 480-502-5600 or at egg hunts. Plus, enjoy interactive activities, from 2-3 p.m. on Saturday. You can call Learn more at rides, photos with the Easter Bunny, food 480‑644-3100 for more info. If you want an event not traditionally and a Family Easter Basket Giveaway. The On Easter Sunday itself, scoot over to Easter-related, head over to Organ Stop complex is at 4500 S. Basha Road, Chandler. Rawhide Western Town in Chandler for the Pizza in Mesa on Easter Sunday from 11:30 Learn more at annual Easter Egg-Stravaganza (tired of the a.m. to 1 p.m. You can partake in all-youIf you’re looking for an Easter play that egg puns yet?) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rawhide can-eat pizza and salad while enjoying a isn’t of a religious nature, check out “Who offers an Easter buffet at the Steakhouse special concert from the Mighty Wurlitzer. Stole My Eggs?” The fun free mystery, that ranges from pancakes to top sirloin. Lunch costs $12 for adults, $10 for kids 3-9, courtesy of East Valley Children’s Theatre, Then the kids can wear themselves out in and you do not need to purchase tickets scrambles to capture an egg thief (possibly an egg hunt. Tickets cost $21.95 for adults in advance from

as they attend the Springfield High School prom. Learn about their lives through more than 30 hits from the ’50s and ’60s, including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover” and “Lipstick on Your Collar.” DETAILS>> Mondays and Tuesdays, April 10-11, 17-18. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert. Tickets: $18-$30. 480-497-1181.

Maricopa County Fair

Enjoy carnival 35 rides, fair food, shopping pavilions, and exhibits of agriculture and livestock. Entry (except parking) is free Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. DETAILS>>Times vary, Wednesday-Sunday, April 12-16. Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix. Tickets: $9 adult, kids under 8 free; Parking $8. maricopacountyfair. org.

‘No Time for Sergeants’

When lovable hillbilly Will Stockdale gets drafted into the Army Air Corps (the precursor to the Air Force), he sets his sights instead on serving in the infantry. His journey turns the Air Corps upside down in this hilarious play. DETAILS>> Wednesdays-Saturdays, April 12-May 13. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert. Tickets: $18-$30. 480-497-1181.

‘Disney on Ice: Dream Big’

This skating extravaganza features four stories with beloved characters that include Tinker Bell, most of the Disney princesses, and – of course – the cast of Disney’s megahit “Frozen.” DETAILS>> Times vary, Thursday-Saturday, April 13-16. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Tickets: $11.25-$85. 602-379-7800.

Marquee Brass: An IMP Fest For Mesa’s regular 2nd Friday Night Out, the American Musical Journey theme is independent music and features a Hailing from the famed Peabody Institute in Baltimore, this five-piece virtuoso brass ensemble presents an evening of unforgettable music. DETAILS>> 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 13. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Tickets: $30-$45. 480-644-6500.

range of live local bands. Plus, enjoy more than 60 art booths, food trucks and a drawing to win an electric guitar. DETAILS>> 6-10 p.m., Friday, April 14. Downtown Mesa, Main Street between Center and Robson. Cost: Free. 2ndfridaynightout.



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Bruschetta makes a perfect appetizer for Easter entertaining BY JAN D’ATRI Tribune Contributor

1/4 cup olive oil and about 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese for sprinkling on the bread.



e’re approaching Easter week, and many of you will be gathering with family and friends next Sunday the big holiday meal! If you’re looking for a real rock-star appetizer for your Easter buffet or patio parties, you will never go wrong with bruschetta. Here’s my go-to recipe and a how-to video to take all the guesswork out.


Ingredients: (serves approx.8-10)

8 large ripe Roma tomatoes, sliced in half and cored and chopped medium fine 1/2 sweet yellow onion, chopped fine 4 gloves of garlic, minced or chopped fine 1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese 2 tablespoons extra virgin oil 8-10 fresh basil leaves, chopped fine. (Do not use dry) Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste 1 baguette, sliced thin

Cut baguette into thin slices. Lay the pieces on a cookie sheet. Put some olive oil in a small cup and brush the slices with oil using a pastry brush or spoon. Top with a very light sprinkle of grated cheese. Broil or bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until the slices are toasted golden brown. Remove from oven and set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the tomatoes, onion, garlic, cheese, basil, parsley, salt and pepper and lightly toss. Add olive oil and blend all ingredients well. Place a teaspoonful of tomato mixture on top of each bread slice. Sprinkle with a hint of grated cheese. Garnish with fresh basil. – Check out my One Minute Kitchen video here: recipes/bruschetta/?category_id=384

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Gilbert producer’s film reflects LDS, ’90s life BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI GetOut Contributor


ilbert resident Cameron Earl admits that when he was producing the movie “Tim Timmerman, Hope of America,” he asked himself why he was doing it. But the pros outweighed the cons and he’s thrilled that the film will screen at Harkins Superstition Springs 25 in Mesa from Friday, April 7, through at least Thursday, April 13. Garnering a 90 percent audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the family-friendly, coming-of-age high school comedy is a semi-autobiographical story of writer and director Cameron Sawyer’s experiences as a student body president in Utah in the mid1990s. He calls himself “quite possibly the worst high school student body president in high school history.” “The director and the other producers, we’re LDS,” Earl said. “We wanted to make


not a religious film – which a lot of people do and a lot of them are our friends and we like them – but a good, clean film that was a good movie. “Sometimes that isn’t very easy to do. Not all movies are good, even if they have a good message.”

Film ‘relatable’

“Tim Timmerman” takes place in 1994, the year that most of the producers graduated high school. Earl received his diploma in 1995. “It really shows off a lot of the things that existed at the time,” Earl said. “Pearl Jam, Better Than Ezra and The Scorpions’ music are in the film. Our wardrobe designer made sure that everybody looked like they were from the 1990s. We had cars from the 1990s. “That’s an era that’s starting to become popular again. A lot of the fads have turned back to the ’90s. That’s nostalgic for people our age. That resonates with them.”

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Eddie Perino and Chelsea Maidhof star in “Tim Timmerman, Hope of America,” which was produced by Gilbert resident Cameron Earl.

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder gave his blessing to use the song “Deep” in the movie. They Might Be Giants allowed the team to use “Birdhouse in Your Soul” in the trailers. “Eddie Vedder was huge in the ’90s and he’s been really kind to independent filmmakers,” Earl said. “He was the first person to say that

he wanted to be in our film. “They Might Be Giants was an incredible band to work with. They were super-kind and they loved the trailer and loved the idea of our film. Growing up, you never think you’re going to be able to interact with See

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High tea, eclectic menu enlivens restaurant BY PAUL MARYNIAK Tribune Executive Editor


ver since Shannon Rush of Tempe became the owner of a bistro at age 28 last October, she has been revamping the wine list and tweaking its menu. Now, she’s introduced something at My Wine Cellar that isn’t likely found anywhere in the East Valley but a fancy resort: high tea. Three weeks ago, Rush introduced high tea – as well as brunch. Both are available only between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays at the longtime happy hour watering hole and nightspot at 5030 E. Warner Road, although My Wine Cellar will do a high tea for a private party most any time. The high tea concept harkens back to Rush’s youth in Brunei in some ways. “It’s something I kind of grew up with, something my mom and I did when I was growing up,” she said. “Out here, the only high-tea offerings are at the resorts, where you have to spend over $100. I wanted to offer a somewhat more approachable way to experience high tea to people who don’t want to drive that far. “Besides, it’s cute,” she added.

My Wine Cellar’s high tea offers more than a pot of Earl Grey Tea and cucumber sandwiches. For $55 per person, it includes four different kinds of finger sandwiches, fruit and scones and four different small desserts. Oh, and your choice of 10 different gourmet teas – or $2 mimosas. As for brunch, “it’s something we’ve been talking about for a while and are executing now,” Rush said. “It’s my impression people like to drive north to find a really good, unique brunch,” she said. “We worked very hard on something you wouldn’t find anywhere else.” In other words, don’t expect a Grand Slam or assembly-line hash browns with scrambled eggs. Her eclectic mix of cuisines produce dishes like Farmers Quiche, with cauliflower, leeks, Brussels sprouts, red potatoes, roasted tomato and mixed green salad; poached eggs with 12-spice pork bellies and blistered asparagus; praline sourdough French toast with walnuts and salted caramel cream; and two sunny-sideup eggs with roasted bell peppers and slow-braised traditional machaca beef. About the only familiar item is chicken

and waffles – except they are green tea waffles with lychee syrup. Rush’s climb to restaurant ownership followed an unusual path. After moving to the U.S. when she was 18, she ended up in Philadelphia, cutting her restaurant teeth in a city known for a wide variety of innovative kitchens. She came out west about five years ago and ended up working in Tempe’s landmark House of Tricks – and became a regular patron at My Wine Cellar. Eventually, she got a job there as (Special to the Tribune) general manager, and when former My Wine Cellar owner Shannon Rush has introduced owner Zoya Vora-Shah decided she high tea and brunch at the restaurant on Saturdays. wanted to do some traveling and Besides getting the word out that My get out of the business, Rush was Wine Cellar is a place to consider for a there to buy the business. “I knew I was going to buy it for a while,” leisurely Saturday late-morning or earlyshe said. “All in all, I feel pretty good about afternoon experience, she aims to put the restaurant on a bigger stage. it. I have a great team, which helps a lot.” “I want to make it a destination place,” Being able to do it the way she wants has she said. meant some significant changes. Reservations are required for high “We’ve had three and they all sold out,” Rush said, noting the classes appeal to tea and recommended for brunch. a broad cross section of people “from More information: 480-598-9463 or 21-year-olds to retired folks.”



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these bands. These bands are legendary. They Might Be Giants was my favorite band from the ’90s.” Earl was raised in Tempe, and even though he was private and homeschooled, he attended activities through Corona del Sol High School. He studied marketing at Brigham Young University after a failed attempt at Intro to Film class. “I just didn’t fit in,” he said. “Everybody was artsy and I wasn’t. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I didn’t fit in. I had made little videos and movies and worked in video production forever. “The director of ‘Tim Timmerman’ and I were friends at BYU. He said he was going to film school and, in my head I said, ‘What a huge waste of time.’ I felt bad about it. He did his first short film called ‘She’s a Fox,’ then I realized he was good at it.” When Sawyer told Earl about “Tim Timmerman,” he was excited to come onboard. “I said I would produce it, not even knowing what a producer did,” he said. “I wanted to make movies, but a producer isn’t really an ‘artist.’ A producer is a business guy. They need artists and business logistics people. That was a better fit for me.” “Tim Timmerman” has been successful


at Utah theaters and is now expanding to markets across the country. It received acclaim on the festival circuit, too, at the Academy Award-qualifying Heartland Film Festival; the St. Louis International Film Festival and the Woods Hole Film Festival in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Harkins, Earl said, welcomed “Tim Timmerman.” “The Harkins folks are really friendly to independent filmmakers,” Earl said. “They have been so kind and gracious. It’s cool that my friends and family get to see the film. I spent a lot of time making it.” The movie is rated PG-13 due to a brief scene regarding marijuana. “It’s rated PG-13, but it’s the cleanest PG-13 movie in the history of the MPAA,” he said with a laugh. “There’s an antidrug message. We have a DARE T-shirt in the movie. “It’s about doing the right thing, even though it’s hard. In the beginning, Tim doesn’t really care about other people. He just does what he can to get ahead. As he goes on his journey, he learns that doing the right thing is hard to do but it makes you a better person. “The life journey may not be what you wanted it to be, but a different life path can give you more than you ever thought you could get. That’s the message of the film. That’s a good message for all of us. Once you walk out, you feel good.”


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Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Tickets: $30$50. 480-644-6500.

Mesa Arts & Crafts Festival ‘The Grumpiest Boy in the Show up for the final MACFest of the season World’ and browse handmade arts and crafts from a number of local artisans. DETAILS>> 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, April 15. Downtown Mesa, North MacDonald St., between Main Street and Pepper Place Cost: Free.

Taj Express

Experience the sights and sounds of India in this colorful Bollywood review. Taj Express fuses film, dance, music and elaborate costumes to create an electrifying cinemalike experience. DETAILS>> 8 p.m., Saturday, April 15. Mesa

Completely average boy Zachary wants to stand out in some way. So, he takes a magical journey to find a place he can be special. How will his journey end? Find out in this new Childsplay production aimed at kids ages 5 and older. DETAILS>> Saturday-Sunday, April 15-16. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. Tickets: $12-$26. – JUSTIN FERRIS, PHOENIX.ORG Get more ideas for fun things to do in the East Valley - and beyond - at

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Scottsdale Community College ASU - SkySong Paradise Valley Community College Mesa Community College Glendale Community College North Campus Maricopa Corporate College All Maricopa Community Colleges and Arizona State University are not affiliated with the event and should not be contacted regarding the program. Investment advisory services are offered through Brookstone Capital Management, LLC, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. URA Group is not affiliated with Brookstone Capital Management.

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6 hours of interactive classroom instruction An in-depth Social Security Benefit Analysis Individual workbooks for each day’s workshop Comprehensive list of available on line retirement resources Recommended reading material Fillable budget worksheets Guide to Medicare costs and benefits List of 8 basic estate planning documents


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Excellence in Health, Wellness & Education

480-351-2850 2080 W. Southern Ave. Ste B-10 Apache Junction

We accept most major insurances, Medicare & AHCCCS. Sun Life offers enrollment assistance in AHCCCS,, SNAP and Sun Life’s discount program! Hablamos Español *Based on availability Sun Life Family Health Center is Your Non-Profit Community Health Center.

Obituaries CONNELLY, Patricia Gene (Moran)

Patricia Gene Connelly (Moran) died Monday, February 27, 2017 in Northglenn Colorado. Pat was born on April 14, 1928 in Peoria, Illinois to Imogene and Edward Moran. Pat attended Bradley University in Peoria where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1951 and was active in the PI Beta Phi Sorority. Pat taught school for 32 years in school district 21 in the Chicago area before retiring in 1985 and moving to Mesa Arizona. Pat is survived by her by her four children, Debby Simmons, Diane Seitz, Jennifer Pazderski, and Rob Connelly; 8 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Frank Connelly; son-in-law, Frank Simmons; and great grandson, Justin Niyork. Please Sign the Guestbook at:

POPPY, David Guy

Age 60, of Lawtey, Florida, passed away on February 25, 2017, in Jacksonville, Florida. David is survived by his father, Guy C. Poppy of Mesa, Arizona, his brother, Stephen C. Poppy of Lake Butler, Florida, and his sisters, Gail M. Hume of The Woodlands, Texas, Jo Ellen Burns of Apache Junction, Arizona, and M. Elisabeth Sloan of Mesa, Arizona, and many nieces and nephews. David grew up in Mesa, graduating from Westwood High School, but has been a resident of Florida for many years. A memorial dinner was held for family and friends at David’s favorite restaurant where he was remembered with much humor and joy as a man of many talents who often gave help, knew how to have a good time, and lived life simply.

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FREE ADMISSION! Hohokam Stadium, 1235 N. Center • Visit the home of the Oakland Athletics and enjoy the same field as the pros • Kids run the bases and clock their best fastball • Living Green Village • Near “Zero Waste” event

• Carnival rides

($5 wristband for unlimited rides)

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SAT.• APR 22 • 12-4PM

Has a position working as a Lead Operator. Under the direction of the MSIDD Well Dept. Coordinator, the Lead Operator will work to be part of a team who is responsible for daily supervision of the Pump Crew, complete scheduled repair/maintenance work, track & maintain req. inventory levels, maintenance, troubleshoot, repair, replace and/or enhance/improve the District’s deep well and irrigation booster pumps, transport of equipment and supplies to and from job sites, state of all materials and pipes for installs, inspect and evaluate salvageable equipment for reuse, understand all safety and operating functions of pump hoist and associated equipment. Responsible for inspections, service, and maintenance on pump hoist. Coordinate with necessary departments for repair, service, and /or maintenance of assigned equipment and/or vehicles, operate equipment to include but not limited to forklift, crane truck and flatbed truck. Responsible for cross training of assigned personnel and maintaining a safe work environment. Must have 1-3 years of experience, and a High School Diploma or equivalent and CDL or be able to obtain within first 6 months. Must be able to operate vehicles with either a stick shift or automatic transmission, must pass background check and drug screen.

For a detailed job description, go to: Please send resume to



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1620 W. Fountainhead Parkway #219 • Tempe, AZ 85282 480.898.6465


Life Events: Wednesday 5pm for Sunday Classifieds: Thursday 10am for Sunday

The Place “To Find” Everything You Need | Employment General HEALTHCARE ASSISTANT Wkdays, NonSmoking, Drv Lic, $10/hr. S.Chandler Dan 480-786-5029 Shipping & Receiving Manager, (Mesa, AZ). HS diploma and 2 years experience required. Examine shipment contents and compare w/manifests, invoices and orders to verify accuracy. Prepare work orders, shipping orders to route materials. Resume to Russell Palmer, Titan Restoration of Arizona, 2848 N. Omaha, Mesa, AZ 85211.

EARN EXTRA INCOME! The Arizona Republic wants to contract you to deliver the newspaper in the early morning hours. Work just 2-3 hours a day and earn an extra $700$1,200 per month. Routes available now in your area. Call 1-855-704-2104 or visit deliveryopportunities.

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Employment General

The core focus of Business Banking Officer is: book of business primarily commercial and industrial operating companies. ✦Involved in sales-focused activities, maintaining strong relationships with current customers, prospecting new customers, business/customer visits, and strong community focus. ✦Maintain ongoing credit and file administration. ✦Collaborate and cross-sell between other internal teams and services. ✦Analyze, review, and prepare annual review documents on customers. ✦Maintain

The qualities of the ideal candidate are as follows: ✦Currently managing commercial and industrial operating companies as well as commercial real estate and owner occupied businesses ✦Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Finance, or Business Management preferred ✦5 to 7 years of business banking experience preferred This is a full time position with benefits Are you Ready to Join the Western State Bank Team? If you are looking to contribute your energy and skills to our team apply online at Western State Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer. Member FDIC.

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Starting Wage $10.00 per hour! Hiring for all East Valley cities

Great Caregiver Candidates: * Are Caring & Compassionate * Looking for Rewarding Work * Have LIFE Exp. And/or Currently a PROF'L Caregiver * Would like to Give Back to the Community While Earning Income * Seeking Part-Time & Flexible Hours Training is Provided for FREE! Open Caregiver Positions: * Companions * Personal Care Attendants For more details please call: Robin or Carol at 480-491-1140


ments Prayer Announcements Dear St. Jude Thank you for prayers answered. L.T.R

Western State Bank is seeking a Business Banking Officer to join our growing team at our Chandler location.

Miscellaneous For Sale

Thank You St. Jude For Answering My Prayers -John

Auto motive Motorhomes/ RVs 2016 Salem 40 Ft. Travel Trailer. 3 slides, 2br. Brand New. Never used. Must Sell! $29,900/obo. Private Owner 480-862-4664 Scottsdale 55+ Mobile Home Park Great Location! Affordable living! Active Community! Beautiful 2bd 2ba spacious manufactured home. Priced to sell $59,900. Call Cindy for details 760-547-6776 or Irene for viewing 480-254-5010

Motorhomes/ RVs I Wish to buy an older model clean travel trailer. 18'-21' Please call Kitty 928-892-2499

Merch andise Wanted to Buy Diabetic Test Strips by the box, unused. Any type or brand. Will pay top dollar. Call Pat 480-323-8846

Miscellaneous For Sale Hosp. bed: $285 Jazzy electric wheelchair: $325 Hoyerlift: $185 Lift chair: $185 480-215-8101

Office Suite 3book cases, 2 file cab, 3pc desk. Oak dinette set w/ chairs. Queen bed, frame,matt/box. Books, silk plants, lg Chinese vase. Snoopy Cookie jar. Ceramic floor tile. Text/Pic 480-540-1223

D-Backs season ticket holder wishes to share 2017 tickets. Season ticket cost. Multi-games pref. Diamond section 209, aisle seats 1-2. Great view, EZ access, in-seat food opt, near all amenities. Cell/Text 480-363-2798 or

Small, fluffy female dog (bichon/poodle) lost in Sun Lakes at the end of February. Answers to Bella and she is chipped. She has very few nails on her front paws. Owners are devastated, please let me know if you see her. Sheri 480-201-9526

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55+ Windsor Park in Mesa Has open lots waiting for your new home as well as homes for sale, already set up and ready to go. Come by and choose which option will work for you. Contact Debbie at 480-969-7192

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RV SPACES $250/month Free cable, internet & storage In Pine/Strawberry 13 miles North of Payson Call Violet 928-476-4595

Manufactured Homes


APR 3 11AM-1PM 202 N MERIDIAN RD # 65 APACHE JCT, AZ HOT DOGS, CHIPS, DRINKS 1 YEAR FREE RENT !! 2B/2B Home, Furniture, Appl, W/D,Cent A/C, Covered Patio & Carport, Shed in a 4 star, 55+ Resort Comm with tons of amenities/activities, walking distance to e'thing $14,900 Call Bill Costello 480-228-7786

BRAND NEW 2016 PARK MODEL 16X34, 1B/1B Central A/C, Covered Carport, Appliances,W/D Hkups, in AJ Resort, 55+, 5 Star RV Resort Community Loads of Amenities/ Activities, Pet Friendly, $32,900 Superstition Lookout RV Resort #111 1371 E 4th Ave, AJ. Call Bill Costello 480-228-7786

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Real Estate

For Rent Apartments ALMA SCH & MAIN 1bd/1 ba Bad Credit ok No Deposit. $600/mo. Includes all util. (602) 339-1555

Homes For Rent House for Rent. Gilbert Area 3br/2ba Newly Remodeled, 2 car ga. $960. 602-618-6148

Rooms For Rent Furn'd Room for Rent- Month to Month Ok. Clean single rm, Priv. Entrance, Share Kitchen. W/D avail Quiet area. $500/mo incls: util., cable & phone, internet. 480-710-0303


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Concrete & Masonry

If It’s Broken, We Can Fix It!


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Most service advertisers have an ROC# or "Not a licensed contractor" in their ad, this is in accordance to the AZ state law. Arizona Registrar of Contractors (ROC): The advertising requirements of the statute does not prevent anyone from placing an ad in the yellow pages, on business cards, or on flyers.

GARAGE DOOR SERVICE East Valley/ Ahwatukee

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Contractors who advertise and do not disclose their unlicensed status are not eligible for the handyman's exception.

As a consumer, being aware of the law is for your protection. You can check a businesses ROC s t a t u s a t :

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• Panel Changes and Repairs • Installation of Ceiling Fans • Switches/Outlets • Home Remodel

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DRYWALL, PAINTING & REMODELING SERVICE SPECIALIZING IN… • Water Damage • Drywall Repair • Popcorn & Wallpaper Removal

• Int/Ext Painting • Patio & Carport Ceiling Resurfacing • Stucco Repairs

Since1980 Licensed & Bonded ROC 130069

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602-789-6929 Roc #057163 Lowest Prices * 30 Yrs Exp Serving Entire Valley



Opener & Door Lubrication with Repair

Discount for Seniors & Veterans


EnviroShield® - A total home disinfecting process.

Off Home Cleaning! Save $25 off your first three home cleaning visits.




Signature CleanSM - Same professionals, same process every time.

Again, this requirement is intended to make sure that the consumer is made aware of the unlicensed status of the individual or company.

JOBS - JOBS - JOBS Our New Job Board is OPEN!


480-659-1400 Licensed & Insured




We Also Buy Used Appliances, Working or Not




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ce 1999

Affordable, Quality Work Sin 2010, 2011 2012, 2013, 2014

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Call Bruce at 602.670.7038

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Landscape Maintenance

Landscape Maintenance

Juan Hernandez

Juan Hernandez

AFFORDABLE Landscape Maintenance





Drip/Install/Repair Not a licensed contrator


24 years exp. Call Now (480) 720-3840

24 Years exp (480) 720-3840

Landscape Maintenance


We will give you totally new landscaping or revamp your current landscaping! Tree/Palm Tree Trimming • Sprinkler Systems Desertscape • Gardening • Concrete Work Block Wall • Real & Imitation • Flagstone

Interior/Exterior Painting


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• Senior discounts

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References Available

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Not a licensed contractor

Irrigation Repair Services Inc. Licensed • Bonded • Insured Technician

Specializing in Controllers, Valves, Sprinklers, Landscape Lighting, P.V.C. & Poly Drip Systems

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ROC# 256752

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23 Years Experience • Dependable & Reliable

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Public Notices

Tree Services

U.S. ARBOR Tree Service

• Tree Trimming • Tree Removal • Stump Grind • Queen Palm & Citrus Treatment • Deep Root Fertilization FREE ESTIMATES

480.812.0731 Lic #990148 • Insured

Window Cleaning

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PUBLIC HEARING FOR OCTOBER 2017 PROPOSED TRANSIT SERVICE CHANGES AND NOTIFICATION OF FARE ADJUSTMENT Valley Metro service changes occur as a way to build and refine an effective regional transit system. Public input is requested on the following proposed service changes and enhancements scheduled to take effect on October 23, 2017. Proposed Service Changes* • New Routes: 140, Orbit Saturn, Zoom North • Modify Routes: 19, 59, 60, 67, 83, 104, 112, 136, 685, GUS 2 • Increase Frequency: 29, 50, 72, 112 • Schedule Adjustments/Stop Consolidation: GAL, 514, 520, 521, 522, 531, 533, 535, 541, 542, 562, 563, 571, 573, 575 Notification • Fare Adjustment: The $2 fee for purchasing fare on board the bus will be removed as of June 1, 2017. Provide feedback April 17 to May 19, 2017. Greater detail and an online comment card are available at Comments may also be emailed to or mailed to: Valley Metro Community Relations 101 N. 1st Ave., Ste. 1300, Phoenix, AZ 85003 Public Hearing: May 15, 2017 Open House: 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. / Hearing: 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Valley Metro Boardroom 101 N. 1st Ave., 10th Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85003 For disability accommodations and alternative formats, call 602.262.7433 or email *Service changes are proposed at this time and will be finalized following the public comment period.

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SENIOR SONGBIRDS LOOKING FOR MALE AND FEMALE SINGERS. If you are age 50+ and love singing and entertaining, we would be happy to have you check us out at one of our rehearsals. We are all volunteers and perform weekly at assisted living and care centers. We sing secular songs primarily from the 30's, 40's, and 50's, as well as patriotic and gospel songs, from September through May. We rehearse Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 East Southern Avenue, Tempe, AZ. For more information, call 480-775-0730.



FACT: Last Sunday, Find the words on the list. April 2, marked 225 years since the Coinage Act of 1792, which authorized the production of U.S. silver dollar coins. Prior to this coins from many European nations circulated freely in the colonies. The Spanish silver dollar (also known as pieces of eight) was used the most. The Flowing Hair dollar was the first dollar coin produced by the U.S. federal government in 1794 and 1795. The coin had a bust of Liberty on one side (with flowing hair) and an eagle surrounded by a wreath on the reverse side. In 1880 a coin publication wrote that a good quality specimen of the 1794 dollar was valued at $50. However, in 2013 a 1794 specimen sold for over $10 million, which was the highest price paid for a coin at the time. SILVER DOLLAR COLONIES COINAGE ACT




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EAST VALLEY • 480-892-2712

2647 E. Southern Ave. (Phx)

Cooper (Stapley) & Guadalupe

All offers limited to stock on hand. • No other discounts apply. • Not valid on previous sales. Multi trunk, jumbo size, and field dug trees slightly higher. STORE HOURS: MON-SAT 8-5:30, SUN 10-4 • LICENSED, BONDED & INSURED • RESIDENTIAL - C-21 - 125878 • COMMERCIAL - A-21 - 125879

SALE ENDS 4/16/17

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