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I want to welcome Nearby News to your area of Chandler. These publications, along with their sister publication, the SanTan Sun News, offer Chandler residents a look inside their own community with news that hits close to home. The City of Chandler—and its many west and central neighborhoods—offer a dynamic lifestyle with plenty to do. We are truly a family community and a wonderful place where families and visitors alike can explore our many charms. In fact, we recently received two honors that continue to showcase the excellent quality of life Mayor Jay Tibshraeny we enjoy as a community. The Movoto real estate website ranked Chandler as the 10th safest city in the country for large communities. And WalletHub named Chandler the 13th top municipality for “wallet wellness,” based on a “correlation between physical, emotional and financial well-being.” Feeling safe in your own community and enjoying exceptional value and service for your hard-earned tax dollars are two critical factors of a strong quality of life. These are among the many things you’ll likely read about in these new community newspapers. Chandler is simply a place where people want to be. A place to raise a family with plenty of options for recreation, shopping, dining and worship. A place where visitors are welcomed with open arms. Downtown Chandler is an classifieds

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Wisdom teeth are almost certain to cause problems if left in place. This is particularly true of impacted wisdom teeth, such problems may occur suddenly and often at the most inconvenient time. While the kids are out for summer break, there couldn’t be a better time to take care of this preventative procedure The average mouth does not have room for the third molars, also known as “wisdom teeth,” to come in properly. These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems such as swelling, stiffness, pain and illness. The pressure from the wisdom teeth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic of natural alignment of teeth. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom tooth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. It is now recommended that impacted wisdom teeth be removed early to prevent these problems. Most commonly we remove wisdom teeth between the ages of 14 and 22 years whether they are causing problems or not. The procedure is technically easier and patients recover much quicker when they are younger. What is a relatively minor procedure at 20 can before quite difficult in patients as they get older. Also, the risk of complications increases with age and the healing process is slower. We utilize the latest technologies and techniques to make your procedure go smoother and your healing process faster. For a consultation, please call Dr. Shah at 480.814.9500. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. Board Certified, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

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electric destination in its own right with great nightlife, events and charm. It is also the epicenter of the local Maker Movement with Arizona State University’s Chandler Innovation Center, TechShop and Gangplank bringing a creative, entrepreneurial vibe to the city core. And, Chandler’s standing as the Innovation and Technology Hub of the Southwest has not come by chance. Driven by that roaring economic engine known as the Price Corridor, our city has prospered with thousands of new jobs in the past few years and is positioned well long into the future. As the Great Recession continues to fade from our rearview mirrors, Chandler is again developing parks, building streets and placing additional resources into maintaining our infrastructure. These are things we hear from residents as being important to them—and we are listening. In June, we will finalize our budget for the coming fiscal year. And once again, we are able to accelerate some projects that had been placed on hold during the hard economic times. We do this while maintaining the best bond ratings in the state. Understanding that these practices lead to a better quality of life for our residents, and a better experience for visitors to the community, we continue to do all we can to continue Chandler’s successful path forward. Chandler is an exceptional place. We will continue to focus on maintaining a livability that will attract new business, allow existing companies to grow, and strategically position ourselves for decades of future success. So keep reading, Chandler!


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Summer Reading Program Set to Kick Off By Meghan McCoy Youngsters will have the opportunity to earn points this summer by reading books, attending library programs and participating in community experiences during this year’s reading program. Chandler Public Library Marketing Assistant Rosanna Johnson said although the library has offered summer reading programs for years, this is the second year it is collaborating with the Maricopa County Library District. “The first year went well,” she said of the districtwide participants who read 111,000 books. The “Fizz, Boom, Read!” summer reading program will kick off at the Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St., from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 29. It will feature crafts, snacks, entertainment and computer assistance for those who wish to sign up for the program. Readers will keep track of their progress on the summer reading program website, too. This is a new component. “It enables the user to participate even if they can’t step foot in the library,” Johnson said. It provides access to all the information needed, as well as eBooks for all ages. “They would log their reading, program attendance and if they do any of the community experiences,” she said. Participants earn one point per minute they spend reading. Points are also earned by receiving a code

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when they attend a summer reading program and participate in community experiences. The summer reading program includes STEAM—science, technology, engineering arts and math—a curriculum that many of the schools have adopted. Some of the STEAM programs feature magician Richard Steele, Arizona Rick, the Balloon Cowboy and Wildman Phil and his desert wildlife presentation. Kids can have the opportunity to experience community venues such as the Environmental Education Center, the Chandler Aquatics Centers and the Vision Gallery to earn points. The goal is to collect 1,000 points by the end of the program, Saturday, July 26. That enables the youngsters to submit a request for an electronic voucher that can be redeemed for one of three books. The summer reading program, Johnson said, is beneficial for kids. “We have found that it is very important because kids need to maintain their literacy skills,” she said. In the last year there has been legislation passed in the state, Johnson explains, that third graders who do not read at their proper level will be held back. “We want to help those kids who are at risk to improve their literacy, so they can be reading at their reading level and continue through their academic studies,” Johnson said. For more information, visit www. or call (480) 782-2800.


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Congratulations to our new executive editor, Christina Fuoco-Karasinski. She’s not one to brag, but her resume is a long one. It includes stories written for,, and of course, all of our publications herelookingat Nearby News. Happy back the birthday to her, as well! On that note, congratulations to our former executive editor, Shanna Hogan. Shanna is the New York Times bestselling author of “Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story.” She has moved on to write true crime books full time. Be sure to remember the little people, Shanna! Chandler National Little League announced its Home Run Derby winners—Nick Pisano (AAA Wolves), Dustin Crenshaw (Majors) and Codey Hermann (Juniors Scorpion). Kudos also to Chandler Valley Christian High School senior Shanna Chen who has accepted an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Shanna received appointments to the Coast Guard and

the Air Force academies. She also had been offered a place in the academy prep program for West Point. Nearly all of the students who attend the West Point prep program go on to the academy the following year. Paletas Betty was in the national spotlight recently when the dessert shop was featured in the Cooking With Paula Deen magazine as one of America’s top 10 best shops for ice pops. Chandler-Gilbert Community College honored a slew of local leaders for their contributions to the college during an event on May 6. The college awarded its 2014 Teal and Silver awards to Frank Milstead, Linda Czarnecki, Terri Kimble, Janine Masumura, Lisa Avalos, Steven Fox, Derek Fritsche, Jace Hermanson, Robert Richter, Kristi Robertson, Amanda Shepherd and the staff of the Maricopa County Community College District Marketing and Communications Department. Chandler’s ATL Wings is hot! Mesa residents proclaimed ATL Wings have the best and hottest wings in the area


at the annual Wingstock competition at the Mesa Amphitheatre. ATL Wings took home the title as “King of Wings” for the second year in a row and added the “Hottest Wings” title to its collection at the contest. Other competitors included Diamond’s Sports Grille, Native New Yorker, Uncle Bear’s Brew House Grill and Cogburn’s Big Wings.

The quick-expanding Asian-inspired fast food chain Wok Box will open doors on Gilbert and Germann roads. The restaurant hosts a multitude of Asian dishes, including plates from China, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan and more. Expect doors to open in July.

Anna Han, a Chandler high school senior, was recently named a U.S. Presidential Scholar. Recognized for her pianoplaying musical chops, Han first performed with the Chandler Symphony Orchestra at the age of 11. She’s been accepted into New York City’s Julliard School. FedEx is bringing a massive facility to Chandler. The 302,000-square-foot distribution center will be located on the south side of the Chandler Airpark and is expected to bring 200 jobs to the city when it opens in August 2015.

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U.S. Naval Academy, Regis University, Knox College, a private liberal arts George Washington University, college in Galesburg, Illinois, where Santa Clara University, California she received the Ellen Browning Polytechnic, Colgate University and Scripps Scholarship. Goitia chose Arizona State University are among the Knox College for its distinguished top national and state universities that creative writing program. Goitia is have provided more than $5.7 million the recipient of the 2014 Conference in scholarships to Seton Catholic Choice Award from the national San Preparatory students who Diego State University’s graduate on May 20. Writer’s Conference. She More than 50 percent has written three Young of the 137 graduates—led Adult book series. Her by valedictorian Emily submission of “Lark,” Jackman and salutatorian the first book in her Elizabeth Hopwood, both second series, caught the of Chandler—received attention of literary agent one or more scholarships. Pam Gruber, earning her Here are just a few of the Conference Choice the Seton graduates, the Award and recognition specific scholarships they Elise Goitia earned the from “the Big Five” book earned and the colleges most in total scholarships publishers. from various colleges they selected: James Ariola of Gilbert among the graduating Elise Goitia of Tempe will attend Marquette earned the most in class of 2014 at Seton University in Milwaukee, Catholic Preparatory. total scholarships from Wisconsin, where he multiple colleges from Seton’s received the Ignatius Scholarship. graduating class. She will attend In determining Ignatius Scholars,

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Results from recent national surveys say that libraries are important to the community. In one survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, 96 percent of the Americans responding felt that public libraries are important because they provide tech resources and access to materials. Additionally, survey participants also thought libraries are valuable because they promote literacy and a love of reading. The Chandler Public Library, with more than 120,000 square feet of space combined in its four locations, is able to offer the above-

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mentioned services to the community, as well as many others. All library locations offer free Wi-Fi during business hours, as well as public computers with a variety of software. Library patrons can work on school assignments, scan documents or update their resume on one of the many computers available to the public. The Downtown Library has a Job Resource Center to assist job seekers with their resumes, cover letters and registering with job sites. The library also offers computer classes, in both English and Spanish, as well as online courses for those who would prefer to work from home. Research resources are available online and accessible from home with a valid library card, as well as in traditional formats. Staff is available to assist in finding the best resources to meet the public’s needs as

the committee at Marquette reviews a student’s academic work, rigor of curriculum, community service and leadership among other factors. In addition, Ariola was awarded a scholarship through the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW) Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition. Nearly 40,000 high school students across the country enter to win a share of $2.2 million in educational scholarships awarded through the VFW. Ariola’s winning essay was about “Why I’m Optimistic About Our Nation’s Future.” Janek Benigno of Chandler will attend the University of San Diego (USD) as a recipient of the Alcalá Award, the most prestigious of the university’s merit scholarships. Only a handful of the 14,000-plus applicants are selected to receive this four-year scholarship. The merit scholarship

rewards Benigno’s achievements at Seton and recognizes his potential to contribute to USD’s campus community. In addition, Benigno was awarded first place in the nation in the We the Students Scholarship Contest through the Bill of Rights Institute. Founded in 1954, Seton Catholic Preparatory is a private, coeducational high school in Chandler open to students of all faiths and dedicated to academic excellence, leadership and loving service to others. The only Catholic high school in the East Valley, Seton Catholic Prep focuses on developing the individual student. The Seton experience allows for ample opportunity in a supportive community for students to discover and develop their God-given talents and the ability to succeed in higher education. For more information, visit

digital media is playing an important part in the business and education world. If someone wants to research small businesses, the library has online listings by area, business type and more. If a student is writing a paper about a current social issue, research databases are available that can provide up to the minute articles, video, and graphics. Literacy programs for a wide range of age-groups are offered by the Chandler Public Library. There is small-group tutoring for beginning English language learners, and covers the alphabet, numbers, vocabulary and common English phrases. There are also English conversation groups for adults who are learning English. A variety of early childhood literacy programs are offered at all four library locations for children, including story times, Lapsit, Toddlertime, preschool programs, family story time, as well as iStory Time. “Chandler Library supports literacy for every age and every stage. We provide resources to our community to educate and inspire learning,” said

Chandler Library Manager Brenda Brown. Use of online digital media has increased over the past few years and the library offers various platforms to meet community needs. Patrons can download eBooks and eMagazines, or download music ranging from the classics to ethnic genres to the latest hits. Offering a wide variety of resources and programs, the Chandler Public Library serves the community as a source of learning and entertainment for the whole family. “If people added up how much money they saved by using their Chandler Public Library card, they would be quite surprised. Whether it is a book, a service or a program, there is something for everyone at our library,” added Rosanna Johnson, marketing assistant. “We invite the community to visit any one of our locations or website to learn more about us.” For more information, contact the library at (480) 782-2800 or www.

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By Tracy House The kids bounce, jump and bound through the air, soaring above the ground and giggling with excitement on a trampoline. They are fun, but if not used properly they can be dangerous and cause often avoidable injuries. The importance of trampoline safety became a state concern recently when Gov. Jan Brewer signed House Bill 2129 requiring trampoline parks in Arizona to register with the Department of Fire Building and Life Safety. Recreational trampoline facilities will be required to show proof of a minimum of $1 million bodily injury insurance. According to information published by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), it is estimated there were 94,900 emergency room-

treated injuries associated with trampolines in 2012. Major reasons for injuries include colliding with another person on the trampoline; improper landing while jumping or doing stunts; falling or jumping off the trampoline; and falling on the trampoline springs or frame. Keeping the kids safe and still allowing them to have fun means taking precautions and implementing rules for trampoline safety. Scott Barclay, ASU men’s gymnastics coach since 1979 and the owner of Aspire Kids Sports Center, said there are steadfast rules for backyard trampolines. “The No. 1 rule on trampolines is one person on a trampoline at a time,” Barclay said. “A study has been done


and there are more kids in the ER a trampoline above ground, have nets. because of trampoline and the No. 1 It keeps kids from falling off.” reason is two kids on a The third point Barclay trampoline at a time.” made about having He explained there a trampoline is that is a lot of force as children should have one child is jumping some type of progressive up and the other is education on trampoline. coming down. “In our He suggested taking gym, the No. 1 rule classes, reading books or is one person on the viewing videos for proper technique and skill trampoline at a time. development. He said If we adhere to that, people get hurt by doing we’ve taken care of 90 things above their ability. percent of our injuries.” “I would say get a good A second precaution, Scott Barclay, head coach of Barclay suggested, is to ASU’s men’s gymnastics team solid basic foundation of what trampoline is so put the trampoline in and owner of Aspire Kids Sports Center. you have a respect for it the ground. Kids also get hurt by falling off the trampoline. and, like anything, the better you are If the trampoline cannot be put in the at it the more fun it is,” Barclay said. ground, Barclay said, “The nets are the “Trampoline is so much fun when it’s next best safety issue to have. They’re safe.” ... continues on page 14 good to have. If you’re going to have


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It waseventsoff to the races at the 17th annual Cinco de Mayo celebration in photo page calendar the courtyard of the Downtown Chandler Library. The event is presented each year by Si Se Puede Foundation. Photos by Tim Sealy 1. Marcus Scott carries Wacky Castillo to find some shade after the race. 2. Miss Cinco De Mayo co-winners Ivonne Hernandez (left) and Blanca Zavala take in some shade before their judging duties begin. 3. Ryan Welch hopes Simba runs in the meet your neighbor righthearsay direction. 4. There is intense competition at the 17th annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration and Chihuahua Races 5. Linda Huss of Happy Pets Palace assists Brinkley in giving young Jayden a smooch at the Puppy Kissing Booth. 6. Aggie is ready for the party. 7. Mariachi Rodriguez helped usher folks in to the main event area with traditional music. 8. Carlito danced his way to the title of King Chihuahua. 9. Joyce Warbel had her hands full with Max II and the race’s first place trophy. 10. looking back Cherry dressed to impress and took the crown as Queen Chihuahua.






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Many children have often expressed interest in Karate and parents often see our camp as a way to introduce it to them. We are the Valley’s leader in teaching character development to children – discipline, respect for others and self-esteem. Our morning session is for those interested in learning all aspects of the martial arts. All day campers enjoy THE FULL EXPERIENCE with over 30 field trips this summer! Your child will be doing something different every week! After all, an active child is a happy child. We have an experienced staff and we supplement them with professional adults and off-duty school teachers. Furthermore, the more weeks you do - the more you save! We found that the kids who did multiple weeks developed stronger character, a much higher skill and had the time to know our staff and develop friendships. So we lowered the cost by $30 each week that you commit to until you are paying only $39/week for all day camp with field trips! Our camp sells out quickly, for more information go to OPEN MEMORIAL DAY!

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June 16 – 20

Search for Pet Rocks; Puppet Theatre; Harkins Movie Legends of OZ; Peter Piper Pizza and Horseback Riding! Ride and run through the obstacle course, “paint” the white horses & much more!

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WEEK 3: Amazing & Maleficent!

Build, decorate and erupt a volcano; Create colors and learn about 3D printing; Peter Piper Pizza and Harkins movie Party Central; Tour the AZ Science Museum and watch Cosmic Coasters 3D presentation!

Performing Arts; Nerf Battle, Peter Piper Pizza, Harkins movie Maleficent with Angelina Jolie; and a day at Amazing Jakes! Climb the rock wall, race the go karts, and more!

WEEK 4: Slay a Dragon!

WEEK 5: Leggo my LEGO!

Ready yourself to Slay a Dragon; Dodgeball on trampolines at Jumpstreet; Nerf battle and Jousting; Build swords and shields for battle; Peter Piper Pizza; Performing arts; Harkins movie How to Train Your Dragon 2

Build LEGO warships and ready for Battle! Make stop action LEGO movies; Peter Piper Pizza with unlimited tokens; Watch THE LEGO movie and much more! It’s All about LEGO’s!

June 23 – 27

WEEK 7: Things that go Bump in the Dark!

July 7 – 11

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WEEK 1: Outside Adventure!

Pet rocks that glow in the dark; Peter Piper Pizza with unlimited tokens; Steven Spielberg’s two story Gameworks; Cosmic bowling, Lazer tag and arcade at Brunswick Zone! Fun in the Dark!

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June 30 – July 4

WEEK 6: Water World!

We hope you like getting wet! Hamilton Aquatic Center; Water gun wars; Climb on fire truck ring the siren and use the hose to knock down targets; Peter Piper Pizza; Kiwanis Wave Pool!

WEEK 9: Exotic & Aquatic!

Jump & Bounce through the maze; bounce a Nerf bullet off the targets; create Jumping bean art; Peter Piper Pizza; Bounce off the floors and walls at Jumpstreet; and bounce for hours at Bounce U!

Learn how to save endangered animals; explore Sea Life Aquarium and have lunch at Rainforest Cafe where the animals come alive around you; Peter Piper Pizza; exotic & aquatic collages and a Movie!

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WEEK 10: End of Summer Fun! Nerf wars; make a sculpture; Peter Piper Pizza with unlimited tokens; Nerf obstacle course; a special movie and a day at FlipSide Amusement Park with unlimited attractions—End of Summer Fun!

June 9 – 13

Spin and Twirl to the beat; spin with your skates at Skateland; shoot the spinning target with Nerf guns; spin the wheel of fortune at Peter Piper Pizza; enjoy Harkins movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!



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WHEN: Fridays, June 6 through July 18, from 6:15 p.m. to 7:05 p.m. WHERE: Community Center Room 115, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler COST: $18 residents; $25 nonresidents pasta vixen mom cents financially speaking INFO: (480) 782-2710 or Once a week, students will work in teams and individually to create artistic treats.


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WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. WHERE: Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler COST: Free INFO: (480) 782-2800 or Become a member of the Chandler Library Club and have afterschool fun every Tuesday and Thursday playing games, dig up dinos, weird science, go fishing, fun crafts, LEGO cars and events calendar more.

WHEN: Sat., June 7, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. WHERE: Community Center Room 110, 7 Family Story Time WHEN: Tues., May 27, from 10 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler a.m. to 10:30 a.m. COST: $9 residents; $13 nonresidents WHERE: Downtown Library, 22 S. hearsay INFO:law(480) 782-2710 or meet your neighbor talk Delaware St., Chandler Free classes.pdf INFO: (480) 782-2800 or Make your own hula hoop fitted perfectly to your size. The whole family is welcome for this story time featuring some favorite 3 Magic biz box looking back WHEN: Thursdays, June 12 through stories and songs. July 17, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. WHERE: Community Center Room 111, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler COST: $13 residents $18 nonresidents INFO: (480) 782-2710 or This class will cover various aspects of magic, including, but not limited to, coins, cards, illusions, extra sensory perception, ropes and gimmicked magic.


Fishing Lessons

WHEN: Sat., June 14, from 8:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. WHERE: Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler COST: $10 residents; $14 nonresidents INFO: (480) 782-2894 or Students will learn the basics of fishing, such as baiting and casting a line.





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WHEN: Monday through Friday, June 16 through June 20, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Community Center Room 107, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler COST: $31 residents; $42 nonresidents INFO: (480) 782-2710 or Movies By Kids is ready to help youngsters make a movie.

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Summer Reading Program Kickoff

WHEN: Thurs., May 29, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler COST: Free INFO: (480) 782-2800 or Fizz, Boom, Read this summer.


“Kids Love to Sing” for Birth to 3

WHEN: Thurs., May 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. WHERE: Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler COST: Free INFO: (480) 782-2800 or Join Jenny Hodges as she presents a lively story time to teach 3-year-olds and younger American Sign Language through the use of books, songs, musical instruments and more.

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WHEN: Mon., May 19, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. WHERE: Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler COST: Free INFO: (480) 782-2800 or Readers in grades kindergarten through third are paired with teen buddies, not for tutoring, just for fun.

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Multi-talented comedian-writeractor Rodney Carrington has been considered one of the Top 10-grossing touring comedians of the last 10 years. But now that he’s in his mid-40s, he’s thinking it’s time to scale back—at least personally. The year 2014 is all about minimizing his life. “I want less,” Carrington said via telephone. “I’m 45—whatever that means—and I’ve found I’m at a place where I want less, not more. I want a smaller house, smaller grounds, less maintenance and more quality time with the people I love.” That doesn’t mean he’s going to totally stop and smell the roses. Carrington, who had a hit sitcom called “Rodney” from 2004 to 2006 on ABC, will soon announce the details of a new comedy album and television special. The philosophy comes on the heels of a heartbreaking divorce in 2012 from his wife of 18 years. They have three sons.

“The special, itself, I did a couple years ago,” Carrington said. “We waited for a long time because my wife decided she didn’t want to be married anymore after 18 years. There’s a lot of stuff I was going through. “But as in life, things happen and you adjust. That’s what I’ve done. Now I’m enjoying the next phase—whatever that is. It’s slowly creeping into my act.” Carrington will bring his act to Chandler’s Wild Horse Pass on Friday, May 30. Rodney Carrington says laughingly that a fear The show provides a sort of of manual labor has kept him going despite a mutual admiration society for tumultuous personal life. Carrington and his fans. to get divorced. I didn’t think anything “It certainly feels good to go to work about it. Going along with my life, and have people clap at you,” he said. with somebody for 18 years, having “People are excited to see you when them head in a different direction put you walk out. There are not too many me into a tailspin.” jobs like that. Going through that time He compared his life to an inner tube in my life, I didn’t think I was going that has a hole in it. “You’re forced to

find your way back to land and there’s trouble along the way,” he explains. He admitted that he’s lonely, but he has his three boys to keep him company. Recently, too, he spent 20 days in Mexico alone. “I went down there to regroup,” he said. “I loved it. My job doesn’t require me to live anywhere. I do have a longterm plan to end up there in Mexico— live there on the ocean, at least six months out of the year.” Although he wants his personal life to slow down, he’s keeping pace with his career. “It’s the fear of manual labor that’s kind of kept me going,” he said with a laugh. Rodney Carrington performs at 8 p.m. Friday, May 30, at Wild Horse Pass’ Ovations Showroom, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler. Tickets are $42 to $75. For more information, call (800) 946-4452 or visit http://wingilariver.ticketforce. com/eventperformances.asp?evt=358.

Dance Studio 111 Celebrates Two Decades of Success By Alison Stanton Twenty years ago, Kimberly Lewis opened her school of dance on Ray Road in Ahwatukee. In 2010, she moved to a new location on Chandler Boulevard in Ahwatukee, and changed the name to Dance Studio 111. Over the past two decades, Lewis’ studio has grown from one that offers just dance lessons to a whole performing arts center that features musical theater, voice lessons, guitar lessons, an annual all-children’s performance of “The Nutcracker” and much more. “We are not just about dance,” Lewis said. To celebrate 20 years in business and honor the many people who worked with Lewis along the way, Dance Studio 111 will present the 20-Year Anniversary Production at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 30, and Saturday, May 31, at the Chandler Center for the Arts. “The show will feature some of the best routines that we have put together over the past 20 years, and it

will include past and present dancers,” Lewis said. There will be a wide variety of music and dancing styles, including some of the best daddy-daughter dances. “It will be a fun show, and just a great way to celebrate 20 years in business.” As she was planning the show, Lewis said she found herself reminiscing about the past two decades. “I still cannot believe that it’s been that long, and I’ve just been so fortunate. So many of my staff has stuck with me for years and I have members of my original dance team that are still by my side, and former students who now work for me. We are just such a family unit.” Lewis said she is looking forward to the performances, and having the opportunity to share with the audience many of the highlights of the past 20 years. “I get so excited to come to work; I love my dance studio and my dance studio family, and I literally walk

Kimberly Lewis, owner of Dance Studio 111, said the 20-Year Anniversary Production will feature a wide variety of music, routines and dancing styles.

around every day saying ‘thank you’ to God every day. I’m just so blessed and so fortunate.” Amy McDonald said she and her girls love Dance Studio 111. The Ocotillo resident used to work for Lewis, and now her two daughters Kaiya, 6, and Braelynn, 4, dance there and will be in the production. “I think 20 years for any small business is an amazing accomplishment,” McDonald said.

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She adds that Lewis does a great job running the studio. “She still has teachers from the first year at the studio and I think that is also amazing.” The Chandler Center for the Arts is located at 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. For tickets, call (480) 7822680 or visit For more information about Dance Studio 111, visit www.dancestudio111. com Page 15


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Mariachi Vargas De Tacalitlan WHEN: Fri., May 16, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Ovations LIVE! Showroom at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler COST: $37 to $87 meet your neighbor INFO: (877) 840-0457 or Mariachi Vargas de Tacalitlan became known as the definitive mariachi ensemble, and its classic sound has won the group numerous awards and accolades, including the title of “World’s Best Mariachi” since the 1950s. Workshop for Small Business Development, Financing and Capital WHEN: Thurs., May 15, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Chandler City Council Chambers, 88 E. Chicago St., Chandler COST: Free INFO: (480) 782-3030 or The full-day program offers expert advice for businesses as well as resources that are available in Chandler. Yen-Li Chen Ballet: “Swan Lake” WHEN: Sat., May 17, at 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler COST: $10 to $40 INFO: (480) 782-2680 or “Swan Lake” tells the classic tale of Odette, a beautiful maiden transformed into a swan by an evil knight, and the prince who swears his enduring love for her.

Smartphone Assistance WHEN: Mon., May 19, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler COST: Free INFO: (480) 782-2800 or Stop by the library to learn how to check out eBooks, music and stream video using a smartphone. Edible Summer Gardening WHEN: Sat., May 24, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. WHERE: Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler COST: Free INFO: (480) 782-2800 or Master Gardener Eileen Kane will demonstrate all the tricks and tips to maintaining a healthy summer garden on a full belly. Maker Morning WHEN: Sat., May 24, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler COST: Free INFO: (480) 782-2800 or Maker Morning members will crochet, knit, embroider and share ideas. One of These Nights: The Eagles Tribute WHEN: Sat., May 24, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Ovations LIVE! Showroom at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler COST: $10

INFO: (877) 840-0457 or The show will take the audience on a journey through all the Eagles’ sounds, from country rock, complete with full harmonies, to hard-rocking tunes.

COST: $7 residents; $10 nonresidents INFO: (480) 782-2894 or Discover the benefits of yoga in this class that emphasizes basic postures.

Wednesday Night Book Group WHEN: Wed., May 28, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler COST: Free INFO: (480) 782-2800 or “All Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion” by Fannie Flagg will be discussed.

Inspired Cuisine WHEN: Tuesdays, June 3 through July 8, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. WHERE: Tumbleweed Recreation Center Kitchen, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler COST: $22 residents; $30 nonresidents INFO: (480) 782-2906 or This class will excite the taste buds and provide the skills and recipes to make delicious and healthy meals.

Dance Studio 111 Celebrates 20th Anniversary Production WHEN: Fri., May 30, and Sat., May 31, at 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler COST: $18 to $30 INFO: (480) 782-2680 or The production is a spectacular, fullstaged dance and singing production. Beginner Beading WHEN: Tuesdays, June 3 through June 24, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. WHERE: Senior Center Multipurpose Room, 202 E. Boston St., Chandler COST: $28 residents; $38 nonresidents INFO: (480) 782-2720 or The class will do a different stitch and a different bracelet every week. Evening Yoga Flow WHEN: Tuesdays, June 3 through June 24, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler

Natural Body Care Products and Soap Making WHEN: Wednesdays, June 4 through July 9, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Tumbleweed Recreation Center Kitchen, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler COST: $22 residents; $30 nonresidents INFO: (480) 782-2906 or The class will make glycerin soap, aromatherapy misters, lip balm, body scrubs and multiuse household cleaning supplies. Intermediate Bridge WHEN: Thursdays, June 5 through June 26, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Senior Center Lounge, 202 E. Boston St., Chandler COST: $40 residents; $54 nonresidents INFO: (480) 782-2720 or www. Already have the basics down? Now’s



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Desert Tortoise Encounter WHEN: Tues., June 10, from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. WHERE: Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler COST: Free INFO: (480) 782-2890 or Stop by the desert tortoise habitat at Veterans Oasis Park and meet the resident Sonoran desert tortoise. Downtown Chandler Urban Hike WHEN: Sat., June 14, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:40 a.m. WHERE: Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler COST: $7 residents; $10 nonresidents INFO: (480) 782-2710 or Beat the heat and celebrate Flag Day by enjoying a 2- to 2.5-mile hike around downtown Chandler. Introduction to Stained Glass WHEN: Sat., June 15, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. WHERE: Tumbleweed Recreation Center Ceramics Studio, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler COST: $12 residents; $17 nonresidents INFO: (480) 782-2906 or Students will cut, grind and solder tinted glass to create their own item to take home.

Marilyn Bostic’s Ballet: A Night at the Movies WHEN: Thurs., June 12, at 7 p.m. WHERE: Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler COST: $17 INFO: (480) 782-2680 or The evening of sparkling classical ballet, jazz, Broadway dance and tap will feature music from the movies. An Affair to Remember: Classic Image Dance’s Annual Dance Recital WHEN: Sat., June 14, at 6 p.m. WHERE: Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler COST: $20 to $28 INFO: (480) 782-2680 or Classic Image Dance will present its annual recital at the Chandler Center for the Arts.

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Barry Neal featuring Debbie Praver WHEN: Fri., June 6, at 8 p.m. WHERE: Ovations LIVE! Showroom at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler COST: $10 INFO: (877) 840-0457 or Barry Neal is as comfortable as a comedian in front of Las Vegas audiences as he is entertaining at military bases around the country, or as a guest performer on Comedy Central, NBC and MTV.

AARP Driver Safety Program WHEN: Thurs., June 19, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler COST: $15 AARP members; $20 non-AARP members INFO: (480) 782-2727 or Traffic rules, driving conditions and roads themselves have changed over the years. AARP offers a defensive driving course that will help make individuals a safer driver.

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Swing Dancing for Couples: Beginners WHEN: Fridays, June 6 through July 11, from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. WHERE: Tumbleweed Recreation Center Exercise Studio, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler COST: $10 residents; $14 nonresidents INFO: (480) 782-2906 or www. Participants will jump, jive and learn the basics in the five-week course.

Beginning Quilt Making WHEN: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, June 17 through July 23, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. WHERE: Senior Center Quilting Room, 202 E. Boston St., Chandler COST: $53 residents; $72 nonresidents INFO: (480) 782-2720 or In this class, participants will learn pattern and fabric selection, cutting and piecing, and skills to compete individual small quality projects.


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Firebirds Wood Fired Grill had us at the crab cakes. Not usually my choice because they tend to be mostly cake and phony “krab.” But my best foodie friend Eileen and I took the seafood plunge and devoured a two-cake appetizer ($14.95) featuring loads of This Chandler Fashion Center restaurant bills itself as “Classic luscious lump crab in American” but the menu reflects a Western flair. a crispy coating. They spicy-sweet medium rare as ordered. It came mango habañero chutney on the side with a large baked potato copiously was counterpointed by a light, colorful stuffed with sour cream, cheese and bacon bits. The wood grilled salmon tortilla slaw. This Chandler Fashion Center ($21.95) was tasty succulent sections, restaurant bills itself as “Classic not dry flakes with parmesan mashed American” but the menu reflects potatoes and a gourmet selection of al a Western flair with items such dente veggies. We rationed the crusty, warm bread as lobster spinach queso ($11.95), seared ahi tuna ($14.75), Colorado so we could enjoy a dessert. The huge chicken salad ($12.95), pecan crusted serving of key lime pie ($7.50), a nice trout with peach salsa ($20.25), fried balance of tart lime and sweet cream, chicken salad ($12.75) and soups for was worth the sacrifice. Service was professional and $6 such as the tortilla or beef chili. The signature wood-fired grill in friendly. A text thanking us for the visit the exhibition kitchen uses pecan and after we left was classy. We observed mesquite woods to grill an array of consistently engaging service extended steaks, chops, chicken, seafood and to a variety of customers including the burgers ($19.99 to $35). A notable mom and teen daughters fueling after exception to the grilling is the slow- shopping, several large family groups roasted-for-six-hours prime rib. celebrating, numerous couples, some Be aware it can sell out early in the senior ladies and a sprinkling of evening, especially the rare cuts. families dressed from sports to church Except for special occasions, such as attire. The casual but upscale Colorado ski Father’s Day, prime rib is served from resort decor with a huge deer head over 4 p.m. only. Unlike most chains, Firebirds Wood the massive fireplace and soft lighting Fired Grill makes everything in-house. lends itself to special occasions and Manager James Caspersen confirmed business gatherings. Spacious booths that under the direction of Chef John and a “healthy kids” menu say they Schwartz, the Chandler culinary team cater to families, too. The inviting preps fresh produce at least once daily, bar and patio provide space for social hand cuts their steaks and creates all interaction or relaxing. the accompanying sauces, dressings, Firebirds Wood side dishes and desserts. Fired Grill You can keep the tab down with a sandwich or burger starting around Chandler Fashion Center 3435 W. Chandler Blvd. $11 or a large salad such as the Chandler 85226 Firebirds BLT under $8. (480) 814-8003 Our 12-ounced prime rib ($23.30) arrived tender, flavorful and fb/locations/chandler-az

It’s not that I fancy myself a carrot cake expert by any means. I just know a darn good carrot cake when I taste one and this is the best I’ve ever had. I owe a big thanks to Paradise Valley resident Michael Garrett for sending in this “gotta have” version of one of America’s favorite desserts. What makes this recipe so unique? Well, its incredibly moist texture is a result of a couple of fantastic ideas. First, Michael soaks the golden raisins in Grand Marnier, so you get a flavor burst with each bite. Although you can’t taste it, there is crushed pineapple in this recipe, which adds to the moistness. Finally, Michael’s tip for freezing the cake right out of the oven instantly stops the cooking process. Overcooking, of course, can sometimes cause cake to end up a little dry. (The second time I made the cake I didn’t freeze it. Michael’s right. Freezing it makes it much better. I follow this procedure now for all of my cakes and cupcakes.) Also, the recipe calls for toasting the chopped walnuts and the shredded coconut. The

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result is a much more complex and memorable flavor profile in every bite. The icing? In a word, extraordinary. As Michael wrote, “First, I worked on perfecting the cake. Then I worked on the frosting. Usually I don’t like lots of powdered sugar in a frosting, but this is nice and creamy, and I love the tartness created by adding the lemon juice.” In fact, this frosting has the most gorgeous, lustrous, almost iridescent, sheen to it! Way to go, Michael. All of your hours in the kitchen really paid off. This one is 2-“carrot” gold! If dad loves a carrot cake, this is the one to make for Father’s Day!

Moist Carrot Cake 1 cup vegetable oil 3 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 3/4 cups sugar 1 small can (or 1 cup) crushed pineapple, not drained 2 cups shredded carrots (2 large carrots) 1 cup golden raisins, marinated for several hours or overnight in 1/2 cup Grand Marnier or other orange liquor 1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted 1 cup coconut, toasted until golden brown 2 cups flour 2 teaspoons cinnamon 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt

Soak raisins in liquor. Toast coconut in dry skillet on medium high heat until golden brown. In a

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large bowl, combine all ingredients, mixing well. Pour batter into a 9 inch by 13 inch greased and floured pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes or until toothpick comes up clean. When done, place cake on a cutting board and put in freezer to stop the cooking process. Keep in freezer for 30 minutes. When chilled, frost cake. Cream Cheese Frosting: 8 ounces cream cheese 4 teaspoons butter, softened 3 cups powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla Juice of 1/2 lemon

Beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add powdered sugar, vanilla and lemon juice. Mix until well incorporated. Note: Keep cake refrigerated.




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Chompie’s-Arizona’s New York Deli just celebrated its 35th anniversary. The driving force behind the success of this local chain is the spunk, wit, wisdom and love of Lovey and Lou Borenstein, who opened Chompie’s after moving to Arizona from New York. Although she doesn’t run around town quite as much as Daughter Wendy Borenstein-Tucker and parents Lovey she used to, Lovey Borenstein and Lou Borenstein pose at the Chandler Chompie’s is still a driving force in the in front of a vintage photo of the restaurant/deli’s family business. “I usually founding couple. put in anywhere between four to five any Chompie’s and attempt the same hours a day, seven days a week. We’re challenge to try to secure a spot on always looking for innovative ideas,” Chompie’s “Wall of Fame.” Lovey stated. “She has a very active No trip to Chompie’s would be role in the menu,” Lou chimed in. complete without a bag full of bakery The deli—which has a location goodies to take home. Chocolate and in Chandler—is built on East Coast sprinkle-dipped cookies, black-andtradition, showcasing the finest in whites, Florentines, rugelach, challah, New York-style noshes and traditional rye and sourdough breads, cragels (croissant/bagel hybrid), cakes, bialys Jewish breads and delicacies. Chompie’s serves breakfast, lunch and pastries are all made from scratch and dinner. The couple said a few with the same love and attention to detail as the Chompie’s restaurant items are standouts. “I would tell you that the corned menu items. For those with gluten beef and pastrami are probably the sensitivities, a generous portion of best you would find anywhere,” said the menu is devoted to gluten friendly Lovey. “It’s been researched, redone entrees. Catering is a big part of what and re-evaluated and we feel we have Chompie’s loves to the very best.” do, too. “We cater The famous “mileValleywide. We do high” sandwiches at small events, big Chompie’s are large events, full-fledged enough to share with dinners, Bar Mitvahs a friend. The Jewish and weddings...the Heritage portion of the menu offers Chompie’s is famous for fresh-baked whole nine yards,” authentic and tasty pastries, breads and traditional New Lovey explained. York and Jewish dishes. The Chandler dishes, too. The restaurant/deli is well known Chompie’s is located at 3481 W. for its original Jewish sliders ($11.99), Frye Rd. with additional locations which are three mini challah rolls in Scottsdale, Tempe and Phoenix. filled with lean brisket, mini potato Call (480) 398-3009 or visit www. pancakes and Jack cheese. In 2010 for menus and Travel Channel’s Adam Richman of additional information. Register “Man v. Food” took the Chompie’s online for Chompie’s Rewards Jewish slider challenge. He failed program which gives diners points the task of finishing 12 sliders and for food and merchandise purchases, accompanying onion strings in 30 redeemable for discounts and special minutes. Customers can still go into offers, too. on the town

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Prior to opening Beyond Graphix in September 2006, Greg Hladek worked for a local printer. Although he enjoyed the work, he wanted to own his own company and branch out a bit more, using his skills to offer a variety of additional products and services. “From start to finish, I can do design work, printing, or installs for Greg Hladek, owner of Beyond Graphix, said he strives to individuals or companies,” print all of his banners, decals and other products in high resolution, so the images will be crystal clear. Hladek says. “I can do everything from working acceptable, but it’s not that way with with ASU students who need a high- me. I try to keep everything at a end print job on a canvas and managing photographic quality.” banners for wedding ceremonies, all Beyond Graphix also uses a Mutoh the way to doing stickers or decals for Eco-Solvent printer with Eco-Solvent a large corporation and more.” inks that provide top-quality graphics While Hladek says customers who that are long-lasting while also being work with much larger graphics friendly to the environment. companies might run the In the seven-plus risk of being lost in the years he’s been in shuffle, he takes pride business, Hladek has in working closely with definitely gotten his everyone who walks in the wish for more diverse door looking for a banner, and different types of auto wrap or printing job. projects. He likes that “The biggest thing for no two days are the me is that since we are same. a small company, our Before I did design, customers get a more so I did the same thing hands-on service,” he says, every day. Now, one of the best parts about adding that his clients are One owning his own business, day I’ll be designing a much more to him than Greg Hladek said, is that each banner, and then the day is different. “just a number.” next day I’ll be working “With some of the larger companies, on decals that go in the window of if they are working on a $100,000 job, cars, and then I’ll print banners,” the $1,000 job might go on the back Hladek says. burner for a while. For me, every job His business has gotten steadily is important.” busier over the years and has almost Another thing that helps to set tripled in size since he first opened. Beyond Graphix apart from the “If everything that I did was the competition, Hladek says, is his same, it would start to get boring, but attention to quality and detail. every day it’s a different scenario and “I print everything in photographic, it’s really nice to have the variety.” whether it’s a banner, wall stickers or Beyond Graphix is located at 460 E. car decals,” he says. Warner Rd., Suite 5, in Chandler. For “I try to do everything in high more information, call (480) 478-1124 resolution. At other places, if the or visit www.beyondgraphixonline. image looks pixilated that might be com. on the town

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A staggering 90 percent of American businesses are family owned or controlled. These range from two-person partnerships to Fortune 500 firms and generate about half of the nation’s Gross National Product. Less than one-third of family-owned businesses survive the transition from the first generation to the second, and only 13 percent of family businesses remain in the family over 60 years. recipe corner

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at their death, gift and estate taxes will apply based on the value of the assets transferred. To transfer the most assets at the least tax cost, it is important to use all of the discounts that are available. Experienced financial professionals can help maximize these discounts. Failing to Document the Terms of the Agreement in Writing Many owners assume that when dealing with family there is no real need for a formal business transition agreement. The reality is that there is less of a chance of running into future problems if family business owners define the nature of their relationship in writing. In the unfortunate event of litigation, more often than not, the family members will find themselves arguing over the terms of their oral agreements. With as many recollections of “the agreement” as there are family members involved, the opportunity is ripe for more confusion, frustration, and anger. This list is by no means a comprehensive list of the pitfalls family owned businesses face in transitioning to the next generation. However, many of the pitfalls described above can be avoided with some forethought and planning. Don’t fall victim to these pitfalls as all too many other businesses will. Be proactive with your planning and address these issues in an open and honest manner. In the long run this will benefit all parties involved with the family business, often those people owners care about most.


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Sweeties Candy Of Arizona Serves Up Smiles

Walking into the Sweeties Candy of Arizona store is like stepping back in time. For those who remember the thrill and excitement of visiting the neighborhood sweet shop, Sweeties is a nostalgic trip down memory lane. The family-owned and -operated business is a group effort, said Mike Manza, the Chandler store’s manager. Founded in Cleveland, Ohio, 60 years ago as a rebagging operation in a 500-square-foot space, the Cleveland location is now the largest candy store in the United States, with more than 21,000 square feet. It is building a 40,000-square-foot store which should be open by the end of the year. Sweeties of Chandler opened on July 7, 2010. “This July will be our fouryear anniversary,” Manza noted. “Four years strong and we’re still going.” The largest candy store in the state boasts about 4,000 different items on the town

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to satisfy any sweet tooth. Manza said when people walk into the store they’re star struck. “Their jaws just drop. At first they think this is just gonna be a small little candy store... and they open the door and they go, ‘Oh my gosh!’” Looking for nostalgic, old classic candies? Go no further than Sweeties. Manza said, “What happens is when people come through here they see all the stuff they had as a kid. They haven’t seen it in any of the big-box stores since they were a kid. All the nickel and dime shops are gone. So when they start walking down the aisles their memories just start going back to all the different items they had as a kid.” If Sweeties doesn’t carry an item and it’s still manufactured, 90 percent of the time, if it is still available, Manza said he’ll find a way to get it. events calendar

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He said it’s extremely tempting working in a candy store. “I eat candy every day. Every corner you turn here, the hardest decision is what to leave behind.” Manza’s favorite candy is a Watchamacallit. “Chocolate covered caramel, crispies and wafers. It’s awesome! Made by Hershey.” “We sell happiness one piece at a time,” said Mike Some of the classics on the Manza, owner and manager of Sweeties. “They’re shelves Manza mentioned that like little presents.” are probably not available in the because they’ve got the budget and grocery stores are Big League Chew, they say they haven’t seen this in Zots (hard candy with a fizzing forever.” powder center from Italy), Nik-L-Nips Manza said they’d eventually like to (wax candy bottles filled with liquid), expand the location, but “We planted wax lips, Chico Sticks, Sugar Daddy, our roots down here in Chandler and Sugar Baby and Charleston Chews. we’re definitely in for the long haul. If For those looking for sugar-free we were going to do anything it would candies, Sweeties has about 75 to 80 be expanding our building, getting a sugar-free items in house. “If they want larger building, but we’d definitely be sugar-free chocolates, we carry some staying in Chandler.” really good sugar-free chocolates, Sweeties Candy of Arizona is including some from Russell Stover, located at 1050 W. Chandler Blvd., and honestly if you eat it you can’t Chandler. Sweeties is open 9 a.m. to 7 even tell it’s sugar free.” p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed When kids come into the store, on Sunday. For more information, they’re pretty reserved, Manza said. call (480) 899-4245 or visit www. “It’s mom and dad (who get excited)




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