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  • Chandler Fire: Two people injured in serious crash - ABC15 ArizonaChandler Fire: Two people injured in serious crash - ABC15 Arizona

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  • New York Man Charged With Stalking Rep. Kyrsten SinemaNew York Man Charged With Stalking Rep. Kyrsten Sinema

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  • Arizona Rep. Sinema's suspected longtime stalker arrested outside her DC office - KVOA Tucson NewsArizona Rep. Sinema's suspected longtime stalker arrested outside her DC office - KVOA Tucson News

    KVOA Tucson NewsArizona Rep. Sinema's suspected longtime stalker arrested outside her DC officeKVOA Tucson NewsThe affidavit said he made several other attempts to contact the congresswoman in 2015 and 2016, including a series of voicemail messages and by showing up at an April 2016 event in Chandler, Arizona, which Sinema attended. According to the affidavit ...and more »

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  • PD: Woman held with leather straps & wooden shackles for 16 days ... - ABC15 ArizonaPD: Woman held with leather straps & wooden shackles for 16 days ... - ABC15 Arizona

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  • Sam's Club members rush to save cash on closing sale - AZFamilySam's Club members rush to save cash on closing sale - AZFamily

    AZFamilySam's Club members rush to save cash on closing saleAZFamilyArizona's Family called the Prescott Valley, Casa Grande, Scottsdale and Chandler locations and a voice recording stated the stores are closing and they'll all be open for limited hours 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. every day. The last day it'll be open is Jan. 26 ...

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  • How Did a Nice Old Man Like Pimp Floyd Turn to Trafficking Women?How Did a Nice Old Man Like Pimp Floyd Turn to Trafficking Women?

    The question unanswered by Maricopa County Superior Court records is why. Why did Floyd Eugene Warter, a small businessman and former Navy air traffic controller, start selling women for sex online and turn his condo in Mesa into a house of prostitution? He had no criminal record, and acquaintances praised him for being a "good guy."

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  • Road improvements in south Chandler to be discussed at public meetingsRoad improvements in south Chandler to be discussed at public meetings

    Chandler plans to widen stretches of Ocotillo Road and Chandler Heights Road and is holding informational meetings for public comment on the alignment and early design.

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  • Hop Social Tavern hopping with menu delightsHop Social Tavern hopping with menu delights

    By COLLEEN SPARKS, Staff A new restaurant near Chandler Fashion Center is hopping with diners eager to dig into pot pies and other comfort food and dish with their friends over happy-hour specials. A group of veteran Oregon restaurateurs opened Hop Social Tavern in November on West Chandler Boulevard just west of Loop 101 in the building where Elephant Bar had been located. The restaurant offers homemade, Americana-influenced food and 52 brews on tap in an open setting with an industrial feel, eclectic decorations and bright green booths. Two married couples, David and Christie Burnett and Bud and Kathy Gabriel, known collectively as Crossroads Restaurant Group, own the independent eatery. The four friends own three restaurants in Oregon. “I would describe it as scratch-made, Americana comfort food,” David said. “Everything from my mom’s chicken pot pie, corn fritters. I was born in Chicago; everyone’s a dipper. Everything is fresh. Nothing is frozen.” “It’s been great,” he added. “Happy hours are packed. Every day the lunches are growing. There’s families, Gen X, millennials, baby boomers. We have something for everybody.” One specialty at Hop Social Tavern is the housemade pot pie with grilled chicken breast, vegetables and homemade crust served with baked French bread ideal for dipping in the pie’s creamy filling. The menu also features buttermilk-battered crispy fried chicken, a PB&J burger with peanut butter, jalapeño grape jelly, cheddar and crispy fried onions and orange chicken with Szechuan chili peppers, onions, garlic, orange sauce and white rice. Made-from-scratch meatloaf with veal, pork, ground chuck, bacon, coffee stout gravy and buttermilk mashed potatoes, as well as glazed carrots, is another house specialty. Steak tacos, cabernet tenderloin tips and spicy mac & cheese are also some of the featured meals. A grass-fed bison burger and a variety of brick-oven pizzas add to the American appeal. A popular appetizer at the new Chandler hotspot is deep-fried donuts with ricotta, vanilla and cinnamon. The donuts, round like donut holes, come with a housemade caramel sauce for dipping. Other appetizers that stir up nostalgic taste buds are soft-baked pretzels with beer cheese fondue, sautéed Brussels sprouts and shishito peppers. Christie expressed enthusiasm for the customers and employees. “People in Chandler have been above and beyond amazing, so welcoming,” she said. “People say it’s hard to find good staff. We have just an amazing staff.” Customers can wash down the appetizers, lunches and dinners with 52 diverse beers on tap, more than half of which are made in Arizona. More than 100 beer tap handles hang on a wall, including one from the brewery Yuengling, founded in 1829. Behind the beer tap handles is a bar with 62 seats. Happy hour is every day from 3 to 6 p.m. and from 9:30 p.m. until closing time. Most of the happy hour food costs from $3.95 to $5.95. Beers include lagers, pilsners, pale ales, ambers, ciders and IPAs, as well as wheat beers, stouts, porters and red and brown ales. A SanTan Epicenter with a copper amber hue and toasted malt, as well as a Four Peaks Brewing Company 8th Street Pale Ale and Sleepy Dog Brewing Peanut Butter Milk Stout are among some of the local brews. Craft beers are “so popular,” David said. “They’re unique. They use local product. To have a beer that tastes like peanut butter, everyone loves it. A lot of these smaller brewers, they take some creative liberties.” The smaller beer manufacturers have fun with their creations and David said he and the other Hop Social owners enjoy coming up with new menu items and planning their restaurant concepts. The four Hop Social owners have 56 years combined experience as business owners and operators in the restaurant industry. “We’re just a couple people chasing our dream,” David said. David’s zest for restaurants was inspired by his mentor and former boss, the late Bob Farrell, who founded the Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour chains. Also a motivational speaker, Farrell wrote the book “Give ‘Em the Pickle.” David worked for Farrell for 24 years and was a district manager of restaurants most recently. Farrell sold Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour to Marriott Corp. in 1973 and  then started Pacific Coast Restaurants (a restaurant group that owned and operated 27 restaurants) and David then worked for Farrell at Pacific Coast Restaurants. When Farrell sold that company to a private investment firm 11 years ago, David decided to leave and open a restaurant.​ “My wife and I cashed in our 401(k)s and put our money where our hearts were and joined forces with our partners, Bud and Kathy Gabriel,” David said. In March 2009, the two couples opened Oswego Grill, an upscale steakhouse in Lake Oswego, Oregon. David, Christie, Bud and Kathy opened their second Oswego Grill in 2011 in Wilsonville, Oregon. In 2015, the four entrepreneurs opened their third restaurant, Copper River Restaurant & Bar in Hillsboro, Oregon. Copper River is similar to Hop Social with American comfort food, David said. David and Bud met when they were on their church’s council and their children went to school together. David and Christie’s son, Daniel, and Daniel’s 4-year-old daughter, Malia, live in Glendale. The couple also has two friends in the Valley restaurant business. “The community has been so supportive,” David said. “We fell in love with not only the East Valley and its development but with the evolution of the Arizona food scene. We love the Lord; He blessed us. We want to just serve.” David and Christie are renting a home in Gilbert and plan to spend much time there, as well as in Canby, Oregon, where they have a home. The couple also has six grandchildren in Oregon in addition to their granddaughter in Glendale. Of their four adult children, two live in Oregon and one is in Los Angeles. Kristi Ludenia of Chandler is already enjoying Hop Social. She recently went there for a business lunch and said “it was just phenomenal.” “I thought the ambiance in the restaurant was great,” Ludenia said. “Our server was very educated. The food was fantastic. I had the crispy buttermilk chicken tenderloin salad. It was so flavorful.” She predicted the restaurant will be very successful, citing its huge outdoor area, something not easy to find at Chandler restaurants. Hop Social has two patios that have couches and fire pits to keep diners warm. Ryan Adamson, 37, of Tempe is also a big fan. “I like the food, the environment, just the whole experience,” Adamson said. “To me it’s like a higher end restaurant with a casual feel. I feel like you can have this food in a really nice upscale restaurant but it’s more a place you can go on a normal night. I love that they have local beers.” He said he had been to Oswego Grill in Lake Oswego, Oregon, while visiting his cousin and loved it. The interior of Hop Social, which is over about 7,600 square feet, houses reclaimed wood in golden hues on its tables and floors. A chef’s table that seats eight people is adjacent to the exposition kitchen in an area with a custom chandelier and 20-foot ceiling. A 40-foot mural along one wall shows the look of wallpaper peeled away to reveal two original Schlitz beer billboards that hung in the 1950s. Garage doors with windows in the bar and dining area provide an open-air feel, leading to the two patios. David said he and the other owners would love to eventually have several more Hop Social restaurants in the Valley – when the time is right. “We’re not trying to grow crazy fast,” he said. “We’re taking our time. We have of leaders that want to grow. The bottom line is we’re very thankful for what we’ve been given.” Hop Social Tavern is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. It’s located at 3405 W. Chandler Boulevard. Information: hopsocialtavern.com.

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  • Avesta Enters Arizona with Acquisition of Coronado CrossingAvesta Enters Arizona with Acquisition of Coronado Crossing

    TAMPA, Fla: Avesta Communities is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of Coronado Crossings, a 320-unit garden-style apartment complex located on 19 acres in Chandler, AZ. Located just south of Phoenix, the community is Avesta's first acquisition in Arizona.

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  • Waymo starts testing self-driving minivans in San FranciscoWaymo starts testing self-driving minivans in San Francisco

    Waymo's self-driving minivans are now ready for the road. The company has confirmed to TechCrunch that it's testing its autonomous Chrysler Pacifica vehicles on San Francisco streets, where the "hilly and foggy" environment should give them "even more practice."

    Chandler News / 4 d. 1 h. 42 min. ago
  • New year brings opportunity to help and forgiveNew year brings opportunity to help and forgive

    By RABBI DR. IRWIN WIENER, Guest Writer It was approximately 2,500 years ago that a prophet of Israel roamed the countryside preaching about the goodness of humanity and how it could be found in each of us. In fact, he emphasized that the most enduring force known to man was the power of our ability to conquer the wrongdoing we witness every day. There are many ways we can accomplish what was suggested so long ago. For example: Supporting institutions that give others the ability to survive and even carry themselves with dignity. Every day we witness the poverty and misery of those less fortunate. And there are those among us who were more independent but somehow woke one day to the progress of time. It is not enough to acknowledge the problems. We are obligated, as partners with God, to ensure that the tear in our society is repaired to the best of our ability. Each tear in the fabric of our existence should bring us closer to understanding our place in the journey we are embarked upon. Age should not be a deterrent to reaching out to lend a helping hand. Rather it should encourage us to do more because we have been there and have seen the results of indifference. We are nothing without purpose and only when we lift a person who has fallen, can we with pride, declare who we are and truly comprehend the connection of heaven and Earth. This time of the year enables us to recollect as well as plan for tomorrow. There is the custom of New Year’s resolutions – a wish list of things yet to be accomplished and with good intentions attached. But it shouldn’t end there. The act of making a wish should be connected to the action necessary to see them completed. Some will falter and some will see their dreams come true. There is no shame in failing but rather in not making an honest attempt. That is the beauty of trying and our responsibility as God’s children. God does not expect us to succeed in everything we undertake, but is disappointed when we do not attempt to improve our lives. The special ingredient in any attempt at connection with God and receiving the salvation we all so desperately need is a thing called forgiveness. Forgiveness gives us the ability to heal from wounds that have been inflicted. More importantly, forgiveness is a sign of positive self-esteem. All these things are why a special time is set aside and designated for new beginnings. We forgive, but never forget. For it is through forgiving that we remain a blessing and it is remembering that should help us refrain from repeating our mistakes. May all of our New Year’s be fulfilling, and rewarding.

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  • Want to learn to drag race the Dodge Demon? School is now in sessionWant to learn to drag race the Dodge Demon? School is now in session

    The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon was built for the drag strip, but that's not a place many car buyers are comfortable with. Having 840 horsepower on tap can be intimidating enough, let alone learning the procedures for properly staging and launching a car at the strip.

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  • Valerie Pape: The case of Scottsdale salon owner turned 'torso murderer'Valerie Pape: The case of Scottsdale salon owner turned 'torso murderer'

    Scottsdale salon owner Valerie Pape shot her husband, Ira Pomerantz, then cut up his body and dumped his torso. Police never found the rest of him.

    Chandler News / 4 d. 10 h. 35 min. ago
  • Chandler demonstrates global leadership for businessesChandler demonstrates global leadership for businesses

    By Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, Guest Writer Chandler’s success is built upon a foundation of great vision, engagement and the spirit of entrepreneurism. It is a city – a quarter million strong – that enjoys a reputation as progressive, innovative and one of strong ideals. Our roots grow deep, sprouting from the turn of the 20th century to the Chandler of today. And 2017 showed once again that Chandler is well positioned to maintain and grow its reputation as a dynamic and robust economic engine. From Intel’s $7 billion expansion announcement to Waymo’s groundbreaking advancements in automotive technology, we remain a global leader with our reputation as the innovation and technology hub of the southwest firmly in place. Businesses continue to invest, expand and relocate to our city, solidifying an already strong place of commerce. Turbo resources is building a large global headquarters in Uptown Chandler, and Rei, Jaguar and Land Rover are just a few of the high-end brands locating in West Chandler. Flix Brewhouse is under construction in our downtown, joining many new tenants there. And our employment centers on the Price Corridor and at our airpark continue to see new development as well. Of course, one of the major highlights of the year was Rogers Corporation locating its international headquarters here. But we are also a community that values families and faith. As a city, we continue to invest strongly in services and infrastructure, ensuring a safe and abundant water supply, sustainable neighborhoods with great recreational amenities, as well as a place that enjoys very low crime rates. We celebrate through a number of festivals and events that grow stronger each year. These include our Tumbleweed Tree Lighting and Parade Of Lights, Fourth Of July Spectacular, Woofstock and My Safety And Veterans Expo. In 2018, we’ll unveil a new museum, public safety training center and fire station, as well as enhance some parks and continue to strive to make our city the best in the state, if not the nation. Please join me on Feb. 13, as I deliver my annual State of the City Address. It will begin with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by my remarks. I plan to use some of that time to look back at the history of our community and those iconic moments, figures and businesses that have made chandler the success it is today. The event will be at The Chandler City Council Chambers, 88 E. Chicago street. In the meantime, please follow me on twitter for more city news: @jaytibshraeny. Finally, Happy New Year Chandler! We look to keeping the momentum going this year, with more exciting announcements for the community. Here’s wishing you all a safe and prosperous year.

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  • 4 Arizona Sam's Club stores closing, including in Chandler, Scottsdale - AZCentral.com4 Arizona Sam's Club stores closing, including in Chandler, Scottsdale - AZCentral.com

    AZCentral.com4 Arizona Sam's Club stores closing, including in Chandler, ScottsdaleAZCentral.comWalmart has announced it is raising its starting hourly wage from $9 to $11 and Sam's Club is set to close a series of clubs across the United States. USA TODAY. Sam's Club. (Photo: Getty Images). CONNECTTWEETLINKEDIN 1 COMMENTEMAILMORE. Four Arizona ...See which four Sam's Club locations are closing in ArizonaPhoenix Business JournalWalmart to shutter 63 Sam's Club locationsCNBCWalmart is abruptly closing 63 Sam's Club stores and laying off thousands of workersBusiness Insiderall 1,643 news articles »

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  • Quick Quack Car Wash Enters Phoenix Market with Acquisition of Three Car WashesQuick Quack Car Wash Enters Phoenix Market with Acquisition of Three Car Washes

    We are most excited about partnering with our team members, neighbors & communities to make a real difference in people's lives." PHOENIX, AZ, USA, January 11, 2018 / EINPresswire.com / -- Quick Quack Car Wash, a fast-growing chain of car washes, has announced plans to expand operations into the Phoenix market beginning with the acquisition of three Quick N Clean car washes.

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  • Political paths merge for Chandler mother and sonPolitical paths merge for Chandler mother and son

    Children often follow in their parents’ footsteps when choosing a career, but Nora Ellen and JD Mesnard turned that dynamic on its head – twice.

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  • Chandler approved first marijuana dispensary near 'learning center' for disabled kids - AZFamilyChandler approved first marijuana dispensary near 'learning center' for disabled kids - AZFamily

    Chandler approved first marijuana dispensary near 'learning center' for disabled kidsAZFamilyCity staff approved the dispensary without a public hearing or a council vote, two factors that are required for businesses selling liquor and were previously mandated under the City's old rules for marijuana businesses. The old approval framework ...and more »

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  • Man suspected of dragging Chandler officer surrenders to policeMan suspected of dragging Chandler officer surrenders to police

    Chandler police arrested a 27-year-old man on Wednesday who they say dragged an officer with a vehicle as he drove to flee from a traffic stop. A 27-year-old man who had been the focus of a manhunt since Monday afternoon was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of dragging an officer with a vehicle as he fled from a traffic stop, Chandler police said.

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  • Hamilton interim coach took tough job, honored by districtHamilton interim coach took tough job, honored by district

    By Greg Macafee, Sports Editor When the Hamilton High School football program was turned over this past year due to a sexual assault scandal that has since resulted in the reassignment of former football coach Steve Belles, athletic director Shawn Rustad and principal Ken James, they were left without a leader for their program. As the season drew near, Hamilton High School Assistant Principal Richard Baniszewski stepped onto the gridiron to lead the Huskies on an interim basis. As someone who had been around the program, but who also had experience leading a team, he was a perfect choice. He had coached at schools around the Valley and had helped with the junior varsity offensive line. Before accepting the position, he said, he didn’t really have any interest, but he took it for one simple reason. “That was for the kids at Hamilton, for the kids in that situation,” Baniszewski said. They were set with a challenge of overcoming an enormous amount of media attention. After finishing with a 7-5 record in 2016, people thought the 2017 Huskies wouldn’t amount to much. But, they ignored all of that and buckled up for an interesting ride with Baniszewski at the helm. His first goal was to create a new team culture and a process inside the football program. Then, he wanted to create a process that people could believe in. Something that was consistent, transparent and disciplined in nature. “He wanted us focusing not as much on football but our bond and how we had to come together as a team,” Hamilton starting quarterback Tyler Shough said. They came up with the message: Humble and Hungry. “That was one thing we constantly reminded ourselves,” Baniszewski said. “To stay humble and stay hungry and continue to move forward.” The newly established football regime at Hamilton took that approach into their first game of the season. A road game against Boulder Creek. Senior running back Jawhar Jordan Jr. turned in a stat line of 215 yards and four touchdown runs, while Shough threw for 133 yards and two touchdowns. It was a good start, but when the Queen Creek Bulldogs came to town in the second week of play, they sent a message to the Huskies. The 5A team, which went through most of the season undefeated, upset the Huskies in their first home game of the season. “At the time, it was maybe the worst thing that could have happened, but when you look back at it, it was probably the best thing that could’ve happened,” Baniszewski said. “That was the point where we went. ‘OK, guys, which way are we going here?’” The Huskies responded to the challenge by winning six straight games, scoring 284 points and averaging 47.3 per game. The winning streak was led by the seniors at the front of the pack. Baniszewski said Jordan, Shough and Hunter Mayginnes, who are all committed to play at the Division I level, were all key components of Hamilton’s success this season. “More than anything, it was their leadership and their willingness to buy in to the things that we were doing,” Baniszewski said. “Staying focused and staying true to their school and continue to be Huskies. That’s what they had to do and be good role models and buy into what we were doing.” After falling to Perry and Chandler in their final two games of the season, the Huskies earned a trip to the 6A state playoffs. They skated by Skyline in their first-round matchup, then fell to Perry in the quarterfinals. For a storied program, going through a season that was clouded by scandal, the Huskies overcame a lot throughout the season. “I was very proud of the kids and the coaching staff, the way we all came together and probably did some things no one thought we would be able to do and really changed a culture and a way of doing things,” Baniszewski said. The guy who had navigated the ship through murky waters received the highest praise from all around the Valley. Baniszewski was honored with the All-Chandler Unified School District Coach of the Year and he also earned Coach of the Year honors from Friday Night Fever. But just like he had taught his players all season long, he stayed true to form and made it about the unit rather than the individual. “It’s very humbling and really it was the players and the coaching staff that hung in there through all of this,” Baniszewski said. “They are the ones that did this I kind of just came in and steered the boat a little bit.” Baniszewski won’t return as the head coach next year, and the Hamilton football program is searching for a new leader. While the program may still be under scrutiny, Hamilton will never be short on talent. “Hamilton is Hamilton. There are 4,200 kids here. There are a lot of hungry athlete here,” Baniszewski said. where we went. ‘OK, guys, which way are we going here?’” The Huskies responded to the challenge by winning six straight games, scoring 284 points and averaging 47.3 per game. The winning streak was led by the seniors at the front of the pack. Baniszewski said Jordan, Shough and Hunter Mayginnes, who are all committed to play at the Division I level, were all key components of Hamilton’s success this season. “More than anything, it was their leadership and their willingness to buy in to the things that we were doing,” Baniszewski said. “Staying focused and staying true to their school and continue to be Huskies. That’s what they had to do and be good role models and buy into what we were doing.” After falling to Perry and Chandler in their final two games of the season, the Huskies earned a trip to the 6A state playoffs. They skated by Skyline in their first-round matchup, then fell to Perry in the quarterfinals. For a storied program, going through a season that was clouded by scandal, the Huskies overcame a lot throughout the season. “I was very proud of the kids and the coaching staff, the way we all came together and probably did some things no one thought we would be able to do and really changed a culture and a way of doing things,” Baniszewski said. The guy who had navigated the ship through murky waters received the highest praise from all around the Valley. Baniszewski was honored with the All-Chandler Unified School District Coach of the Year and he also earned Coach of the Year honors from Friday Night Fever. But just like he had taught his players all season long, he stayed true to form and made it about the unit rather than the individual. “It’s very humbling and really it was the players and the coaching staff that hung in there through all of this,” Baniszewski said. “They are the ones that did this I kind of just came in and steered the boat a little bit.” Baniszewski won’t return as the head coach next year, and the Hamilton football program is searching for a new leader. While the program may still be under scrutiny, Hamilton will never be short on talent. “Hamilton is Hamilton. There are 4,200 kids here. There are a lot of hungry athlete here,” Baniszewski said.

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  • Suspect in Chandler officer-involved shooting self-surrenders to police days later - ABC15 ArizonaSuspect in Chandler officer-involved shooting self-surrenders to police days later - ABC15 Arizona

    ABC15 ArizonaSuspect in Chandler officer-involved shooting self-surrenders to police days laterABC15 ArizonaOn Tuesday morning, Chandler police said the suspect was still at large but by Wednesday afternoon police confirmed Pedro self-surrendered to Gila River Police. Chandler police responded and arrested the suspect without incident. One of the Chandler ...Police search for suspect in officer-involved shooting in ChandlerAZFamilyChandler Police: Patrol Officer Injured When Dragged by CarU.S. News & World ReportChandler Police Seek Man Who Dragged Officer Behind CarPatch.comKGUNall 28 news articles »

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  • City, Chandler group partners on MLK vigilCity, Chandler group partners on MLK vigil

    By COLLEEN SPARKS, Staff For the first time, the City of Chandler is partnering with a nonprofit organization pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a special event. The city and Chandler Men of Action are organizing One: A Candlelight Vigil for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 14 on the Downtown Chandler Stage just west of the Downtown Library at 22 S. Delaware St. The City of Chandler’s Diversity Office holds Celebration of Unity events every January to honor the community’s diversity and heritage, as well as the life, legacy, spirit and ideals of King Jr. and the civil rights movement. The Chandler Multicultural Festival has been “the highlight of the events,” but the festival does not pay specific homage to King Jr., said Niki Tapia, resources and diversity supervisor with the city’s Diversity Office. The African-American community often gave feedback that “nothing is a specific tribute to him,” Tapia said. “The diversity that exists here in Chandler is just wonderful,” she said. “We in the diversity office are members of East Valley NAACP. We just really value our partnership with Chandler Men of Action. We have a lot of similarities and we should appreciate all of those and we should appreciate our differences too and we should work together.” Victor Hardy, president of Chandler Men of Action, said his intent with the vigil is “to really, really celebrate his ideals and the future that we have. “He is a representative of what we can do,” Hardy said of King, adding: “He was a man, he had flaws, but still he rose this nation to a plateau, to a place which we had never seen before. That’s what we wanted to celebrate. We decided to have people come in and talk about him as a theologian, as a pastor. He’s the only pastor that we do celebrate in this Christian country.” Hardy and the other members of the Chandler Centennial Celebration Choir, or C4, will perform a song they wrote called “This Is Chandler” at the candlelight vigil. The song is based on a tune by singer-songwriter Darius Rucker, but it is “about the diversity in Chandler,” Hardy said. C4 will also sing “I Have a Dream” by BeBe Winans. “We wanted to celebrate what Chandler does as a city of diverse people and what we have to offer here,” Hardy said. “A lot of people say other places they go tell you, ‘There is no place like Chandler, Arizona.’ We can learn from each other. We want to know and understand so we have respect for each other and what we’re doing. African-American men come from other places. I am also part Irish.” Hardy, who is also pastor at Congregational Church of the Valley in Chandler, said he is “African-American with a mixture of some of everything else.” Leaders of different faiths will speak about unity and King at the Jan. 14 gathering and other musical performers will also take the stage. Video clips of King, including his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, will be shown at the event. At the end of the vigil, everyone will hold up their phones to light up the night sky and sing “We Shall Overcome.” Nonprofit organizations will set up tables and provide information at the vigil so “folks can sign up right then and there to do something, to get out in their community,” Tapia said. Hardy said Chandler Men of Action is an organization made up of African-American professional men who mentor young men. They mostly mentor African-American men but will help any young men. The young men help the Chandler Men of Action members support the Jewish Community Center, Chandler Symphony Orchestra, For Our City Chandler and other organizations by helping at events and fundraisers. “We are there with some of our young people,” Hardy said. “Other times people don’t know that they’re there. We give them a spotlight to show what other people are doing so they don’t get locked into the only thing you see African-American men doing is basketball or football.” Sometimes the young men who volunteer with the adults in Chandler Men of Action end up interning for them in their jobs. Chandler Men of Action also provides college scholarships to high school graduates and holds an annual banquet in Chandler. The Chandler Multicultural Festival is joining forces with the Chandler International Film Festival this year and will take place Jan. 13 in the same area as the Martin Luther King Jr. event, just west of the downtown library. The festival will feature entertainment, informational booths and merchandise, as it always has had, from 4 to 7 p.m. Then from about 7:10 to 9 p.m. the film festival portion of the night will take place with five different short films from different countries being shown. The rest of the Chandler International Film Festival takes place Jan. 12-15 at the Crowne Plaza Phoenix Chandler Golf Resort, Harkins Theater Crossroads 12 and other venues. Information: chandleraz.gov.

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  • Arcade contest builds Kyrene students’ character and knowledgeArcade contest builds Kyrene students’ character and knowledge

    By PAUL MARYNIAK, Executive Editor Who said learning can’t be fun? It sure wasn’t Pete Flocken, Kyrene School District’s program manager for community education, or 140 elementary school students – many from three Chandler campuses. They relied on fun and ingenuity to begin mastering complex principles from science, technology, engineering and math, usually now grouped under the acronym STEM. Flocken and his team – who develop and oversee the district’s preschool, after-school and summer programs for some 3,500 children – organized a “STEMtramural” competition that had students develop arcade games from cardboard and recyclable materials. “We were inspired by the athletic intramural program we have in the district,” Flocken explained. “We wanted to create the kind of energy and enthusiasm you can find in the athletic program in an academic format.” Another source of inspiration was a viral video called “Caine’s Arcade” about a young boy who built a cardboard arcade in the back of his father’s auto repair store. The only requirements for the STEMtramurals were that the inventions had to be playable arcade games and had to incorporate a design, engineering or other STEM principle that could be demonstrated by their project. With teachers serving as coaches, the students worked in teams or on their own in school after classes to produce 55 different games that were displayed at show at Pueblo Middle School, where judges voted on what game was best of show, showed the most creativity or fit in some other award category. Every game also had to include a blueprint for its construction that students drew as part of their project. Some games incorporated pulleys or ramps to demonstrate engineering principles. One student used a pulley to build a game where players moved a homemade claw to grab paperclips and win a prize. Similar to an arcade game where players use a claw to grab little dolls or other toys in a glass-enclosed box, the game used Saran wrap instead of glass. Another game had players tossing a small ball into an egg carton on a spinning disc. No one realized there was a student underneath the disc who kept it turning. While “an introduction to engineering design was important,” what also was critical in the project was helping the students to develop character traits they would need as they advanced their education and even when they eventually enter the workforce, Flocken said. “It involved getting the students to think of a goal and taking it from start to finish and to be innovative and persistent,” Flocken said. “They’d hit bumps in the road and the coaches would work with them to solve them.” Such lessons are part of Kyrene’s overall philosophy to make sure students just don’t learn their ABCs and how to count, but to develop the traits they will need to succeed in college as well as the workforce. “It was a really cool and innovative program and our students are innovative thinkers,” said Flockens. And the students built them without help from older siblings or parents since the games could not be taken home. “It was a surprise how well thought out and how innovative each game was,” he said. “They thought of things I never would have thought of.” The Stemtramurals also represented the next generation in extracurricular academic competitions that began with a Rubik’s Cube meet that Flockens started last year and will repeat in the coming months. In that competition, students learn the algorithms and patterns for solving various Rubik’s Cubes and eventually compete to solve 20 in the shortest amount of time possible. The schools represented in the Intramurals included Brisas, Mirada and Paloma in Chandler. In the school competition, Division 1 saw a first-place tie with Brisas and Cielo while Estrella took second place and Brisas was named a fan favorite; Division 2 winners were Mirada, first place; Lagos, second; Waggoner, third and Lagos the fan favorite. Chandler students who won in various categories were: Allison Chelus and Alana Marquis, Mirada, Best Team Spirit; Warner Milhoan, Cielo, Most Fun; Sarah Quillen, Brisas, Best Use of Simple Machines; Mirada students Jack Hunter, Karthik Raman and Matthew Parsons, Best Use of Simple Machines; Also, Henry Walker, Brisas, Best Presentation to the Judges; Jay Miller, Mirada, Best Presentation to the Judges; Nathaniel Tipp, Cielo, Best in Show 1st place; Mirada students Arianna Stapp, Caelyn Tisinger and Frankie Chen, Best in Show 1st place; Paloma students Kalevi Hakkarainen, Brady Hansen, Charles Quillen and Anders Molvik, Best in Show 3rd place; and Paloma students Marisa Alba and Josue Alba, Best in Show 3rd place.

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    By COLLEEN SPARKS. Staff Crowds eager to eat fruits and vegetables fresh from the ground are flocking to a farmers market where they are also getting a taste of history. Cameron and Jeannine McChesney grow seasonal vegetables, fruits and herbs and raise hens that lay eggs that they sell at their Greenhouse Gardens on East Chandler Heights Road every Saturday. The couple runs their outdoor farmers market on four acres of land they bought last year between Gilbert and Cooper roads that was once owned by the well-known Riggs family. Visitors can still walk through the original barn, built in 1950, as well as see tools Lyle Riggs used and the family’s antique tractor. “Everything’s grown on the property,” Jeannine said. “Everything’s chemical-free and pesticide-free. We’re just growing things the old-fashioned way. It’s clean food. We’re showing people how you can do it, too, in your backyard. Everybody can do it.” Jeannine and Cameron, who also own a marketing/advertising/public relations company called Greenhouse Creative, grow the food themselves. They say the produce is ideal for anyone with food allergies who is sensitive to fruit and vegetables treated with pesticides, as well as people with weakened immune systems. They say their produce will make people feel better and have more energy. “We can take you out and show you where the beet was pulled out yesterday,” Cameron said. The McChesneys’ market is open every Saturday except those in August. The free-range, organic eggs come from 13 hens the couple owns on their property, as well as from numerous chickens that two neighbors own. Kelly Penuela, who lives in the area, loves to buy produce at Greenhouse Gardens. “I love the fact that they are an organically grown garden a half-mile away from me that has amazing produce,” Penuela said. “Not to mention they are friends of ours! That’s just a bonus, though. They have such knowledge and passion for what they do. It shows in what they grow and how they interact with their customers.” Customer Deanna Reynolds also enjoys the food at the local farmers market. “I love that Greenhouse Gardens is local and does not use harmful chemicals and pesticides to grow their produce,” she said. “My family can’t stand to eat grocery store lettuce anymore Greenhouse Gardens has completely spoiled us with their varieties of lettuce. “We barely use salt or salad dressing anymore in our salads. Our 8-year-old son is partial to their carrots and enjoys being able to help Jeannine and Cameron pick them.” Many other people praised the quality of the vegetables and other foods, as well as the friendly owners on the Greenhouse Gardens Facebook page. “I just discovered this gem around the corner from home,” Susanna Orozco Rios posted on Facebook. “The owners Jeanine and Cameron gave me a very warm welcome. Beautiful vegetables and ambiance. I’ll be back!” William Leroy Jenkins also expressed enthusiasm for Greenhouse Gardens. “This place is great!” he posted on Facebook. “You can look around and see the veggies growing right there. Can’t get any fresher than that. I love it and we try to go every Saturday and stock up for the week.” Cathy Ward wrote that she has “severe food allergies and chemical sensitivities” and she gets most of her produce at Greenhouse Gardens because their fruit and vegetables are not chemically processed. “I don’t tolerate any grocery store produce, not even USDA-certified ‘organic,’” Ward said. “Jeannine and Cameron go out of their way to custom-pick my orders for me every week due to my severe allergies and sensitivities and are very caring, lovely people in addition to being highly talented farmers. Their tangerines and grapefruit are the only ones I’ve been able to tolerate for years because they’re truly grown the way nature intended.” Ward’s experience is not new, said John Zortman, who owns John’s Amish Country, which sells produce in downtown Phoenix and in Goodyear. He sells apples, grapefruits, oranges and lemons that are “non-genetically modified.” Genetically modified foods have had their DNA changed in some way that does not naturally occur by mating and/or natural recombination. “I think it’s very important to know where you’re getting your food from,” Zortman said. “The biggest problem we have right now is genetic modification, which affects your gut. You’re seeing a lot more Irritable Bowel Syndrome, gut problems. It just follows suit with the introduction of Roundup into the food system. Roundup is a weed killer.” He said the opening of Greenhouse Gardens is “great.” “It’s wonderful,” Zortman said. “It’s a good, positive trend that we need and not just in our local communities but in the whole general food supply.” Beth McRae of Paradise Valley said she goes to “a lot of farmers markets” and loves “the sound of Greenhouse Gardens.” “I love farmers markets because of their fresh produce, delicious food and artisan products,” McRae said. Everything customers buy on Saturdays, when the market is open from 9 a.m. to noon, has been harvested either the day before that or two days prior to the sales. About 50 people typically come to the Saturday market, often grabbing much of the produce from a table within the first hour. Usually about 15 different kinds of vegetables are sold at each market and about five or six different herbs and four to five different kinds of fruit. Some of the herbs they grow are thyme, oregano, garlic and basil. On a recent Saturday, visitors could buy lettuce, rainbow chard, kale, Chinese cabbage, tangerines, scallions, sweet peppers, hot peppers, bell peppers, carrots and eggplant. Shoppers can find unusual varieties of vegetables they might not find in grocery stores including ping tung, an Asian eggplant that resembles a purple cucumber. Cameron said he and Jeannine try to keep their prices reasonable and comparable to what shoppers would find at Whole Foods stores. A bag of eggplant costs $2, a bag of peppers costs $3, a head of lettuces costs $3 and a dozen, farm-fresh eggs cost $6. Lettuce and carrots are among the most popular vegetables customers buy at Greenhouse Gardens. Detroit red beets are also a big hit. “Everyone is really into a fresh-grown carrot,” Cameron said. “Our lettuce is so tender and delicious and healthy,” Jeannine said. “It’s more effective in your body.” Tangerines and red grapefruits are big sellers among the fruits. Cameron and Jeannine also have sold some of their produce to local restaurants. Jeannine said she loves the marketing world but also really enjoys growing food and selling it on the farm. “I love design; I love advertising,” Jeannine said. “This was a new challenge. I love working outside. It’s really good for the mind, body and soul. I sleep better. I feel like I’m changing, making something happen. We have a lot of families coming in with young kids, retirees, people trying to have a more healthy diet.” She and Cameron said they are longtime backyard gardeners. Cameron and Jeannine had started growing vegetables in their backyard garden and giving them to friends. “The seed was being planted,” Jeannine said. “We swapped our full-time gig for our passion and hobby.” The couple decided to pursue agriculture more seriously in 2014 and put a garden in their friend’s backyard, where they grew vegetables. They sold produce at a farmers market in Gilbert for about a year. “We loved it and had great response,” Cameron said. Jeannine and Cameron bought about two and a half acres on the old Riggs property in February of last year from the nephew of the late Willetta Riggs. Willetta and her husband, Lyle had bought the property in 1948 and raised their five children there. Later, their youngest daughter, Sherrill Sumrall, lived on another part of the property with her husband, Dan Sumrall, until they sold the rest of the family land to Jeannine and Cameron. Sherrill, now 67, said her family kept chickens, cows, horses and equipment on the land where Greenhouse Gardens is located but farmed in other areas of Chandler. She said she loved growing up in the rural area with her grandparents and uncle and cousins nearby. “We all grew up together there,” Sherrill said. “We would all meet and ride horses. Life was a lot simpler back then.” Sherrill is happy Cameron and Jeannine are running Greenhouse Gardens on the site now. “They’re very nice and they’ve been very nice,” she said. “They’ve let some of the family members come back and take pictures there by the shop. We had tried to do a garden; we were just too far ahead of ourselves at the time. I raised some really good tomatoes. People from Scottsdale and Carefree and Phoenix would drive out to pick tomatoes. We’ve tried a little bit of everything. “I’m glad Cameron and them are able to do what they’re doing. It’s needed. People need to be able to go get fresh vegetables and stuff.” Sherrill and Dan now live in Fort Thomas in Graham County, about 30 miles northwest of Safford. Cameron said he and Jeannine are honored to be the first people who are not part of the Riggs family to live on the land. He and his wife rent out the front of the old farmhouse to a family and use the rest of it for their business. Jeannine said the farmhouse was built in the 1930s. Cameron and Jeannine live in a house in the neighborhood. Lyle Riggs was born in 1916 in Mesa and his father farmed at Jep Peterson’s land, which was a mile and a half south of Williams Field Road on Gilbert Road, according to an oral history from the Chandler Museum. Willetta was born in 1917 on the John and Fanny Nelson farm at Gilbert Road and Chandler Heights Road, according to “Driving Chandler’s Streets, The History of Chandler’s Streets as told by CGCC Students” out of Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Lyle and Willetta met at Chandler High School. Lyle’s family moved to different farms between Gilbert and Chandler and as a young man, Lyle worked for various farms, including harvesting hay for the Chandler Improvement Company, the CGCC report said. Lyle Riggs created a seeder, a device for spreading seeds, on a frame of a Ford Model A vehicle, and the prototype is in the Chandler Museum, said Nate Meyers, Chandler Museum curator of collections. “It was such a great little piece of innovation and ingenuity,” Meyers said. “They sold the idea to John Deere. The Riggs obviously contributed a lot to this community.” He said Greenhouse Gardens “sounds like a really cool idea. It seems like a great reuse of that historic farmland,. The Greenhouse Gardens farmers market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at 13103 East Chandler Heights Road. Information: facebook.com/GreenhouseGardensAZ.

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  • Once an RV park perk, pickleball is sweeping the regionOnce an RV park perk, pickleball is sweeping the region

    By PAUL MARYNIAK, Executive Editor Whenever Susan and Steve Manolis plan a trip, their first question for an RV park is whether it has a pickleball court. “If they say ‘no,’” I say ‘OK, thank you. Click,” Susan said. At least they and a growing legion of Chandler and other East Valley pickleball fans are having an easier time closer to home. Chandler and other East Valley municipalities have recognized that pickleball is hot and getting hotter – enough to warrant the same kind of public investment they make in Little League ballfields and tennis courts. School districts are not far behind. Advocates are converting students of all ages to embrace a sport that once was associated with being old. “If you look at a year ago, there were virtually no public pickleball courts in the East Valley,” said Steve Manolis, the Central Arizona ambassador for the USA Pickleball Association and a pickleball instructor for both Phoenix and Chandler. Not so now. By the middle of this month, Chandler will be opening six courts at Arrowhead Meadows Park near Chandler Boulevard and Dobson Road, Manolis said. Currently there are four tennis courts and a rebuild will involve keeping two of them so that there will be six permanent pickleball courts. Mesa last fall opened four pickleball courts at Kleinman Park and Gilbert is planning 15 at a new park it’s building at Higley and Queen Creek roads, though that park is not expected to open before 2019. The move in Chandler has sat well with tennis fans, who complained about the loss of two courts at Arrowhead Meadows last fall. John Furseth, who organized the online Chandler Tennis Meetup that now has over 700 members, expressed concern about the loss of courts throughout the Valley and said municipalities never asked for input from the tennis community. “There are thousands of tennis players in meetup groups…so it’s not like we’re hard to find,” Furseth said. “In any case, the tennis community will certainly monitor all recreational proceedings in the future – in every city, not just Chandler.” The trend also is catching on in Gilbert Public Schools District, which not only is creating dual-purpose courts for tennis and pickleball, but also is starting to teach it in some high schools. That echoes a move by Phoenix to increase pickleball courts in the city. It is installing 16 pickleball courts at Pecos Park in Ahwatukee alone – significantly expanding opportunities at a site frequented by players particularly from Tempe and Chandler. “This is in response to public input we’ve received over the last several years regarding a need for more pickleball options, and likewise we’ve worked that need into existing facilities and taken it into consideration when doing renovations,” said Gregg Bach, spokesman for the Phoenix Parks & Recreation Department. “It’s like many years ago, when a need developed for skate parks. I’d also liken it to the demand for dog parks, one of our most popular amenities,” he added. Noted Steve Manolis: “Pecos Park will be a regional draw as a home base for some of the top players and we anticipate having tournaments that will draw competitors from all over the U.S.” Pickleball is a combination of several racket sports – badminton, tennis and pingpong. It was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, Washington, at the home of former legislator and lieutenant governor who started using a whiffle ball when they couldn’t find a tennis ball to bat around. Over time, the paddles have evolved from an unwieldy solid wood into a lightweight graphite, enhancing the sport’s popularity because it doesn’t require the physical stamina demanded by tennis – a sport that the Manolises played extensively and that Susan still does. “Tennis players are one injury away from being pickleball players,” Steve said. “I think everyone on my team has had knee surgery or shoulder surgery.” Moreover, he added, “It’s one of the few sports that is truly a gender equalizer” because “it’s more of a finesse sport” than a physical endurance test. “Some people liken it to chess in that you have to stay three steps ahead,” Steve said, adding that a good part of the game requires watching the ball and relying on strategy. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a cakewalk. “It’s a much quicker sport and the reaction time you need is much quicker than tennis,” Steve said. On the other hand, he noted, “It’s quick to pick up.” But while people can learn the basics in an hour, devotees hone their skills by taking intermediate and advanced classes at parks throughout the region – thanks to municipalities that have made pickleball classes a part of their recreational instruction programs. “We set up two eight-hour classes and they were filled within a day – 32 people and there’s waiting list,” Manolis said of a class he teaches at Pecos Park.  “Those classes get filled in a matter of days. The demand is there. The city saw that.” His experience has been the same in Chandler, where he teaches beginner and intermediate classes at Tumbleweed Rec center. The Manolises say Ahwatukee is ground zero for pickleball’s growth in Phoenix. “Ahwatukee ZIP codes have highest number of pickleball players than any other ZIP codes in the city,” said Steve Manolis, a retired marketing executive who researched the sport’s growing popularity extensively when he was trying to convince Phoenix officials to build more courts and incorporate pickleball lessons in its adult education programs at local parks. It’s not just the game’s ease that attracts people, he added. Pickleball is also a very social activity. “You play more doubles than singles,” Susan said. “It’s the complete opposite of tennis, which is predominantly a singles game. It’s a social sport. The games are much quicker and maybe last a half hour. And when people are playing, everybody’s laughing and having a good time.” Added her husband: “You can hear their excitement.” None of this is new to RV parks and retirement communities throughout Arizona. Many recognized years ago that pickleball courts were almost as much a necessity as swimming pools. Indeed, that’s how the Manolises discovered the game about five years ago. As Susan recalled, they were at an RV park in Camp Verde, where “it’s hard to find people who play tennis.” Suddenly, they heard a lot of noise and laughter and discovered a group of people playing pickleball. “One thing about pickleball players is that they want you to learn how to play. They taught us how to play,” she said. “Pickleball players are so helpful.” Many form clubs, though Steve noted, “There are a lot of people who are not in a club or association; they just go out and play. But a lot of residents through the East Valley belong to a club.” Pickleball’s simplicity and camaraderie have now caught the attention of students of all ages – and school officials from grade school through college. That’s a welcome development to the sport’s apostles. “The association recognizes that in order to grow the sport, you can’t wait for people to get old,” Steve said. The Manolises saw that first hand when about 150 students from Horizon Honors Secondary School watched some pickleball games at nearby Pecos Park. It didn’t take long before the school created a makeshift pickleball court. Matt Mixer, Horizon’s physical education teacher, said he’s working to developing pickleball as part of the physical education program in schools from elementary to universities. Dozens of PE teachers throughout the East Valley are learning the game as well, and, Steve said, “Now our various ambassadors are going to schools to teach pickleball.” In early November, Casa Grande hosted hundreds of players from across the country for a big tournament  – fueling Steve’s ultimate goal for pickleball. “ASU has a program in place and community colleges are getting interested,” he said. “My goal and my dream is to have pickleball become a NCAA sport.”

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  • SunBird Singers begins rehearsals for Spring ConcertSunBird Singers begins rehearsals for Spring Concert

    Norm Ott First and foremost, the SunBird Singers and their directors, Pat Miller and Kim and Mike Hanson, wish to thank you, the SunBird Community, for your attendance and financial support at their recent Christmas concert. As you know, there is no admission charge for these concerts. It is only through your generous donations collected at the door that the Singers can purchase the necessary music to produce these events. The Singers hope that this Christmas concert provided an enjoyable start to your Christmas season. Again, thank you. Looking ahead, it is now time to start preparations for the annual spring concert. The music has been selected and purchased, and the directors are ready to go. The first rehearsal will take place on Monday, January 8, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. in the ballroom. Rehearsal will continue each Monday at the same time and place until the concert. The concert is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, March 7 and 8, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., also in the ballroom. Participation in the SunBird Singers is a fun experience and a great way to provide good entertainment for the SunBird Community. Anyone who has an interest in participating in a choral environment is welcome to attend. There are no auditions required. Questions about the SunBird Singers or about joining the group can be directed to Pat at 480-707-3984, Kim at 253-229-0453 or Mike at 253-906-1743. The post SunBird Singers begins rehearsals for Spring Concert appeared first on SunBird News.

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  • Social EventsSocial Events

    FREE Exercise Class – Walk Away the Pounds Monday – Friday, SunBird Ballroom, 8:00-9:00 a.m. Stretch & Tone Monday, Wednesday, Friday, SunBird Ballroom, 7:00 a.m. SunBird Community Church Sundays, 9:00 a.m., Non-Denominational, Everyone Welcome! Cod Fish, Shrimp or Chicken Tenders Every Friday, 3:00-6:00 p.m., $9.50 pp Served with French fries or baked potato and coleslaw and all the fish or chicken tenders you can eat. No reservation needed. Trivia with Sherlock Homes Every Thursday, 6:00 p.m., Horizon Room, Appetizers will be available to order. DJ Jamal Friday, January 5, Horizon Room, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Bring your dancing shoes for a fun-filled evening with Jamal. This will be dancing music only. Purchase your favorite drinks at the bar or one of the drink specials. Everyone welcome! FREE HOA Dance and Dance Lesson by Don and Shirley Saturday, January 6, 6:30-7:00 p.m. Dance Lesson, 7:00-9:30 a.m. DJ Don and Shirley Join us for another wonderful night of dancing. There will be a full cash bar, and your SunBird ID will be your entry into the dance. Farmers Market Monday, January 8, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Waterview parking lot Check out the fresh produce, breads, olive oils, cookies, knife sharpener, bath and body products and a beekeeper with honey and pollen, relishes, Watkins spices, Patty’s hats, skin care, polish goodies, German sauerkraut and sausages. FREE Dance Friday, January 12, 6:00-9:00 p.m. For all SunBird residents and their guests. Entertainment by Los Gringos and the Chi Chi’s. Full cash bar and free beer while it lasts. Remember to bring your SunBird ID for entry. Dance hosted by Dean Tucker and Friends. DJ Jamal Friday, January 12, Horizon Room, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Bring your dancing shoes for a fun-filled evening with Jamal. This will be dancing music only. Purchase your favorite drinks at the bar or one of the drink specials. Everyone welcome! Basha High School Band Concert Saturday, January 13, 6:00 p.m. Free admission and donations will be accepted at the door. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Concert is sponsored by the SunBird Lions and Basha High School LEO club. Third Wednesday Coffee January 17, 10:00 a.m., Ballroom Join Layne and Wanda again this season to share what’s coming up and what has happened since our last update. Bring your questions, and we’ll find the answers. Coffee and doughnuts will be served, compliments of Dino Goegan from Edward Jones. Karaoke with Mark & Toni Friday, January 19, Horizon Room, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Bring your singing voices and join in for a night of fun. There will be drink specials from the bar. As long as there are singers signing up for karaoke, that is what will happen. If no one signs up, Mark and Toni will play dance music. Okay, all you karaoke people, this is what you wanted, so show up and sing your hearts out. Everyone welcome! FREE HOA Dance and Dance Lesson by Don & Shirley Saturday, January 20, 6:30-7:00 p.m. Dance Lesson, 7:00-9:30 p.m. DJ Don and Shirley Join us for another wonderful night of dancing. There will be a full cash bar, and your SunBird ID will be your entry into the dance. DJ Jamal Friday, January 26, Horizon Room, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Bring your dancing shoes for a fun-filled evening with Jamal. This will be dancing music only. Purchase your favorite drinks at the bar or one of the drink specials. Everyone welcome! FREE Dance Saturday, January 27, 7:00-10:00 p.m. Let’s help Bob and Pauline Sciaretta celebrate a birthday and a wedding anniversary. There will be a full cash bar and plenty of entertainment and fun. DJ Mark will be playing the oldies for the oldies. Upcoming Events for February: Trivia – February 1, 8, 15 and 22 Karaoke – February 2 and 16 Bingo – February 2 and 16 DJ – February 9 and 23 Kare Bear Faire – February 3 FREE Dance Lesson and Dance with Don & Shirley – February 3 Canadian BBQ – February 8 Valentine Dance with Thaddeus Rose and Band – February 10 Farmers Market – February 12 HOA Dance with Exit 40 – February 17 Garage Sale – February 17 Third Wednesday Coffee – February 21 Car Show – February 21 Don & Shirley Dance Lesson and Dance – February 24 Rummage Sale – February 24 Tower Point Concert Band – February 25 Back to the Fifties – February 27 The post Social Events appeared first on SunBird News.

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  • Trivia is back!Trivia is back!

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  • SunBird Golf Resort Homeowners Association CommitteesSunBird Golf Resort Homeowners Association Committees

    SunBird has six committees that meet regularly through most of the year, with the exception of the Architectural Control Committee which meets all year round. Committee membership appointments are for one year (March – February) and will be up for renewal and approval this upcoming February. If you are interested in joining or learning more about a committee, please attend one of their meetings and/or submit your name for consideration. Architectural Control Committee, Pat McGonegle, Chairperson, 883-1962 (Oct – Apr) 2nd and 4th Wednesdays 1:30 PM Lakeview Rm (May – Sept) 2nd Wednesday 1:30 PM Lakeview Room (No meetings on Holiday weeks) Finance Committee, Walt Mills, Chairperson 883-8007 1st Tuesdays 2:00 PM Pima Room Going Green, Treva Christenson, Chairperson, 273-8963 1st Thursday 2:00 PM Ballroom (no meetings through summer) Marketing Committee, John Brockish, Chairperson, 759-0742 TBA (no meetings through summer) Project Review Committee, Bill Hook, Chairperson, 895-6920 1st Thursday 1:00 PM Pima Room Rules Compliance, Chris Nechvatal, Chairperson, 883-9262 1st Monday 1:00 PM Pima Room (no meetings through summer) We appreciate all of the many volunteers who dedicate their time and talents to keeping SunBird a great place to live. If you have any questions about committees, please feel free to contact the SunBird Office at 802-4901. The post SunBird Golf Resort Homeowners Association Committees appeared first on SunBird News.

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  • Valentine’s DinnerValentine’s Dinner

    Join us for our Valentine’s Dinner on Saturday, February 10, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.; $20.00 per person. The menu will include shrimp cocktail, Caesar salad, New York strip or baked sole with crab stuffing, roasted red potatoes with vegetable and chocolate layer cake. Purchase tickets in advance in the Horizon Room. The post Valentine’s Dinner appeared first on SunBird News.

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  • Mark you calendar for Basha High School Symphonic Band ConcertMark you calendar for Basha High School Symphonic Band Concert

      Marilyn Hespel Our local Basha High School music department will be presenting its annual January concert and jazz band music in the ballroom on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. SunBird Lion’s Club has been sponsoring this popular event for the past eight years. All money donated is given to the Basha music program. This year, it will be used towards the purchase of a keyboard and a bass clarinet. To show appreciation for the great music performed by these dedicated young people, we encourage all SunBird residents to attend this concert and contribute generously to support their efforts and many hours of practice. In past years, the largest amount donated has been $615. Our goal this year is $1,000 or more. We can do it with your help. Please assist the Chandler SunBird Lion’s Club attain this projected goal, just another one of their annual projects. The group performing is the Symphonic Band. There are 39 students in the ensemble. The band will be performing several marches and an armed forces medley in addition to one or two programmatic pieces. If you are unable to attend this concert but would like to donate, a check can be made payable to “SunBird Lions Club” (designate Basha High School Band) and mailed to 6250 S. SunBird Blvd., Chandler, AZ 85249, or they can be dropped off at the HOA office. Feel free to invite your friends from other communities. The post Mark you calendar for Basha High School Symphonic Band Concert appeared first on SunBird News.

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  • P.E.O. Founders Day luncheonP.E.O. Founders Day luncheon

    Shirley Langer “Women Reaching for the Stars” is the theme of the Chandler-Sun Lakes-Gilbert Reciprocity P.E.O. Founders Day Luncheon. It will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018, in the San Tan Ballroom, Cottonwood Country Club, Sun Lakes, located at E.J. Robson Blvd. and Riggs Road. Registration is at 11:00 a.m. with lunch served at noon. The cost is $22 per person. All unaffiliated and visiting P.E.O.’s are invited to attend this annual event hosted by Chapters DW, EN and EW. Reservations may be made by sending a check in the amount of $22 made out to “P.E.O.” by Friday, January 12, 2018. Mail checks to Linda Reber, 11017 E. Twilight Court, Sun Lakes, AZ 85248. For more information, call Linda at 480-895-8825 or Shirley Langer at 480-895-1505. P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) was founded on January 21, 1869, by seven students at Iowa Wesley College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. P.E.O. has grown from that tiny membership of seven to almost a quarter of a million members in chapters in the United States and Canada. The P.E.O. Sisterhood’s mission is to promote educational opportunities for women. Our sisterhood proudly makes a difference in women’s lives with five international philanthropies, plus Cottey College in Nevada, MO. The post P.E.O. Founders Day luncheon appeared first on SunBird News.

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  • This, That and Other StuffThis, That and Other Stuff

      Bob Neuman The title of a book by Thomas Wolfe is You Can’t Go Home Again. Hogwash! We do each time we leave SunBird to go watch our grandchild graduate or marry. I recently completed a visit in October to my Indiana roots where my three gregarious daughters live in different towns. Landing in Indianapolis with Southwest, I see my daughter Terri with a hot cup of coffee for me. She drives me to her Muncie home where husband Scott awaits. I will be here eight relaxing days. The sun is bright, the temperature pleasant and there is the promise of a colorful, leaf-changing autumn. She had taken some days off so we can converse, drink coffee and solve the world’s problems. One day, we head north into Amish-land. We see horse and buggy travel, beautiful farms, quaint dress and very peaceful people who aren’t bothered with current stuff. Best of all, we visit a huge Amish store that mainly sells about everything produced by these people. Their furniture is world known. Later, John and Debby Foster arrive at Terri’s for dinner. I enjoy this very special time with these extra-special friends. The days slip by, and soon it’s time for “dad drop,” so I am shuffled off to another daughter. Goodbye to Muncie and my Ball State University alma mater. Meeting my youngest daughter Christy, I ride with her through the rolling hills of Brown County toward Nashville, Indiana, where thousands of tourists descend to enjoy the crisp air and beautiful fall colors that will arrive soon. Chris and I take long walks on the many trails in the bright October sunshine and speak about many things as people do that unfortunately have too many infrequent times together. Eating our lunch outside, we then stroll through the many small stores waiting for the mid-morning crowd. We stop to greet Jacob, my 6’5” grandson who works at one of the shops. The days slip away too quickly, and Dad is dropped a second time. By virtue of my military duty, our born-in-Japan eldest Laura takes the wheel, and off we go to her home in Shelbyville, Indiana. The house was first owned by my parents, is over 100 years old and is where I grew up. Captain Jack, her cocker, is happy to see me and proves it by licking my leg. Many relatives live in the vicinity, so I anticipate numerous conversations. Also, the remainder of my high school class resides here, too. This includes a lovely lady named Lois whom I swooned over way back then. A few days before I depart, all the family gathers at Terri’s for a delicious pre-Thanksgiving dinner she has prepared. The weather has grown cold, windy and dreary. The anticipated leaf colors barely happened. My Indiana days have ended, and it’s time to leave. Laura drives me to the Indianapolis airport, and I depart with mixed emotions. I think of how I love my daughters and how I will miss them, but I long for sunshine and mild days. On the plane, I play over again the wonderful time I had and realize I am very tired and miss my wife. I will try to nap as we streak for Phoenix. The post This, That and Other Stuff appeared first on SunBird News.

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  • Packages from HomePackages from Home

    Marilyn Hespel On November 11, the SunBird Lions Club held the annual “Salute Our Veterans” Golf Tournament and also collected donations for the “Packages from Home” organization. Both the golfers and members of the community brought donations to the golf tournament or left them in the dedicated box in the community center. The “Packages from Home” organization, located on 7th Avenue in Phoenix, sends boxes of varied items to our active troops who are serving our country abroad. “The mission of ‘Packages from Home’ is to send care and comfort packages to deployed American military heroes who are stationed in active duty theaters around the world, as well as to facilitate activities that elevate morale of all veterans.” The donations of goods collected by the Lions this year included 109 pairs of socks, 12 pairs of underwear and 215 pounds of assorted items that filled 12 cartons. The items collected were assorted toiletries such as shampoos, powder, lotion, bar soap, hand sanitizers, tooth brushes and toothpaste. Also donated were many paperback books, boxes of greeting cards, pads of paper, pens, games, many decks of playing cards and assorted puzzles. There was also 65 pounds of varied snacks and canned goods, such as pretzels, bags of candy, gum, canned soups and peanut butter and jelly. Several people made monetary donations that added up to $175. This cash will help deflect the cost of postage incurred when mailing these boxes of home goods to our troops. The “Packages from Home” organization was very appreciative of everyone’s generosity. This annual project of the SunBird Lions Club was a huge success and provided us with a gratifying way to both “Salute our Soldiers” as well as “Salute our Veterans.” The SunBird Lions would like to thank all those who donated to this worthy cause. If you missed our annual collection and still have items you would like to donate to the “Packages from Home” organization, you may take them to the local drop-off center at “Post Net” located at 1909 E. Ray Road #9, Chandler, AZ 85225, on the southwest corner of Cooper Road. Just mark your donations “Packages from Home.” The post Packages from Home appeared first on SunBird News.

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  • It was over the topIt was over the top

      Wes Akerman Joel Sybesma was successful in raising over $25,000 at the annual auction on SunBird’s patio. It was only possible through Joel’s tireless, some would say relentless, pursuit of goods, services and cash to be put on the auction block. The generosity of the over 200 participants was unparalleled. “Save Our Golf Course” was the theme, and bidding reflected the attitude that this was a donation toward the purchase of a tractor to ensure we continue to enjoy the lakes, fountains and lush green grass as we enter the gates and drive down SunBird Boulevard to our clubhouse. Could you imagine SunBird without a golf course? Courses all over the USA are closing on a daily basis, including here in the Phoenix area. SunBird Golf Club struggles to remain viable. It is unfortunate that the HOA can’t contribute to the ongoing operation of the golf course. In fact, they charge the membership for use of the space in the clubhouse. A beautiful landscape is not a given. If it were not for the generosity of friends, we would not have a golf course. Joel is retiring from his auctioneering days, and what better way to go out than “Over the Top.” Thank you, Joel, for all your hard work and dedication. The post It was over the top appeared first on SunBird News.

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  • Saba’s Western Wear marks 90 years in ChandlerSaba’s Western Wear marks 90 years in Chandler

    Opening a business is a risky endeavor and many small companies fold in a short time, falling victim to tough economic times and customers’ ever-changing demands.

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  • Deal to rescue TechShop in Chandler falls apartDeal to rescue TechShop in Chandler falls apart

    The potential rebirth of TechShop Chandler hit another roadblock after a deal to acquire the makerspace’s defunct parent company fell apart.

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  • Seniors kick up their heels to celebrate SilverSneakersSeniors kick up their heels to celebrate SilverSneakers

    BY COLLEEN SPARKS Staff Mature adults in Chandler and around the country have been lacing up their sneakers, stretching in  yoga classes and dancing pounds away over the last 25 years – in large part due to a local company. SilverSneakers by Tivity Health, a company headquartered on South Spectrum Boulevard in Chandler, celebrated its 25th anniversary recently as nearly 200 fitness locations across the country also kicked up their heels at events to mark the occasion. A group of more than 300 people, including SilverSneakers members and employees, danced, tapped their feet, lunged, stretched and performed other aerobic exercises in a class SilverSneakers national trainer Jenny O’Callaghan led at the Chandler site. SilverSneakers by Tivity Health is a national program where people who are eligible for Medicare plans can participate for free in fitness classes and enroll as members to work out at over 14,000 Gay Roger by SilverSneakers gyms, community centers senior living communities and other places around the country. The program aims to encourage members to improve their health with regular exercise and social opportunities. During the celebratory event in Chandler, a livestream with a video capturing Tivity Health’s headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee, showed SilverSneakers members and Tivity Health’s CEO Donato Tramuto talking about the benefits of the senior health offerings. Chandler Vice Mayor Kevin Hartke, who participated in the local exercise class, told the audience SilverSneakers “sparked a fitness movement” and everyone knows a parent, grandparent or friend who could benefit from it. “That was fun,” Hartke said. “I do want to congratulate SilverSneakers on their 25th anniversary. Like most of you, I don’t consider myself an older adult. The best is yet to come. It’s great to see what health means in today’s world. Don’t give up on your dreams.” In Chandler, people can exercise at12 participating SilverSneakers locations and nearly 12,000 people in Chandler are eligible to take part in the SilverSneakers program. Some of the places in Chandler that partner with SilverSneakers to provide free exercise services to SilverSne  kers members are Anytime Fitness, AZ Elite Sports and Gym, the Chandler/ Gilbert Family YMCA and Tumbleweed Recreation Center. SilverSneakers members can use the benefit to enjoy the equipment and classes as members of local gyms and fitness centers, getting access to weights, treadmills, pools and other exercise equipment. A variety of classes designed to help people of all fitness levels and interests are provided through SilverSneakers. In a Classic class, students move to music doing exercises designed to boost strength and range of motion. Splash classes allow members to exercise in shallow water. SilverSneakers also provides yoga, a BOOM MOVE IT dance workout class, BOOM MIND, which combines yoga and Pilates and many other classes. Around the country, more than 14.5 million people are eligible for the SilverSneakers benefit through over 60 health plans including the country’s Medicare Advantage health plans, Medicare Supplement carriers, as well as group retiree plans. SilverSneakers member Gay Rogers of Centre, Alabama, who earned the 2016 Richard L. Swanson Inspiration Award, talked about how the program changed her life while she attended the Chandler event. Rogers, 65, started SilverSneakers in December of 2015 hoping to walk again after a disease called Charcot forced her to have her legs amputated from the knees down. She has survived five surgeries over the last six years and has prosthetic feet, but said she almost died a couple times. Rogers said prior to joining SilverSnakers, she was “not active” and she had “worked all the time.” “My son thought going to the gym would help me more than a psychiatrist,” Rogers said. “It is fantastic. I love telling my story. Because of what I went through, it has been a life-saver. It’s been fun. It helps me just to want to do better. Going to the gym is going to keep me from being a diabetic.” Paul Wimer, chief experience officer for Tivity Health, said he hears many inspiring stories from SilverSneakers members. He said the enrollees say they want to stay “fit and active” so they can chase after their grandchildren and some love the camaraderie in the fitness classes. Some members say participating in the SilverSneakers exercise routines has helped them live as long as they have, Wimer said. Baby boomers take their elderly parents to classes with them and “it’s a great way to be together,” Wimer said. “The goal of SilverSneakers is to help folks to live their best lives and to be as healthy and as active as they want to be,” he said. “Ultimately the goal is to help people live longer. Getting people to be active is great. I think about, my mom is 81; she goes to a gym. For her, going to class is going to see friends.” Sherry Desimone, an instructor of a SilverSneakers class at a Youfit Health Clubs on North Recker Road in Mesa, attended the celebration in Chandler. “The thing I like the most about them is seeing the progression of the students,” Desimone said. “It’s a fine program. You have the group behind you. It’s always easier when you have a group.” She said a woman in her class lost 80 pounds and said her sister lost 60 pounds. Other students have improved their balance. Being able to join a gym for free “takes the load off their mind,” Desimone added. Mary Swanson started SilverSneakers in 1992 after her father, who survived a heart attack at age 51 promised to improve his life with regular physical activity. His pledge to get healthier and her determination to see him be successful, laid the groundwork for the exercise program. By letting older adults manage their health and wellbeing better, their healthcare costs are lower, according to SilverSneakers. Credentialed instructors teach the classes created for all fitness levels and tailored to older Americans. Tivity Health also provides Prime Fitness by Tivity Health, which offers members access to a network of more than 10,000 fitness centers around the country. The primary age group it targets is people ages 18-64 and the fitness benefit is provided through commercial employers or health plan partners. With the WholeHealthLiving program, Tivity Health has an active, national network of chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists and other complementary and alternative medicine providers. Tivity Health, along with its subsidiary WholeHealth Networks, Inc., work with health plans and providers to offer these services to members around th  country. Information: trivityhealth.com.

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  • Smokin Fins mixes up diverse mix of dishesSmokin Fins mixes up diverse mix of dishes

    Picking out a place to go for dinner can be tricky as people try to find foods to please everyone in their family or group of friends.

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  • Upbeat teen tunes out stress with piano successUpbeat teen tunes out stress with piano success

    BY COLLEEN SPARKS, Staff A Chandler teenager who beat a life- threatening illness as a child is finding his life in harmony now as he racks up prizes at piano competitions in the Valley and around the country. Samuel Xu, 16, is on a high note after winning and taking second place in so many piano competitions over the last several years that it’s hard for him to remember the details of them all. Samuel got off to a rough start in life. He was diagnosed at 4 with aplastic anemia, a serious disorder that stops the body from producing enough new blood cells. Healthy now, Samuel said piano competitions require intense preparation and focus, but on a daily basis he thinks mostly about how much he loves playing rather than the judging and rivalry he will face at contests. A junior at the online Arizona Virtual Academy, Samuel has been playing the piano since he was 5. He won the International Institute for Young Musicians International Piano Competition and a $10,000 prize in 2015. He has also won the Arizona State Music Teachers National Association Junior Piano Competition, the Arizona Young Artist Piano Competition, the Steinway Avanti Star Piano Competition and the Arizona Musicfest Youth Piano Competition. He played a solo, on stage by himself for half an hour, in concert through MusicaNova Orchestra’s Young Artists concert series in September. Last year he performed a solo major with the MusicaNova Orchestra. He got first place in division three (for high school juniors and seniors) in the Arizona Musicfest’s 17th Annual Young Musicians Competition last month. “The nature of playing an instrument is not necessarily competing,” Samuel said. “It’s a pretty personal experience, especially as you learn to develop with the instrument. It’s like another language. It also expresses emotions.” Samuel was focused intently as he played songs on a piano at home recently in a seemingly effortless manner and talked animatedly about some of his favorite composers – Ludwig van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin and Maurice Ravel. His father, Fei Xu, a former professional pianist from China, teaches him as well as other students through New Century Conservatory. He and his wife, Hong Zhu, own the music school and operate it out of their house. Samuel said he is “really thankful” he won the top prize at the international competition in Kansas, which drew pianists ages 12 to 18 from around the United States, as well as China, Australia and other countries. “That competition was fun,” he said. “Obviously, it’s nervous because it was my first time doing a competition like that. It’s just preparing early. You’ve got to have a certain set of repertoires. I chose some of the pieces I like. All competitions are basically performance. You’ve got to focus.” In order to compete in the event, young musicians also must first submit a recording of themselves playing. Pianists perform in preliminary, semi-final and final rounds at the event. As part of the international competition in Kansas, Samuel and the other students also participated in a music camp for two weeks, living in the dorms. “Camp was good,” he said. “It was intense. You have lessons. You have master classes. There were performances every night. That experience was a chance to kind of bond with each other.” Samuel said many of his friends are also young musicians as he does not interact on a regular basis face-to-face with his classmates at Arizona Virtual Academy. He takes five classes a day in the week. Students can ask questions and chat online with their peers and if they miss a class, can watch the recorded version later. Books, science laboratory supplies and other materials are delivered to their homes. The flexibility of the online school is ideal for Samuel so he can practice the piano while keeping up with his class work. He said he can take a break from homework to practice piano when he feels refreshed and not have to miss classes to practice the piano or enter competitions, as he would if he attended a brick-and-mortar school. Samuel typically plays the piano three to four hours a day. The online school format also makes it easier for students to concentrate, his father said. “It’s hard to get distracted,” Fei said. “That’s one of the advantages.” Samuel’s parents enrolled him in the online school at a doctor’s recommendation when he was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, which leaves people feeling fatigued and with a greater risk of getting infections and uncontrolled bleeding. “He kept getting sick,” Fei said. “The immune system stopped working. It was a life-threatening condition.” Samuel remembers being hooked up to an IV station at home to get chemotherapy at home before he had a bone marrow transplant. But the treatment did not bother him. Rather, seeing the evil character Cruella de Vil in the “101 Dalmatians” cartoon he was watching at the time. “traumatized me,” he said. When he was almost 4, Samuel got a bone marrow transplant with his older sister, Gina Xu, who is now 19, as the donor. Luckily for the family, she was a “perfect match,” Fei said. “After the bone marrow transplant, things started to stabilize,” he added. “He’s very determined. He never complained. We are really blessed.” The sky has been the limit for Samuel, who said his father coaches him, offering guidance throughout the day on piano. When he was 12, Samuel won in his age division, at the 2013 Music Teachers National Association Junior Piano Competition held at Arizona State University. He said the event was “definitely exciting” and he had a chance to meet impressive ASU music professors. Also at ASU, Samuel participated in and won the Arizona Young Artist Piano Competition a few times, he first time when he was 9. He said it’s a fun competition, where he sees many “familiar faces.” Samuel took first place at the Steinway Avanti Star Piano Competition, facing out-of-state judges, and he earned second-place honors two other times at the event. He said when he was 14 he won the Arizona Musicfest Youth Piano Competition in his age division in the Valley and he has also earned second- place in that contest twice. Just last month, he got first place in division three at the Musicfest competition. Samuel participates in that event every year. Performing last year with MusicaNova Orchestra was a thrilling experience, he said. “I got to learn a lot and develop a lot of new skills,” Samuel said. “Everybody is integrated into one style of playing. You kind of have to be a team player. He said he also loved playing Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F major in that concert as “he’s an exciting composer.” “At an early age, I would listen to his music,” Samuel said. Warren Cohen, musical director of the MusicaNova Orchestra, loved working with Samuel. “Working with Samuel was a joy,” Cohen said. “He is extremely musical and sensitive, and of course has marvelous training and a first-rate technique, and he is a delightful young man. I couldn’t ask for a better soloist!” Samuel said he hopes to become a professional pianist, as his father was before becoming a piano teacher. His goal is to get accepted to Eastman School of Music – University of Rochester in New York, The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia or another well-respected music school. Fei went to the Central Conservatory of Music, a world-renowned school in China. A fan of various musical genres, Samuel even likes film scores, hip-hop and indie-style music. He said he loves the piano because compared to other instruments it is “more flexible.” “You play with two hands,” Samuel said. “You have more control over different melodies. You could play both par s. You can have a lot going on with that.”

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  • Chandler rallies round teen fighting stage-four cancerChandler rallies round teen fighting stage-four cancer

    Stephen Gallagher Jr., works multiple jobs to take care of his five children, and does not like to ask for help.

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    Squeaky toys. Bones. Treats. Not the typical items you’d expect on a Christmas list for Santa.

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  • Ex-Chandler High standout leads juco team to hot seasonEx-Chandler High standout leads juco team to hot season

    In 2014, he led the Chandler Wolves to a state championship by throwing for over 3,000 yards and 46 touchdowns in his senior season. Now, Bryce Perkins is at it again and is at the helm of the undefeated Arizona…

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  • Safety and Veterans Expo takes place at Chandler parkSafety and Veterans Expo takes place at Chandler park

    The second annual Safety and Veterans Expo takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road. Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, Chandler Police and Chandler Fire, Health and Medical departments are…

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  • Override, bond vote results due Tuesday in four EV districtsOverride, bond vote results due Tuesday in four EV districts

    Results in the override and bond votes in several East Valley school districts will be known Tuesday night, but voters who haven’t cast their ballots yet won’t be able to use the mail to do so.

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  • Chandler restaurant brings spicy noodle dishes to EVChandler restaurant brings spicy noodle dishes to EV

    Shuai “Mark” He certainly used his noodle opening his new Chandler restaurant last month.

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  • Concussion scares cause Chandler student to quit footballConcussion scares cause Chandler student to quit football

    This past summer, Chandler High senior Devin Shivers caught a pass out of the backfield during a 7-on-7 football game at Northern Arizona University and turned his head to start up field.

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