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  • Staff, community rallying around beloved Casteel principalStaff, community rallying around beloved Casteel principal

    By COLLEEN SPARKS Staff Casteel High School Principal Sandy Lundberg is the kind of leader who boosts everyone she meets by lifting their spirits and making them feel like they can accomplish anything. That’s why staff members, students, parents and the community say they are rallying around her as she battles a rare type of lung cancer. They are organizing a fundraising event called Living in the Joy, one of Lundberg’s favorite expressions, from 8 a.m. to noon on Dec. 2 at the high school, 24901 S. Power Road, Queen Creek. For $5, people can eat breakfast and bid on decorated Christmas trees in a silent auction. Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 each and people can win a variety of gift cards. Proceeds from the event will go to Lundberg’s medical costs. “Sandy’s incredible courage, spirit and positive outlook are inspirational to all of us who know her and those who will come to know her in the days and months ahead,” said Living in the Joy chair Kara Wilson, who is Lundberg’s administrative assistant at Casteel High. “She’s a person who has spent her life building relationships with people.” Wilson added. “She makes connections with kids on a daily basis. Her whole focus has been making connections in the community so we can come together and help these kids succeed. Now it’s time for those of us to turn around and return the favor.” Lundberg, 52, is undergoing targeted chemotherapy and is on medical leave but she comes to the school about once a week and contacts staff every day, Wilson said. Wilson has worked for Lundberg for about six years, including previously as Lundberg’s administrative assistant at Arizona College Prep-Oakland Campus in Chandler. “She’s very passionate about education and about kids,” Wilson said. “She believes and she surrounds herself with people who believe every child can succeed at a high level.” Lundberg is in good spirits, she said. When she was first diagnosed with cancer, she said, “I don’t know why this is happening. I know that God has a plan and I’m going to trust in his plan. I have just decided I’m going to live in the joy, find the joy.” Lundberg is grateful for the support. “I’m very humbled, very blessed that they would all want to do it, but humbled the most,” she said. “It’s just amazing to see … how they’re just wiling to step up and help you when you are in need it’s amazing. It’s such a wonderful community. The cancer community has just reached out in so many ways. It’s just been phenomenal. “All of my staff are just wonderful and supportive. You’re asking them to all step up and do more. I call them my white buffalo. White buffalo are real, but they’re unique. They’re awe-inspiring and irreplaceable,” she added. At Casteel, students are taught to say “I don’t get this right now,” rather than just “I don’t get this” to reinforce that they can learn anything, Wilson said. She added Lundberg, who has been in the Chandler Unified School District for about 10 years, is such a good principal that parents make sure their children can enroll at Casteel, which opened in 2015. Wilson said Lundberg takes the time to stop and talk to all students and teachers she sees in the hallway to make positive comments. The principal also has forged a close relationship with community groups including the Sun Lakes Rotary Club, which has led to the organization providing support and programs to Casteel. Lundberg works well with parents and previously taught for 18 years in Minnesota, Wilson said. A parent herself, Lundberg and her husband, Bill, have two daughters: Maggie, 11, a student at Auxier Elementary School and Melissa, 16, a junior at Casteel. Faculty and staff members at Casteel recently each contributed $20 in a fundraiser, where they then wore jeans to work for four days. That effort raised $1,300 for Lundberg, Wilson said. A gofundme account has raised about $20,000 for the school principal. Lundberg looks forward to the Dec. 2 fundraiser, saying she and Bill are amazed by all the help and outpouring of love. She’s worked in education for 30 years, including 18 teaching instrumental music/band to K-12th grades. “I just I don’t know that I can express enough high regard for just everyone; the staff, the community,” Lundberg said. “The support is overwhelming. We tried to build a school to be uncommon. Really the community is showing itself to be uncommon and such a blessing. We are awe inspired that’s for sure.” People can still make in-kind donations to volunteer at the Dec. 2 event, or donate raffle items by calling Wilson at 480-424-8107 or Wilson.kara@cusd80.com.

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  • Man steals $15K using skimmer at Chandler bank45 mins agoMan steals $15K using skimmer at Chandler bank45 mins ago

    According to Chandler police, a suspect got away about $15,000 after installing a skimmer at the Arizona Bank & Trust near 56th Street and Ray Road. The bank received a number of disputed charges which caused them to research the time period of the fraudulent purchases.

    Chandler News / 19 h. 1 min. ago
  • Up to $15K stolen after card skimmer used on Chandler ATM - AZFamilyUp to $15K stolen after card skimmer used on Chandler ATM - AZFamily

    AZFamilyUp to $15K stolen after card skimmer used on Chandler ATMAZFamilyChandler police are investigating after a card skimmer was apparently installed on a bank ATM to gather customer account information. Investigators say the Arizona Bank and Trust drive-up ATM near I-10 and Ray Road was targeted. Investigators released ...Search for man accused of skimming cards at bank ATMFOX 10 News PhoenixChandler police seek ATM card-skimmer thief who stole $15000AZCentral.comall 5 news articles »

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  • Suspect steals $15000 using skimmer at Chandler bank - ABC15 ArizonaSuspect steals $15000 using skimmer at Chandler bank - ABC15 Arizona

    ABC15 ArizonaSuspect steals $15000 using skimmer at Chandler bankABC15 ArizonaCHANDLER, AZ - Police say Valley thieves are evolving, with the latest incident involving a newly-discovered skimmer at a Chandler bank. According to Chandler police, a suspect got away about $15,000 after installing a skimmer at the Arizona Bank ...

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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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  • Drug firm founder pleads not guilty to opioid conspiracyDrug firm founder pleads not guilty to opioid conspiracy

    In this Oct. 26, 2017 file photo, Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor leaves U.S. District Court in Phoenix. He had been charged with leading a conspiracy to bribe doctors to prescribe an opioid pain medication for people who didn't need it.

    Chandler News / 2 d. 4 h. ago
  • Chandler, Gilbert police begin carrying opioid overdose drug and putting it to useChandler, Gilbert police begin carrying opioid overdose drug and putting it to use

    Chandler, Gilbert, Surprise and other Valley police now carry naloxone, a rescue drug for opioid overdoses. Other metro Phoenix departments may follow When it comes to declaring emergencies, the type of emergency it is can determine how much funding the federal government will allocate to solve it.

    Chandler News / 2 d. 11 h. ago
  • Arizona Town Hall harsh on state leaders, calls for school tax hike, more pay for teachersArizona Town Hall harsh on state leaders, calls for school tax hike, more pay for teachers

    Arizona Town Hall participants had harsh words for state leaders and big ideas for solutions to the state's education-funding crisis. Arizona's results-based funding program gave low-income-area district and charter schools $14 million.

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  • Fireball Blazes Across the Sky in Chandler, Arizona. Credit - "...Fireball Blazes Across the Sky in Chandler, Arizona. Credit - "...

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  • TechShop suddenly shuts down in Chandler - AZFamilyTechShop suddenly shuts down in Chandler - AZFamily

    AZFamilyTechShop suddenly shuts down in ChandlerAZFamilySome members told Arizona's Family they received a notification via email or phone call Wednesday morning giving people as little as eight hours to remove their belongings. Tech Shop opened in downtown Chandler four years ago. Its slogan is “Build your ...Chandler 'maker' space closed suddenly as TechShop declares bankruptcy, closes all locationsPhoenix Business Journalall 16 news articles »

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  • Ex-Chandler, ASU QB Bryce Perkins back on track, has Arizona Western College on brink of national title - AZCentral.comEx-Chandler, ASU QB Bryce Perkins back on track, has Arizona Western College on brink of national title - AZCentral.com

    AZCentral.comEx-Chandler, ASU QB Bryce Perkins back on track, has Arizona Western College on brink of national titleAZCentral.comIn his first game against Eastern Arizona, Perkins was just 7 of 15 for 105 yards and threw three interceptions in a 21-14 win. He ran for 21 yards on 12 carries. It was not the kind of production he was used to at Chandler, where he completed 75 ...

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  • Pot Of Gold Music Festival Announces 2018 LineupPot Of Gold Music Festival Announces 2018 Lineup

    The 2018 Pot Of Gold Music Festival will take place March 16 - 18 at Rawhide Western Town & Event Center in Chandler, Arizona. Organizers have revealed the lineup of performers for next year's multi-day event.

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  • Chandler police cracking down on DUI offenders - ABC15 ArizonaChandler police cracking down on DUI offenders - ABC15 Arizona

    ABC15 ArizonaChandler police cracking down on DUI offendersABC15 ArizonaCHANDLER, AZ - Chandler police have identified a huge problem and on Wednesday they're cracking down to remedy it. Police say there are 1,900 active DUI warrants through Chandler City Court -- drivers who were arrested for DUI and either skipped out ...and more »

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  • Valley bar under fire for laying off bartenderValley bar under fire for laying off bartender

    A Valley bar is under fire for what it did after it fired a former employee and it went viral. Brandon Casey owns the Woodshed bar in Tempe, and up until Saturday, he was bartending and helping to manage the Ostrich in Chandler.

    Chandler News / 4 d. 18 h. 47 min. ago
  • Popular bartender let go from Chandler bar with no explanation - ABC15 ArizonaPopular bartender let go from Chandler bar with no explanation - ABC15 Arizona

    ABC15 ArizonaPopular bartender let go from Chandler bar with no explanationABC15 ArizonaCHANDLER, AZ - A Valley bar is under fire for what it did after it fired a former employee and it went viral. Brandon Casey owns the Woodshed bar in Tempe, and up until Saturday, he was bartending and helping to manage the Ostrich in Chandler.and more »

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  • Attorney: Hamilton hazing victims being harassedAttorney: Hamilton hazing victims being harassed

    More claims of victim harassment have surfaced in the Hamilton High School sexual assault scandal . Four victims have now come forward through their attorneys claiming they're being harassed, intimidated, and coerced.

    Chandler News / 4 d. 20 h. 57 min. ago
  • Attorney: Hamilton High School sex assault victims experiencing harassment, coercion - ABC15 ArizonaAttorney: Hamilton High School sex assault victims experiencing harassment, coercion - ABC15 Arizona

    ABC15 ArizonaAttorney: Hamilton High School sex assault victims experiencing harassment, coercionABC15 ArizonaCHANDLER, Az - More claims of victim harassment have surfaced in the Hamilton High School sexual assault scandal. Four victims have now come forward through their attorneys claiming they're being harassed, intimidated, and coerced. "This is tragic.

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  • Clothing recycling plant Phoenix Fibers in ChandlerClothing recycling plant Phoenix Fibers in Chandler

    Steve Johnson, plant manager for clothing recycling plant Phoenix Fibers, stands next to one of the industrial shredding machines holding recycled fiber material. Steve Johnson, plant manager for clothing recycling plant Phoenix Fibers, stands next to one of the industrial shredding machines holding recycled fiber material.

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  • Not just for athletes, Basha High celebrates academics with yard signsNot just for athletes, Basha High celebrates academics with yard signs

    Some 165 Basha High School students who earned college credit on AP exams were surprised with celebratory front-yard signs from school administrators. Parents have long celebrated student athletes with proud signs in their front yards, but an East Valley high school is drawing attention for cheering on student academics.

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  • Test of ultimate back-seat driverTest of ultimate back-seat driver

    A self-driving car company created by Google is pulling the human backup driver from behind the steering wheel and will test vehicles on public roads with only an employee in the back seat.

    Chandler News / 6 d. 17 h. 37 min. ago
  • Chandler football pulls away late to win shootout with Pinnacle - AZCentral.comChandler football pulls away late to win shootout with Pinnacle - AZCentral.com

    AZCentral.comChandler football pulls away late to win shootout with PinnacleAZCentral.comChandler cheerleaders during the 6A quarter-final football game between the Chandler Wolves and the Pinnacle Pioneers at Chandler High School on Saturday, November 11, 2017 in Chandler, Arizona. Richard Morin, azcentral sports Published 10:25 p.m. ...and more »

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  • Everspin Tech (MRAM) Downgraded by Zacks Investment ResearchEverspin Tech (MRAM) Downgraded by Zacks Investment Research

    According to Zacks, "Everspin Technologies, Inc. is involved in designing, manufacturing and commercially shipping discrete and embedded Magnetoresistive RAM and Spin-Torque MRAM. It serves data center, cloud storage, energy, industrial, automotive and transportation markets.

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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…

    East Valley Tribune / 7 d. 13 h. 14 min. ago
  • Chandler Public Library treated for bed bugs after teen bit - ABC15 ArizonaChandler Public Library treated for bed bugs after teen bit - ABC15 Arizona

    ABC15 ArizonaChandler Public Library treated for bed bugs after teen bitABC15 ArizonaCHANDLER, AZ - Is it an infestation of bed bugs at the Chandler Public Library on the Basha High School Campus? One Valley mother seems to think so. After her daughter's friend showed her a picture of what appears to be bed bugs on a chair she was ...and more »

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  • So far, Arizona school graders merit a D with wacky dramaSo far, Arizona school graders merit a D with wacky drama

    By PAUL MARYNIAK, Tribune Executive Editor Let’s suppose you were waiting for a copy of your job evaluation. You were pretty confident it would be a good one, maybe already spending in your mind the bonus or raise that you knew would follow. The long-awaited copy arrives and with each word, your dismay turns to shock. It was tepid at best. Then your boss walks in and tells you, “Don’t worry. We’re changing the benchmarks we used in your evaluation. You’ll get another one in a few months.” No raise. No bonus. No real certainty about anything. Sound disturbing? Well, if you have kids or are related to kids attending a public or a charter school in Arizona, you, they and the people charged with educating them are in that nightmare right now. If you’ve been following the unfolding whacky drama surrounding the return of Arizona’s first letter grades for schools in a couple of years – and you should be – you already know about that nightmare. The state Board of Education released letter grades despite its members’ own concern that the formula used to generate them might be more than a little unfair and way too complex. The tape of the board’s Sept. 6 meeting – which you can search and find on youtube.com – is all the evidence you need. Kyrene Superintendent Jan Vesely and Susie Ostmeyer, her chief information and accountability officer, laid out the inherent unfairness in the complicated formula, noting it actually penalized schools doing exceptionally well. At least five of the 11 board members, including Chairman Tim Carter, voiced concerns about the revelations and debated whether a delay might be in order. Carter, the superintendent of Yavapai County schools, wasn’t just taking Kyrene’s word for it. He admitted that he had attended a number of meetings with rural school superintendents who voiced the same concerns. But then Carter said the board would press on anyway and vote on the new system three weeks later – which it did. And in pushing aside concerns about the formula, he explained the real reason for the rush: He was under pressure from the governor and the Legislature. Now the Board of Education has voted to re-examine the formula. It is appointing a whole different set of people to review the formula from the ones who came up with it in the first place. Its action came after public hearings that were given little publicity, were set up hastily and that were held in the daytime during the week, when most parents presumably are working. In the meantime, no one seems to be giving much attention to state Superintendent of Public Schools Diane Douglas’ assertion that letter grades don’t say much about a school anyway because they are largely based on one test. She has suggested a report card, one that gives a more thorough analysis to the wide variety of tasks any school or district must fulfill in order to educate your kids properly and prepare them for a world that is rapidly changing. Mainly, she’s being ignored because the governor and Legislature don’t want it. They want a simple grade. So, ask yourself what you would do if your child came home with a report card that had just one letter for all the different things he or she must accomplish in order to be successful in school. You wouldn’t know how they’re doing in any given subject. You wouldn’t know how they behave in class and related to their peers, teachers and staff. You wouldn’t even necessarily know how that grade was determined in the first place. And by the time the board adopts a new system, you still might not know much. Kids, teachers and school administrators deserve some better yardstick than what is being served up right now. Come to think of it, so do parents and caregivers. And yes, taxpayers, too.

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  • Downtown Chandler store a shoe-in for comfort, serviceDowntown Chandler store a shoe-in for comfort, service

    By COLLEEN SPARKS, Staff Shoe Thrill, a downtown Chandler business, tries to pair ease and beauty in every sandal, heel, loafer, boot, tennis shoe, clog, flip-flop and other piece of foot apparel. Besides offering upscale shoes designed to accommodate any feet, regardless of their issues, store owner Carissa Krausman said employees at her shop at 11 W. Boston St. wait on customers hand and foot, helping them find the right size and bringing them even more choices in shoes than they had envisioned. Selling shoes is a passion for Krausman, whose business recently celebrated its five-year anniversary. “I specialize in European fashion comfort,” she said. “Every year, I try to go funkier, prettier and brighter colors. Shoe shopping should always be fun. I am a shopaholic and playing adult Barbie is fun.” Shoes in a rainbow of bright and subdued colors and styles in unusual and more traditional shapes line the walls and tables in the cozy store. One of the brands the store carries is Taos, which aims to offer shoes that are easy on the feet but attractive and feature natural stones, metal ornaments and lighthearted embroidery. The Taos Sadie-style sandals at Shoe Thrill have a padded contour cork footbed lined in suede, and they offer two hook-and-loop straps to allow people to adjust them. The sandals have modern metal rivet additions and decorative buckles The Chandler shoe store also offers soft Arcopedico LS lace-up shoes with knitted uppers shaped to the foot that feel like slippers. For actual slippers, Shoe Thrill has several whimsical casual women’s wool clog-type Haflinger Jack slippers including one style with a colorful picture of half of a dog on one shoe and the other half of the dog on the other foot. The Alegria Holli heel in the “spiffy merlot” color has an adjustable Velcro strap and slips on easily with a Dream Fit upper that combines leather and open cell neoprene, the fabric used to make wetsuits, to accommodate feet and allow them to breathe. Krausman is head over heels for a new purple A.S. 98 boot with a flower and paisley pattern and soft suede leather interior. Another brand carried at Shoe Thrill is Think! Krausman said the company’s shoes are made from natural materials and come in “beautiful leathers.” The Think! Ana bootie in black has a platform sole and metallic detailed leather, giving it a modern, Bohemian feel. Shoe Thrill has many tall and short boots in eye-popping colors including the yellow Jafa 182 mid-calf boot with slim laces, a padded color and flat heel. The average price of shoes at Shoe Thrill is $130. Besides appreciating the visual appeal of shoes, Krausman knows the importance of keeping feet healthy and correcting feet problems. While jumping on a trampoline with another woman just before she turned 22, she landed with her knee locked. She said her knee exploded and “bone fragments” were everywhere. Krausman has a reconstructed plateau and a reattached posterior cruciate ligament. She has a titanium plate and several screws in her right knee as a result of the injury, and it’s painful to go barefoot. With the right shoes, she’s able to work out five times a week and she wants to help other people with feet problems. “Most of my customers have an issue like me,” Krausman said. “There’s a huge push for people to try to get healthier.” Wearing shoes with the right support and features to avoid pain means people will be able to walk around more, she said. Krausman said Shoe Thrill carries “awesome flip-flops” that will not hurt people who have plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot and links the heel bone to the toes. She added her shoes also are comfortable for people with Achilles tendonitis. “We are well versed, educated and accommodating to both foot issues and so much more,” she said. “Bunions, hammer toes, neuromas, you name the foot issue. We see it all.” After having worked at Shoe Mill in Tempe for 10 years, and in the restaurant business for four years before that, she was ready to grow professionally. Krausman said she was used to working in the “comfort shoes” industry and wanted to open a store that was a destination in itself and also got a lot of foot traffic. Downtown Chandler has been the ideal spot for her store, which she said attracts many locals and out-of-state visitors. “We’re very inclusive and involved,” Krausman said, adding she hangs out often with other local business owners. “You have more of a community like this. You feel like you’re not just a number.” She often holds sales and other events at her store, including a party for her 35th birthday, where customers sold their clothes at the shop and bought new shoes. Krausman also had a customer recipe exchange and used customers’ recipes in a cookbook she gave to all the participants. Those customers got a discount on shoes, as well as a free copy of the cookbook plus an extra one to sell for the holiday season. “I’ve been in the industry 15 years and many of my customers are like family,” Krausman said. Customers can get coupons when they sign up through the Shoe Thrills’ email list. From November to the end of April, Shoe Thrill offers trunk sales, where customers get previews of shoes, catering and free gifts with purchases. Because the popularity of brick-and-mortar stores is waning, she said business owners like her need to “think outside of the box.” Krausman, who has a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting from Arizona State University, said she and her employees work hard updating their Facebook page and Instagram. She sells leftover shows from the store on Amazon.com under the name Comfy Shoes. While shoppers can spend two hours walking through a large designer discount store struggling to find what they want, they get lots of attention in Shoe Thrill. Krausman and her workers take time to talk to their customers, get to know their tastes and needs and bring them more shoes than the ones they ask to try on. “I actually get disappointed if they buy what they picked out,” she said. “It’s an experience. I know how every style shoe in this store fits.” Shoe Thrill’s e-commerce manager Samantha Weber also loves shoes and said her feet “feel a lot better” after wearing the brands at the store. She has an issue in her left foot due to a soccer injury. “I love that there’s always something new to learn about different shoe brands,” Weber said. The shoe store also carries jewelry, sunglasses and purses. Some of the purses include Hobo International’s naked leather and soft suede Cisco, which is a casual shoulder bag with a beaded strap, and Baggallini’s lightweight nylon travel bags. Shoe Thrill is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To learn more about Shoe Thrill, visit shoethrill.com.

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  • Waymo self-driving vans to test in Chandler - ABC15 ArizonaWaymo self-driving vans to test in Chandler - ABC15 Arizona

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  • Chandler catering firm serving foodies for 37 yearsChandler catering firm serving foodies for 37 years

    By: David M. Brown, Contributor Robert Richter was born the same year as the great 1957 Chevy Bel Air zoomed out of Detroit. His Robert’s Catering in Chandler has become a classic, too, just without those signature soaring tail fins. And, when he’s got a dash of time away from the business, he plays his Rodgers 940 Classical digital electronic organ at home in Gilbert or traveling worldwide to play church pipe organs. For 37 years, he and his employees have catered parties, weddings, business events, taking on all business challenges and keeping the quality food flowing. “There are always challenges in taking the restaurant to the venues and homes where people want parties,” said Richter, who rescues horses and gives them homes. “Sometimes it is easier to just pack up our kitchen trailer and go and cater a party under the pecan trees,” he said. “And freeway traffic is a huge challenge and weekend road closures. We are the work-weekend warriors of the food industry.” In preparing for the annual Mesa Arts Center fundraising gala, for example, the menus always take thought because of the unique ideas people have for themes, he said. And, for its annual Realtor Day at the Capitol, the Arizona Association of Realtors provides a luncheon for 600-plus guests in Wesley Bolin Plaza – which is a challenge for the outdoor site and the number of people. Then, there’s the Southwest Airlines Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner at the airport, which attracts 750–1,000 employees, who receive all-day service. “That’s a long day,” Richter said. Recently, Robert’s Catering helped local shopping center re-developer Michael Pollack celebrate entering the Guinness Book of World Records for his advertising art collection in Mesa. And, the crew also just catered a function honoring Marco Rubio, the junior U.S. senator from Florida. “Doing the impossible for clients is one of my specialties,” Richter said. Born in Dearborn, Michigan, he lived in Southgate, downriver to Detroit. “The Motor City is the melting pot of lots of ethnic foods and is home to many immigrants from all nationalities: German, Italian, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, Netherlands,” he said. Little Mexican food, however, was available in the city, but because his mother is a Chandler native, the family never had to go out for it. Food was always being discussed and prepared at home, so his decision to become a chef was not just a career choice. “I have been cooking ever since I could reach a stove. I have a talent in the kitchen and the taste buds to match,” he said. His grandparents “were also pretty darn good cooks.” He attended culinary school at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan. This was a tough four-year program, which accepted only 30 students every two years, he said. Meanwhile, he worked a variety of jobs to support his education and expand hands-on experience. At a 24-hour short order venue, the Palace Restaurant in Taylor, Michigan, he worked all the shifts at different stretches, refining skills such as flipping omelets, deep-frying and making burgers. Those basic skills were a foundation to his career. Then he was at a butcher shop, learning how to break down front shoulders and hindquarters of beef, lamb and pork and working up front at the meat counter and the cold cut department. One summer, he took a part-time cooking job at the Wyandotte Yacht Club along the Detroit River. He was next at the Dearborn Hyatt Regency at a variety of cooking departments. “They worked around my school schedule and also helped pay for my college,” he said. “Their program was if you went to school for the job you were working, they paid for your education.” Richter moved to Arizona to work for a rum cake company and to be with his parents, who had retired here. “My dad had promised my mom to bring her back to her hometown of Chandler,” he said, noting that he also has cousins, aunts and an uncle living in Chandler. What celebrity chefs inspired him? Of course, the ebullient Julia Child, whom he watched on television starting he as a child. He quotes her often: “A party without cake is just a meeting!” He also watched Jacques Pépin, another great chef, who did a television series with Child. “I got to cook for him at a fundraiser in the Biltmore Estates,” Richter recalled. His vacations have centered on food, water and great pipe organs. Two musical aunts and his mother, who all played piano or organ, inspired that interest, which began at 7 with piano lessons. “I never had to be told to practice. It was kind of natural to sit down at a piano,” he recalled. He then played for his church, transitioning to the organ. He played for Chandler Presbyterian Church for 14 years. “I love to substitute at different churches when they need me around the Valley,” he said. Food remains his main theme, though. “I have eaten my way through New Orleans many times and have some great Southern recipes from that region,” he said. He’s also traveled often to Nova Scotia for the seafood and the old churches with pipe organs. There he has a small cabin along the Atlantic Ocean for recreational fishing. Germany, Spain, Ireland, Norway, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Slovakia and all the Canadian provinces have been destinations where he’s enjoyed the food and playing music. Food, music, life in a nutshell?  “I will stop learning when I go the great wine cellar in the sky.” Information: 480-963-4040.

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  • Chandler lawmaker’s policy aimed at sexual harassmentChandler lawmaker’s policy aimed at sexual harassment

    By Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services Hoping to nip future problems before they get out of hand, House Speaker J.D. Mesnard on Monday released a detailed policy designed to curb sexual harassment. The Chandler Republican told Capitol Media Services that he believes it has always been a violation of House policy, if not state law, for lawmakers and staffers to make unwelcome sexual advances or offensive remarks. And he said that is conveyed to new legislators and employees when they first take office or are hired. But Mesnard said people tend to be at the Capitol for a decade or more and that “a periodic reminder might become the norm for the future.’’ What’s been the more pressing issue is to spell out, on paper, what’s off limits as well as the procedures that should be followed when a complaint is made. The move is not coming in a vacuum. It follows a Facebook post more than a week ago by Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita, R-Scottsdale, saying that from the moment she took office in 2011, she experienced “unwanted sexual advances and lewd and suggestive comments regarding my body and appearance from male colleagues.’’ As the behavior became “more aggressive and brazen,’’ Ugenti-Rita said she complained to House leadership. “While they were understanding and responsive to me, the lack of a traditional employer/employee relationship made it very difficult for them to deal with it in a meaningful way,’’ she wrote. Ugenti-Rita did not identify those who she said assailed her. Mesnard said what he crafted will create a more formalized policy, covering everything from who can take complaints to the procedures they should follow. What the policy also has is some very specific definitions of what is off limits. It starts with any “unequal and unlawful treatment of an individual,’’ including unwelcome verbal, written, physical or electronic communications “that either degrades or shows hostility or aversion towards a person arising because of that person’s inclusion in one of the categories protected by state or federal civil rights laws.’’ That includes race, religion, ethnicity and gender. And Mesnard said sexual harassment in particular already is spelled out in federal and state laws, including unwelcome sexual advances, harassment “that is inherently sexual in nature,’’ offensive remarks about a person’s gender, and any sort of promise of advancement or benefit in exchange for sexual favors. Also forbidden, he said, is the other side of the equation, meaning creating a “hostile work environment’’ and retaliation. “Most of it isn’t new,’’ Mesnard said. “But it hasn’t always been written or public.’’ More to the point, he said, the policy hasn’t always been clear. “We wanted to put it all out there,’’ the speaker said. Ugenti-Rita, whose public comments triggered all this, called what Mesnard put together “a good first step.’’ She said it should provide some guidance and some protections to future lawmakers who won’t have to go through the same hassles – and she says lack of formal action – that she faced. “We have this ‘it depends’ policy on who’s in leadership,’’ Ugenti-Rita said Monday after a preliminary review of the written policy. “It depends on who wants to take it seriously.’’ And she pointed out that Mesnard even has gotten into the details of not only how an inquiry should be conducted, but even forms with notes and checklists of what should be asked of both the person making the accusations and the person who is accused of harassment. “None of that stuff existed’’ when she went to House leadership, Ugenti-Rita said. “When I reached out about what our internal policies were I was sent a link to a federal website,’’ she recalled. “So I am happy to see that it looks like there’s going to be more structure to the process.’’ Mesnard said he has had a handful of people come to him since becoming speaker earlier this year. “I’m almost always asked to not intervene but just to be aware,’’ Mesnard said. “If I’m told, I’m told for my knowledge and I’m not supposed to do anything about it.’’ And if victims do not want to pursue the matter, he said, that leaves him with few options. “I don’t know what other recourse in those situations we’ve got other than to make sure we revisit members, make sure we have training to remind all members what ethical requirements we are operating under here, and continue to remind people of those things,’’ Mesnard said. There’s also the question of whether the complaints should be public. On one hand, Mesnard said that, as a public body – and with elected members – there is a presumption that most everything is open. “We could be in this pickle where the very fact that what we do is public could discourage folks from coming forward because they want to handle it privately,’’ he said. But Mesnard said it all comes out in the open if it deals with a lawmaker and gets to the point where it would go to the Ethics Committee. One issue Mesnard is sidestepping for the time being deals with harassment based on someone’s sexual orientation. as that is not a “protected’’ class under current state or federal law. Mesnard said the main purpose of what he put together was to make people aware of what harassment is and where to go if they are a victim. “Obviously, there are many policy discussions we may have moving forward about what should be under the umbrella of protected classes,’’ he said. “I didn’t want to delve into that putting this policy out there because then we get tangled up in an ongoing policy discussion.’’

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  • Christian software developer has big plans for East ValleyChristian software developer has big plans for East Valley

    By Ralph Zubiate Managing Editor Nestled between a Dutch Bros. coffee shop and an office of the American Federation of Astrologers in Tempe, one of the best-known brands in the Christian software world sits quietly in a satellite office. But Faithlife hopes to make a bigger splash with a move to a former grocery store in Chandler. “We are really big on being part of the community,” said Daniel Bagley, Faithlife’s inbound sales manager. “Moving to downtown Chandler makes sense for us. We fit into that culture, providing jobs and growth.” Sometime in November, the company will move its 20 or so employees to a building at 398 S. Arizona Ave., about two blocks from Chandler City Hall. “The building was a minimart and fried chicken and check cashing office,” said Bob Pritchett, a founder of Faithlife. “It’ll look a little nicer when we’re done.” Faithlife will use the facility, which it bought for $1 million last year, for software developers and sales. “We’re excited about what’s happening in downtown Chandler,” Pritchett said. “We’re interested in the walkable downtown in Chandler.” The company was founded in 1992 as Logos when Pritchett and another founder left Microsoft to develop Christian software. The company is based in Bellingham, Washington, with the Tempe satellite office established 2012. The company is best-known as the creator of Logos Bible Software. The company diversified with church presentation software, ebooks and magazines. It rebranded as Faithlife Corporation in October 2014. Faithlife now publishes tools and resources under a number of other brands, including Vyrso and Biblia.com. Faithlife partners with more than 200 publishers to offer over 40,000 Christian e-books available to users of its software. The company also makes Proclaim presentation software for churches, letting worship leaders show lyrics and pastors show verses on video screens during services. “Logos Bible software is still our bestselling product,” Pritchett said. Faithlife first moved to Arizona because of Pritchett’s family history – “Both of my kids went to ASU” – and because of the East Valley’s focus on technology. “Arizona is pretty big in technology,” said Bagley, who has been at the office since 2016. “We also needed to have a satellite office and were looking for location with a larger labor pool,” Pritchett said. “We thought it would be nice to be someplace sunny and that had direct flights to Bellingham.” Setting two offices so far apart hasn’t been a problem for the company, especially since they have a friend connecting them. “We do a lot of video conferencing, and we have telepresence robots,” one in Arizona and three in Bellingham, Pritchett said. “People will often join a meeting through telepresence robot.” Faithlife is a large employer in Bellingham, among the city’s top two or three employers, Bagley said. “We want to be the same in Chandler,” he said. The company is looking to add sales and software developer positions eventually. All of it leads back to Faithlife’s mission – “to do technology to equip the church to grow in the Bible,” Pritchett said. “We want to help the pastor to help the whole church – worship leader, presentation, back office of the church. In all we do, we’re connecting back to the Bible.” – Contact Ralph Zubiate at 480-898-6825 or rzubiate@timespublications.com.

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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

    By Greg Macafee, Sports Editor 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. “I caught the ball and as soon as I turned my head I felt – I even feel it now – all I remember was just going black. After that I think I fell, I don’t know,” Shivers said as he recalled how he suffered his third concussion. “All I remember was going to the bench.” At the time the 17-year-old running back didn’t know It was an injury that would cause him to make one of the toughest decisions of his life and that recently came to fruition. Shivers decided to leave the game of football, a sport he has played since the age of 5, behind for good. “It was a very hard decision,” Shivers said. “I don’t even know how it came up actually. I think we were just talking and it kind of came up, like what if I get hit again? What would be the consequences of getting hit again? After that, I started thinking and doing research. Then, a couple weeks ago we decided.” On Oct. 15, Shivers posted a message on Twitter about his experience with his third concussion and how he came to his decision, saying his health was the most important thing. During his recovery, Shivers said he suffered from multiple headaches and even experienced forgetfulness, which he added were much more severe than any of his past concussions. His mother, Tracey Chamberlain, noticed a lot of changes in her son as well. “He had a lot more headaches, he was dizzy, his balance was off. That all came from when he took the hit and liquid got in his inner ear and caused the whole equilibrium to be off,” Chamberlain said. “I think that was kind of the major thing and it seemed to just carry on longer. Not doing well in school, can’t concentrate, having a hard time remembering. It’s hard, as a mom, to see what your son is going through.” As a junior, Shivers was a part of the 2016 State Championship team and carried the ball three times for 74 yards and a touchdown in their 62-20 win over the Perry Pumas in the semi-finals. That performance came after switching from defense to offense, midway through the season. Heading this year, Shivers said he was ready to contribute in a big way before suffering his concussion, which played into his decision as well. “It was very hard, coming off my junior year and then coming back and being one of the top athletes my senior year,” Shivers said. “Then getting hit and not playing at all really played a part in it. And then me playing football my whole life really took a big toll on me not playing anymore.” Concussions have become a popular topic in the sport of football since the discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE, which is a degenerative brain disease found in those with a history of repetitive brain trauma. In CTE, a protein called tau forms clumps that slowly spread, killing brain cells. At the beginning of the 2017 high school football season, the Barrow Neurological Institute released its newest findings on concussions in high school sports. The findings revealed that one-third of parents from around Valley would not allow their kids to play football. But because of the dangers in the sport, certain protocols have been installed to prevent as many concussions as possible. Although he is leaving his playing days behind him, Shivers intends to help spread awareness of the dangers of concussions. He wants to help other football players who are facing the same type of struggles. “I want to get my story out there, so people can hear my side, so that they can put that into their life so I can help them change their life,” Shivers said. “He said, ‘I know if anyone ever has any questions or anything like that, I want to be able to help them because I went through it and I know how it feels.’” Chamberlain said. Shivers says he wants to preserve his future and attend college, where he said he aspires to pursue firefighting and business. – Contact Greg Macafee at gmacafee@timespublications.com or at 480-898-5630 or follow @greg_macafee on Twitter.

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  • Cooks to hit trail for Chandler’s Chuck Wagon Cook-OffCooks to hit trail for Chandler’s Chuck Wagon Cook-Off

    By COLLEEN SPARKS, Staff Campfire smoke will be blowing at Tumbleweed Ranch as teams working out of 1800s-style chuck wagons cook meat, beans and other foods in a culinary competition and historical party. The eighth annual Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off is coming to the dusty trails Nov. 10 and 11 at the ranch inside Tumbleweed Park at 2250 S. McQueen Road. Kicking off the event, children and teens will get help cooking desserts in a Dutch oven over a wood fire Nov. 10 in the Junior Chuck Wagon Cook-Off. The Chandler Museum and nonprofit organization Pardners of Tumbleweed Ranch co-produce the Chuck Wagon Cook-Off. Adults from the Valley, as well as Texas, Colorado and Las Vegas, will be stationed out of several chuck wagons. They will compete in teams making meat, beans, bread, potatoes and dessert using only the ingredients and tools ranchers driving their herds of cattle to railheads would have had in the 1880s. They will wear cowboy boots, dresses and other clothes from that time period and cook the food in a Dutch oven over a fire pit heated with mesquite wood as they aim to earn one of more than 20 prizes. Prizes are in categories including best individual courses and overall meals, as well as the Charlie Goodnight Award for the team with the most spirit. It’s named after Goodnight, who is credited for inventing the chuck wagon. “They’ve spent the time and the money, they’ve done the research often times on these wagons to try to ensure they’re the most authentic as they can,” said Jody Crago, Chandler Museum administrator. “They can’t use any prepared sauces or anything. We give them raw materials…they make up their own meal. You might get beef stew, chicken fried steak, something they could have gotten on the trail. “It’s a fun day,” Crago added. “Families come, older adults that just want a different kind of experience come. Foodies come that like the different styles of cooking, Western enthusiasts, people that like country or (the) outdoors.” Ranchers in the 1880s drove their herds of cattle to railheads, where the cattle were loaded onto trains and taken to cities in the Midwest and East to be slaughtered at stockyards, he said. Often, cowboys would have to travel several hundreds of miles on trails to the railhead, so the chuck wagon would ride ahead and start a fire and begin cooking food so it was ready for the cowboys, Crago said. “Chuck” is a slang term for food. A cook, often called a “cookie,” usually an older cowboy was the “manager,” barber, entertainer and the one to settle any fights in the chuckwagon crew, he said. The history of chuck wagons intrigues Barb Kennedy, who is competing at the cook-off with her team, Cowgirls Forever, named after the company she owns that makes and delivers chuck wagon-style meals. She has competed in the Chandler culinary contest and other chuck wagon events for several years. “It really makes you think how people did this every day,” Kennedy said. “We think that we work hard and we’re tired now. The ingenuity and the determination is unimaginable in today’s society. I always thought I was born 100 years too late. I’ve always loved the West, and I grew up in a big family, so we always cooked. We’ve always cooked for a lot of people. I love to cook and love to feed people.” Kennedy bought her chuck wagon in the Valley and believes it’s an 1886 model. Her husband built the chuck box for it out of products from that time period. Crago said many of the competitors have spent “lots of funds to restore” their chuck wagons. Often they get them from old farms, but some modern-day ranches still use chuck wagons. The Chuck Wagon Cook-Off is free for anyone to attend, but the lunch the competitors make costs $15 per meal. The food sells out quickly, and last year, 550 meals were sold in 23 minutes, Crago said. While cooking the meals is hard work, it’s also fun and the chuck wagon contestants have been known to play pranks on each other, Kennedy said. “Sometimes things will disappear out of your chuck box,” she said. Kennedy, 55, said one night she awakened and found people from a competing chuck wagon team branding one of the serving tables outside her tent. “It’s so fun,” she said. “We only see each other a few times a year; it’s like you’ve been friends forever. It’s a great group of people; they’re all hard-working. They’re salt of the earth.” Besides sampling food, people who come to the Cook-Off can find other entertainment. On Nov. 10, a farmers market will be set up with local vendors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The band Barefoot and Pregnant will perform, and the Arizona Historical Society will do demonstrations. Visitors can also take wagon rides to the Arizona Railway Museum. The Junior Cook-Off goes from 10 to 11:30 a.m. that day. The Pardners of Tumbleweed Ranch is having its Sunset Dinner at the Ranch fundraising event from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 10. For $40, diners will get top sirloin, salad, a potato, bread and dessert, made by local restaurant Ginger Monkey. Rick and Tony Martinez, a father and son, will perform Western trail songs and classic country tunes. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Pardners’ mission of teaching the community about Chandler’s agricultural heritage. Pardners of Tumbleweed Ranch helps interpret the city’s agricultural heritage with programs and events, as well as making improvements to the ranch. People can get into the spirit of the Cook-Off from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 10 with a Campfire Glow, where they can roast s’mores and Chip Hanna will play music. The gates open and the meal ticket line forms at 9 a.m. on Nov. 11. The chuck wagon competitors’ meals will be served at 12:30 p.m. Bands Valley Fever, as well as Pick & Holler and August Manley’s Premier Waylon Jennings Tribute Band will perform that day. The awards will be given at 2:30 p.m. Information: chandleraz.gov/default.aspx?pageid=289

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  • Basha High students in culinary education fundraiserBasha High students in culinary education fundraiser

    By David M. Brown Contributor   What’s for dinner tomorrow? Sit down at the table and ask the chef mentors and future chefs at the Careers through Culinary Arts Program. The New York City-based nonprofit has been transforming the lives of at-risk students for 26 years by preparing them for college and careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry. During the 2016-2017 academic year, C-CAP AZ, the local affiliate, served 4,300 students attending 50 schools, including in the East Valley. And, last spring, more than $435,000 in scholarships were awarded to students from a variety of school districts throughout Arizona. Recently, East Valley students were among 14 young people who participated in the first AZ Summer Job Training Program, which met once a week for 10 weeks in Phoenix at the C-CAP Training Kitchen, sponsored by Nine Degrees North Catering and Sysco Arizona. On Nov. 5, Mesa and Basha high schools will send student teams to participate in the fourth Harvest Moon Feast, C-CAP AZ’s annual and scholarship fund-raiser. During the inaugural summer program, students received intensive technical and soft skills training and participated in an international-inspired cooking competition sponsored by the Pork Council of Arizona, explained Jill Smith, director of C-CAP AZ. Executive Chef Andrew Helmandollar of Casino Arizona mentored, and “each student also received a knife kit, cookbooks, uniforms and other culinary-related materials throughout the summer,” Smith said. This academic year, high school seniors and juniors are again working toward “C-CAP Recommended” certification, and graduating high school seniors can participate in the 2018 summer program. East Valley high schools involved with C-CAP are East Valley Institute of Technology and Mesa High in Mesa; Highland and Perry in Gilbert; and Chandler, Hamilton and Basha high schools in Chandler. “C-CAP gives our students techniques that will benefit them in the culinary world, such as team work and employability, organizational skills and communication skills,” said Priscilla Yazzie, a culinary teacher at Mesa High. Smith said the job training program “provides intensive training in kitchen skills including knife cuts, food and equipment identification, safety and sanitation, as well as soft skills such as communication, time management and problem-solving.” “Training is followed by a paid internship in a professional kitchen, where students gain critical job skills and experiences. The program serves many of our high school students looking for their first job,” Smith added. Lee Hillson, executive sous chef for the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, will emcee the Harvest Moon event at Unexpected Art Gallery in Phoenix. “I value the enrichment of future culinarians and am proud to donate my time to an organization that has given thousands of deserving students scholarships for further culinary education,” Hillson said. The event will feature approximately 25 high school C-CAP culinary programs and their chef mentors, offering prepared dishes at 30 stations. Five tables will feature C-CAP alumni chefs such as Marcos Seville, Omni Scottsdale at Montelucia in Scottsdale, and Chef Port, who has just opened Fitzgerald’s BBQ, a Phoenix-based food truck and caterer. Wesley Cervantes will be one of the students representing Mesa High. “He wants to be a chef and he believes the C-CAP program will make this possible for him,” Yazzie said. The two dishes her students will prepare are the French omelet and cucumber salad. At school, they practice recipes again and again. “Sometimes they practice so much that they’d rather not eat any eggs for a while,” Yazzie said. Wesley said Yazzie “believes in my potential and my future career.” “When I cook, it makes me happy, and when I see people eating my food, it makes me happy also. This is what makes me want to become a chef,” said Wesley, who wants to own a restaurant and host a television show. Cara Summerfield, who teaches culinary arts at Basha High School in Chandler, will take as many as five juniors and seniors to the party. Her team will include seniors Tyler Alexander, Savanah Duran and Isaac Elzer and juniors Alle Morfin, Kayla Cooley and Aria Roberts. Most of her participating students plan to attend college for culinary arts or hospitality. “They utilize C-CAP in making connections to gain employment throughout high school and college and to gain or hone skills that they may not get a chance to practice at school,” said Summerfield, who is in her third year directing the program at Basha. The students are expected to practice dishes in class and at home. In the early stages, they make a classic French omelet and a tomato cucumber salad. “Both require a variety of technical skills that every good chef should know, including knife skills, seasoning, timing, waste versus edible portion and presentation,” Summerfield said. Her students also are encouraged to attend local practices sponsored by C-CAP, where they can receive professional feedback before the event, she said. Last year for the Harvest Moon, Basha High was paired with Chandler resident Dushyant Singh, executive chef at The Camby in Phoenix. By the school’s request, he is working with Basha High again this year. “Chef Singh represents the intensity and patience needed to be a strong leader in a kitchen and is a good example to the students,” Summerfield said. Smith said that besides raising money for aspiring chefs’ further education, the Harvest Moon Feast “is a can’t-miss opportunity for C-CAP students to work alongside some of Phoenix’s most talented hands.” Chef Hellmandollar, in his second year with the program and a mentor for the event at Mesa High, said the Harvest Moon Feats “teaches young aspiring chefs so many different elements of the business. Not only that, but it is so exciting to be around so many people.” Information: ccapaz.org or call Jill Smith, 623.606.6213.

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  • Classic Jazz Festival swinging into Chandler resortClassic Jazz Festival swinging into Chandler resort

    An event in downtown Chandler is going to validate the city’s distinction as a national jazz hub.

    East Valley Tribune / 17 d. 13 h. 14 min. ago
  • Computer Booters: brimful of “busy”Computer Booters: brimful of “busy”

    Computer Booters Kc Coller, Publicity Director I wonder if this season’s October 4 general meeting’s attendance was due to increased winter population — or was it because of the guest speakers Keith Wheeler and Richard Clennon? Both gentlemen are professionals who are owner/operators of their own firms at this end of the Valley; Keith Wheeler owns Tribune Technology Consulting, and Richard Clennon owns AZ Laptop Pros. These two, whether alone or together, are favorites. Their “Stop the Tech” Q & A interaction with club members is fun to watch and listen to and easy to understand. We thank them for their generosity of personal time, energy and knowledge. They did it for free! From the President’s Desk, Janet Quade: “Belonging to the Computer Booters club gives us the opportunity to stay abreast of the technology changes that continue at a rapid pace. Just when I feel comfortable with my newest device, I find the industry has taken another leap forward. “Keeping up with technology can somewhat help us stay in touch, to a greater or lesser degree. Together, we learn from experts and share experiences. In the Computer Booters club, we try to be part of the world that is always looking ahead. This club is open to all!” Rich Davis, communications director, explained how new members can now easily join Booters using a credit card or PayPal. Existing members can also renew their membership right from the website, www.computerbooters.com, or at a meeting. All of the workshops and descriptions up until January are listed on the website and the online calendar. The general meeting speaker for November 7 will be Mike Long, a family man and the owner/operator of Advance IT Solutions in Mesa! Mike’s topic is “What’s Trending in IT,” and he promises highlighted and interesting computer knowledge. The computer margins are vast, offering both computer dangers and opportunities. Mike is experienced in both and delights everyone by answering the multitude of questions that he hopes will again come his way. Membership is $36 per year for singles and $48 per year for two members at the same address. Bill Phillips, class director, suggested signing up early to secure a spot for any of the November workshops you might want to attend. Sign-up sheets are always in the back of the room before and during the general meetings. He may also be reached by telephone at 480-895-8178 or by email at BILLSRP6@gmail.com. November Workshops: November 6, 13 and 20 – Photoshop Elements, Janet Quade, 6:30 p.m. November 8, 15 and 29 – Microsoft 10, Allan Levy, 6:30 p.m. November 9 – Chromebook for Seniors, Rich Davis, 6:30 p.m. November 13* – Avoiding Fraud & Scams, Microsoft staff, 8:30 a.m. *Microsoft Store in Chandler Mall Workshops are held in the Ceramics Room (A-8) at the Cottonwood Country Club. Come early the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. for cookies and coffee and to meet other members while the meeting is being set up. Meetings are held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sun Lakes Country Club’s Navajo Room (25601 Sun Lakes Blvd., off of Riggs Road). The post Computer Booters: brimful of “busy” appeared first on SunBird News.

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  • Preparations underway for 2nd annual Holiday Light competitionPreparations underway for 2nd annual Holiday Light competition

    It’s time to untangle those lights and get them on your home. This year, we will be having the residents vote for their favorite lights. Stop by the office and pick up the application. All houses must be registered by Friday, December 1. We will take pictures of registered houses on Wednesday, December 6, so make sure your lights are up and on by this date. Then, the voting will take place on the patio at 5:00 p.m. on December 13. The golf cart parade will kick off on the same day around 6:00 p.m. It’s time to light the way for Santa and his sleigh! P.S.: Last year, we had quite a few houses that didn’t register but should have, especially in the Villas! The post Preparations underway for 2nd annual Holiday Light competition 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, Wed., 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. Jenga Horizon Room Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00 p.m. Sundays, 1:00-4:00 p.m. If you want to try your hand at Jenga, show up and play. Come join the fun or have a drink and watch. Appetizers will be available to order. Trivia with Sherlock Homes Every Thursday, 6:00 p.m. Horizon Room Appetizers will be available to order. DJ Jamal Friday, November 3, 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! Kare Bear Faire Saturday, November 4, 8:00 a.m. SunBird Ballroom FREE Dance (Chuck and Marie) Saturday, November 4, 7:00-10:00 p.m. New beginnings for two SunBird old-timers, Chuck and Marie. Music will be provided by Reign-N-Country. Come out and join the fun. There will be a full cash bar available. Please bring your SunBird ID cards. Community Day Wednesday, November 8 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Check out the vendors, clubs and classes and have lunch on the patio. Raffle prizes, lots of freebies from vendors that are participating. An afternoon of fun for everyone. This is open to the public. Karaoke with Mark & Toni Friday, November 10, 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! Veterans Day Program Saturday, November 11, 11:00 a.m. SunBird Ballroom Thank you, Jodie and Betti Sue Perkins and all who participated. FREE Dance (Gleva Wiepking) Saturday, November 11, 7:00-10:00 p.m. SunBird Ballroom Entertainment by the “Saguaro Sunset Band.” Come out and help Gleva celebrate her birthday. There will be a full cash bar. SunBird ID required for entry. SunBird residents may bring up to four guests. Farmers Market Monday, November 13, 10:00 a.m. to 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. Third Wednesday Coffee November 15, 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. DJ Jamal Friday, November 17, 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! Community Garage Sale Saturday, November 18, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Be a part of the SunBird community garage sale. This will work just like any garage sale and will be open to the general public. If you would like to participate and be on our map, call the office by Friday, November 10. Maps will be available in the lobby on Thursday, November 16. HOA Dance (Thaddeus Rose) Saturday, November 18, 7:00 p.m. SunBird Ballroom, $10.00 pp Tickets on sale now at the HOA office for $10.00 per person. A full cash bar will be available. Yesterday Once More Friday, November 24 $10.00 pp 7:00 p.m. Yesterday Once More is back with another great oldies show. Just sit back and enjoy or dance the night away. There will be a full cash bar available. Tickets are on sale at the HOA office for $10.00 per person. Karaoke with Mark & Toni Friday, November 24 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 DJ Dance (Don and Shirley Hunt) Saturday, November 25 6:30 p.m. Don and Shirley will teach you a dance, starting at 6:30 p.m. It will be a good way to dance with others and get to know more people. The DJ dancing will start at 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. There will be a full cash bar, and you won’t want to miss the fun. Bring homeowner ID cards. Canadian Grey Cup Sunday, November 26 $5.00 pp This is the Canadian “Big Game” and includes burgers at half time. The post Social Events appeared first on SunBird News.

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  • Energy Yoga Class – November scheduleEnergy Yoga Class – November schedule

    Paullene Caraher Experience the benefits of Energy Yoga with Paullene at the SunBird Golf Resort, Navajo Room, third floor, at the following times: Morning classes are held on Mondays and Thursdays from 7:45-8:45 a.m. Afternoon classes are held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Energy Yoga includes tapping and slapping the body to increase movement of blood and energy through the body. Enjoy exercising your whole body by increasing flexibility through joint rotations and stretching. New participants are welcome. Not to worry if you feel “out of shape” or limber. It is easy to follow along. Paullene meets you “where you are.” Enjoy the discipline of Asian Qigong principles and a positive–filled energy hour. Paullene is trained in various yoga and qigong traditions and is currently training in Healing Emphasis Yoga. She is learning varied ways to address joint and muscle pain. We can’t avoid getting older, but we can enjoy life with flexibility and energy without pain. On Tuesdays, there will be a 15-minute relaxing and meditative practice referred to as Nidra Yoga. This gives the cells a chance to recuperate while you are quieting the mind. Some feel so relaxed they slip off to sleep … and snore. How do I sign up? Call or text Paullene Caraher at 602-292-7858 or email her at annieosha@gmail.com, or call or text Peggy Mottel at 480-440-9653. Remember, new participants are welcome; it’s easy to follow along and feel the camaraderie of a shared yoga energy. Bring a donation and a mat. The donations are an exchange of energy. Nothing is free. Whatever you can put in the pot is really appreciated and helps to pay for the bolsters, blocks and a Starbucks mocha for the instructor. The post Energy Yoga Class – November schedule appeared first on SunBird News.

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  • Footnotes from the LibraryFootnotes from the Library

    Nancy Smith A “Thank You” is such a simple thing – It has an honest, grateful ring. A helping hand, a good job done – Another “Thank You” you have won. The quiet and the helpful deed – So many people often need Is from the goodness people do – Now here’s a hearty “Thank You.” You’ve given the gift of time and thought – Another “Thank You” you have bought. Assembled now are the volunteers – They have earned all our cheers. It couldn’t be done without all of you – A loud “Thank You” to all the crew. The SunBird Library thanks you for all your donations. We have a wonderful library! The post Footnotes from the Library appeared first on SunBird News.

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  • Volunteer for a Lifelong Learning ProgramVolunteer for a Lifelong Learning Program

    Sheila Contrabasso (left) and Ellen Peck (in green), along with a team of New Adventures’ volunteers, ready the registration packets for the 2017 Fall mailing in under an hour. Catherine Hammond As an all-volunteer program, New Adventures in Learning depends on its members to plan and carry out every activity. There is a wide range of volunteer opportunities. Some activities may take only a few minutes. Others can require many hours of commitment over time. The presenters for dozens of classes are perhaps the most visible of these volunteers, but many more people provide support both in the classroom and beyond. A look at the creation of the Curriculum Guide provides an example of possibilities: Various volunteers recruit presenters, proofread descriptions of classes and work with the scheduling team. Once the guides are ready, other workers get together to mail out registration packets. New Adventure’s Governing Council keeps the organization running well with an eye always toward the future. New volunteers receive helpful support in understanding their roles. Teamwork in all areas is essential. Volunteer experiences vary. Ellen Peck says, “I’ve put stamps on the mailings with class schedules, helped sign in summer session students, worked on a committee to revise class evaluation sheets, shopped for food for a meeting, helped new teachers get their rooms ready and have taught several roundtable classes.” Bill Haskell, a frequent presenter and a member-at-large on the Governing Council, is a “co-founder of Romeo (Retired Old Men Eating Out), a social lunch group that has been active for the last three years.” Larry Noser, who sets up the class schedule, does not see himself as a typical volunteer. “I am not a joiner,” he says. “However, I have enjoyed taking New Adventures courses for a number of years and when I was personally contacted by the curriculum director to assist with the course computer program, I agreed. I received great training and support throughout one semester and then took responsibility for the following semesters. I find it rewarding to assemble diverse data into a useable format under deadline. Furthermore, I increased my computer skills with Microsoft Office programs.” New Adventures clearly needs its volunteers. On the other hand, the people who contribute their time to the organization often gain satisfaction from the work. Sandi Goldschein, membership chair, says, “As a volunteer, you meet and interact with so many interesting people, and we all have the love of learning in common! Planning the volunteer luncheon this past year was satisfying. People who know me know that I love to feed people and love to make people feel happy.” If you are thinking of volunteering in any capacity with New Adventures, begin by filling out a yellow volunteer form. These are available in the registration packets or at the desk at the Sun Lakes Center of Chandler-Gilbert Community College, located at 25105 S. Alma School Road, Sun Lakes, AZ 85248. Additional information can be found on the website at www.newadventures.info. You can also call 480-857-5500. New Adventures in Learning is affiliated with Chandler-Gilbert Community College. The post Volunteer for a Lifelong Learning Program appeared first on SunBird News.

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  • SunBird Yarn Club begins season of givingSunBird Yarn Club begins season of giving

    The SunBird Yarn Club shows off their handiwork. Dianne Reed The SunBird Yarn Club meets each Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. in the Hopi Room. If you are learning and your first attempt to crochet a dishcloth turned into a triangle, or if you are experienced and can teach us intarsia and mosaic knitting, we want you. We share advice and patterns, exchange yarn and needles and generally have fun each week. The group also supports St. Vincent’s charities and makes hats and lap robes for donation, so come and contribute, even if you haven’t got a project going. Sharing the Hopi Room on Wednesday mornings is a dedicated group of women who create sleeping mats for the homeless using recycled plastic grocery bags that are folded, cut, connected, balled and crocheted. The finished products are donated or sold at craft fairs to raise funds for charity. We welcome everyone to come and help with this project. If you knit, crochet or do other handwork, please join us to learn, share and chat with other yarn lovers. The post SunBird Yarn Club begins season of giving appeared first on SunBird News.

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  • Chosen, charged and challengedChosen, charged and challenged

    Kare Bear members Rosie VanderVeen The first Kare Bears meeting of the season took place on October 18 after press time. We will discuss in December article. Our new board members are Julia Roberts and Barb Dunbar. Emily Hughes will replace Larie Thiebeault as treasurer. Barb will continue to serve as secretary. Dates for Kare Bear Faires will be Saturdays, November 4 and December 2, in the ballroom from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Faires are open to the public, so gather one and all for a pleasant morning of shopping. Please encourage your neighbors, especially the newbies, to attend. It’s an excellent opportunity to meet new people, shop and have donuts and coffee! More than 45 outside vendors, some new, will offer their unique and innovative creations for sale. Look for bargains at the Kare Bears’ FAMOUS white elephant table! Innovative items that will delight – not bust your budget. Some donated products are so unique that we are featuring a boutique table to display them. For all of our Faires, Sherry Fann will need three groups of volunteers: 1) Set up Friday night at 8:30 p.m. 2) Collecting money and working the table 3) Saturday clean-up at faire closing The Kare Bears, as well as the Chandler Lions Club, are collecting travel-size lotions, shampoos, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc. The Lions Club also fills stockings at Christmas for the battered women, clothes cabin, St. Peter’s Indian Mission and Hamilton Homeless. Stockings are filled with colored pencils, coloring books, playing card games and small stuffed animals. Christmas fabric of any size would be welcomed, as the stockings are hand-sewn and hand-painted before assembling. Please join us for our next Kare Bear meeting on November 15. Our speaker will be from Neighbors Who Care, an organization I’m sure is familiar to all of us. Topics include what services they provide as well as opportunities for volunteering. Please wear your Kare Bear name badges to meetings and events. This will facilitate and promote recognition for our current and new members. Yearly membership dues are only $5.00. Come join us in comradery and participate in the charitable endeavors of our local community. The post Chosen, charged and challenged appeared first on SunBird News.

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  • Phenomenal array of speakers at Rotary this monthPhenomenal array of speakers at Rotary this month

    Jay Tibshraeny Norm Noble On Tuesday, November 7, Dr. John DenBoer, a clinical neuropsychologist specializing in the assessment and detection of early-stage dementia, will discuss Smart Brain Aging. He has published articles extensively in Clinical Neuropsychology and has been an expert speaker at many local, national and international conferences. He is the Founder and President of Mental Edge Neuropsychology, LLC., a company designed to help assess and treat concussion. For most of us, this is a discussion we need to hear. On Tuesday, November 14, the club will celebrate Veterans Day and invites all veterans to join in this meaningful morning event when the nation’s finest are honored. And if you can still wear your uniform, come impress us. On Tuesday, November 21, Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny will give an update on the City of Chandler. A former Arizona State senator, Tibshraeny has been the Mayor of Chandler since 2011. He previously served as the Mayor of Chandler from 1994 through 2002. Want to know what’s going on? He will talk about Intel, the Downtown Chandler corridor, economic development in the city and much more. If you want an opportunity to talk to the mayor, this would be a great time. On Tuesday, November 28, Gordon Kesler, author of Wolverine Hills Espionage Scout – The Business of Spying in the Oil and Gas Industry, will talk about his book. The story, Wolverine Hills Espionage Scout, takes place in the remote, desolate forests of Northern Canada; however, such a story could easily have taken place in the bayous of Louisiana or any other area where oil and gas exploration is being conducted. In the rough and tumble and sometimes unpredictable world of oil and gas exploration, there is a little-known shadowy practice called “Oilfield Scouting.” The more correct term would be “Spying.” Oilfield spying is the very definition of commercial espionage. Kesler worked as an oilfield spy for 20 years, and over that period, he trained and employed 16 highly-skilled “scouts.” While his book is fiction, his life story is real. This is certain to be a fascinating meeting. The Rotary Club of Sun Lakes meets for breakfast every Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. in the Oakwood Country Club Ballroom. The meetings start at 7:00 a.m. and end promptly at 8:00 a.m. Cost of breakfast is $13. To make reservations for any meeting, contact Rotarian Peter Meade at 480-600-2458. For Sun Lakes residents, if you want to know more about the club, contact Charles Loew at 602-721-3680. SunBird residents should contact Walt Mills at 480-883-8007, or look at the club’s website, www.sunlakesrotary.com. The post Phenomenal array of speakers at Rotary this month appeared first on SunBird News.

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  • Desert Rivers Audubon presents Tour de BirdDesert Rivers Audubon presents Tour de Bird

    Have you seen this handsome bird in Sun Lakes? Gwen Grace This year, there are two homes in Sun Lakes that have gardens built for birds that can be toured on November 4 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Follow the signs in Ironwood or in Sun Lakes Country Club where tickets are available on-site. Tickets are $20 on-site or online for $15 at www.desertiversaudubon.org. Desert Rivers Audubon Society invites you to explore nature and join in the Bird Walks. A Bald Eagle is waiting for other birds to arrive. Look for the American Wigeons on the ponds around Sun Lakes and SunBird to know the annual bird migration has started. Flying from Northern Canada, the Wigeons may have traveled 4000 miles to be here and are usually the first to arrive. Bird Walks: First Saturday of the month at Chandler Veterans Oasis Park, Lindsay and Chandler Heights Road, 8:00 a.m. until noon, free guided bird walks. The third Saturday of the month at Gilbert Water Park, southeast corner of Guadalupe and Greenfield Road, also 8:00 a.m. to noon and free. Binoculars are available. Monthly Meetings: November 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Gilbert Library, Guadalupe and Greenfield Road. Field Trips: Visit the DRAS website, www.desertriversaudubon.org, click on Calendar and find a trip. Some trips will leave from Sun Lakes! Email Gwengellen@gmail.com for information. The post Desert Rivers Audubon presents Tour de Bird appeared first on SunBird News.

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  • Chandler woman accused in DUI accident that killed 2Chandler woman accused in DUI accident that killed 2

    A Chandler woman faces two counts of second degree murder and 10 other criminal counts after her arrest Oct. 22 in a drunk-driving accident that killed a White Mountain singer and her fiancé on the I-10 near Wild Horse Pass.

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  • Women’s organization to hold bazaar to raise money for nonprofits, fire departmentWomen’s organization to hold bazaar to raise money for nonprofits, fire department

    SANTAN SUN NEWS STAFF   Sun Lakes Women’s Association is having a bazaar from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 2, 3 and 4 to raise money for several organizations. The bazaar will take place at Sun Lakes Country Club at 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd. People can shop for furniture, linens, flower arrangements, baked goods, electronics and Christmas-related items. Proceeds from the event will benefit Neighbors Who Care, along with clubs in Sun Lakes and the Sun Lakes Fire Department. The Sun Lakes Women’s Association is a nonprofit organization. To learn more about it, visit slwomens.org.

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  • Chandler lookalikes portray tragic Siamese twin sistersChandler lookalikes portray tragic Siamese twin sisters

    With the many hours they spend practicing lines, learning songs and battling nerves as they portray characters on stage, it’s no wonder actors bond with each other like family members.

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  • Old Chandler eyesore site finally seeing rebirthOld Chandler eyesore site finally seeing rebirth

    Construction of a high-rise office building near Chandler Fashion Center is finally underway on the site of Elevation Chandler – an unfinished development that became a controversial eyesore even before the Valley’s real estate market crashed in 2008.

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  • Insys sued by NJ as it settles fraud allegations in Mass.Insys sued by NJ as it settles fraud allegations in Mass.

    As Chandler-based Insys Therapeutics announced a $500,000 settlement with Massachusetts over allegations of fraud, New Jersey announced a new lawsuit.

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  • Hamilton sex assault affidavits reveal lack of cooperationHamilton sex assault affidavits reveal lack of cooperation

    Two cultures – law enforcement and the locker room – are colliding in the Hamilton High School sexual assault case, and the stakes are much higher than the outcome of any football game or even the state championship.

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  • TechShop, Chandler’s hidden gem, marks 4th anniversaryTechShop, Chandler’s hidden gem, marks 4th anniversary

    TechShop, in the ASU Chandler Innovation Center, celebrates its fourth anniversary next month, and even though it has 17,000 square feet stocked with millions of dollars’ worth of advanced machines and specialized tools, it is little-known to the people who…

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  • Chandler councilwoman hoping to succeed her son in LegislatureChandler councilwoman hoping to succeed her son in Legislature

    Chandler Councilwoman Nora Ellen has become the first candidate to jump into the political scramble that is likely to mark next year’s state and local elections, making it a case of like son, like mother.

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