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Talking Trash: Creativity Reigns as Fashion Inspires Ideas for a Sustainable Future

By Michelle Hirsch Chandler residents with a flair for creativity and fashion recently looked for something “trashy” to create fashions ready for the runway in the city’s inaugural “Trashion Fashion Show”. Organized by Chandler Center for the Arts, along with the city’s Solid Waste Services and Parks and Recreation divisions, this unique fashion show was […]

Awards honor top firefighters

Capt. Mike Pallas has been named recipient of the Chandler Fire, Health and Medical Department’s Firefighter of the Year honors. Raul Rios received Paramedic of the Year recognition, and Tyson Bruder was selected Emergency Medical Technician of the Year. The Derrel Crisp Memorial Award for expertise in control of hazardous materials went to Fire Engineer […]

Remembering Tempe’s fallen public safety heros

City of Tempe staff staged a media photo opportunity that preceded the setup of a police and fire informational booth at Tempe’s Healing Field event. The city is working through March to collect donations for a memorial to members of the Tempe Police and Fire departments who have lost their lives in the line of […]

Forum explores improved pathways to higher learning

Story & photo by Michelle Hirsch Utilizing a forum organized annually by the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, the presidents of all three Arizona universities got a chance to involve their public-school and community college counterparts in a collaborative effort to make it easier for K-12 students to succeed in their educational and career goals. The […]

Chandler Regional among those unaffected by scarcity of primary-care docs

By Diana Whittle A doom-and-gloom prediction describing an increasingly worrisome doctor shortage across the country is not proving true in the Valley. The report of a possible scarcity, by a websitebased research organization, was countered by Dignity Health Arizona, which operates Chandler Regional Medical Center, along with Mercy Gilbert, St. Joseph’s and Barrow Neurological Institute […]

City’s new PR guru no stranger to Chandler or his chosen profession

By Diana Whittle The city of Chandler has announced that Matt Burdick is its new communications and public affairs director. Burdick assumes the high-profile position from Nachie Marquez, who recently was promoted to serve as the city’s assistant city manager. Burdick’s broad-ranging responsibilities will include directing communications for all city departments, along with video production, […]

For East Valley health care, the beginning of a new era

Chandler Regional celebrates a long-awaited expansion Chandler Regional Medical Center has put the finishing touches on a massive, two-pronged expansion of its Dobson-Frye Road campus that includes a five-story, 96-bed patient tower and the addition of Level 1 trauma services to a now enlarged Emergency Department. Dignity Health, which has overseen the hospital’s growth since […]

Kilt-clad fundraisers boost coffers of heroes charity

By M.V. Moorhead Those who are lucky enough to be of Scottish descent know that the folds in a kilt are always folds of honor. So it makes perfect sense that Tempe’s own Tilted Kilt would participate, and make a fine showing, in the recently completed Folds of Honor “Here’s to Heroes” fundraiser. The Folds […]

Local Restaurant Favorites

What better time than summer to relax, dine and enjoy the abundant offerings available in Tempe and West Chandler. Pier 54, top, a charming waterfront locale that has been part of the Tempe Lakes scene since the 1980s, plays host to an after-dark crowd—a seasonal nod to those who prefer to tailor their outdoor activities […]


Corona del Sol cheerleaders extended their history of giving back to the community by collecting hundreds of boxes of cereal designated for local charities. The group included those who are current members of the cheer team (top) as well as freshman hopefuls, some of whom will be trying out for coveted cheer spots as Corona […]

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