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In Fall . . . In Fashion. Fashion tips for the season

By Michelle Hirsch It’s the perfect time to update your wardrobe for fall, now that the weather has cooled. Local boutiques and resale shops offer many fashion choices minus the inconvenience of mall parking or the expense of department stores. Joy Yurcaba, store manager at Lizard Thicket, located in the Boulevard Shops on Chandler Boulevard […]

A longtime favorite gets a long-deserved recognition

Popular Tempe musician Walt Richardson became the first inductee into Mill Avenue’s new Walk of Music, a tribute to the many contributors to the Valley scene ‘who have made a true difference in the culture of music,’ noted Tempe Councilman Joel Navarro. Richardson opted to reward one of his fans with a guitar (bottom, right), […]

Super Bowl XLIX marks big No. 31 for this diehard fan-atic

For longtime Tempe entrepreneur John Bebbling, Super Bowl XLIX is more than just another high-profile, high-energy sporting spectacular. It’s Chapter 31 in the history book of pilgrimages made by his group of Super Bowl fans—veteran diehards, it must go without saying. Whether it’s Green Bay, San Diego or New Orleans—or any of the other sometimes […]

A classic case of repurposing: Onetime pool now an organic garden

I’ve always had just a little patch of a garden,” says Rose Courtney. “Here, I thought, I’m going to do it all the way.” The trouble was, her back yard wasn’t exactly set up for the enjoyment of the green-thumbed. Sunk into the middle of it was a pool. And, as the saying goes, there’s […]

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, […]

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