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  • Chandler to give grants to noprofits

    Chandler’s Community Development department will give grants to more than 50 nonprofit groups beginning Oct. 24.The nonprofits must be 501(c)3 and give services to Chandler residents. Chandler-based organizations will be considered first, but outside nonprofits will receive consideration if they have a unique involvement in the city.Applications will open Friday. Email Barbara.bellamy@chandleraz.gov or call (480) 782-4353 to get an application. Visit www.chandleraz.gov and search “community development grants” for more information.

  • Chandler Police Department releases sex offender notification

    The Chandler Police Department has released information about a sex offender who recently moved to the city.The man, 33-year-old Corey Bradshaw, moved to a residence at the 1700 block of W. Rosal Drive. He was convicted for attempted sexual with a minor, who was 12 years old at the time, and sexual abuse in 2002. He was sentenced to five years in prison and lifetime probation.Bradshaw is listed at 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He is listed as a level 2, or intermediate, sex offender.

  • Open house in Chandler scheduled for engineering program

    Primavera Blended Learning Center in Chandler will host an open house for East Valley Engineering for Kids this Thursday.The event, which runs from 3:30 to 7 p.m., will include free aerospace engineering class demonstrations, video game design activities, mechanical engineering, facility tours, and catering from Julia’s Mesquite Mexican Grill.Primavera is located at 2451 N. Arizona Ave., and more information, including registration, is available by visiting engineeringforkids.com/eastvalley or by calling (480) 779-8184.

  • Jurors given conflicting views of Jodi Arias

    A prosecutor at the sentencing retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias showed jurors two photos Tuesday of her ex-boyfriend and victim Travis Alexander.One was an unremarkable picture of his face taken some time before his death. The other was a crime-scene photo showing his slit throat."She loved him so much that this is what she did to him," prosecutor Juan Martinez said in his opening statement, describing the gruesome suffering Arias inflicted on Alexander before his death in 2008."There are no mitigating circumstances in this case. None," Martinez said. "The only just punishment for this crime is death."Arias has acknowledged killing Alexander but claimed it was self-defense after he attacked her. Prosecutors said it was premeditated murder carried out in a jealous rage after the victim wanted to end their affair and planned a trip to Mexico with another woman.Defense attorney Kirk Nurmi said Tuesday that Arias was the victim of profound sexual humiliation by Alexander, and that she is mentally ill and a victim of child abuse.

  • Book examines the life and death of Chandler boxer Zora Folley

    The mystery surrounding the death of former heavyweight boxer Zora Folley, including what actually occurred the night the Chandler resident died more than four decades ago, is the subject of a new book by author and former reporter Marshall Terrill.Terrill released his e-book titled “Zora Folley: The Distinguished Life and Mysterious Death of a Gentleman Boxer” on Sept. 17 and is anticipating to release hard copies within one to two months. It is Terrill’s 18th book and is currently available on Amazon.com for Kindle devices.Folley, called “Chandler’s most famous son” by Terrill in both the book and an interview, lived in the city for the majority of his life. Chandler has named a street, park and community pool after the boxer, who, according to the book, was the first internationally famous figure to come out of the city.Terrill’s book describes every facet of Folley life, from growing up in Chandler in the 1940s, joining the military, his boxing career and his title fight against Muhammad Ali in 1967, to retiring to become a successful businessman and Chandler’s first black city councilman.Folley died in 1972 at age 41 after suffering severe head trauma in a Tucson motel swimming pool. The mysterious circumstances surrounding his death left many with unanswered questions.To Terrill, Folley’s death was “the one story that always bugged me that I couldn’t solve.” Saying he didn’t feel satisfied after writing a three-part newspaper story on the event in 2003, Terrill said the story still had many “brick walls” at that time, including the autopsy and police reports on the case seemingly being long lost.

  • Dec. 3 hearing set in Arpaio's profiling appeal

    A court has set a Dec. 3 hearing to hear arguments in Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's appeal of a ruling that concluded his officers have systematically racially profiled Latinos in its vehicle patrols.Attorneys on both sides of the case will make their arguments before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.U.S. District Judge Murray Snow ruled in May 2013 that Arpaio's office has singled out Latinos in its regular traffic and immigration patrols.The sheriff vigorously denies that his officers have racially profiled people.Arpaio isn't appealing the ruling on the immigration patrols and instead is challenging the judge's conclusions on regular traffic patrols.In a training session a year ago, Arpaio's top aide predicted the appeals court would uphold Snow's ruling.

  • Exhibit takes visitors to the Arctic and beyond

    Explore the polar regions, oceans, rain forests, mountains and caves without even leaving Phoenix at the Arizona Science Center’s National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers exhibit, open until Jan. 4.When you walk into the exhibit, you have an opportunity to download an app to your mobile device that activates information throughout the exhibit. There are also plenty of selfie opportunities with life-sized replicas of a polar bear, a dog sled and a great white shark.The kiddos will love the opportunities to explore an arctic cabin, descend into the deep ocean in a 3-D submersible and take a hot air balloon ride over the African savanna.Tickets for the National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers exhibit are $7 plus general admission for adults, seniors and children. Arizona Science Center members are able to enter for $5 per person.• Read more at TheHotSheetBlog.com, a source for Phoenix locals and visitors that sheds some light on all the fun things to do in the Greater Phoenix area.

  • 10 things to do this weekend and beyond...

    Phoenix Mud RunHere’s mud in your eye (and nose, ears and everywhere else). The Phoenix return of Terrain Racing’s Mud Run provides a chance for some dirty fun, as participants will maneuver around, through, under and over the many obstacles on the mud-filled course.DETAILS>> 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. Rawhide Western Town, 5700 N. West Loop Road, Chandler. $35-$70; parking is $10 per vehicle. (503) 974-4683 or TerrainRacing.com/register/phoenix-fall-2014.Luke BryanThe country superstar brings his That’s My Kind of Night Tour to Phoenix. Fans can expect to hear many of his 10 country-chart-topping singles, such as “Crash My Party,” “Play It Again” and “Drunk On You.”DETAILS>> 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. $29.50-$59.25. (602) 254-7200 or LiveNation.com.

  • ‘Migrant Series’ exhibit debuts at Phoenix Art Museum

    After over a decade of work on incredibly detailed paintings, Don Coen’s “Migrant Series” is making its world debut at the Phoenix Art Museum.Using photography to study migrant workers and then replicating his photographs with numerous layers of airbrushed paint, Coen created 15 large, 10-foot-tall paintings.“I spent a lot of time 20 feet away with a coffee cup deciding what to do. I can’t make corrections. People who make opaque paintings can correct their mistakes. With airbrush, you can never really cover it up,” he said.Coen spent many days of his childhood on his family farm in Colorado, which cultivated his respect for migrant workers and the difficult labor they complete every day.“People go into Whole Foods and pick up flour and they don’t know where it came from. I am trying to show people what an incredible thing they do for your country,” Coen said.Originally intending to photograph fields and cows, one day Coen turned around and saw a migrant worker. He said that he was amazed by the way the sun shone through the migrant’s bandana and photographed him.

  • Football Friday Night Out

    With only two weeks of regular-season play to go, your chances to catch a high school game along with some good eats is winding down, so make your plans now to cheer on your local team.Corona del Sol at Desert VistaCorona del Sol didn’t have a lot of highlights during a 3-7 campaign a year ago, but its impressive 41-28 win over the Thunder was the high point. This year has been worse for the Aztecs, who are in the midst of a 1-7 season. But, as bad as things have been for Corona del Sol, they’ve been just as bad at Desert Vista, which is 2-6, but coming off a win against Dobson. Both teams will be fired up for this one, so expect a high-intensity showdown.CK’s Tavern & Grill(480) 706-5564 or CKGrill.com4142 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix (2 miles from Desert Vista HS)

  • ‘Book of Life’ offers subpar, overwrought story with dazzling animation

    “The Book of Life” has most of the same pros and cons as “The Boxtrolls” from a couple of weeks ago. Both films are absolute joys to watch for their delightful characters, unique worlds and dazzling animation. As creative as they are in terms of presentation, neither film is all that original when it comes to storytelling. “The Book of Life” isn’t just a familiar story like “The Boxtrolls,” though. It’s also a very overstuffed and awkwardly paced one too.Deriving inspiration from the Day of the Dead, “The Book of Life” implies that the afterlife is made up of two worlds. There’s the Land of the Remembered, ruled by the kind and colorful La Muerte (Kate del Castillo), and the Land of the Forgotten, ruled by the grim and dark Xibalba (Ron Perlman). In the land of the living reside three children trapped in an age-old love triangle. Manolo, who grows up to be voiced by Diego Luna, is a free spirit who wants to be a musician, but is told by his father that he must follow in his family’s tradition of bullfighting. Joaquín, who grows up to be voiced by Channing Tatum, is the cocky son of a war hero with a medal that gives him eternal life. They’re both in love with María, who grows up to be voiced by Zoe Saldana, a spunky señorita reminiscent of Catherine Zeta-Jones in “The Mask of Zorro.”The spirits make a bet. If María marries Joaquín, Xibalba gets to take over the Land of the Remembered. If María marries Manolo, La Muerte holds onto her turf. Without giving too much away, one of the three lovers is killed. To get back to the land of the living, they must confront their greatest fear and choose their own path. Oh, and there’ also a pig, a candle maker voiced by Ice Cube, a bandit who wants to steal Joaquín’s medal of eternal life, and a framing device with a museum guide telling this needlessly complicated story to a group of kids.Phew … as you can see, that’s a lot of characters and ideas to take in. It doesn’t help that “The Book of Life” rushes from scene to scene without ever taking a breather. Fortunately, the story is the last thing you’ll be thinking about when observing the film’s stunning visuals. This is one of the best-looking animated features you’ll ever see. The characters are all cleverly designed like wooden Mexican Day of the Dead figurines. The Land of the Remembered is a spectacle of art direction with the appearance of a fiesta Baz Luhrmann would throw. Every frame is just pure eye candy and it tastes great, even if it is mostly empty calories.While the narrative isn’t on par with the craft, that doesn’t mean “The Book of Life” is purely style over substance. Director Jorge Gutierrez and company obviously put a ton of effort into the film’s music, humor, and, most of all, culture. It’s actually quite encouraging to see an American family film put emphasis on a culture that isn’t white. I’m not sure how much of the culture, legends and fables presented in the film are accurate, but they’re still absorbing. When all’s dead and done, “The Book of Life” has just enough substance to check out, although you may want to hold out for the upcoming Pixar Day of the Dead film or rent Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride” instead.• Nick Spake is a college student at Arizona State University. He has been working as a film critic for the nine years, reviewing movies on his website, NICKPICKSFLICKS.com.

  • Halloween how you like it

    However you like the year’s most frightful holiday — horror-heavy or heavy on candy only, please — keep reading for an event to satisfy your Halloween hankerings.The CryptWhat: A three-in-one attraction that’s earned praise over the years from local media for its craftsmanship, spook-level and quality of actors, this haunt is anchored by The Crypt, a haunted house where a Crypt Keeper and an army of restless spirits thirst for the souls of suburban schmucks out for Halloween thrills. Another house on site, The Asylum, is modeled after an 1870s mental hospital that’s fallen victim to the madness it once aimed to cure. There’s also a haunted maze. Change-ups are made every year to keep the scares fresh. The attractions are not recommended for children younger than 10.When: Open 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 23 and 26-30, 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 24, 25 and 31 and Nov. 1; may close for rain.Where: Fiesta Mall parking lot, 1445 W. Southern Ave., MesaCost: $23 for all three attractions, $5-$15 for a la carte options; a $3-off coupon is available at The Crypt’s website.

  • Desert Ridge pulls away to rout Red Mountain 49-23

    It figures opponents will try whatever possible to stop Mesa Desert Ridge all-world running back Taren Morrison, but the Jaguars showed Friday night they can beat teams other ways if necessary.Mesa Red Mountain (2-6) stacked the box early in the game and held Morrison in check on his first few carries. Desert Ridge (7-1) head coach Jeremy Hathcock decided to make the Mountain Lions pay for creeping up so close to the line of scrimmage.With the defense focused on the run, Jaguars quarterback Tate Shumway used play action to beat Red Mountain over the top for a couple of deep touchdowns. He connected for a 30-yard score with wide receiver Tavian Patrick in the first quarter, and then found Patrick again for a 75-yard score early in the second quarter.Shumway said the 75-yard touchdown was probably the longest throw he’s completed this year. He completed 6-of-8 passes on the night for 187 yards and two scores.“We started out with the run and the run wasn’t working, so we had to go to the pass,” he said. “That (75-yard) one to Tavian … it was only like a 30-yard throw, but he ran for a good [distance].”Of course, Morrison still did what he normally does, namely dominate.

  • AIA reinstates wins for Williams Field football

    The Arizona Interscholastic Association Executive Board voted on Monday to return four wins to the Williams Field High School football team.The AIA Executive Board decided to rescind the forfeits in an executive session Monday, which pushes Williams Field’s record to 7-1. Tuesday's AIA power point rankings will reflect the change.The Black Hawks decided to forfeit their first four victories of the season after the school discovered it had played two ineligible players during the first four games. The team won all four of those games, which were against Show Low, Mesquite, Maricopa and South Mountain.AIA bylaws require that a team must forfeit games in which it played ineligible players. Williams Field reported the violations to AIA and later appealed the forfeitures.

  • Gilbert High teen balances powerlifting records and 4.0 GPA

    Gilbert High senior Sara Olguin enjoys hitting the gym. The difference is she hits it a little bit more than most. And a lot harder.Her workouts are a little different than doing a couple of sets of curls and hopping on the treadmill.Olguin is a powerlifter, and a very successful one at that. She holds United States Powerlifting Association (USPA) Arizona women’s records in her age and weight class for the bench press (137.7 pounds), squat (214.9), deadlift (242.5) and combined total (595.2). Olguin’s bench press, squat and total numbers also stand as USPA American records.Awfully good for having only started powerlifting about three months ago.She got into the sport innocently enough with a little nudge from her brother, Sam.“I always liked lifting and seeing the transformation and seeing how strong I could get,” she said. “And then, realizing that when I started lifting, and then noticing that I could competitively break some records and compare to other people at such a young age, I thought it was interesting and cool.”

  • Photos: Special Olympics State Fall Aquatics

    Action from the Special Olympics of Arizona 2014 State Fall Aquatics Competition at Surprise Aquatic Center in Surprise on Oct. 17-18, 2014. [Greg Herriman / Special to Tribune]

  • Q&A with Higley football coach Eddy Zubey

    When Higley played Apache Junction on Oct. 10, the two schools nearly ran out of room on the scoreboard. The teams combined for 170 points in a 95-75 win for Higley that saw quarterback Mason Crossland set a state record with 641 yards and nine touchdowns.With the win, Higley kept its playoff hopes very much alive by pushing its record to 6-1. The East Valley Tribune caught up with Higley football coach Eddy Zubey before the Knights’ game against McClintock to talk about their game against Apache Junction, their season to this point and their hopes for the playoffs.Q: What is your reaction to your game against Apache Junction? It’s not often you see teams put up 170 combined points.A: Wow. It was something that definitely wasn’t planned for. It just kind of happened. I’ve been asked multiple times by colleagues and friends and fans, ‘What happened?’ And I really don’t have a good answer for you because I can’t tell. I don’t know. It was crazy. It was something that I know that I’ve never been a part of beforeQ: What was it like to call that game offensively? I mean, everything you called must have seemed to work.A: Well, you know we have a really good offensive coordinator, Joe Ortiz. Him and I have been together, this will be our seventh year together — four at Higley and three at St. Mary’s High School over there together. He just had a good feel and a good bead for what Apache Junction was doing and we just kind of took advantage of that.

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  • There’s a reason 'Team' is the first word in 'Team Orthodontics'

    Everyone knows the saying: “There’s no ‘I’ in ‘team.’” That’s never been truer than of Team Orthodontics, where the mission is simple: enhance patients’ lives in a positive and significant way. It’s a theme that runs through the veins of every Team Ortho employee.“Our passion is to provide those whom we come into contact with an extraordinary experience in a warm, inviting atmosphere,” said Team Ortho’s Dr. Danyluk.Dr. Danyluk has been at the forefront of building a unified vision at Team Orthodontics. His extensive experience in orthodontics, general dentistry, and patient interaction have given him a platform on which to succeed, but as with any leader, his success depends on the engagement of those who make up the Team Ortho staff.The team at Team Ortho has more than 200 years of combined experience working in a caring, positive, high-tech environment, where customer service and achieving the results are true priorities.“Our relationships with our team members, our patients, and our referring offices are very clear; everyone involved must succeed,” said Dr. Danyluk. “They are all an integral part of Team Orthodontics.”Equally important at Team Ortho is providing patients with the most up-to-date care and technology, which Team Ortho accomplishes with 3D imaging, lingual orthodontics (braces set on the back of your teeth), an on-site orthodontic laboratory, and a state-of-the-art sterilization facility and techniques.

  • Walmart to add employees for holidays

    Walmart is set to hire 60,000 employees to compensate for the upcoming holiday season.The company expects to hire 60,000 seasonal associates — a 10-percent increase from 2013 — to cover the stretch between Black Friday and Christmas. Walmart anticipates the hirings will open up more registers during peak hours.

  • Glass maker deals to exit Apple, Arizona plant

    A deal between Apple Inc. and a synthetic sapphire glass maker that was gearing up to produce huge amounts of the product for Apple in an Arizona factory allows for the sale of more than 2,000 furnaces to repay Apple.The documents released by Merrimack, New Hampshire-based GT Advanced Technologies Thursday show the company will exit the glass-making business and try to sell the furnaces. GT filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization on Oct. 6 and says it will use the sale proceeds to repay $439 million Apple advanced GT to outfit the Mesa, Arizona, plant.GT is laying off 724 workers at the plant.Apple bought the facility last year and announced a deal to lease it to GT to produce super-hard glass the tech company uses on iPhones.

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  • Engineering for Kids Summer Camp

    Engineering for Kids offering STEM Based Summer Camps at Primavera in Chandler. Announces Summer Camp Open House on May 17thWhat is East Valley Engineering for Kids?Engineering for Kids is an enrichment program that teaches concepts on a variety of engineering fields in classes and camps for kids’ ages 4-14. We want to spark an interest in the kids for science, technology and engineering. The camps are all themes based and require the kids to work in teams to address engineering challenges and problems. All programs meet national education standards for STEM and align with Common Core for math and science. Engineering for Kids has operated since 2009, is in 26 states and 4 countries. When and what is the open house for?The open house on May 17th is an opportunity for parents to come and see the facility, meet the staff from Engineering for Kids, and get their questions answered. The summer camps will be offered at Primavera Blended Learning Center at 2451 N. Arizona Avenue in Chandler. The open house is from 11 am to 3 pm.  From 1-2 pm we’re having our popular robotics workshop where the kids will build, program, test and improve the robots. At the end of the workshop, the kids will compete against each other in a Sumo Bot tournament. An RSVP is highly recommended as seating is limited. Please email your RSVP to eastvalley@engineeringforkids.net. What is Primavera Blended Learning Center?

  • Keeping the Faith: Make your home with me

    Lately, one of Jesus’ more cryptic phrases has been making laps inside my head. I came back across his words while reading the Passion accounts in the Gospels, this year quickly speeding toward the Lenten season as it is. These words were spoken on the last night Jesus was with his disciples: “Abide in me, and I will abide in you.”Abide. That’s not a word we use every day. Personally, the word “abide” reminds me of the old Stamps-Baxter hymns I grew up singing in church. Those hymns were loaded with phrases from the old English, and we were forever singing about abiding, bringing in the sheaves, or that glad reunion day. The word “abide” also conjures up images of Jeff Bridges and Sam Elliot at the conclusion of “The Big Lebowski,” but I think I should stick with Jesus here.With the invitation to “abide,” Jesus was welcoming his disciples to remain connected with him and to spiritually rely upon him. Jesus was simply saying, “Stay put. Don’t move away. Don’t abandon your relationship with me.” Eugene Peterson gets right to it when he translated Jesus words like this, “Make your home in me just as I do in you.”Now, that’s not so cryptic after all; we understand home quite well. Home is where each day begins and where each day ends. Home is where we eat, rest, relax, take shelter, play, and love. Home is where we go when there is no other place left, and where we always return.Home is that glorious place where we can walk around in our socks and underwear, scratch our backsides without worrying about who is looking, and lounge around on the weekend without showering or shaving if we so choose. Home is where we can drop all our burdens, barriers and coping mechanisms.Home is sweet, it is where the heart is, and it is our castle. It is where we bring the bacon and where we wait for the cows to arrive. Home is like no other place in the world, and no matter where or how far we travel, home is where we always call, well, home. It is where we feel safe, secure, and ultimately, where we can be ourselves. Jesus said, “Make your home” – relax and be yourself – “with me.”

  • Keeping the Faith: Dancing, not marching

    There is a story about two monks walking along the road when they come to a shallow, muddy river. A beautiful woman in a long white dress is standing there. She can’t figure out how to continue her journey without ruining her outfit.So one of the monks picks her up in his arms - something he was absolutely forbidden to do, for touching a woman was against his vows — and he carries her across to the other side. Then, all parties continued on their journey.After a few hours, the second monk was unable to remain silent about this breach of conduct. He blurts out, “How could you pick up that woman when you knew it was against the rules?” The first monk replied, “Are you still carrying her around? I put her down hours ago.”This is an instructive tale about two different approaches to spirituality. One can view faith as a tightly controlled, carefully managed list of “dos and don’ts,” or one can move with the spirit, so to speak. While the latter is not without its pitfalls, the former is certainly rife with peril. Managing our spiritual lists becomes a heavy, taxing burden.This point is eloquently driven home by pastor, author, and scholar Eugene Peterson. When he discovered that his congregation was failing to connect with the Bible, he did something radical. He rewrote it. Technically, he paraphrased the original language, crafting a translation for the contemporary context called “The Message.”Beginning with the book of Galatians, and taking more than a decade to work his way through both Testaments, Peterson “hoped to bring the Scriptures to life for those who hadn’t read the Bible because it seemed too … irrelevant and those who had read the Bible so much that it had become ‘old hat.’”

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