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  • Chandler PD releases sex offender notification

    The Chandler Police Department has released information about a convicted sex offender who has moved to the city.The man, 51-year-old Erwin Hickman, was convicted in California in 2004 on one count of lewd/lascivious acts with a child for an incident involving a 15-year-old female family member. He served 16 months in prison.Hickman was also convicted of unlawful sexual intercourse in California in 1997. The case involved a 15-year-old female acquaintance, and he served three years in prison.Hickman is listed at 5-foot-8 and 190 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. He is listed as a level 2, or intermediate level, sex offender.

  • Chandler opens RFP for property

    The city of Chandler opened a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Sites 1-2-3, a city-owned 4.6 acre property at the intersection of Chandler Boulevard and Arizona Avenue.The city is seeking mixed use proposals for the vacant downtown property and the REP will remain open until Oct. 24 at www.chandleraz.gov/downtown.

  • Former Chandler Hamilton High teacher heading to medical school

    Sometimes, when something is your calling, you just know it. Such was the case for Hamilton High School chemistry teacher Kimberly Weidenbach.Weidenbach loves to teach but there is something that she loves even more, the ability to heal others.Ever since the age of 5, Weidenbach has wanted to be a doctor. She pursued a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of California–Berkeley with the hopes of becoming a physician.At 21 years old, Weidenbach spent a summer in England volunteering at hospitals, doing things the doctors didn’t want to do, and quickly learned that there are parts of being a doctor that were extremely difficult.“Usually when I say I did whatever the doctors didn’t want to do, people start thinking of dirty jobs, cleaning up after things, but actually the most difficult task is talking to families and giving bad news and updates in that area.” She said. “So they sort of put that off on the volunteers.”That experience quickly made Weidenbach realize she wasn’t ready to be a doctor, not yet.

  • How safe are skylights? After recent burglary trend in Tempe, an expert weighs in

    Do skylights make your home more vulnerable to break-ins? After a string of recent Valley burglaries involving skylights, we talked to the experts to find out.Chip Marvin is the owner of Freelite , and has worked with skylights for nearly forty years. He was surprised by the recent trend.“I’ve heard of one ten or twenty years ago, but I haven’t heard of any since then,” he said.Marvin says there are a few ways to make your home safer if you have a skylight.Install metal bars to protect the plastic or acrylic coverUpgrade to double-paned glass (more energy efficient and more difficult to break)

  • Former Chandler Hamilton High teacher heading to medical school

    Sometimes, when something is your calling, you just know it. Such was the case for Hamilton High School chemistry teacher Kimberly Weidenbach.Weidenbach loves to teach but there is something that she loves even more, the ability to heal others.Ever since the age of 5, Weidenbach has wanted to be a doctor. She pursued a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of California–Berkeley with the hopes of becoming a physician.At 21 years old, Weidenbach spent a summer in England volunteering at hospitals, doing things the doctors didn’t want to do, and quickly learned that there are parts of being a doctor that were extremely difficult.“Usually when I say I did whatever the doctors didn’t want to do, people start thinking of dirty jobs, cleaning up after things, but actually the most difficult task is talking to families and giving bad news and updates in that area.” She said. “So they sort of put that off on the volunteers.”That experience quickly made Weidenbach realize she wasn’t ready to be a doctor, not yet.

  • School in Mesa may face lawsuit over textbooks

    Friday marks the deadline that an activist group has asked the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools to revoke the charter of a local charter school if it does not agree to stop its usage of two controversial textbooks.Heritage Academy in Mesa is under fire from a Washington, D.C.-based group for the use of two history and government textbooks, “The 5,000 Year Leap” and “The Making of America." Americans United for Separation of Church and State claims the books have content that teaches religion, which it said is not allowed at public schools at the federal and state levels, and is considering whether to file a lawsuit.“We received a complaint from a member of the school community about ‘The 5,000 Year Leap’ being a part of the curriculum in the senior history class, so we carefully investigated this matter,” said Alex Luchenitser, associate legal director for Americans United. He added that, based on other reporting of the issue, it does not appear the board is going to take action on this request, and litigation may be the group’s next option. "We’re seriously considering that (litigation)," Luchenitser said. "We haven’t made a final decision. If we do take this to litigation, I think we have a very good chance of winning.”The organization sent a letter to the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools asking the school revoke Heritage's charter. The state board has not commented on the issue as of July 24.

  • By the scoop: The best ice cream spots in town

    I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. Since July is National Ice Cream month, here are the top places to get ice cream in the Valley.Sweet RepublicSweet Republic has been recognized for their unique artisan ice cream by Sunset Magazine, Bon Appétit, the Food Network and many others. You can try their yummy flavors like blue cheese with Medjool dates, salted caramel or Guinness at their original Scottsdale location, in central Phoenix (coming soon) and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.ChurnThis adorable ice cream parlor (5223 N. Central Ave., Phoenix) is located next door to Windsor and serves up many delicious seasonal flavors like vanilla lemon and peanut butter. Our recommendation is to choose two cookies to go along with your favorite flavor of ice cream to make one delicious ice cream sandwich.Melt

  • Waves, slides make Big Surf a classic way to cool off

    Summer gets unbearably hot in the Arizona desert. Even swimming doesn’t beat the heat, but it sure makes it a little easier to take. I grew up hearing my mom’s stories about Big Surf Waterpark in Tempe and loved it when we got to visit the water park ourselves. Big Surf has changed a lot since my mom frequented it in the ’70s, but it still remains an Arizona treasure and a fantastic summer tradition.Big Surf’s main feature is its huge wave pool that unleashes a big wave every 3 minutes. The wave pool is one of the largest in the United States and is open to all, however, swimmers under 48 inches tall must wear a life jacket (Big Surf provides these free of charge). The wave pool was originally sand with a beach. I used to think that was so cool because it was like going to the beach without leaving Arizona. However, being barefoot in 110-degree sand is not exactly fun. Big Surf now has cool decking and a really neat system of paths with streams that keep your feet wet and cool.Big Surf has many slides to choose from, including some for the brave of heart, and an area of baby slides as well. My daughter spent quite a bit of time at the Tahitian Twisters slides. These slides are part of an area for smaller kiddos that is just north of the wave pool. The section even has a covered seating area in the pool facing the kiddie slides so parents can watch the kiddos slide from the comfort of a cool and shady spot.My son prefers a more adrenaline-inducing experience and his Big Surf favorites are the Hurricane Slides. I am not brave enough for this sort of thing, so I just met him at the bottom and snapped his picture. The middle slide is his favorite because it starts off as an almost straight drop down.Big Surf is not as big some other local water parks, but that is a huge plus for me. One thing I really love about Big Surf is that you can conquer the whole park in one day while still feeling relaxed and kicked back. Big Surf has a big and centralized seating area with grass and a great view of the wave pool. Other parks have sacrificed seating areas and open space in favor of cramming in yet another slide. Big Surf is good, old-fashioned family fun on a manageable scale, and it gets a big thumbs-up from my family.• Janice Stenglein shares about recipes, crafts and family activity ideas at Celebrating-Family.com. She also writes about life in the East Valley at EastValleyMomGuide.com.

  • Dierks Bentley performs

    Phoenix’s own Nashville star comes home for a stop on his Riser Tour 2014. Country artist Chris Young also plays.DETAILS >> 7 p.m. Saturday, July 26. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. $38.25-$68. LiveNation.com.

  • Quick look: New this week at the movies

    >> This information is provided in community partnership with Harkins Theatres. For showtimes, theater locations and tickets, go to HarkinsTheatres.com.A Most Wanted ManPresent-day Hamburg: a tortured and near-dead half-Chechen, half-Russian man on the run arrives in the city’s Islamic community desperate for help and looking to recover his late Russian father’s ill-gotten fortune. Nothing about him seems to add up; is he a victim, thief or, worse still, an extremist intent on destruction? Drawn into this web of intrigue is a British banker and a young female lawyer, determined to defend the defenseless. All the while, they are being watched by the brilliant, roguish chief of a covert German spy unit, who fights to put the pieces together as the clock ticks. Starring: Grigoriy Dobrygin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe. Not RatedAnd So It GoesThere are a million reasons not to like real estate agent Oren Little, and that’s just the way he likes it. Willfully obnoxious to anyone who might cross his path, he wants nothing more than to sell one last house and retire in peace and quiet — until his estranged son suddenly drops off a granddaughter he never knew existed and turns his life upside-down. Clueless about how to care for a sweet, abandoned 9-year-old, he pawns her off on his determined and lovable neighbor, Leah, and tries to resume his life uninterrupted. But little by little, Oren stubbornly learns to open his heart — to his family, to Leah, and to life itself. Starring: Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Sterling Jerins, Paloma Guzmán, Frances Sternhagen, Frankie Valli, David Aaron Baker, Austin Lysy, Barbara Vincent. PG-13Come Back to Me

  • Worth the Trip: 2 reasons to escape the heat this weekend

    Dragoon: Garlic FestivalAn Arizona destination you may recognize from TV’s “Hotel Impossible” plays host to this two-day celebration of the odorous bulb that banishes vampires and bolsters recipes.The Triangle T, a 160-acre ranch given a crash course in creating a good guest experience by Travel Channel personality Anthony Melchiorri, is the site of the festival. Nearby RichCrest Farms supplies a variety of freshly harvested, Arizona-grown garlic and will roast elephant garlic on the spot.Activities include a farmer’s market and craft fair, live music, a saloon, horseback riding, cooking demonstrations, a Wild West shootout, and kids’ attractions like face painting and balloon art.The Triangle T was the site of famous Apache leader Cochise’s winter camp and the place where Japan’s ambassador (and his entourage) were interred after the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Numerous films and TV shows, from the original “3:10 to Yuma” to “High Chaparral” have been filmed there, and famous guests include Gen. John J. Pershing, President John F. Kennedy and Johnny Cash.Proceeds from the event benefit Wounded Warrior Project and Make-A-Wish of Arizona.

  • City Tribe blends indie rock, beach music

    If you dream of days spent on the beach, a grey cocoon of clouds blanketing the sun, the surf crashing on the shore, you might like the music of City Tribe — a San Francisco indie rock band known for a sound reminiscent of the Everly Brothers, or in more contemporary terms, Vampire Weekend. The group, which includes Jacob Jones on lead vocals, Eric Wallace on acoustic guitar, Duncan Nielsen on electric bass, and percussion from Cody Rhodes, performs tonight at Roosevelt Row’s hip art bar — Lost Leaf — in support of their debut album “Undertow.”Formed in 2010, City Tribe named their freshman LP after an evening they spent at Santa Barbara’s Butterfly Beach. “It was getting dark,” Jones says, “and there was this swell coming in — this powerful undertow. It was so strong, it was bouncing these big boulders along, and there was this tense feeling being in the water there. I related the physical experience to a mental state — uncertainty. Having rocky times, being unsure what’s going to happen, and feeling that same tension and pull in your life. But I’m not just talking about a depressed feeling — there was this hectic thing going on in the water, but at the same time, it was so beautiful on the beach.”“ ‘Undertow’ really reflects being pulled under by a force you can’t see or control,” explains Nielsen. “To me, it’s about being overtaken by something.”The album strikes a balance between two moods; a pensive, fog-shrouded turn for every blissful hit of sunshine pop. And through it all, the band submits willingly to the vibe, being carried by the current of the music spilling out of them.The album was recorded by Andy Freeman at Faultline Studios and historic San Francisco jazz studio Coast Recorders, as well as Freeman’s home studio. The band cut everything almost entirely live, standing in the same room together, and the album’s nine tracks showcase City Tribe’s penchant for spontaneity and their prowess as a live band.The result is pure Highway 1 music — a soundtrack for romantic California; which is only natural, considering every member of City Tribe was born and raised in the Golden State, save for Jones who — while originally from landlocked Phoenix — says he often spent childhood vacations at Southern California beaches and bolted for the coast as soon as he turned 18. He and Nielsen love to surf, and Wallace is a skimboarder.

  • The Top Court: Spiral 18 Under Armour’s ride to national title

    Some dreams seem just too big to accomplish, like a mirage in a vast, empty desert.That’s what a boys national title seemed like for members of Spiral Volleyball’s Boys 18 Under Armour team. They would sit in the stands and simply watch the teams play on the championship courts, wanting to be there but just unable to make it.“Being from Arizona, you don’t see a lot of good volleyball,” said J.T. Hatch, Spiral 18 Under Armour’s outside hitter. “We would all be on the top court watching the teams … I don’t think we’d ever thought we would ever be on the top court playing.“It was kind of like those were our heroes that we watched and we really kind of admired them; we wanted to be like them because we were from Arizona, we don’t see that a lot.”Indoor volleyball isn’t a popular sport in Arizona. It is starting to pick up traction slowly but isn’t anywhere near the level of football, basketball or baseball.The Spiral boys’ success was not a spontaneous, sudden burst to greatness. Like all great things, it took time to develop.

  • Chandler heptathlete Moore headed to world track championships

    Sitting in the bleachers watching a track meet as just a young girl, Ashlee Moore already knew what she wanted to do.She wanted to be a track star.Now she will be competing on one of the world’s biggest stages.Moore, a Chandler resident, recently won the USA Junior heptathlon title at the USA Outdoor Championships and earned herself a spot on Team USA for the junior world championships July 22-27 in Eugene, Ore.After winning a national title, many would be ecstatic, elated, or any combination of emotions that one associates with winning. Moore however, was much more subdued after struggling in the javelin and 800-meter run at the outdoor championships.“I was happy,” Moore said. “I didn’t think I was as happy as I would have been just because of my performance, but it was exciting. I was kind of surreal …

  • EV football teams in Divisions II, III face tough roads to playoffs

    Just because the schools are a little bit smaller doesn’t mean the competition isn’t just as stiff.The paths for the top East Valley football contenders in Divisions II and III are no less strenuous than their Division I counterparts. In fact, they may even be harder.Division II Mesquite looks to improve on its 11-2 record a year ago, when it made it to the state semifinals before being eliminated by Chaparral.The Wildcats open with Gilbert before heading for a tough road game against Williams Field, which they lost to 32-21 a year ago.The middle of the schedule opens up a bit with three games against Ironwood, Corona del Sol and Westwood, all of which were under .500 in section play in 2013.The end of the schedule will be good preparation for a state tournament berth with a home date with Marcos de Niza and a road test at Campo Verde.

  • Chandler Prep Academy appoints new volleyball coach

    Chandler Prep Academy announced the appointment of a new girls varsity volleyball coach.Sarah Baughman will take over the reins of the program after serving as a varsity assistant coach at Chandler Prep as well as a club coach at Club One since 2009.Baughman will be a teacher at the school, teaching seventh- and eighth-grade literature/composition and ninth-grade humane letters. She attended Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, where she was a member of a 5A-I state runner-up team.

  • Gilbert Early College wins summer basketball tournament

    Leading Edge Academy Gilbert Early College’s varsity girls basketball team took first place in the Canyon Athletic Association’s Summer Cup tournament on June 27.The Spartan girls have dominated the past few years, winning the past three consecutive CAA state titles.

  • RISE Athletics needs coaches for Queen Creek, San Tan Valley

    RISE Athletics is in need of volunteer coaches for youth basketball and cheer coaches for its San Tan Valley and Queen Creek teams. The league will provide practice space starting in November.As a perk, coaches will receive one free ticket to a Phoenix Suns or Mercury game and they will receive discounted prices for family and friends.If interested, email mhodge@riseathletics.com

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  • Gilbert Chamber reports almost $3 million in closed business from referrals

    The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce recently reported referrals had accounted for more than $2.9 million for the fiscal year 2013-14.The almost $3 million figure bumps the dollar amount to above $7.5 million since the chamber began tracking closed-business revenue three years ago. Those results also do not include businesses that don’t report to the chamber’s referral groups.

  • Colliers completes sale of medical building in Chandler

    Colliers International recently completed the sale of the Fresenius Medical Care Building in Chandler for $1.725 million.This facility is a dialysis centre serving the Chandler area located at 912 W. Chandler Blvd. The new building sits on a 34, 848-square-foot lot, enclosed in 7,425 square feet.

  • Goettl hosting water drive for city, UFB

    Goettl Air Conditioning presented a donation of 75 cases of water to the city of Mesa and the United Food Bank as part of a water-raising event.The donation was part of a month-long drive in which Goettle will match all donations given to it in July. The company donated 2,150 cases of water to the Salvation Army and the city of Phoenix in 2013.Visit goettl.com for more information.

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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?

  • Free breast cancer expo in Tempe to provide tips, support for women

    A Gilbert-based organization has organized an event late next month to offer a plethora of resources and support for breast cancer victims.The event, My Hope Bag’s Breast Cancer Resource Expo, will have organizations like the Virginia C. Piper Cancer Center, doctors and surgeons on hand to provide advice to breast cancer victims and their families.“When women are going through their breast cancer, they don’t know the resources available to them,” said My Hope Bag President Sarah Ellery.The expo is an extension of what My Hope Bag provides women undergoing treatment for breast cancer, as the organization provides bags with information and other items. Items include a notebook for journal writing, a pocket calendar, a back scratcher, a poem written specifically for the person and a heart pillow. The bag might also include a stuffed animal, slipper socks, healing oils and other gifts.The back scratcher is an item that has unexpected benefits for women undergoing breast cancer treatment and a tool some people wouldn’t think about during treatment. That idea of the unexpected parts of treatment carries over to the expo, as Ellery said some of the vendors scheduled to attend include air-conditioning companies, wig companies and a company that makes garments with drain tubs for women who have undergone a mastectomy.“There are a lot of things that come up that you don’t think about,” she said.

  • The Constant Traveler: The Oglala Grasslands of Nebraska

    We crossed three ecological zones, hiked over sweeping grasslands, descended deep canyons and went back in time millions of years – all in the course of under four miles. When it was all over, I turned to one of my hiking partners and said, “that was great,” and she responded, “one of the best trails I’ve ever hiked.”My hiking partner was not just any weekend hiker. Mary Berger, a long-distance backpacker, has about 17,000 hiking miles under her walking shoes including the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Coast trail from Canada to Mexico, so when she says the trail was one of the best she had ever hiked in the United States I listened closely.Where is this fantastic short trail? In the Rocky Mountains? Around Lake Tahoe? Near Moab, Utah? No, not even close. It’s in the panhandle of Nebraska near the small town of Crawford.If you’re thinking Nebraska, one long flat land mass with endless wheat fields, you haven’t really been there, at least not in the western panhandle where the Great Plains begins to break up and huge bluffs, massive rock monuments and canyons formed by ancient rivers scatter across the landscape. When you are in the Nebraska panhandle, you know the Rocky Mountains are not far away.This was Indian country, buffalo lands, where Dull Knife’s Sioux warriors escaped captivity and the place where famed warrior Crazy Horse died with a bayonet in his back while in the hands of treacherous American soldiers.Even before all this, actually thousands and thousands of years before all that happened, ancient, migratory peoples lived across these rugged lands and once a year about 11,000 years ago they gathered to slaughter bison at a deep spring now called Hudson-Meng Bison Kill Bed.

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San Diego Comic-Con 2014: Thursday – Caped crusading

Thursday saw bigger than usual mid-week crowds at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 (at least from my unscientific perspective), which is a testament that comics, genre movies, and costuming continue to infiltrate the mainstream – which ...


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