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East Valley mom and son veterans graduate together as engineers
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East Valley mom and son veterans graduate together as engineers

June 7th, 2017 | by Santan Sun
Like mother, like son. Mesa resident Barb Blanchard and her son Rodney Buller, who lives in Gilbert, followed the same path to degrees last week from Arizona State University. Both earned degrees from ASU’s Ira Fulton Schools...
A 911 call taker outlines an unusual job
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A 911 call taker outlines an unusual job

June 7th, 2017 | by Santan Sun
At night when many people are at home unwinding after work, Spencer Jaeckel of Chandler is on high alert, responding to 911 calls made to the Gilbert Police Department. Jaeckel, 27, is a 911 call taker, meaning he answers calls...
Gym owner competes for a mixed martial arts world title
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Gym owner competes for a mixed martial arts world title

June 6th, 2017 | by Santan Sun
Longtime Gilbert resident Ryan Bader will be competing for a mixed martial arts world title on June 24 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. To prepare for the Bellator 180 Light Heavyweight fight, Bader, 33, has been...
Gilbert nurse recognized by Phoenix Children’s Hospital for excellence
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Gilbert nurse recognized by Phoenix Children’s Hospital for excellence

June 6th, 2017 | by Santan Sun
By Leah Gilchrist Phoenix Children’s Hospital nurse and Gilbert resident Jessica Smith, an Aerodigestive Program coordinator, was awarded the Advanced Practice Nurse Award. The program offers coordinated care between...
Youth awarded for volunteering at Washington, D.C. ceremony
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Youth awarded for volunteering at Washington, D.C. ceremony

June 5th, 2017 | by Santan Sun
Arizona’s top two youth volunteers of 2017, Emery Miller, 18, and Lauren Basye, 13, both of Gilbert, were honored in Washington, D.C. recently for their outstanding volunteer service during the 22nd annual presentation of The...
Shea Homes in Gilbert has opened The Reserves
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Shea Homes in Gilbert has opened The Reserves

June 5th, 2017 | by Santan Sun
The Reserves, a gated enclave by Shea Homes in Gilbert, is open for sales. About 400 people have toured the models of the housing development, located on Val Vista Drive just south of Riggs Road, since its grand opening on May 6,...
Longtime town resident assumes police chief role
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Longtime town resident assumes police chief role

June 5th, 2017 | by Santan Sun
Former Assistant Mesa Police Chief Mike Soelberg will replace longtime Chief Tim Dorn on June 5, but he jokes that he doesn’t need to go far to assume his new job. While Soelberg, 44, has worked for the Mesa Police for 22...
Gilbert social services entity changes name to Azcend
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Gilbert social services entity changes name to Azcend

June 5th, 2017 | by Santan Sun
The Chandler Christian Community Center, which has been offering social services to Gilbert residents for many years, changed its name recently to better reflect its mission. Azcend is its new name. “We have changed our name,...
Gilbert teen CEOs win investors for their start-up businesses
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Gilbert teen CEOs win investors for their start-up businesses

June 4th, 2017 | by Santan Sun
They weren’t building better mousetraps, but Gilbert teens Sophie Bruner and Alec Liapis were ready for the world to beat a path to their door. Or so they and eight other teen members of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, run by...
Gilbert teen keeps fighting after brain aneurysm
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Gilbert teen keeps fighting after brain aneurysm

June 4th, 2017 | by Santan Sun
By Melody Birkett Katie Solliday was a typical teenager with a bright future. She was captain of her school color guard team, had a 4.0 GPA, and had just been accepted to ASU’s Barrett Honors College’s biomedical engineering...