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Arizona charity cares for the smallest citizens

By Coty Dolores Miranda, GSN Contributor Arizona Needy Newborns, with chapters in Ahwatukee and Mesa, brought the holiday season in early as members and community guests joined together for the annual Christmas Stocking Stuffer last...

Mesa dental school fills a juvenile detainees’ needs

By David M. Brown, GSN Contributor Two years ago, Dr. Chantay Banikarim knew she needed to call a dentist. As medical director for 14 years at the Durango and Southeast County juvenile detention centers, she ensures...

Gilbert woman recognized for volunteer work

GSN NEWS STAFF Gilbert resident Florine Noel is having quite the week. She won the Ms. Senior HomeWell title from HomeWell Senior Care after logging 5,100 volunteer hours at Dignity Health’s Chandler Regional Medical Center and...

Mesquite High grad serving on ultra-modern warship

By Ensign Amaia Maldonado, GSN Guest Writer A 2007 Mesquite High School graduate and Gilbert native is serving aboard the future USS Sioux City, a littoral combat ship homeported in Mayport, Florida. Petty Officer 1st Class...

EV woman helps bring comfort to troops, veterans

By JULIA DE SIMONE, GSN Contributor It was Jamie Sistek’s first encounter with the U.S. veteran. As the Chandler woman sat in her booth in the sparse parking lot, he approached her almost cautiously and asked,...

San Tan Elementary students help Boots in the House

By Michelle Reese GSN Guest Writer   Students at San Tan Elementary in Higley colored postal boxes for Boots in the House’s Care Package For Heroes – Holiday Cheer 2018 campaign. Stacey Totman, first-grade teacher, said that the...

Early EV church rings in 125 years of worship

By JASON STONE GSN Staff Writer   Virginia Berg still remembers when the First United Methodist Church of Mesa was literally a hop, skip and a jump away from her home in downtown Mesa. Berg and her friends...

Gilbert congregant part of notable EV family

By JASON STONE GSN Staff Writer   Virginia Berg’s history with Mesa is vast. Her grandfather, P. R. Mitten, and her father, Charles Mitten, were longtime newspaper publishers who once owned the paper you’re currently reading. R. founded...

Therapy Farm’s animals help broken bodies

By Srianthi Perera GSN Contributor   Five-year-old Rita Davison is gingerly placed atop a horse in a large backyard in Gilbert. She wears a helmet and a broad leather belt is strapped around her waist. She reaches up...

Women’s group aids Gilbert Parkinson’s center

By Kim Tarnopolski GSN Contributor   Debbie Smith is a profile in courage and positivity. Five years ago, she had a successful marriage, family life and a career with multi-state responsibilities. She was looking forward to her 52nd...