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Gilbert school officials firmly behind all-day kindergarten despite conservatives’ assaults
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Gilbert school officials firmly behind all-day kindergarten despite conservatives’ assaults

January 20th, 2017 | by Gilbert Sun News
By Paul Maryniak As the state Legislature begins a new session, funding for all-day kindergarten appears to be unlikely as conservative Republicans raise questions about its value and the absence of standards. But both Gilbert...
Hikers may see big changes to a favorite park: Signs, parking, restrooms in plans for South Mountain
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Hikers may see big changes to a favorite park: Signs, parking, restrooms in plans for South Mountain

January 20th, 2017 | by Gilbert Sun News
By Jim Walsh One of the favorite activities of Gilbert residents is a hike up South Mountain, which looms over a sprawling quilt of red-tile roofed suburban neighborhoods. South Mountain Park plays a major role in the quality of...
Opponents of the South Mountain Freeway prepare for possibly their last fight
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Opponents of the South Mountain Freeway prepare for possibly their last fight

January 20th, 2017 | by Gilbert Sun News
By Paul Maryniak What could be the last fight to stop construction of the South Mountain Freeway is being waged on paper in San Francisco. There, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has started receiving briefs from...
Local legislative leaders say state income tax abolition not in the cards
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Local legislative leaders say state income tax abolition not in the cards

January 20th, 2017 | by Gilbert Sun News
By Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services Don’t look for the Republican-controlled legislature to vote this year—or in the near future—to eliminate the state income tax. Incoming House Speaker J.D. Mesnard, whose...
Dignity Health and East Valley fire departments partner to provide specialized care to heart patients
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Dignity Health and East Valley fire departments partner to provide specialized care to heart patients

January 20th, 2017 | by Gilbert Sun News
Patients with heart failure may benefit from a new pilot program now offered at Dignity Health’s East Valley hospitals. The new initiative, led by the City of Mesa Fire and Medical Department, and Dignity Health, aims to...
Gilbert Folk Festival needs volunteers
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Gilbert Folk Festival needs volunteers

January 20th, 2017 | by Gilbert Sun News
Volunteers (ages 18 and up) are needed for the 2017 Gilbert Folk Festival on February 18 to help direct guests, hand out programs and assist stage teams at various locations in downtown Gilbert. The shifts available are two to...
Two juveniles identified on video after Gilbert’s Via Sorento fire
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Two juveniles identified on video after Gilbert’s Via Sorento fire

January 20th, 2017 | by Gilbert Sun News
By Jim Walsh Gilbert police and fire investigators have interviewed two juvenile suspects caught on video after a spectacular fire destroyed several buildings under construction in October at the Via Sorento condominiums, near...
Gift of Adoption expanding in Arizona, gives grants to adoptive parents
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Gift of Adoption expanding in Arizona, gives grants to adoptive parents

January 20th, 2017 | by Gilbert Sun News
By Colleen Sparks The ways to build a family are as diverse as the people who live in Gilbert and around the country, but they aren’t always easy or free. However, people of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientations who...
Waging a sweet war
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Waging a sweet war

December 6th, 2016 | by Gilbert Sun News
It’s the fifth annual Cupcake Wars at Greenfield Junior High in Gilbert, and the students are well armed with an array of sweet touches and clever twists to give their treats a friendly combative edge before a truce is declared...
Hale Centre Theatre owner reminisces about humble beginnings and success
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Hale Centre Theatre owner reminisces about humble beginnings and success

December 6th, 2016 | by Gilbert Sun News
By Srianthi Perera In 14 years of operation, Hale Centre Theatre has placed a huge footprint in Gilbert. The 11,000-square-foot theater with a 3,000-square-foot space where props are built, 2,000-square-foot space where costumes...