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EV teen suicide cluster alarms officials

By Jim Walsh Seven East Valley teenagers committed suicide during a six-week period this summer, creating a disturbing suicide cluster and a grassroots effort to do everything possible to prevent additional deaths. The unusual suicide cluster...

Fiesta Bowl Charities announces $2.5m donation at Gilbert rally

By Srianthi Perera Fiesta Bowl Charities, whose main benefactors are youth, sports and education, announced a whopping $2.5 million in charitable giving for 2017-18. Fittingly, the announcement came during a wellness assembly of about 5,000 students...

Redeemed 2 Repeat provides missing piece to drug rehab

By Srianthi Perera Dawn (last name withheld) had a severe neck injury in 2003 that necessitated the use of prescription drugs. As years passed and the pain didn’t subside, her intake of opioid medications spiraled...

Big League Dreams seeks compromise with Gilbert over closed ballpark

By Jim Walsh The owners of Big League Dreams struck out with Gilbert on July 7, surprised by a knockdown pitch – an eviction order that temporarily put them out of business in the East...

Banned refrigerant impacting area heat-pump owners

By Jim Walsh As temperatures soar across the East Valley, so is the cost of keeping aging heat pumps working for area homeowners. Whether homeowners try to hang on to their existing heat pump till its...

Orbital unveils new satellite engineering building

By Wayne Schutsky Advanced aerospace manufacturer and longtime Gilbert employer Orbital ATK officially pulled back the curtain on its new satellite engineering building on June 28. The 60,000-square-foot facility is located on the site of Orbital’s...

Page Park Center to service Gilbert’s underprivileged

By Jim Walsh No one doubts that Gilbert is a fast-growing, affluent community, but there are thousands of needy people who are often overlooked, hidden behind its sea of attractive homes with red tile roofs...

Lindsay Road/ Loop 202 interchange plans moving along

By Srianthi Perera Plans are moving along to build a freeway interchange between Lindsay Road and Loop 202 (Santan Freeway) in Gilbert. It’s expected to open in 2021. During the third public information meeting held on...

A 911 call taker outlines an unusual job

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...

Gilbert nurse recognized by Phoenix Children’s Hospital for excellence

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 specializations in ear, nose and throat, gastrointestinal...