VALLEY OF THE SUN

Karate, cheer, soccer offered by ActivStars

Registration has begun for eight- to 12-week karate, cheerleading and soccer ActivStars after-school youth recreation programs. They start in September and October for children ages 4-17. Enhanced …

Karate, cheer, soccer offered by ActivStars

Registration has begun for eight- to 12-week karate, cheerleading and soccer ActivStars after-school youth recreation programs. They start in September and October for children ages 4-17. Enhanced …

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Emergency Disaster Services

Salvation Army reactivates heat-relief stations for latest excessive heat warning

The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services activate 10 heat relief stations throughout the Valley on any day the National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning. East …
IN THE KNOW

In the Know: One-on-one with Jason Ayala on consumer behavior

As consumer spending has undoubtedly shifted during the time of the novel coronavirus, Independent Newsmedia reached out Certified Financial Planner Jason Ayala. Mr. Ayala, a Scottsdale-based …
transportation

Plan for Loop 202 restrictions this week in Chandler area

Drivers should plan for closures or lane restrictions the night of Wednesday, Sept. 16, through the weekend along Loop 202 Santan Freeway between Interstate 10 and Loop 101 in the Chandler area, …
Sports

Massive Mesa sports complex breaks ground Friday

A 320-acre sports and entertainment complex will break ground in Mesa on Friday. Legacy Sports Park anticipates it will draw more than 3 million visitors annually, add 1,500 jobs and generate …
Transportation

COVID-19 pandemic wreaks havoc on municipal mass-transit models, fuels anxiety of ridership

Getting around the Valley of the Sun can be a difficult proposition without a personal vehicle and with the outbreak of the novel coronavirus some people may be limited in the way they get from place …
OPINION

Arizona businesses continue to be affected by the economic impact of COVID-19. Particularly hard-hit are those individuals whose business is the ownership and management of rental homes throughout …

As a Black man who has worked in the community behavioral health industry for more than 30 years, I’ve seen a lot. I’ve seen the struggles that individuals and family members go …
During monsoon season, Arizona’s unique desert storms may bring cooler weather to the Valley, but they also increase respiratory disease and other health risks for us Phoenicians. When it finally arrives here in the Phoenix area, monsoons and haboobs bring intense pressure build up and thick walls of dust, manure, pesticides from agricultural land and whatever else the storm picks up along the way.
Neighbors

Project Humanities’ 7th annual Hacks for Humanity goes virtual

Project Humanities’ annual Hacks for Humanity: Hacking for the Social Good draws participants from different professions, ages, communities, and backgrounds for a weekend of creating solutions …

Family Promise illuminates positive light during dark times of novel coronavirus

In the time of the novel coronavirus, crisis knows no bounds and in the case of family homelessness the realities have become harsher than years before in the Valley of the Sun, outreach officials …
The 9/11 Heroes Run in Mesa will shift to a virtual running rather than in-person because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Annual 9/11 Heroes Run shifts to virtual event

The Travis Manion Foundation’s Annual 9/11 Heroes Run, which typically takes place in-person in Mesa, will shift to a virtual event for 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gila Topminnows, an endangered fish housed at Mesa Community College Red Mountain Campus,recuperated and will be released into the wild.

Mesa CC Red Mountain Campus helps endangered fish to recover

The endangered, native Gila Topminnows are at the Mesa Community College Red Mountain Campus will get a new home after the fish reached healthy levels.

A chance for children can be found at Sunshine Acres despite desperate circumstances

Since 1954, Sunshine Acres has stood as a refuge for children in desperate need of care, love and a chance at a bright future — but this 501(c)(3) Arizona nonprofit takes zero state or federal …
Mesa Education & Business Reporting
Education
Education

Fulton Homes reimagines its 'School Salute' program for 2020-21 school year

Even though most schools have transitioned to remote learning, Fulton Homes is continuing its annual School Salute program to encourage students to continue developing their love of music. Held in …
Education

Mesa Public Schools preps for modified in-person learning

Mesa Public Schools is telling its families to prepare for landing as the district prepares for a shift to modified in-person learning by Sept. 14.

GCU men’s hoops gears up for tough nonconference slate in 2020-21

The Bryce Drew era of Grand Canyon University men’s basketball begins with a 2020-21 schedule that potentially features six nonconference opponents who won 19 or more games and a GCU Arena return visit from San Diego State.
EDUCATION

Florence, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert schools receive SRP history and social science grants

Teachers and students across the Valley and Florence are starting the school year with new tools to help them learn more about history and social science thanks to grants by SRP. The history and …
Business

An Arizona manufacturer of reusable three-ply masks is hosting a job fair Sept. 12 and 15 with the goal of adding 150 people to its new manufacturing plant in Mesa. The US Power AZ PPE job fair …

Federal and state officials have long wanted to connect Phoenix and Las Vegas as part of a long interstate that runs from Mexico to Canada.
Entertainment
Eliana Pipes is the winner of Arizona Theatre Company’s 2020 National Latinx Playwriting Award for Dream Hou$e.

Pipes wins 2020 ATC National Latinx Playwriting Award

Eliana Pipes, a playwright, actor and filmmaker, recently won Arizona Theatre Company’s 2020 National Latinx Playwriting Award for Dream Hou$e.
As a co-production with the Chandler Center for the Arts, "Ladies in the Headlights" is a 15-minute drive-up pop-up performance designed for parking lots.

'The Ladies' drive-in pop-up shows through Saturday in Chandler parking lots

Following sold-out performances in May and June, physical comediennes "The Ladies" are bringing their pop-up drive-in show, "Ladies in the Headlights!" to Chandler. Performances will be held Aug. …
In this Jan. 23, 2020, photo, a Nintendo sign is seen at the company's official store in the Shibuya district of Tokyo, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Japanese video-game maker Nintendo Co. has scored a 33% jump in annual profit as people stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic turn to playing games. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Nintendo profit zooms as virus has homebodies playing games

TOKYO (AP) — Nintendo Co.'s profit multiplied more than sixfold in April-June as people stuck at home during the pandemic turned to playing video games. The Japanese manufacturer of Pokemon and …

LPGA set to tee-off from Longbow Golf Club in Mesa

The third stop on the 2020 “Road to the LPGA” takes the Symetra Tour to Longbow Golf Club in Mesa for the inaugural Founders Tribute.
The Ladies will be performing in some of Chandler's iconic locales with locations and directions disclosed to ticket holders 24 hours prior to the performance. Participants should tune their car radios to 88.1 to hear the performance. Curbside food orders will be available to complete the live experience.

'The Ladies' drive-in pop-up shows Aug. 7-15 in Chandler parking lots

Following sold-out performances in May and June, physical comediennes "The Ladies" are bringing their pop-up drive-in show, "Ladies in the Headlights!" to Chandler. Performances will be held Aug. …
Obituaries

Charles Edwin Anderson

Charles, of Sun City West, was born in Hayfield, Virginia, March 2, 1929. He went to his eternal home September 5, 2020. Charles attended the University of Virginia & Shepherd College. He was a …

Barbara Arlene Walters

Barbara Arlene WaltersOur beautiful, bright and shining star has taken her place in the heavens above. She will be sorely missed by all of us.Survived by brothers Hank Walters and Larry Walters, and …

Jane Eleanor Glasman

Jane of Miami, OK passed from this life Sunday, September 6, 2020 at Windridge Nursing and Rehab Center in Miami, OK. She was 91. Jane was born November 18, 1928 in Des Moines, IA to Harry and Ethel …

Edward R. Mercer, Sr.

Edward went to be with the Lord on September 8, 2020 at his home in Sun City West. Ed passed in the arms of the love of his life, his wife Twylia, of 61 Blessed years. Ed was born in Cresap, West …
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