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City growth slows
Something in the water?
with economy,
build out
Chandler drops off fastest-growing list
by Jen Bondeson
Gone are the days when Chandler
was the nation’s ninth fastest-growing
city. From 2000 to 2006, according to
U.S. Census Bureau data, Chandler
welcomed thousands of migrating
residents and millions of dollars
Submitted photo
generated from impact fees and
OH BABY! It’s a veritable baby boom at Chandler Regional Medical Center. Between the two
system development charges.
locations, more than 20 babies have been born to employees in the past year. For more
Now, in the fi rst quarter of 2009, the
details, see story on Page 23.
city’s quarterly growth rate shrank to
STSN photo
less than one percent for the fi rst time
ON HOLD: Chandler Piazza, a mixed-use
commercial development on 18 acres on the
in 40 years, with an estimated 247 new
Goodbye Kindersteps,
southeast corner of Frye and Ellis, stopped
residents.
construction months ago when the economy
soured.
See Growth Page 8
hello Kindercademy
Cool budget-conscious
by Natalie Morris
Kindersteps is now a thing of the past
in the Chandler Unifi ed School District,
getaways in N. AZ
a victim of the gloomy economy and
a shrinking state education budget.
by Miriam Van Scott
Offered by CUSD for 10 years, the
SanTan Sun area’s triple-
program offered a fully funded public
digit summer temperatures
education alternative for students who
routinely spawn an exodus
missed the age cutoff for kindergarten
of residents heading for
by a month or two. STSN photo
cooler climes. And even in
PARENTS PAY: The new Kindercademy for
students turning 5 after the Aug. 31 cutoff will
this tough economy, locals See Kindercademy Page 10 be funded by parents.
can get a break from the heat
without suffering a fi nancial
meltdown with nearby Foster families bridge gap
vacation destinations.
Flagstaff is just a three-
from hurt to health
hour drive away, but during
the summer months it
by Miriam Van Scott
feels like a different world.
May is National Foster Care Month, and local
Even in July, Flagstaff’s
Photo courtesy Flagstaff Convention & Visitors Bureau
child advocates are using the occasion to raise
hottest month, the high
COOL: Temperatures drop more than 20 degrees just three awareness of the need for foster families in the
hours north of Chandler. Peaks & Meadow Pond near Flagstaff
temperature averages
is a refreshing locale to escape the desert heat.
SanTan Sun area.
around 82 degrees.
“The estimated number of children in the Arizona
“We rarely get up to 90,” says Jessica Stephens, public relations associate for the
foster care system is nearly 10,400,” reports Russ
Flagstaff Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Funk of Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK).
“That number includes children living with relatives
Submitted photo
“The weather is perfect for a summer getaway, whether it’s a day trip, a weekend
while in Child Protective Services (CPS) custody and
TOGETHER: The Esquibel family
break or an extended stay.”
includes, in front row, Jay and
those living in group homes or shelters.”
Jessica; middle row, Ashley,
Amber and Joshua; back row,
See Getaways Page 12 See Foster families Page 23 Wendy, Noah and Rick.
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Business . . . . . . . . . 24-27
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Sample Montessori
Christian Academy
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hosts touring AZ Arts . . . . . . . . . 28-29
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PGA Chaplain
Things to do . . . . . . . . . 30
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Sprinkler teaches
CPD
Opinion . . . . . . . . . 31-32
SAVE MONEY Neighbors . . . . . . . .39-46
oofffefers h homemey
kids good hygiene
Coupons Inside
Youth . . . . . . . . . . 47-54
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Spirituality . . . . . . . 60-61
Directory . . . . . . . .62-64
Community Business
Neighbors
Clip it! Youth Spirituality
Classifieds . . . . . . . .65-66
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Where to eat . . . . . . 67-70
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